The Indian Air Force (IAF) issued a request for proposal (RFP) to India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 20 December for the procurement of 83 locally designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for an estimated INR500.25 billion (USD7.8 billion).
HAL officials told Jane’s that they received an RFP for 73 single-engine LCA Mk 1A multirole fighters and 10 tandem two-seat LCA trainers, adding that they would respond to the RFP in three months, detailing the eventual configuration of the platforms along with the delivery schedules.
The RFP follows the approval given by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in November 2016 for the procurement of the aircraft under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
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