NEWS | DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has received a RFP from the IAF for 83 Tejas Mk-1A light combat aircraft (LCA). The RFP comes following the November 2016 clearance for funds for the programme by India’s Defence Acquisition Council, with production orders expected to be placed in late 2018. The Mk-1A variant is a significantly modified version of the initial Tejas Mk-1 LCA and will come equipped with the Israeli Elta 2052 AESA radar, podded Electronic Warfare suite and Cobham in-flight refuelling probe. Also in the mix are the addition of new air-to-air missiles and precision munitions, in addition to the R-73 and Rafael Derby BVRAAM, already integrated on Tejas Mk-1.