India Offers To Sell 18 Fighter Jets To Malaysia

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India Offers To Sell 18 Fighter Jets To Malaysia

The Tejas has been beset by design and different challenges

New Delhi:

India has provided to promote 18 light-combat plane (LCA) “Tejas” to Malaysia, the defence ministry mentioned on Friday, including that Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the USA, Indonesia, and the Philippines have been additionally within the single-engine jet.

The federal government final yr gave a $6 billion contract to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for 83 of the regionally produced Tejas jets for supply beginning round 2023 – 4 many years after it was first accepted in 1983.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities, eager to cut back India’s reliance on international defence tools, has additionally been making diplomatic efforts to export the jets. The Tejas has been beset by design and different challenges, and was as soon as rejected by the Indian Navy as too heavy.

The defence ministry informed parliament that Hindustan Aeronautics in October final yr responded to a request for proposal from the Royal Malaysian Air Power for 18 jets, providing to promote the two-seater variant of Tejas.

“Different international locations which have evinced curiosity within the LCA plane are: Argentina, Australia, Egypt, USA, Indonesia, and Philippines,” India’s junior defence minister, Ajay Bhatt, informed members of parliament in a written reply.

He mentioned the nation was additionally engaged on manufacturing a stealth fighter jet, however declined to given a timeline citing nationwide safety considerations.

Britain mentioned in April it might help India’s purpose of constructing its personal fighter jets. India at the moment has a mixture of Russian, British and French fighter jets.

India is seeking to floor all its Soviet-era Russian fighter jets, the MiG-21, by 2025, following numerous deadly crashes, the Occasions of India each day reported final month.

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