3 Feb 2021

Indian Air Force will get more strengthen by getting 83 Tejas fighter plane


The Central Government today, on Wednesday, signed a deal for the Air Force to purchase 83 Tejas light combat aircraft from the government company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The contract for 83 LCA Tejas fighter jets was handed over to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by the Ministry of Defense during the aero show in Bengaluru. The deal is worth Rs 48000 crore. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, top Air Force officers and senior officials of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) were present at the signing of the contract during the Aero India Air Show in Bengaluru.

During this, Rajnath Singh said that I am very happy that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received orders to build 83 new indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - Tejas of the Indian Air Force. This is the largest 'Make in India' defense contract ever.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved on 13 January the purchase of 83 Tejas aircraft under domestic defense procurement at a cost of about Rs 48,000 crore. It consists of 73 light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas MK-1A aircraft and 10 Tejas MK-1 training aircraft.

The Tejas MK-1A aircraft is equipped with special AESA radars, missiles, electronic warfare technology (EW) and air refueling capability (AAR). Chairman and Managing Director of HAL R. Madhavan said last month that Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) supply to the Air Force would start from March 2024 and about 16 aircraft would be supplied every year till a total of 83 aircraft were supplied.

The cost of an aircraft 309 crores:

HAL President Madhavan said that a four-and-a-half-generation Tejas aircraft would cost Rs 309 crore, while its training version would cost Rs 280 crore.

Basic value 25 thousand crores:

Madhavan said that the base price of all 83 Tejas aircraft will be 25 thousand crores, while 11 thousand crores will be spent on ground support and infrastructure. GST and customs duty will be seven thousand crores. In addition, two and a half thousand crore rupees will be given to the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), who designed and developed it.

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