SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
India’s top experimental test pilot Group Captain (Retd) Harsh Vardhan Thakur with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has hinted about Indonesia officials being briefed about India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jet program. HAL officials have briefed Indonesian defense officials on the whole product portfolio.
Indonesian Air Force plans to buy 36 Rafale, and 8 F-15EX jets by 2024 to replace its aging fleet of Su-27/30 and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Indonesian Air Force also operates 200 aging Hawk 200 light attack fleet and has procured 20 South Korean-made T-50i Golden Eagle to replace older trainer jets.
It’s not clear how LCA-Tejas might fit in since Indonesian Air Force already operates T-50i Golden Eagle jets and have upgraded off late with radar and Beyond Visual range air-to-air missiles.
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