Ultimate objective is to win future conflicts with home-made weapons: CDS Gen Rawat on Tejas order | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said India’s ultimate objective is to reach a stage where the country can win future conflicts with home-made weapon systems.
The CDS was reacting to government’s nod to procure 83 indigenously Tejas fighter jets for the Indian Air Force and called the deal a boost to Centre’s “Make-in-India” initiative.
“Our focus will remain on indigenisation and efforts to progressively support Atmanirbhar Bharat is our mission. We hope to see our Air Force touch the sky with glory with aircraft that has major components including engines that are Made in India,” Gen Bipin Rawat said.
The Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crores to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets.
The deal to be signed in the next few days with HAL would strengthen the Indian Air Force’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’ and overall combat capability.
“This deal will be a game-changer for self-reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing,” defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted to announce the final approval given to the mega deal.
Light Combat Aircraft Mk-1A variant is an indigenously designed, developed and manufactured state-of-the-art modern 4+ generation fighter aircraft.
This aircraft, which is equipped with critical operational capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile, Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite and Air to Air Refuelling (AAR), would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force.
(With inputs from ANI)

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