NEW DELHI :
The Indian Air Force will award a ₹48,000 crore order to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for 83 light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas in a major push for the local manufacture of cutting-edge military hardware.
The order was cleared by the Union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.
Ahead of the formal contract signing ceremony, defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday opened HAL’s second LCA plant in Bengaluru, which will double production capacity of the Tejas to 16 aircraft a year. The indigenously-developed LCA is being billed as the “backbone” of the air force’s fighter fleet in the years to come.
“HAL’s new LCA facility is an example of how ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ is shaping up and HAL deserves the largest indigenous order of 83 LCA Mk-IA,” Singh said. “The LCA is the…