The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to induct a total of 18 squadrons or 324 indigenously designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over the next decade in an effort to boost its rapidly declining combat fleet.
Official sources said the IAF is finalising a proposal to order 201 Tejas Mk 2 fighters to supplement the 123 Tejas Mk 1s and Mk 1As set to be procured by the service.
Senior IAF officers told Jane’s that the advanced Mk 2 variant, which is being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the state-run Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), will be fitted with the more powerful General Electric F414-GE-INS6 engine, which generates thrust of 90-98 kN, to give the fighter greater manoeuvrability and a higher angle of attack.
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