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Milestone: Indian Air Force Receives LCA Tejas Twin Seater.



  Oct 06, 2023

LCA Tejas and Defence Sector Indigenisation



Handover of LCA Tejas Twin Seater Aircraft to the Indian Air Force

What is the LCA Tejas Twin Seater Aircraft?

The LCA Tejas Twin Seater is a lightweight, all-weather multi-role 4.5 generation aircraft designed for various purposes,
including training for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the ability to serve as a fighter aircraft when needed.

Who handed over the aircraft to the Indian Air Force?

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first LCA Tejas Twin Seater Aircraft to the Indian Air Force.

What is the significance of this handover?

The handover of the LCA Tejas Twin Seater Aircraft is considered a significant step towards enhancing self-reliance in defense manufacturing in India.
It also demonstrates India's capability to design, develop, and manufacture world-class fighter aircraft.

How many more LCAs does the Indian Air Force plan to procure?

The Indian Air Force intends to procure an additional 97 LCAs, bringing the total to 220 LCAs in its inventory.

What is HAL's commitment regarding the twin-seater aircraft?

HAL's Chairman and Managing Director, C.B. Ananthakrishnan, stated that the company is committed to delivering all twin-seater aircraft as per the Initial
Operational Configuration (IOC) and Final Operational Configuration (FOC) contract to the Indian Air Force in the current financial year.

What is the role of the LCA Tejas Twin Seater in the Indian Air Force?

The LCA Tejas Twin Seater serves various roles, including training requirements for the Indian Air Force and functioning as a fighter aircraft when needed.
It contributes to the air force's operational capabilities.

What generation of aircraft is the LCA Tejas Twin Seater considered?

The LCA Tejas Twin Seater is categorized as a 4.5 generation aircraft, indicating its advanced features and capabilities.

Defence Sector:Positive Indigenisation List

The release of the fifth Positive Indigenisation List and the Navy's Swavlamban 2.0 initiative underscore the growing emphasis on indigenisation and self-reliance in India's defence sector.
The need for such initiatives arises from the recognition that India has historically been reliant on imported defence equipment and technology, making it vulnerable to supply chain disruptions and geopolitical pressures.
To address this vulnerability, the government is actively encouraging the domestic production of critical defence items.

The newly unveiled list includes a wide range of items, including state-of-the-art infantry combat vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, UAVs, precision artillery systems,
guided weapon test equipment, and more. These items are not only vital for national security but also have applications in modern warfare scenarios.

Organisations like the Department of Military Affairs are working closely with stakeholders to compile these lists, focusing on import substitution and encouraging indigenous development.
These efforts are expected to boost India's defence manufacturing ecosystem, reduce dependency on foreign suppliers, create job opportunities, and enhance the nation's self-sufficiency in defence production.

The Navy's Swavlamban 2.0 initiative complements these efforts by fostering innovation and collaboration in the defence sector.
Challenges and problem statements are presented to industry players to encourage the development of indigenous solutions, ultimately strengthening India's naval capabilities.

These combined initiatives reflect India's commitment to modernizing its armed forces and becoming self-reliant in defence production,
aligning with the broader "Make in India" initiative.


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