February, 8

    Tejas Mk-II: ADA/HAL expects Bulk orders to maintain high production rates

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    Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have insisted that the Indian Air Force (IAF) make plans for bulk orders for the Tejas Mk-II when it is ready for production in 2028-29 so that it can maintain high production rate riding on the bulk order that will create need to expand production line that can support 24 aircraft per year or 48 aircraft per year as per bulk order that it gets.

    IAF has committed to procure six squadrons of Tejas Mk-II (108-120) but IAF in total might procure 9 to 10 squadrons (210) units. HAL plans to use the present LCA-Division facility to manufacture Tejas Mk2 aircraft when it enters production after Tejas Mk1A production closes.

    HAL is planning for a production line that can support 21 aircraft per year can argument to 24 aircraft per year which will take nearly 10 years till the 2030s before the last aircraft is delivered to the IAF.

    HAL can ramp up production to meet urgent requirements if it gets bulk orders that will clear funds to outsource and also upgrade additional facilities in Nashik to use to manufacture more Tejas Mk-II but it also depends if IAF can ramp up its intake of jets and train pilots to fly them.

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