New Delhi: After the induction of dangerous fighter aircraft like Rafale, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to bolster its strength even further.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet will soon comprise 83 Tejas aircraft. The 48 thousand crore deal of fighter aircraft Tejas has got the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). This approval has been given under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given a statement on the deal.
“This decision has been taken to strengthen the Indian Air Force (IAF). This deal will prove to be a game-changer in the defence sector. The LCA-Tejas program will act as a catalyst to transform the Indian aerospace manufacturing ecosystem into a vibrant self-sustaining ecosystem. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi today for this historic decision taken by the CCS,” Rajnath Singh said.
This is the specialty of Tejas
The Tejas is an indigenous fourth generation tailless compound delta-wing aircraft. The Tejas can launch missiles from air to air and air to ground. It can also carry anti-ship missiles, bombs and rockets. It is also special that it is the lightest and the smallest among the group of fourth-generation supersonic fighter aircraft. Recently, Tejas has been deployed by the Indian Air Force IAF) close to the Pakistan border on the western border.
Regarding the Tejas deal, Rajnath Singh said that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already set up second-line manufacturing facilities in its Nashik and Bengaluru divisions. HAL will deliver LCA-MK1A production to the Indian Air Force (IAF). He said that the decision taken today would greatly expand the existing LCA system and help create new job opportunities.
“This deal is worth 48 thousand crores. This will strengthen the strength of our Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet through indigenous Tejas. In the midst of ongoing tensions with China and Pakistan, India has taken several steps in recent times to increase its strength in the defence sector,” Rajnath Singh said.