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Tejas Mark-2 megaproject approved by Cabinet Committee on Security

The Tejas Mark-2 project has received approval from the PM Narendra Modi-led Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), advancing India’s push for indigenous fighter aircraft. The Tejas Mark-2 project, which would cost more than 6,500 crore, was cleared by the CCS. The Tejas Mark-2 will be crucial to the country’s military forces. On the Tejas Mark-1, technologies including fly-by-wire, avionics, composites, and others have been previously demonstrated.

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Tejas Mark-2: Key Points

  • The government intends to approve the fifth-generation advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) with stealth features and supercruise capabilities in addition to the Tejas Mark-2.
  • The AMCA project is anticipated to receive approval from the CCS for 15,000 crore.
  • In comparison to the Tejas Mark-1, the Tejas Mark-2 will have GE-414 engines in the 98 Kilonewton thrust class, a longer combat range, and a larger weapon carrying capacity.
  • The Tejas Mark-2 will play a significant role in the national armed forces. Technologies like fly-by-wire, avionics, composites, and others have previously been demonstrated on the Tejas Mark-1.
  • The new initiative will upsize those into stronger and larger combatants. According to the source, the IAF will likely receive at least six squadrons (110–120) of Tejas Mark-2.

Tejas Mark-2: About

  • The project already obtained 2,500 crore in government approval. According to reports, the $6,500 crore will go toward certification, flight testing, and prototype development.
  • Tejas is a locally produced light multi-role fighter aircraft created by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) (HAL).
  • 40 Tejas Mark-1 aircraft, 10 Mark-1 trainer aircraft, and 73 Tejas Mark-1A aircraft have been ordered by India.
  • The Tejas Mark-2, which will be a medium-weight aircraft and be utilised for offensive operations in enemy territory, will be lighter than the Tejas Mark-1.
  • Tejas Mark-1, which weighs around 13.5 tonnes, was created to replace MiG-21 aircraft, while Tejas Mark-2, which is anticipated to weigh approximately 17.5 tonnes, is anticipated to replace Mirage and Mig-29 aircraft.
  • The first flight test of the Tejas Mark-2 will supposedly take place within the next two to three years, and production is anticipated to start around 2030.

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