In order to strengthen armed forces amid stand-off with China in Eastern Ladakh, Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared a deal worth of Rs 48,000 crore for the acquisition of 83 Tejas light combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
In a major landmark decision by CCS chaired by PM @narendramodi, government clears the largest fighter aircraft procurement of 83 Tejas Mk-1A – an important stepping stone for Indian defence scientists and aerospace industry. Induction of #LCATejas will give a combat edge to IAF.
— DRDO (@DRDO_India) January 13, 2021
Tejas Mk-1A was designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development and will be manufactured by the indigenious Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This design is considered to be the improved version of Tejas Mk-1. IAF have already acquired earlier versions in two deals in which 20 were Initial Operational Clearance Standard Aircraft (16 fighters and four trainers) and other 20 were Final Operational Clearance Standard aircraft.
The approval for Tejas Mk-1A was given in the virtual presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.