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  • 10 August, 2022

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  • Malaysia has been promised 18 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) "Tejas" from the Indian government.
  • The single-engine jet also piqued the interest of Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the United States, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
  • For 83 of the locally made Tejas planes, the Indian government awarded a USD6 billion contract to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 2021, with deliveries beginning in roughly 2023.

What is Tejas Aircraft?

The Government of India launched the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme in 1984 and set up the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to oversee it.

It took the place of the outdated Mig 21 fighter jets.

Designed by:

The Aeronautical Development Agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development.

Manufactured by:

The State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)


  • The class's lightest, smallest, and most manoeuvrable multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft.
  • It is designed to transport a variety of precision-guided, air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry.
  • The capabilities for air-to-air refuelling.
  • 4000 kg is the maximum payload capacity.
  • It is capable of travelling at a top speed of Mach 1.8 and has a 3,000-kilometre range.

Variants of Tejas:

Tejas Trainer:

2-seater operational conversion trainer for training air force pilots.

LCA Navy:

Twin- and single-seat carrier-capable for the Indian Navy.

LCA Tejas Navy MK2:

This is phase 2 of the LCA Navy variant.

LCA Tejas Mk-1A:

This is an improvement over the LCA Tejas Mk1 with a higher thrust engine.

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