The Defence Acquisition Council paved the way for procurement of 83 more advanced Mk1A version of the Tejas aircraft from HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) by finalising the contractual and other issues.

About Tejas:

  • The Light Combat Aircraft is indigenously-designed by Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • It is an Indian single-engine, delta wing, multirole light fighter for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. 
  • It came from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India's ageing MiG-21 fighters. In 2003, the LCA was officially named "Tejas".
  • The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter (Mach 1.8) developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after the HAL HF-24 Marut.
  • As of 2019, the planned number of Tejas in Indian Air Force inventory, is a total 324 aircraft of several variants.

Defence Acquisition Council:

  • It is the highest decision-making body in the defence ministry.
  • Headed by Defence Minister
  • It was set up in 2001 as part of the post-Kargil reforms in defence sector
  • It approves the long-term integrated perspective plan for the forces. 
  • It accords acceptance of necessity (AON) to begin acquisition proposals, and has to grant its approval to all major deals through all their important phases.
  • It also has the power to approve any deviations in an acquisition, and recommends all big capital defence purchases for approval of the Cabinet committee on security (CCS) headed by the Prime Minister.

Way Ahead:

  • While orders of 40 Tejas aircraft had been placed with HAL in initial configurations, DAC paved the way for procurement of 83 of the more advanced Mk1A version of the aircraft from HAL .
  • The proposal will now be placed for consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). 
  • This procurement will be a major boost to 'Make in India' as the aircraft is indigenously designed, developed and manufactured with participation of several local vendors apart from HAL.



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