NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
On January 13 this year, the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared a 48,000-crore deal for 83 light combat aircraft (LCA) with HAL for the IAF in the biggest-ever deal in the indigenous military aviation sector. The HAL has already set up second line manufacturing facilities at its Nasik and Bengaluru Divisions. Equipped with the augmented infrastructure, HAL will steer LCA Tejas Mk1A production for timely deliveries to the IAF. The deliveries will begin three to four years after the contract is signed.