Modi Govt to sell Tejas fighter jets to Malaysia US Australia Indonesia Egypt Philippines show interest

Tejas Indian Air Force aircraft during an air show
Image source: PTI Tejas aircraft of the Indian Air Force during an air show on the Combined Graduation Parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, near Hyderabad. (File photo)

Highlights

  • Govt told Parliament Malaysia to purchase 18 Tejas jets
  • The US, Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines have also expressed interest in Tejas
  • HAL has responded to a request for a proposal filed against a tender released by the Royal Malaysian Air Force

Boost to make in India: The government told parliament on Friday that Malaysia is acquiring 18 Tejas jets, while the US, Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines have also expressed interest in purchasing the light fighter jet (LCA).

The government said: “Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a defense PSU under the Ministry of Defence, responded to a request for information received from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in February 2019 for LCA-class aircraft.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Defense Minister Ajay Bhatt said: “Next, in October 2021, HAL responded to a request for a proposal filed against a tender released by the Royal Malaysian Air Force for 18 Fighter Lead In Trainer – Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT-LCA) and offered the LCA Tejas two-seater variant.”

The government has taken several policy initiatives and reforms in recent years to encourage the design, development and manufacture of defense equipment in the country, thereby expanding production.

These initiatives include:

  • Priority for sourcing capital goods from domestic sources under the Defense Acquisition Procedure 2020.
  • The announcement of 18 major defense platforms for industry-led design development in March 2022.
  • Notification of three Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) Positive Indigenization Lists totaling 310 services and two Positive Indigenization Lists 2,958 items, which would be embargoed on imports outside the specified timelines.

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