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Keeping its faith on indigenous fighter programs, Indian Air Force plans to increase Tejas Mk2 number to 200 jets from an initial plan of 100 jets

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Keeping its faith on indigenous fighter programs, Indian Air Force plans to increase Tejas Mk2 number to 200 jets from an initial plan of 100 jets
Tejas Mk2 CGI by Harshal Pal

India’s commitment to bolstering indigenous fighter capabilities receives a significant boost as the Indian Air Force (IAF) announces plans to expand its fleet of Tejas Mk2 fighter aircraft. Originally slated for a production run of 108 units, recent developments indicate a substantial increase to 200 jets, highlighting the IAF’s confidence in the program’s success.

Anticipation surrounds the impending inaugural flight of the Tejas Mk2, scheduled for the end of 2025. This cutting-edge aircraft, weighing 17.5 tons, signifies a monumental leap in India’s aerospace advancements and is poised to become a cornerstone of the nation’s defense strategy.

With the completion of wing assembly, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) gears up to commence the aircraft’s assembly later in 2024. This crucial step sets the stage for the potential maiden flight by late 2025 or early 2026. The accelerated production timeline underscores India’s commitment to enhancing its aerial capabilities swiftly.

The Tejas Mk2 is strategically positioned to replace aging MiG-29UPG and Mirage-2000 fighters within the IAF’s inventory, starting in 2030. By transitioning to this modern and indigenous fleet, India ensures operational readiness and aligns with its vision for a self-reliant defense ecosystem.

Weighing in at 17.5 tons, the Tejas Mk2 boasts an enhanced payload capacity, enabling it to carry a diverse array of weapons and equipment. This capability amplifies its effectiveness in combat scenarios, providing the IAF with a formidable asset for various missions.

As India continues to prioritize indigenous defense capabilities, the expansion of the Tejas Mk2 program underscores the nation’s commitment to technological advancement and self-sufficiency in defense manufacturing. With its impending maiden flight and expanded production plans, the Tejas MkII heralds a new era of prowess for the Indian Air Force.

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