Cabinet Committee on Security clears the deal of 83 Tejas MK1A worth ₹ 48,000 Crore

Giving a big boost to Make in India Cabinet Committee has cleared the deal of 83 Tejas MK1A Aircrafts worth ₹48,000 Crores. CCS Committee chaired by Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday clears the deal of Tejas fighter jets Indian Air Force

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 13, 2021 17:11 IST
Cabinet Committee on Security clears the deal of 83 Tejas MK1A worth ₹ 48,000 Crore
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The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed and formally cleared the ₹48,000 crore procurement deal for 83 Tejas Mk 1A, including 73 single-seat fighters and 10 twin-seat trainers, today in New Delhi, official sources told See Latest.

Reviewing the deal Cabinet Committee on Security led by PM Modi gives clearance to the deal of 83 fighter jets worth 48,000 crore for the IAF. According to the deal, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will deliver 83 Tejas Mk1A fighter aircrafts to the Indian Air Force. The deal is worth ₹ 39,000 crore for 83 Tejas Mk1A including 73 single-seat fighters and 10 twin-seat trainers.

According to defence sources the deal will give a big boost to the "Make in India" initiative as well as to the Indian Air Force. On Wednesday, the CCS Committee was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the high-level delegation of security experts. The deal was crucial for the HAL and was being closely awaited. It is also reported that alongside the HAL's Tejas Mk1A several other indigenous projects including NAG anti-tank missle, are also reviewed by the Committee.

"CCS chaired by PM Sh. Narendra Modi 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," tweets Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Rajnath Singh said that the decision taken in the meeting 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.

According to the Ministry of Defence, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 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 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%, he adds.