The US, Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines are amongst six nations, which have proven curiosity in India’s Tejas plane whereas Malaysia has already shortlisted the jet beneath its acquisition programme, the federal government mentioned on Friday. The different two nations which have evinced curiosity within the plane are Argentina and Egypt, in accordance with minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt.
Tejas, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, is a single-engine multi-role fighter plane able to working in high-threat air environments. In February final 12 months, the defence ministry sealed a Rs 48,000 crore cope with HAL for the procurement of 83 Tejas mild fight plane for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Replying to a query in Lok Sabha on Tejas, Bhatt mentioned the HAL responded to a Request for Information (RFI) or preliminary tender acquired from Royal Malaysian Air Force in February 2019. Subsequently, the HAL responded in October 2021 to a Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by Malaysia for 18 plane, including the twin-seater variant of the Tejas was supplied.
Malaysia is procuring the plane to exchange its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-29 fighter planes. The variety of plane that Malaysia is taking a look at procuring just isn’t instantly clear. “Other nations which have evinced curiosity in LCA plane are Argentina, Australia, Egypt, USA, Indonesia, and the Philippines,” he mentioned.
Last month, the then Chairman and Managing Director of HAL R Madhavan mentioned the Tejas plane has emerged because the best choice for Malaysia. To a separate query on whether or not the federal government proposes to fabricate a stealth fighter jet, Bhatt mentioned “sure” and added the “autonomous flying wing expertise demonstrator” has been efficiently examined by the Defence Research and (*6*) Organisation (DRDO).
“Further, the specified info is delicate in nature and its disclosure just isn’t within the curiosity of nationwide safety,” he mentioned.
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