PRIC­ING OF EQUIP­MENT PRO­VIDED BY DE­FENCE PSUS

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It has been re­ported that the Min­istry of De­fence has set up a com­mit­tee to au­dit the high cost of Te­jas Mark 1A quoted by Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL). In April 2018, HAL quoted ` 463 crore per jet for a to­tal of 83 air­craft. Com­pared to this, HAL sup­plies the Rus­sian Sukhoi fighter, which it as­sem­bles at Nashik, at ` 415 crore whereas ex-Rus­sia it costs ` 330 crore. The Swedish Gripen was of­fered to In­dia for ` 455 crore and the F-16 for ` 380 crore. Both these air­craft were to be made in In­dia if se­lected. The Te­jas Mark1 was

as a world space player suc­cess­fully com­pet­ing with both other state and pri­vate-sec­tor space ac­tors.

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