HAL Secures Landmark Contract As Defence Ministry Tenders For 97 LCA Mark 1A Fighter Jets

HAL is close to securing a big deal as the Defence Ministry plans to buy 97 LCA Mark 1A fighter jets from the public sector firm

The Ministry of Defence has put out a tender for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) for the procurement of 97 made-in-India LCA Mark 1A fighter jets. This deal is estimated to exceed Rs 65,000 crore and is poised to become the biggest purchase of domestically produced military equipment by the Indian government.

The Defence Ministry has granted the public sector firm a three-month period to respond. This move is aimed at assisting the Indian Air Force in replacing its outdated or soon-to-be-phased-out MiG-21s, MiG-23s, and MiG-27s, according to a report by ANI.

The indigenous fighter aircraft program is expected to be a major catalyst for promoting indigenous manufacturing. As per sources cited in the report, this will offer business opportunities to small and medium enterprises present in the defense sector.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been actively backing the revival of HAL, which has secured contracts to manufacture various indigenous fighter aircraft, helicopters, and engines during his administration. The PM had also made history by undertaking a flight in the trainer variant of the indigenous fighter, marking the first time an Indian PM has flown in a combat aircraft.

Last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract worth Rs 2,890 crore with the company to upgrade 25 Dornier patrol aircraft for the Indian Navy.

On an annual basis, the shares of the public sector firm have given multibagger returns of 159 per cent or 2,240 points on the National Stock Exchange.

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