India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has invited overseas bids for 80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and an equal number of electronic warfare (EW) suites to equip the locally developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A variant.
HAL issued on 14 December a request for quotation (RFQ) for AESA radars to Israel Aerospace Industries/Elta (Israel), Raytheon (United States), Rosoboronexport (Russia), Saab (Sweden), and Thales (France), envisaging the purchase of 24 fully assembled systems and another eight in kit form for local assembly.
The remaining 48 radars, the RFQ stated, would be licence-built by HAL under a technology transfer.
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