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Tejas fighter finally achieves production target

Eight Tejas to roll out this year; heavily outsourced to private sector

Eight Tejas fighters will roll off the line this year. And with an additional Rs 1,231 crore investment, 10 fighters are projected to be built in 2018-19, and 16 Tejas Mark 1As each year from 2019-20 onwards
Eight Tejas fighters will roll off the line this year. And with an additional Rs 1,231 crore investment, 10 fighters are projected to be built in 2018-19, and 16 Tejas Mark 1As each year from 2019-20 onwards

Since December 2013, when the indigenous Tejas fighter was operationally cleared to join the Indian Air Force (IAF), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has struggled to establish an assembly line that could build the homegrown light fighter quickly and cheaply. With just three Tejas delivered until this year out of the 20 ordered in 2013, the IAF’s complaint that the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) had taken too long in development gave way to the charge that HAL was not building the fighter fast enough to replace the IAF’s retiring MiG fighters. HAL’s ...