India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded negotiations with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to acquire 83 indigenously developed Tejas Light combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for INR390 billion (USD5.45 billion).
Official sources told Jane's on 18 February that the deal for the upgraded single-engined fighters is expected to be signed before the end of fiscal year 2019/20 (FY 2019/20) following approval of the procurement from the Cabinet Committee on Security, which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Deliveries of the LCA Mk 1A, which is still under development and will be powered by a General Electric F404-GE-IN20 turbofan engine generating 80-85 kN of thrust, are expected to begin within 36 months of the contract being signed, said IAF sources.
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