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India signs for 83 more Tejas Mk-1A fighter jets
India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) yesterday, Nov.8, cleared major defence proposals worth USD 12.3 billion, which should greatly boost its air and land power and future combat performance. The proposals which have been cleared include the procurement of 83 Tejas Mk-1A fighters and about 600 mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
India signs for 83 more Tejas Mk 1A fighter jets 640 001A HAL Tejas Mk1 fighter jet
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The DAC decision brings the total number of Tejas fighters ordered to 123 examples. A first batch of Tejas fighters was ordered in 2006, followed by a second batch of 20 aircraft in 2010. This new order brings the total number of Tejas fighters ordered to 123.

The Tejas Mk-1A will feature major improvements such as an Israeli Elta 2052 AESA radar, pod mounted Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, and Cobham in-flight refueling probe. India's Development Agency (AGA) is also considering additional AAMs and precision munitions Aeronautical.

The Tejas Mk-1 is powered by a sole General Electric F404-GE-IN20 turbofan. It has a range of 3,000 km and a combat radius of 500 km. The IOC version reaches a speed of Mach 1.6, or 2,000 km/h.

The DAC also approved the procurement of 15 light combat helicopters (LCH) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Out of this, ten will be for the air force.