HAL Chairman Says That The IAF Will Get Its First LCA Tejas By March 2024
- Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, DCAS, and VL Kanth Rao, DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defense, gave the papers to R Madhavan.
- Also, the Indian Air Force gave HAL a Request for Proposal (RFP) for their Basic Trainers need at Aero Indian 2021, which is still going on.
R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director said on Thursday that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will get the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas by March 2024.
“As per the contract, we are to start delivery of LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) by 36 months from today. The first delivery will be by March 2024. In the first year, they will get two planes, and by the second year, they will have 16 planes. Total supply time, post first delivery is 6 years,” Madhavan said at a press conference in Bengaluru.
“We faced issues due to lockdown in the first two quarters. The first quarter didn’t go anywhere at all. But we got better by the third quarter. So, whether in terms of money or other things, we will reach the goal set for the year in pre-Covid times “he added.
At the Aero India 2021 trade show in Bengaluru, the Defense Ministry gave the HAL a contract to make 83 LCA Tejas fighters.
While this was going on, Arup Chatterjee, one of the directors of HAL, talked about a “high altitude pseudo satellite” that HAL and a new company were working on together.
“With a start-up company, we are making a “fake satellite” that will be high in the sky. It hasn’t been made yet anywhere in the world. It will be solar energised and a big asset flying around 70,000 ft for 2-3 months unmanned taking information,” said Chatterjee.
Also, the Indian Air Force gave HAL a Request for Proposal (RFP) for their Basic Trainers need at Aero Indian 2021, which is still going on.
Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, DCAS, and VL Kanth Rao, DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defense, gave the papers to R Madhavan.