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C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd while speaking to CNBC-TV18 said that HAL has not got any confirmation from Malaysia if the deal for 18 Fighter Trainer has been awarded to some other bidder in the LCA deal, but it looks like the Probability of Malaysian order for LCA-Tejas doesn’t look very bright.

Ananthakrishnan said HAL is still hopeful of the order since official communication has not come yet but he acknowledged that as per media reports the tender might be awarded to another company. last year confirmed that Korea Aerospace Industries won the tender to supply the Royal Malaysian Air Force with 18 FA-50 light combat aircraft.

Chinese CATIC with its JF-17 B, KAI with the FA-50 Block 20 and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) with the Tejas were the three contenders that were down selected with JF-17 B emerging as the cheapest contender while FA-50 Block 20 being the most expensive of the three jets.

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