The move by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to place orders for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will help boost the scientific community in the country’s aeronautical sector and the industry, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief G Satheesh Reddy said on Monday.
The IAF is expected to place orders worth around Rs 45,000 crore with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to acquire 83 Tejas fighters.
“It is a great boost to the aeronautical sector of the country. The LCA has been developed by DRDO. It is a complete indigenous technology. The LCA went through operational clearance and then it got final clearance in February this year,” Reddy told ANI.
“Now getting at one go orders for 83 LCAs from the IAF is a boost to the scientific community in the aeronautical sector and also to industry. This gives confidence to aeronautical engineers, scientists to develop aircraft which the IAF requires,” he said.