Several countries interested in buying Tejas fighter jet from India: Rajnath

Rajnath Singh said the government will bring orders for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s multirole fighter jet

The Tejas single-seat, single-engine, lightweight, high-agility supersonic fighter aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Several countries have shown interest in procuring the indigenously built multirole fighter jet, Tejas M1A, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will soon get orders from other nations, said Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. He was speaking at the inauguration of HAL’s second LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) production line in Bengaluru on Tuesday (February 2).

Also read: Indian Air Force to get 83 Tejas fighter jets for ₹48,000 crore

Singh said India cannot afford to remain dependent on other countries for fulfilling its defence requirements. “Despite the COVID pandemic, you (HAL) have received ₹48,000 crore order from the armed forces,” Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The defence minister also said the government will bring orders for the HAL.

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Talking about Tejas, a light combat aircraft (LCA), Singh said it is a matter of pride that the fighter aircraft is made in India. “Tejas is better than its foreign competitors in engine capacity, radar system, beyond visual range (missile), air-to-air refuelling and maintenance. Most importantly, it is cheaper than most foreign LCAs,” he said.

Rajnath Singh will attend the Aero India show scheduled to be held from February 3-5 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru.

The Union Budget has allocated ₹4.78 lakh crore for defence for the year 2021-22 against ₹4.71 lakh crore last year. While this is just about 1.4 per cent increase, the government has allocated 19 per cent for capital expenditure.

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