Prime News, National (New Delhi), January 14:- After the government approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crores to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets, IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria on Thursday (January 14) said that it is a huge step for IAF capability building.
The IAF chief told ANI, “It is also a big boost to our indigenous industry. It is also a big recognition of our designers. It is a huge step for the Indian Air Force and for the country.”
RKS Bhadauria said, “The 83 aircraft will look after four squadrons. The current strength of the two squadron plan of LCA will now increase to six. Essentially the deployment will be frontline,” adding “Indian aircraft Tejas far better and advanced than the Chinese and Pakistan joint venture JF-17 fighter.”
On Wednesday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that it was a boost for the Centre`s Make in India initiative and that the ultimate objective is to reach a stage where the country can win conflicts with home-made weapon systems.
Rawat told ANI, “Our ultimate objective is to engage in and win future conflicts with home-made solutions,” adding “Our focus will remain on indigenisation and efforts to progressively support Atmanirbhar Bharat is our mission. We hope to see our Air Force touch the sky with glory with aircraft that has major components including engines that are Made in India.”
Notably, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crores to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets. The deal to be signed in the next few days with HAL would strengthen the Indian Air Force`s fleet of homegrown fighter jet `LCA-Tejas` and overall combat capability.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).