India is expected to bag contracts for the trainer jet from Sri Lanka and Egypt. This could be worrying for other jet manufactures.
The Tejas, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is a supersonic, single-seat, single-engine multirole light fighter aircraft, which has been in works for the past three decades. It has been co-developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in cooperation with the Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Under pressure from the Modi government, the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is reportedly looking to procure 18 to 24 new fighters to replace its aging Chinese license-built MIG-21 by 2017. The news surfaced when the Sri Lanka was forced to reject Pakistan’s JF-17 aircraft by India.
India is also expecting Egypt to purchase the Teja. If done, Egypt will be the first Muslim country to purchase fighter jets from India. It had last year signed a contract to purchase 24 Rafale fighter jets from France – a plane India is considering for its air force.
The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed by HAL after the HAL HF-24 Marut.