RFP to HAL for 83 LCA Mk.1As

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On 20 De­cem­ber 2017, the De­fence Ac­quis­tions Coun­cil (DAC) is­sued an RFP to HAL for 83 Te­jas LCA Mk.1As, this be­ing con­firmed the same evening by a HAL spokesman. Ear­lier, the same day, the De­fence Min­is­ter stated in Par­lia­ment: “De­fence Ac­qui­si­tions Coun­cil (DAC) has cleared ac­qui­si­tion of 83 LCA Mk. 1As for the IAF, pro­duc­tion of which is planned from 2019-20. Cur­rently HAL has or­ders for pro­duc­tion of 20 Te­jas Mk.1 fight­ers in the ini­tial op­er­a­tional con­fig­u­ra­tion (IOC); fol­lowed by an­other 20 in the fi­nal op­er­a­tional con­fig­u­ra­tion (FOC), when that is ob­tained.” Ac­knowl­edg­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing de­lay in Par­lia­ment, the MoD stated: “Out of to­tal 20 IOC air­craft (16 fight­ers and 4 train­ers), 5 fight­ers have been de­liv­ered by HAL to IAF till date. The pro­duc­tion of re­main­ing 15 IOC air­craft (11 fight­ers + 4 train­ers) are taken up at HAL. Fur­ther, “Pro­duc­tion for 20 FOC air­craft, will be taken up af­ter FOC clear­ance by Aero­nau­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment Agency (ADA).”

Be­yond these will be the Te­jas Mk.1A, but which vari­ant is yet to be de­vel­oped, as this es­sen­tially in­cor­po­rates four up­grades in­clud­ing the in­te­gra­tion of an AESA radar, a self-pro­tec­tion jam­mer (SPJ), fit­ting of an ex­ter­nal re­fu­el­ing probe and im­prov­ing “main­tain­abil­ity of the fighter.” With var­i­ous sen­sors and sys­tems yet to be se­lected, this could well ex­tend the de­vel­op­ment pe­riod. For the present, the MoD states that “For ramp­ing up pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity from ex­ist­ing 8 air­craft to 16 air­craft per an­num, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has sanc­tioned Rs 1,381.04 crore in March 2017”.

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