The Defence Acquisition Council has today (7 November) approved a proposal for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to acquire 83 Mk 1A variant of the Tejas (previously known as the Light Combat Aircraft) at a cost of Rs. 50,025 crores.
This is the first big production order for the Tejas. Previous orders had been limited to one or two squadron strengths. This order more or less ensures the continuity of Tejas’ development into a mature light multi-role aircraft for the IAF.
The Tejas programme has been subject to severe scrutiny and criticism in the past. But with this order the Tejas’ potential utility to the IAF has been conceded. You can read more about short-nearsightedness of the criticism leveled at Tejas in this article. We quote:
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