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In a bid to reduce dependency on foreign equipment manufacturers, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of India recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the development of an indigenously built Air-to-Air Refueling Probe.

This move has garnered interest from two Indian private-sector firms. The ADA aims to enhance the self-reliance of India’s defence industry by relying on domestic manufacturers, thereby strengthening the country’s aerospace capabilities.

The Tejas Mk2 will be equipped with a Retractable Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) System, specifically utilizing a Telescopic Probe and Drogue System. The ADA has expressed a keen interest in reducing its reliance on foreign equipment manufacturers for critical components like Air-to-Air Refueling Probes. Currently, British firm Cobham supplies fixed probes for the Tejas Mk1A program. By seeking an indigenous solution through the RFI, the ADA aims to develop a modern Fuel System for the upcoming Tejas Mk2 that meets operational and technical requirements.

Before issuing the RFI, the ADA held discussions with Indian private sector firms to gauge their interest and gather general views on the development of Air-to-Air Refueling Probes.

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