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US, Australia among 6 countries interested in Tejas aircraft: Center

Tejas Fighter (Photo: IAF)

New Delhi: The Center on Friday said that the US is among the six countries that want to buy Tejas fighter jets from India. Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt said in Lok Sabha in response to a question on Malaysian aircraft coming to India that Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the US, Indonesia and the Philippines have also shown interest in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

The minister also confirmed that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a defense PSU under the ministry, has offered to sell 18 Tejas jets to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

Tejas, manufactured by HAL, is a single-engine multi-role fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments. In February last year, the Defense Ministry inked a Rs 48,000-crore deal with HAL for the purchase of 83 Tejas light combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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Malaysia is buying aircraft to replace its fleet of old Russian MiG-29 fighters. In October 2021, HAL had responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) against a tender floated by the Malaysian Air Force for 18 fighter leads in Trainer – Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT – LCA). HAL introduced the twin seater variant of Tejas LCA to Malaysia.

“The government over the years has taken several policy initiatives and reforms to encourage indigenous design, development and manufacturing of defense equipment in the country, thereby expanding their production,” the minister said in a written reply.

(with PTI inputs)

US, Australia among 6 countries interested in Tejas aircraft: Center

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