In a major step towards increasing the Indian Air Force's firepower after Rafale, the government has approved the purchase of 83 indigenously built Tejas fighter jets.
This largest indigenous defense procurement will purchase 73 fighter Tejas aircraft and 10 trainer aircraft of the fourth plus category manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at a cost of around Rs 48,000 crore.
This major procurement proposal was approved to increase the strength of the Air Force in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
In the direction of self-sufficiency in the defense sector. This decision to purchase Tejas may prove to be a milestone. Indigenous Tejas aircraft have already been inducted into the Air Force and the Air Force now wants to increase its fleet of these aircraft. The Tejas is a very modern and advanced fighter jet of its class which can fire missiles and rockets not only from air to air but also from air to ground.