Bengaluru: The government on Wednesday formally sealed a deal worth Rs 48,000 crore with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the purchase of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
The contract was handed over at the inauguration ceremony of the country's premier defense and aerospace show, Aero India 2021, by Director General (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence, VL Kanta Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, R Madhavan. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present on the occasion.
Tejas, manufactured by HAL, is a single-engine and highly agile multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments.
The Cabinet Safety Committee (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last month approved the deal to purchase 73 Tejas MK-IA variant and 10 LCA Tejas MK-I trainer aircraft from HAL to boost the Indian Air Force's (IAF) combat operations.