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Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) T. Su­varna Raju has said that they are plan­ning to set up a new as­sem­bly line and are also in­volv­ing the pri­vate sec­tor in a big way to en­hance the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of Te­jas fighter air­craft. When this plan ma­tures, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will have 123 Te­jas by about 202425. The ex­ist­ing or­der stands at 40 jets in batches of 20 each. The first 20 are with ini­tial op­er­a­tional clear­ance while the re­main­ing 20 will be with fi­nal op­er­a­tional clear­ance.The Te­jas squadron ‘45 Fly­ing Dag­gers’ was raised in July 2016. The De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil had given ini­tial clear­ance for 83 air­craft in the Mk1A con­fig­u­ra­tion with spe­cific im­prove­ments asked by the IAF which in­clude ad­vanced elec­tron­i­cally scanned ar­ray radar and self-pro­tec­tion jam­mer.

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