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BENGALURU: Reiterating the necessity to efficiently implement Government of India’s Atmanirbhar initiative, defence minister Rajnath Singh mentioned on Tuesday India can not stay depending on different international locations for its defence.
He spoke after inaugurating the second devoted plant for LCA Tejas at HAL.
As reported by TOI earlier this week, buoyed by the current Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approval for procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mark-1A plane value Rs 47,000 crore, HAL is making operational a devoted second LCA plant in Bengaluru.
The new plant at Doddanekundi right here was inaugurated by Singh on Tuesday. “The plant, when commissioned fully, will be able to produce 16 LCAs per year. We’ll make the Tejas Mark-1A and the trainers here,” one supply mentioned.
At current, HAL has the capability to fabricate eight LCAs per 12 months. The first devoted LCA plant and HAL’s Aircraft Division are each producing them. “The new plant is technically be the third, given that the Aircraft Division also make LCAs now,” the supply mentioned.
The Tejas Mark-1A plane value Rs 46,898 crore — 73 fighters and 10 trainers — cleared by the CCS on January 13, could have 43 “improvements” over the Tejas Mark-1 jets which the IAF has already positioned orders for earlier.
The order/contract for the brand new 83 plane is predicted to be positioned through the upcoming Aero India present. “From the date of the signing of the contract, HAL will have 36 months to start delivering the first batch of aircraft,” the supply mentioned.
News Agency PTI quoted Singh as having mentioned Tejas isn’t solely indigenous, however can be higher than its international equivalents on a number of parameters and in addition comparatively cheaper.
“Many international locations have proven curiosity in Tejas. India will obtain the goal of Rs 1.75 lakh crore within the area of defence manufacturing in (a) few years”, the Minister was quoted as having mentioned.
(With inputs from PTI)


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