India's moves towards military self-reliance
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New Delhi, May 23 -- Two years after asking global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft in the world's biggest warplane contract, India plans to switch to India-made fighter jets. On 14 May 2020, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, said in an interview in New Delhi that to boost the capability of its aging combat aircraft fleet, Indian Air Force (IAF) is finalising plans to induct the indigenously-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas.
When asked about the global tender for jets, he explained that India will buy an additional 83 jets, apart from an earlier deal for 40 aircraft, for $ 6 billion. This decision is going to disappoint Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and Saab AB, who were trying to bag ...
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