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At $43 mn each, Hindustan Aeronautics' Tejas Mark 1A seeks export market

At Rs 315 crore ($43 million) per fighter, the Tejas Mark 1A would be a viable competitor in the international market for light fighters. It would be less so if taxes took up its cost to Rs 385 crore

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Hindustan Aeronautics | Tejas Mark 1 A | Indian Air Force

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

Tejas Mark 1A, HAL
Competitors, such as the Sino-Pakistan JF-17 Thunder, are cheaper with a unit cost of $25-30 million. However, the Tejas Mark 1A outperforms them in avionics and weaponry

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the Union Cabinet’s clearance for (HAL) to build 83 Tejas Mark 1A light combat aircraft (LCA) for Rs 45,696 crore. This raised concerns that the improved version of the current Tejas Mark 1 fighter would cost a daunting Rs 550 crore each.

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First Published: Mon, January 18 2021. 06:10 IST
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