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India’s indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft, LCA-Tejas Mk1, has taken center stage at the prestigious Dubai Airshow 2023. The fighter jet, designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is participating in the event to showcase its capabilities and explore potential collaborations. The first glimpse from the Airshow reveals the LCA-Tejas Mk1 on static display, strategically positioned alongside AL TARIQ’s LR-PGM, a precision munitions system developed by the UAE-based EDGE group.

Earlier this year, HAL and EDGE Group solidified their partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The collaboration aims to explore the integration of AL TARIQ’s family of modular, long-range, all-weather, day-night precision munitions onto HAL’s fixed-wing aircraft. This strategic alliance brings together the expertise of two leading entities in the aerospace industry, promising advancements in precision munition capabilities for military aircraft.

Theunis Botha, CEO of AL TARIQ, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, highlighting the potential of the LR-PGM solution to enhance the operational capabilities of HAL’s fighter aircraft. The LR-PGM system is designed to offer long stand-off ranges and increased safety, aligning with the evolving needs of modern air forces.

S Krishna Kumar, Executive Director (Aircraft Research & Design Centre) of HAL, emphasized the significance of integrating high-precision, long-range munitions to augment the lethality of India’s fighter aircraft. The Aircraft Research & Design Centre (ARDC), along with other stakeholders, will actively explore the possibilities of integrating AL TARIQ’s LR-PGM solution into fixed-wing aircraft of Indian origin.

The Dubai Airshow serves as a global platform for aerospace innovation, bringing together industry leaders, decision-makers, and enthusiasts from around the world. India’s participation in this prestigious event not only highlights the capabilities of the LCA-Tejas Mk1 but also underscores the country’s commitment to fostering international collaborations in the aerospace domain.

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