The Defence Minister on Friday said that the US and Australia are among countries that have evinced interest in indigenously-developed light combat aircraft. The other countries include Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

In written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) responded in October last year to Request for Proposal(RFP) issued against tender released by Malaysia’s Royal Malaysian Air Force for 18 Fighter Lead In Trainer – Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT–LCA).
The Union minister further said that the HAL offered LCA Tejas twin-seater variant.

Last month, Bhatt said that the Centre has taken several policy initiatives in the past few years and brought in reforms to encourage indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment in the country, thereby expanding the production of indigenous defence equipment.

He also said that with the initiatives, the expenditure on defence procurement from foreign sources which used to be 46 per cent of the overall expenditure has reduced to 36 per cent in the last four years.