National Desk: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the largest public sector undertaking of defense in the country, duly received the order to build 83 Tejas Mark 1A fighter aircraft for the Air Force. Director General Defense Procurement in the Ministry of Defense, in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, provided documents related to this contract to HAL Chairman and Managing Director R Madhavan at the inauguration of Asia's largest air show Aero India, which started here on Wednesday. Under this, HAL will build 83 Mark 1A fighter aircraft for the Air Force and will cost about 48 thousand crores rupees. This is the biggest deal ever under Make in India.
HAL will make two versions of these aircraft with 73 Tejas Mark 1A and 10 Tejas Mark 1. Madhavan had said in response to media queries a day earlier that the first Tejas aircraft would be supplied to the Air Force in 36 months and all aircraft would be delivered to the Air Force within a period of 9 years. On this occasion, the Defense Minister said that in the coming times, Tejas will prove to be the backbone of the air force's fleet of fighters. He said that HAL is playing an important role in meeting the country's needs in the defense sector.
Allied countries such as Maldives and Sri Lanka have shown interest in the purchase of Tejas. The Tejas project started in 2003 under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Tejas aircraft has so far shown its feats and jauhars at various events and occasions and the aircraft has made over 6000 successful flights. After the inauguration of Aero India, the Defense Minister also inaugurated the India pavilion.