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Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the plans were being drawn up to depute more officers to HAL to increase accountability.
Defence Ministry Wednesday gave green signal to the purchase of 83 Light Combat Aircraft Mark 1A Tejas from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at a cost of Rs 37,000 cr.
The defence ministry said procurement of the Mk1A version of Tejas aircraft, to be manufactured by HAL, will be a major boost to the 'Make in India' campaign.
The offer comes ahead of President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India during which the countries are expected to expand defence and military cooperation.
The company is betting on the IAF to place a multi-billion dollar order for an advanced version of the indigenously produced LCA Tejas before the financial year ends.
DRDO & its Aeronautical Development Agency are aiming to pull off the maiden flight of naval Tejas from Vikramaditya as a technology demonstration.
Tejas is among the contenders as Malaysia looks to issue request for proposal for its new 36-jet contract next year. But diplomatic ties could hurt the deal.
On 8 October 2019, the first Rafale for the Indian Air Force was handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. This delivery is the latest in a series of much-needed yet perennially delayed steps taken to bolster the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities. The IAF has historically been the largest and best-equipped force in the region — reliant principally on license production of Soviet aircraft types to make up mass, and a privileged relation with Moscow to ensure access to high technology. The twin sticks of numerical and technological security have allowed the IAF to deter outright conflict in many cases and outfight its adversary when war became inescapable. History is replete with examples of the Indian Government taking swift and decisive action to maintain the IAF’s overall edge in the region, from the decision to induct and produce hundreds of MiG-21s from 1962 onward, to the emergency procurement of...
The only reason Indian pilots still use the "flying coffin" MiG 21 is because of the delay in acquiring Tejas, about two decades on.
At his maiden press conference, new Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria said the Indian air-to-air missile Astra will be inducted across platforms.