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NEWS IMPULSE – LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFTS (LCA) ‘TEJAS’| 15 JANUARY

Syllabus section: Defense

Why in News?

The Union Cabinet has approved procurement of 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircrafts and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircrafts.

About LCA Tejas

• Light Combat Aircraft Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern 4+ generation fighter aircraft.

• This aircraft is equipped with critical operational capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refueling (AAR) would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force, IAF.

• It is the first “Buy (Indian-Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)” category procurement of combat aircrafts with an indigenous content of 50% which will progressively reach 60% by the end of the programme.

• Cabinet has also approved infrastructure development by IAF under the project to enable them handle repairs or servicing at their base depot so that the turnaround time would get reduced for mission critical systems and would lead to increased availability of aircraft for operational exploitation.

• This would enable IAF to sustain the fleet more efficiently and effectively due to availability of repair infrastructure at respective bases.

 

Source: PIB