Defence Minister announces a ₹65,000 CR halt on the purchase of 97 Tejas MK-1A fighter jets.

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The Defence Ministry has invited bids from the public sector company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to purchase 97 TEJAS MK-1A fighter jets, which are estimated to be worth over ₹65,000 crore, and are to be manufactured in India.
This is expected to be the biggest order the Indian government has ever placed for domestic military hardware.

The HAL has been allowed three months to respond to the tender that was recently released by the Defence Ministry.

Government officials informed ANI that the plan will assist the IAF in replacing its fleet of MiG-21, MiG-23, and MiG-27 aircraft, which have either been phased out or are scheduled to be phased out in the near future.

They claimed that the indigenous fighter aircraft programme, which has the full support of Air Headquarters and the Defence Ministry, will significantly advance indigenization efforts and provide significant opportunities for small and medium-sized defence companies around the nation.

Under his administration, orders have been obtained for the construction of all varieties of indigenous fighter aircraft, helicopters, and their engines. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating for the resuscitation of the HAL.

The Prime Minister also made the first-ever flight by an Indian prime minister in a combat aircraft, taking off in the trainer version of the country’s own fighter.

When he spoke to ANI about the massive intentions to increase the orders for indigenous fighter aircraft, Air Force Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari made the first announcement of the proposal to purchase 97 additional TEJAS MK-1A fighter jets while on foreign soil in Spain.

The Air Chief’s meeting resulted in the decision to purchase 97 additional of these aircraft.

The first TEJAS MK-1A is scheduled to be delivered in a few weeks, and the most recent order was for 83 aircraft. The upgraded TEJAS aircraft is known as the TEJAS MK-1A.

The first 40 TEJAS aircraft being given to the Air Force lacked more sophisticated radars and avionics than the TEJAS MK-1A.

The new TEJAS MK-1As will include more than 65 percent indigenous components.

The nation’s Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat efforts have been heralded by the programme. Above all, it represents India’s independence in the aerospace industry.

Additionally, the HAL is expected to close deals to purchase more than 200 TEJAS MK-2s and a comparable quantity of fifth-generation Advanced Medium

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