PRODUCTION OF TEJAS
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.