63 Indigenous Tejas aircraft to be added to Indian Army, Rs 47,000 crore deal signed

Bangla Hunt Desk: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday cleared the way for 73 light fighter jets to join the Air Force. A contract worth Rs 47,000 crore has been signed for these aircrafts manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It is India's largest ever defense deal.

In March 2020, the Defense Acquisition Council approved the purchase of 63 Advanced Mark 1A version Tejas aircraft. This time the CCS, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sealed the deal.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that the CCS, led by Prime Minister Modi, today approved the largest indigenous defense deal. This agreement is worth 46 thousand crore rupees. This agreement will greatly increase the strength of our air force. The deal will prove to be a game changer for India's defense manufacturing.

He wrote that the Tejas aircraft is going to prove to be the ‘backbone’ for the Indian Air Force in the coming years. HAL has started production of their second line in Nashik and Bangalore divisions. Significantly, this agreement differs from the previous 40 warplane agreements. These aircraft will be incorporated into the country’s air force in the next six to seven years.