According to the recent reports, the contract of 83 Multirole Light Combat Aircraft HAL Tejas has been officially handed over to the officials of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The official handing over of the contract took place at Aero India 2021 on Feb 3rd. All three military service chiefs including IAF chief R K S Bhadauria were also present while the event took place.
Contract of 83 LCA Tejas fighters handed over to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by Ministry of Defence at Aero India show in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/VjdtJEbjFL— ANI (@ANI) February 3, 2021
Earlier on Jan 13th, 2021, the NDA government had cleared the much-awaited Rs 48,000-crore deal for 83 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas aircraft, which marked a greater collaboration between state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and private firms as part of ‘Make in India'.
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.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 13, 2021
Just a day before, DM Rajnath Singh had also inaugurated the 2nd LCA production line in Bengaluru. The Delivery of the aircraft will begin in early 2023 and the last aircraft will be delivered by 2028.