Malaysia Shortlists Tejas Under Acquisition Programme; US, Australia Among 6 Countries Interested

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The US, Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines are amongst six nations, which have proven curiosity in India’s Tejas plane whereas Malaysia has already shortlisted the jet beneath its acquisition programme, the federal government mentioned on Friday. The opposite two nations which have evinced curiosity within the plane are Argentina and Egypt, in response to minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt.

Tejas, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, is a single-engine multi-role fighter plane able to working in high-threat air environments. In February final yr, the defence ministry sealed a Rs 48,000 crore cope with HAL for the procurement of 83 Tejas mild fight plane for the Indian Air Power (IAF).

Replying to a query in Lok Sabha on Tejas, Bhatt mentioned the HAL responded to a Request for Info (RFI) or preliminary tender obtained from Royal Malaysian Air Power in February 2019. Subsequently, the HAL responded in October 2021 to a Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by Malaysia for 18 plane, including the twin-seater variant of the Tejas was supplied.

Malaysia is procuring the plane to exchange its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-29 fighter planes. The variety of plane that Malaysia is taking a look at procuring will not be instantly clear. “Different nations which have evinced curiosity in LCA plane are Argentina, Australia, Egypt, USA, Indonesia, and the Philippines,” he mentioned.

Final month, the then Chairman and Managing Director of HAL R Madhavan mentioned the Tejas plane has emerged because the best choice for Malaysia. To a separate query on whether or not the federal government proposes to fabricate a stealth fighter jet, Bhatt mentioned “sure” and added the “autonomous flying wing know-how demonstrator” has been efficiently examined by the Defence Analysis and Growth Organisation (DRDO).

“Additional, the specified info is delicate in nature and its disclosure will not be within the curiosity of nationwide safety,” he mentioned.

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