Rising Demand of Tejas Fighters
Attribution: Venkat Mangudi, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

While Argentina and Egypt have shown interest in acquiring Tejas fighter planes from India. Malaysia, it seems, has decided to go for Korean fighters. HAL’s negotiation on export of the Tejas fighters to Malaysia has suffered setback.  

Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to order 50 more Tejas Mk 1A fighter planes (in addition to 83 ordered earlier in 2021). IAF currently has 32 fighter squadrons which should increase to at least 42, preferably. 50.  


With indigenously developed Tejas Mark 1 fighters, India has joined the league of countries that can design and manufacture advanced fighter aircrafts. 

Designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy, Tejas are multirole supersonic fighters powered by single engine supplied by GE Aerospace.  

With Rolls Royce’s commitment to co-develop combat engine in India, the future versions of Tejas may have indigenously developed engines as well.  




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