The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to buy 100 LCA Mark 1A fighter jets from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A proposal to this effect this has been submitted to the Ministry of Defence.
The project may get the required clearance soon. The IAF plans to buy these Made in India aircraft to replace the MiG-21 fighter jets.
Defence experts said that this can be a big boost to the private defence aerospace sector.
On Thursday itself, a Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, held under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition proposals worth approximately Rs 7,800 crore,
The Defence Ministry said this decision has been taken to enhance the efficiency of the Indian Air Force (IAF), and the DAC has granted AoN for procurement and installation of Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite on Mi-17 V5 Helicopters.
The EW Suite will be procured from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
The DAC has also accorded AoN for procurement of a Ground-Based Autonomous System for mechanised infantry and armoured regiments which will enable various operations like unmanned surveillance, logistic delivery of ammunition, fuel & spares and casualty evacuation on the battlefield, a Defence Ministry official said.
Proposals for procurement of 7.62x51 mm Light Machine Gun (LMG) and Bridge Laying Tank (BLT) have also been given go-ahead by the DAC.
While the induction of the LMG will enhance the fighting capabilities of infantry forces, the BLT will result in faster movement of mechanised forces.
The ministry said that the AoN for procurement of ruggedised laptops and tablets for the Indian Army under Project Shakti has also been accorded.
All these procurements will be sourced from indigenous vendors.
To enhance the operational capability of the MH-60R Helicopters of the Indian Navy, the DAC has accorded AoN for procurement of weapons for the same, the official added.