Indian Air Force signed Rs 39,000 Crore Deal Signed with HAL: Things you need to know

Indian Air Force signed Rs 39,000 Crore Deal Signed with HAL: Things you need to know

Indian Air Force signed Rs 39,000 Crore Deal Signed HAL: Finally, Indian Air Force has signed a deal of acquiring 83 single-engine Tejas fighter aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aircraft deal has been finalized for Rs 39,000, according to Times of India in a report.

After negotiation between the Indian Air Force and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) over an year theprice came down to Rs 17,000 crore. According to the Times of India, the Indian Air Force was shocked by the ‘exorbitant price.
The Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) had earlier approved the deal for the procurement of 83 Tejas fighters jets in November 2016 at a price of Rs 49,797 crore but the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had responded with a quote around Rs 56,500 crore.
"Hindustan Aeronautics Limited", for instance was even charging profit on imported components. Item by item, the cost was brought down. Indian Armed Forces also cut some of its support requirements,” a source, quoted by Times of India, said.

The Indian Air Force is down to 30 fighter squadrons and is banking upon the Tejas to make up the free fall in numbers. Indian Air Force need around 42 squadrons  for the required deterrence against China and Pakistan.

The IAF, in December 16, had inducted around 40 TejasMark-1 fighter jets in its ‘Flying Daggers’ squadrons at Sulur. That deal was inked at a price of Rs 8,802 crore.

The Tejas Mark 1A is the improved version of the Tejas Mark-1. The Mark-1A version of the Tejas has improved AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar and better maintainability. It also has the air-toair refuelling system along with long-range BVR missiles and advanced electronic warfare to jam enemy radars and missiles.

“The flight testing for Tejas Mark-1A will hopefully be completed by 2022. After these 123 fighters, the IAF is looking to induct 170 Tejas Mark-2 jets with more advanced avionics,” Times of India quoted sources as saying.

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