Defense Council Finalises Proposal for 83 Tejas Jets Why in the discussion?

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved 83 Tejas Mk-1A Light Combat Aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) based in Bangalore. Purchase approved. Self-reliance and successful indigenous development and strategic systems and platforms such as- Agni and Prithvi series missiles Its discovery of production of- Light Combat Aircraft Tejas: Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher, Pinaka : Air Defense System, Akash : Radar and a wide range of Electronic Warfare Systems etc., has made a major contribution to India's military power in producing effective deterrence and providing significant advantages.

key points

  • The first meeting of the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) was held under the chairmanship of the Defense Minister after the determination of the areas of work of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). This decision was taken in this meeting.
  • It is noteworthy that the Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed an indigenous design of the light combat aircraft 'Tejas'. It is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
    • According to experts, this fighter aircraft will prove to be very helpful for the Indian Air Force in future.
  • Purchase orders for 40 'Tejas' aircraft have been placed by the Indian Air Force. DAC has approved the purchase of 83 aircraft which will be the modern Mk-1A version of this aircraft.
  • This proposal of about Rs 38000 crore will be placed before the Parliamentary Committee on Security (CCS) for consideration.

the gain 

  • This purchase will give a boost to 'Make in India' as the aircraft is designed and developed with indigenous technology. Apart from HAL, it has been manufactured in collaboration with many other local manufacturers.
  • This agreement is considered very important to maintain the strength of fighter squadrons in the Indian Air Force.
  • As per the statistics, at present there is a total shortage of 30 fighter squadrons in the Indian Air Force and even if HAL supplies the above aircraft on time, the Indian Air Force will still have a shortfall of 26 fighter squadrons.
    • It is known that each squadron of the Indian Air Force usually consists of 18 aircraft.
  • With the fulfillment of these 83 aircraft, the Indian Air Force will have a total of 123 Tejas fighter jets.



  • It is an 'Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft', jointly developed by 'Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)' and 'Hindustan Aeronautics Limited' (HAL). Is.
  • It is the smallest-lightweight single-engine 'Multirole Tactical Fighter Aircraft'.
  • Significantly, it has been designed with the aim of reducing its dependence on Russia's MiG-21 fighter jets and moving towards self-reliance in the field of national security through indigenous warfare.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 

(Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-HAL)

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is one of the largest companies in India. The history and development of HAL reflects the growth of the aeronautical industry in India over the past 77 years.
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was established as Hindustan Aircraft Company in Bangalore on 23 December 1940 by Walchand Hirachand in collaboration with the Government of Mysore.
    • In December 1945 it was brought under the administrative control of the Ministry of Industry and Supplies and in January 1951, Hindustan Aircraft Private Limited was taken under its administrative control by the Ministry of Defense.
    • On October 1, 1964, under the merger order issued by the Government of India, the merger of Hindustan Aircraft Limited and Aeronautics India Limited was completed and after the merger the company was named Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • The company's core business is the development, manufacture, repair and redesign of aircraft, helicopters and engines and related systems such as avionics, equipment and accessories.