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Indian Air Force to procure another 97 Tejas Mark-1A jets

With the extra 97 Tejas Mark-1A jets, the whole variety of indigenously-developed plane being procured by the IAF would go as much as 180. Picture Courtesy: DRDO

The Indian Air Pressure is within the strategy of finalising a Rs 1.15 lakh crore deal to obtain an extra batch of 97 Tejas Mark-1A plane moreover upgrading 84 Sukhoi-30MKI jets at a price of Rs 60,000 crore, Chief of Air Workers Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari mentioned on Tuesday.

In February 2021, the defence ministry sealed a Rs 48,000-crore take care of state-run aerospace main Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for the procurement of 83 Tejas MK-1A jets for the IAF.

With the extra 97 Tejas Mark-1A jets, the whole variety of indigenously-developed plane being procured by the IAF would go as much as 180.

Addressing a press convention forward of the Air Pressure Day on October 8, the Chief of Air Workers additionally mentioned that 84 Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets will probably be upgraded at a price of a bit of over Rs 60,000 crore.

The defence ministry can also be signing a contract with the HAL subsequent yr to obtain a complete of 156 gentle fight helicopters (LCH) out of which 66 will probably be for the IAF.

The IAF now operates 10 gentle fight helicopters.

“We had signed the contract for 83 LCA-Mark 1As. What we are looking at is now to supplement that contract with 97 additional aircraft. So it will bring the total to about 180 LCA-Mark-1As. The contract value will be a little over 1.15 lakh crores,” Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari mentioned.

Requested concerning the timeline for supply of the LCA Mark-1As as HAL can produce solely 15 of them yearly, he indicated that the aerospace main might enhance the tempo of manufacturing in partnership with the non-public sector.

“The contract will be signed with the HAL for an additional 97 LCA Mark-1As. The HAL may decide to increase the number of production lines in partnership with the Indian private industry… That is yet to be decided,” he mentioned.

The Chief of Air Workers mentioned the variety of LCA-Mark-1A jets being procured shouldn’t be linked to future procurement of Tejas Mark-2 Gentle Fight Plane.

The extremely anticipated Tejas Mark2 plane is predicted to be prepared for the primary flight by 2025.

“When it comes to the numbers (of Tejas Mark-1As), these are not in the view of any Mark 2s or any other future production. These are independent. These are to cater for the drawdown in the MiG-21 fleet,” Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari mentioned.

Tejas is a single-engine multi-role fighter plane able to working in high-threat air environments.

It has been designed to undertake the air defence, maritime reconnaissance and strike roles.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari mentioned the IAF can also be finalising procurement of Akash weapon methods, medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM), ‘Pralay’ missile system amongst others.

“We are planning to sign these contracts sometime in the coming year,” he mentioned.

The IAF Chief mentioned apart from the tanker plane and multi-role fighter plane (MRFA) challenge, many of the instances of acquisition are going to be indigenous solely.

He additionally underlined the significance of the area area.

“Space operations will find many similarities to air operations as compared to operations in any other domain. Freedom to operate in space without interference from the adversary is of vital national importance,” he mentioned.

“A strong, self-reliant, and credible aerospace force would definitely be an essential step towards achieving first of the Five Prans (Panch Pranas) of Amritkaal that is ‘to become a developed country’,” the IAF Chief added.

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