Even as several parts of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas are of foreign origin, all out efforts are being made to reduce dependence on procurement of parts from foreign companies.
Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre told the Lok Sabha on Thursday that out of total 344 LRUs (Line Replaceable Units) involved in the system level of LCA, a total of 210 LRUs have been produced indigenously and balance 134 LRUs are being imported from foreign companies.
Indigenous content of the LCA Tejas Aircraft is 59.7% by value and 75.5% by numbers.
To further reduce dependence on foreign companies, the minister said that out of the 134 imported LRUs, the indigenisation of 42 units is under progress.
Also efforts are being made by way of indigenization with the objective to reduce the import content progressively.
Dr Bhamre told Lok Sabha that consolidation of technical specification of imported units have been carried out and they are being projected for indigenisation by private companies, DRDO labs and HAL divisions.
In a few cases, he said that state-owned HAL has entered into repair agreements for a number of items to locally repair the items and for balance, they are in the process of entering into Long Term Repair and Maintenance Agreement (LTRMA).
Tejas is the 4th generation fighter aircraft that has been indigenously designed and developed in the country by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The aircraft will not just find its way in the Indian Armed Forces but will also be exported to other countries, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Lok Sabha on November 18, 2016. The government has already initiated talks for exporting LCA Tejas to other countries. Alongside, State-owned HAL that has established facilities for manufacturing and delivery of 8 LCA per annum is also in the process of ramping up the production rate from 8 to 16 Aircraft per annum progressively by 2019-20.
With indigenous technology from DRDO, LCA Tejas –the modern combat aircraft is the smallest and lightest multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft that is being designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)
and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Navy.
Tejas, the modern combat aircraft with a glass cockpit, is equipped with state of the art Satellite aided Inertial Navigation System. It has a digital computer based attack system and an autopilot. It can fire Air to Air Missiles, Bombs as well as Precision Guided Munitions.
Conceived as a MiG-21 replacement, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” —the first advance Fly-by-wire (FBW) fighter aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in India was inducted into No. 45 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) on 01 Jul 2016. It is to the credit of its designers, manufacturer, technicians and test crew, that LCA has flown more than 3000 sorties / 2000 Hrs till date without any accident.
At the meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on November 7, for the first time two schemes worth Rs 53,000 crore were cleared under the Indigenous Design Development and Manufacturing (IDDM) category. The two
proposals included according clearance to an AON (Acceptance of Necessity) for 83 Light Combat Aircrafts (LCAs) Tejas at a cost of Rs 50,025 crore for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and another AON for 15 Light Combat Helicopters
(LCHs) including 10 for the IAF and 5 for the Indian Army at a cost of Rs 2911 crores. The DAC is headed by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.