Landmark deal: CCS approves 83 LCA MK-1A ‘Tejas’ worth over Rs 48,000 crore

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday approved the procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk-1A from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for around Rs 48,000 crore, in the biggest indigenous defence deal.
‘The CCS chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about ₹48,000 crore to strengthen IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet LCA-Tejas,’ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said posted on micro-blogging site twitter.
LCA Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern 4+ generation fighter aircraft.
This aircraft is equipped with critical operational capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force(IAF).
The indigenous content LCA Tejas is 50 percent in MK-1A which will be enhanced to 60 percent.
The Cabinet has also approved infrastructure development by IAF under the project to enable them handle repairs or servicing at their base depot so that the turnaround time would get reduced for mission critical systems and would lead to increased availability of aircraft for operational exploitation.
This would enable IAF to sustain the fleet more efficiently and effectively due to availability of repair infrastructure at respective bases.
The manufacturing of LCA by HAL will give a further push to Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and boost indigenisation of defence production and the defence industry in the country.
About 500 Indian companies, including MSMEs in the design and manufacturing sectors, will be working with HAL in this procurement