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Cabinet approves procurement deal of 83 Tejas aircrafts worth Rs 48,000 crore to strengthen IAF: Rajnath Singh


New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday (January 12) procurement of 83 Tejas aircraft at a cost of about Rs 48,000 crore from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The deal is considered to be the biggest ever in the indigenous military aviation sector.

In a series of tweets, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh confirming the development said, “The CCS chaired by PM Sh @narendramodi today approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about 48000 Crores to strengthen IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’. This deal will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing.”

“The LCA-Tejas is going to be the backbone of the IAF fighter fleet in years to come. LCA-Tejas incorporates a large number of new technologies many of which were never attempted in India. The indigenous content of LCA-Tejas is 50% in Mk1A variant which will be enhanced to 60%,” said the Defence Minister.

In another tweet, Singh said, “The HAL has already set-up second line manufacturing facilities at its Nasik and Bengaluru Divisions. Equipped with the augmented infrastructure the HAL will steer LCA-Mk1A production for timely deliveries to the IAF.”

“The decision taken today will considerably expand the current LCA ecosystem and help in creating new job opportunities. HAL follows a system integrator model in LCA Mk1A program and acts as an umbrella organisation, fostering manufacturing & design capabilities in pvt industry,” the Defence Minister said.

Rajnath Singh further added, “The LCA-Tejas programme would act as a catalyst for transforming the Indian aerospace manufacturing ecosystem into a vibrant Atmanirbhar-self-sustaining ecosystem. I thank Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi for this historic decision taken by the CCS today.”

The approval is in addition to an earlier deal to purchase 40 of the combat aircraft. The indigenously-made jets are set to join the Indian Air Force fleet over the course of the next six to seven years.

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An Indian Army officer has indigenously developed a `microcopter` which can be used by the Army to carry out surveillance inside a building or room in which terrorists are hiding.The microcopter has been developed by Lieutenant Colonel GYK Reddy.

The trials of the microcomputer have been successfully carried out by a Para Special Forces battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and further improvements are being carried out on the micro drone.

Indian Army has signed a contract for acquiring the Switch drone for surveillance along the borders. The vertical take-off and landing drone has the capability to fly for two hours at a maximum altitude of 4,500 metres, according to Mohit Bansal, Idea Forge. 

The firm had also developed the Netra drone a few years ago with DRDO. These were displayed at an event to showcase the internal innovation by the Indian army in Delhi

(With Agency Inputs)

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