SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Former Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Arup Raha while delivering a talk in ” The Chanakya Dialogues” said that HAL should create an additional production line that will be used exclusively to cater to the export of LCA Mk1 and Mk2 aircraft so that Indian Military Industrial Complex (MIC) can grow and flourish by having more customers and operators of the jet.
Former Air chief stressed that it is important that India finds more customers for LCA Mk1, Mk2, and AMCA so that Private Indian players that have chosen to join this program can not only increase their business but also not be dependent on one customer alone for orders.
Raha also said that it is important that the first production line for India’s 5th generation AMCA program is up and running by 2030 that is created by the state-owned HAL and the second production line is ready by 2032 created by the Public-Private sector consortium to develop an advanced version of AMCA called Mk2.
Several countries have shown interest in Indian-developed LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft and it is important to convert this interest into firm orders said Raha. HAL recently in its annual report confirmed that It has offered LCA-Trainer/LIFT aircraft to Egypt, Australia, and Naval LIFT to the United States of America and single-seater Tejas Mk1A to Argentina, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
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