The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) offered its twin-seater variant of light-combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas to Malaysia.
It was revealed by Indian State Defence Minister Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to the members of parliament.
In 2019, India’s state-owned aerospace firm received a request for information (RFI) from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to purchase LCA class aircraft.
Following its response to the RFI, HAL submitted a bid to a request for proposal (RFP) in October 2021.
The written reply added: “HAL responded in October 2021 to RFP issued against tender released by RMAF, Malaysia for 18 nos of Fighter Lead In Trainer – Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT – LCA) and HAL offered LCA Tejas twin-seater variant.”
The statement also revealed that other countries, including Argentina, the US, Australia, the Philippines, Egypt and Indonesia, are also interested in purchasing the LCA aircraft.
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In February last year, the Indian Government awarded around $6.57bn to HAL for the procurement of as many as 83 Tejas LCA.
Deliveries of the aircraft under this contract were scheduled to commence in 2023.
HAL’s Tejas is a lightweight, highly agile, single-engine, multi-role, supersonic fighter aircraft.
It is designed to perform various roles, including offensive air support, air combat, reconnaissance, and anti-ship.
The aircraft offers a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system (FCS), along with advanced flight control laws.