Boost for Make In India Tejas: Malaysia keens on buying 36 LCAs: In a major development, a team of Malaysian Air Force is expected to visit India within the coming two months to assess the suitability of an indigenously developed light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas fighter jet.
During the visit, the Malaysian team is likely to be given a full tour of the LCA’s production facilities, test infrastructure, and a demonstration of the fighter jet’s combat potential.
India is said to be offering the Mk1A version of the LCA with modern AESA radar, new avionics, and the capability to integrate a variety of weaponry to the Malaysian Air Force. The potential export order from Malaysia is likely to have an initial size of 12 fighter jets, with the option for 24 more fighter nets in the future.
Besides the LCA Tejas, Gripen, and the JF17, the South Korean T50 is also a contender for the contract.
Other than aircraft, India is also offering the Malaysian Air Force full support in training both ground and air personnel. It is also offering to build full maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility for the jets in Malaysia to ensure a high availability rate.
It should be noted that the Indian Air Force(IAF) has already placed orders for 83 Tejas jets. The aircraft is priced at just over $42 million a unit.
The Made in India LCA with the first advance Fly-by-wire(FBW) fighter designed, developed, and manufactured by Aeronautical Development Agency(ADA) and HAL. The aircraft has the capability to fire Beyond Visual Range(BVR) missiles, bombs, and precision-guided munitions.