tejas: Why Tejas fighter aircraft are in demand?

The government had informed the Lok Sabha on Friday that Malaysia is acquiring 18 Tejas fighter jets, while the US, Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines have also expressed interest in purchasing the light fighter aircraft (LCA).

Last year, the Indian government had awarded a Rs 48,000 crore contract to the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (

) for the production of 83 Tejas jets to be delivered by 2023.

Native jet fighter Tejas was in the news recently after becoming Malaysia’s top pick. This Indian aircraft competed with the developed aircraft of China, Russia and South Korea, and because of its characteristics, it eclipsed all aircraft.

Defense expert Qamar Agha said Tejas is much lighter compared to Sukhoi.

“Tejas is fully capable of carrying a payload of eight to nine tons. It can fly with as many weapons and missiles as Sukhoi, which weighs more. Its main advantage is its speed. Despite being light, its speed is “These planes can fly as fast as the speed of sound, ie Mach 1.6 to 1.8, at an altitude of 52,000 feet,” he said.

Agha added: “The Tejas Mark-1A is also more expensive than the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter because a lot of latest equipment has been added to it. For example, it has developed radar in Israel. Apart from this, the aircraft also has a radar developed domestically. It’s very light and the fighter’s power is better too. It’s a multi-purpose fighter.”

Tejas is equipped with an active electronically scanned radar for critical operating capability. It can refuel in the air and be ready for war again. It can attack enemy aircraft from a distance. Not only this, it also has the ability to evade the enemy’s radar.

“At a time when there is a shortage of fighter jets in the Indian Air Force fleet, Tejas should be welcomed,” the defense expert said.

Tejas made its maiden flight in January 2001. The aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force squadron in 2016.

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