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Defence Acquisition Council approves procurement of 83 Tejas Fighter Jets

On March 18, 2020, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of indigenously built 83 Tejas fighter aircrafts for Indian Air Force. The proposal is to be placed under Cabinet Committee on Security. The proposal is considered as a major boost to Make in India.

About the Aircraft

The Light Combat Aircraft LCA-Tejas was designed by the Aircraft Development Agency (ADA). The ADA operates under DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization). It was manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

These aircrafts are expected to be the backbone of Indian Air Force. It is to be noted that India lost the 1962 war with China due to lack of sufficient fighter jets.

Defence Acquisition Council

The Defence Acquisition Council operates under Ministry of Defence and is the highest decision making body. The decisions include on policies, acquisition and capital for the three services. The Minister Defence (currently Shri Rajnath Singh) is the chairman of the council. It was formed in 2001 after Kargil war in 1999.

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HAL to set up logistics bases in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is to set up logistics bases in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. This is to entice them towards buying India’s military helicopters and Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.

Highlights

The HAL is working towards increasing defence exports and help India achieve its 5 billion USD defence target. It will also help India achieve its Defence target of Rs 35,000 crores by 2024. Currently India is exporting Defence products of worth Rs 17,000 crores.

The Tejas in particular is being promoted for its high lifespan of 30 years. HAL has identified West Asia, South East Asia and North Africa to sell helicopter Rudra, Tejas and Dhruv.

Role of HAL

HAL has been taking significant roles in boosting Defence Exports. The turn over of the company was Rs 19,705 crores.

What is Logistics?

Logistics is management of information from one place to another. It involves supplies, transportation, packaging, warehousing and social security.

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