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Former HAL Chairman R.K.Tyagi welcomes decision on Tejas acquisition
By Dr. RK Tyagi | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 1/13/2021 6:16:17 PM
Former HAL Chairman R.K.Tyagi welcomes decision on Tejas acquisition
Former Chairman of HAL, Dr. R.K. Tyagi

The former Chairman of HAL, Dr. R.K. Tyagi has welcomed the decision of the govt. to clear deal for the acquisition of 83 HAL manufactured Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft worth Rs. 45,696 crores. He told, ‘ It is a great step towards self-reliance in Aerospace manufacturing in India and will create an excellent ecosystem with HAL, BEL ,L&T and other 160 plus indian co.s/MSMEs’.

He further said, ‘I recall as Chairman HAL, that IOC(initial operational clearance) was achieved on 20 th dec,2013 and we delivered first Series Production aircraft (SP-1) to Air Chief Arup Raha in the presence of Shri Manohar Parrikar, the then Raksha Mantri on 17Jan2015 (in just 13 months).’Dr. Tyagi also expressed hope that the future of Tejas programme is very bright. For better implementation of indigenous programmes he stressed on three points.

He said, ‘We should have a National Advisory Group for effective execution and technology adoption for the LCA (Tejas) project. Then there is an immediate need to increase annual production capacity of HAL. Finally, LCA skills now be converted into a new National program-IRTA (Indian Regional Transport Aircraft.He thanked Prime Minister Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for the positive decision to clear deal for 83 Tejas aircraft and complemented IAF, DRDO and HAL for making this project a big success.
 

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