NEW DELHI: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday mentioned India’s final goal is to succeed in a stage the place the nation can win future conflicts with home-made weapon programs.
The CDS was reacting to authorities’s nod to acquire 83 indigenously Tejas fighter jets for the Indian Air Force and referred to as the deal a lift to Centre’s “Make-in-India” initiative.
“Our focus will stay on indigenisation and efforts to progressively assist Atmanirbhar Bharat is our mission. We hope to see our Air Force contact the sky with glory with plane that has main elements together with engines which can be Made in India,” Gen Bipin Rawat mentioned.
The Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi authorised the biggest indigenous defence procurement deal price about Rs 48,000 crores to purchase 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets.
The deal to be signed within the subsequent few days with HAL would strengthen the Indian Air Force’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’ and general fight functionality.
“This deal will probably be a game-changer for self-reliance within the Indian defence manufacturing,” defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted to announce the ultimate approval given to the mega deal.
Light Combat Aircraft Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art trendy 4+ era fighter plane.
This plane, which is provided with essential operational capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR), can be a potent platform to fulfill the operational necessities of the Indian Air Force.
(With inputs from ANI)