At a meeting of the Indian government chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a major deal was approved.
The Indian government approved the purchase of 73 light fighters and 10 Tejas (Tejas) training aircraft for the Air Force. This was reported by Xinhua on Thursday, January 14.
It is indicated that a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the acquisition of 73 Tejas Mk-1A light fighters worth Rs. 456.96 billion (about $6.24 billion) and 10 Tejas Mk-1 training aircraft worth Rs. 12.02 billion (about $164 million).
Tejas are single-engine, multi-role light fighters developed and manufactured in India.
As a reminder, in February 2019, the first Tejas fighter jet was adopted in India. Its development lasted more than 30 years. The Tejas is expected to replace the Russian MiG-21 in the Air Force.