The decision to initiate a LCA-Navy programme acknowledged the talent and ingenuity of our aircraft designers and engineers, and aimed to energise our stagnant defence-technology base.
The Chief of the Staff of the French Air Force, General Andre Lanata, flew a sortie on the Indian Air Force's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 'Tejas' in western Rajasthan.
Funding for defence will remain a constraint, but nurturing an indigenous-technology driven policy focus and enabling private sector is the need for national security.
Southern Air Command Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria flew the indigenous multi-role fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said that the fighter squadron strength of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach the desired numbers by 2032.
Defence and security company Saab has offered a fighter sensor package for the homegrown Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft.
A decision on many big ticket projects like procuring the much-awaited fighter jet planes and self-propelled guns is likely to be taken this year, Manohar Parrikar said