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Tejas Mk1A Production Challenges in 2025: Engine Delivery Setback

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Tejas Mk1A Production Challenges in 2025: Engine Delivery Setback
LCA Tejas production line of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bengaluru (File Photo)

The anticipated production timeline for India’s domestically developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk1A in 2025 faces potential obstacles due to delays in the arrival of its engines, as per recent media disclosures. This development comes at a time when the Indian Air Force (IAF) has expressed heightened interest in procuring additional Mk1A variants.

Engine Delivery Delay and Impact on Production

Originally slated for delivery starting August 2023, the General Electric (GE) F-404 engines, which power the Tejas Mk1A, encountered setbacks in the supply chain, causing delays and a subsequent halt in production. GE, the engine supplier, has assured the resolution of supply chain challenges and guarantees the commencement of deliveries within the current year.

The postponement in engine deliveries poses a potential threat to the planned production rate of 16 Tejas Mk1A units annually. This delay could potentially result in a production slowdown in the year 2025, potentially affecting the program’s overall timeline and influencing the delivery schedule for the Indian Air Force.

IAF’s Continued Confidence Amidst Challenges

Despite the looming production hurdle, the IAF has recently articulated its interest in procuring an additional 97 Tejas Mk1A variants. This reaffirms the Air Force’s confidence in the indigenous fighter jet, emphasizing the necessity of sustaining an unbroken production rhythm.

Mitigating Challenges: Stakeholders’ Active Involvement

Acknowledging the potential impact of engine delivery delays, the program’s stakeholders are proactively engaged in efforts to minimize these challenges. The success of these initiatives holds pivotal importance in ensuring the seamless production and punctual delivery of the Tejas Mk1A for the IAF.

While facing hurdles in engine deliveries, the Tejas Mk1A program remains resilient, with the IAF’s continued interest underscoring the significance of overcoming challenges for the nation’s defense capabilities.

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