Important Facts For Prelims
Tejas Jets for Delivery
- 08 Aug 2022
- 2 min read
Why in News?
The Government of India has offered to sell 18 Light-Combat Aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” to Malaysia.
- Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the United States, Indonesia, and the Philippines were also interested in the single-engine jet.
- The Indian government gave a USD6 billion contract to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 2021 for 83 of the locally produced Tejas jets for delivery starting around 2023.
What is Tejas Aircraft?
- The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme was started by the Government of India in 1984 when they established the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to manage the LCA programme.
- It replaced the ageing Mig 21 fighter planes.
- Designed by:
- Aeronautical Development Agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development.
- Manufactured by:
- State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- The lightest, smallest and tailless multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft in its class.
- Designed to carry a range of air-to-air, air-to-surface, precision-guided, weapons.
- Air to air refuelling capability.
- Maximum payload capacity of 4000 kg.
- It can attend the maximum speed of Mach 1.8.
- The range of the aircraft is 3,000km
- Variants of Tejas:
- Tejas Trainer:
- 2-seater operational conversion trainer for training air force pilots.
- LCA Navy:
- Twin- and single-seat carrier-capable for the Indian Navy.
- LCA Tejas Navy MK2:
- This is phase 2 of the LCA Navy variant.
- LCA Tejas Mk-1A:
- This is an improvement over the LCA Tejas Mk1 with a higher thrust engine.
- Tejas Trainer: