The Tejas Mark 1A fighter aircraft, an indigenous light combat aircraft, is scheduled to be stationed at the Nal airbase in Bikaner, Rajasthan, close to the Pakistani border. According to reliable sources, the first squadron of the aircraft will be stationed at the Nal airbase.
The aircraft are being outfitted with the newest in-country radars and avionics, making them far more sophisticated than the current LCA Mark1 Tejas fighters. It is anticipated that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will deliver the first LCA Mark1A aircraft to the Indian Air Force by the end of February or early March.
With 97 more aircraft approved by the central government and 83 already in production, large-scale production of the LCA Mark1A fighter jets is now planned. In the next eight to ten years, 220 LCA Mark 1 and LCA Mark 1A aircraft are expected to be brought into service in addition to the forty LCA Mark-1 Tejas fighters.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is predicted to produce 24 fighter aircraft annually by 2025, having accelerated its rate of production.
The Tejas Mark 1A fighter aircraft is designed, developed, and produced entirely in the country using more than 65% native parts. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Defence, chaired the Defence Acquisition Council, which approved the IAF’s upgrade programme for Su-30 fighter aircraft.
According to information obtained, the government expects to spend Rs 1.3 lakh crore on the Su-30 upgrade programme and massive procurement projects. The Indian Air Force is also clear about one thing: it will only possess “Made in India” fighter aircraft going forward, and it will need about 120 indigenous Multirole Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) to match the two squadrons of Rafale fighters to have the necessary capability to counter threats from both fronts.