PRODUCTION OF LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT (LCA) TEJAS
Two contracts have been signed between the IAF and HAL for the LCA Tejas aircraft. The first was on March 31, 2006 for procurement of 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard aircraft to be completed by December 2011. The second was signed on December 23, 2010 for 20 Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft to be delivered by 2016. Out of the first order for 20 IOC aircraft (16 fighters and 4 trainers), nine fighters have been delivered by HAL till date. The production of the remaining 11 IOC aircraft (seven fighters and four trainers) have been taken up at HAL. Production of 20 FOC aircraft, will be taken up after FOC clearance by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for which current target is December, 2018.
Apart from the first 40 aircraft (20 IOC & 20 FOC), the DAC has cleared acquisition of 83 Tejas Mk1A for the IAF for which quotation has been submitted by HAL. Further, in order to bolster the fighter squadron strength, Government of India has also planned to manufacture fighter aircraft through Strategic Partnership model.