Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India formally sealed the Rs 48,000 Crore deal to procure 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) from state-run aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The contract was handed over by Director General (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence, Mr. V L Kantha Rao to Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, R Madhavan, at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India-2021, in the presence of Union Defense Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh.
Tejas fighter jets, manufactured by the HAL, are single-engine and highly agile multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the deal last month for procurement of the 73 Tejas Mk-IA variant and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-I trainer aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. to boost IAF’s combat prowess.