The recent visit of Indian Defence minister Rajnath Singh to has shed light on what has been brewing in Cairo. According to a report by Breaking Defense, India has offered full Transfer of Technology (ToT) so that LA-Tejas can be manufactured locally take place at the Arab Organisation for Industrialization (AOI) facility that is equipped to manufacture fighter jets.

The report confirms that South Korea to has offered its FA-50 Light attack fighter jets with the same offer and both Indian and Korean offer has been taken up by the Egyptian officials for further negotiations.

Egyptian Air Force (EAF) is looking to procure 70 Single-engine lightweight combat jets that can restart its local aircraft production capacity that existed once in the early 50s. India and Egypt have a history of collaborating in the development of the Helwan-300 fighter jet in the mid-’60s which was later canceled.

India is looking to use Egypt as a base to export LCA-Tejas in the African and Middle-eastern markets for which it is also offering re-export clearance along with Full Transfer of Technology including training of the local crew. HAL will deliver the first Mk1A Standard aircraft to Indian Air Force in 2024 that will remain in production till 2028-29 before being succeeded by the Tejas MkII program along with the AMCA program.

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