India has offered its Tejas Licght Combat Aircraft (LCA) to Sri Lankan Air Force’s bid to replace its ageing Israeli Kfirs and MiG 27s.
Tejas will be competing against Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter (a variant of Chinese FC-1 Xiaolong Fierce Dragon),” Sri Lankan Sunday Observer news website reported.
India has offered brand new, indigenous design, ‘Tejas’ supersonic jet fighter to the Sri Lanka Air Force even as SLAF commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala prepares to visit Pakistan early next month where he is likely to study Pakistan’s own supersonic jet offer to replenish Sri Lanka’s air defence capability. Air Force officials, however, insist that the SLAF commander’s trip to Pakistan is a routine official visit and that Sri Lanka is not committed to buy the Pakistani JF-17 ‘Thunder’ multi-role fighter, the website said.
Both the Pakistani JF-17 Thunder and India’s LCA Tejas are second rung light fighter-bombers very similar in terms of flight performance and weapons payload and, possessing very modern ‘smart’ technology but are relatively cheaper when compared with the aircraft of similar specifications manufactured by the big powers.
SLAF officials argue that, despite their high price tags, given the emerging global geo-political scenario, Sri Lanka needs to replace its currently ageing fleet of supersonic jet fighters with a new generation of high technology aircraft.
Although there is some debate in the defence establishment here whether or not the country needs such expensive, high-powered aircraft for its limited aerial defence requirements, Air Force officials, however, claim that given the currently emerging global geo-political conditions, the country needs to be well equipped to deal with a variety of possible threats, and thus requires high performance aircraft of the latest generation.
Indias home-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas has been grounded due to a defective landing gear detected in all prototypes and limited series production (LSP) aircraft. The landing gear problem, as reported by Deccan Chronicle newspaper was that the gear would not fold up after take-off
Indian Air Force has decided to order 100 modified Tejas aircraft apart from 20 planes, which had been ordered previously. Indian air force believes that by acquiring the aircraft Pakistan can perform better that the JF17 and would beat the Pakistani competitor on four parameters like reach, weapons, ability to kill and survivability
India plans to induct at least seven squadrons of indigenous Tejas Mark 1-A Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) into Indian Air Force despite flaws to keep the program alive. The Indian Air Force has agreed to induct the LCA as it urgently needs more than 120 light weight fighters to intercept enemy aircraft and other defense missions, NDTV reported Wednesday
Sri Lanka plans to invite proposals from international fighter aircraft manufacturers to buy eight multi-role fighter aircraft to replace a largely grounded fleet of its air force. Quoting cabinet minister Rajitha Senaratne, Sri Lankan publication Economynext said on August 10 that the multi-role fighters would be used for national defence and maritime protection requirements
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has opened talks with Saab to partner it on improving the Indian-made Light Combat Aircraft also called Tejas. Indian news agency PTI said quoting unnamed defence sources that a high-level team from Saab will arrive in India next week to carry forward the discussion
India will be selling two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to Sri Lanka in 2017. “The first will be delivered in February 2017 and the second at the end of that year
Pakistan has invited Sri Lanka to send an evaluation team of technicians and pilots to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC)'s Kamra facilities that produce JF-17 fighter jet. Pakistan is eyeing to secure a deal with Sri Lanka during Pakistani prime-minister Nawaz Sharifs scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in the first week of January
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Indias Hindustan Aeronautics is likely to double the production of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to 16 each year to meet the government target of 100 aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF has decided to order 100 modified Tejas aircraft apart from 20 planes, which had been ordered previously
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