The new version of the indigenously built light combat aircraft Tejas will be equipped with indigenous missiles, radars and other weapons. By equipping this fighter aircraft with indigenous weapons, India wants to give a big message to the world and also wants to realize the power of ‘Made in India’.
According to Defense Ministry sources, preparations have been made to equip the new version of Tejas LCA Mk-1A with fully indigenous weapons. Within the next two-three months, the country-made missile weapon can be tested with Tejas. Astra is a near-range missile developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). This missile has also been fitted on Sukhoi and its trials are going on. Now it is being fitted on the new version of Tejas and the tests will be done. This missile is very effective in hitting the air-to-air target up to 10-120 km away.
Sources said that while the air-to-air Astra missile has been developed, a new version of the surface-to-air missile is being prepared for the Navy. Which will be used in future versions of Tejas made for the Navy.
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Second Important Indigenous Defense Equipment AESA Radar
Similarly, the second important indigenous defense equipment in Tejas is the AESA radar. It has also been developed by the laboratories of DRDO. The beauty of this radar is that if it is used in a fighter aircraft, it not only gives information about the target present in the air, but also provides information about the target present on land and sea. Therefore, with the installation of this radar in Tejas, its capability will increase. It can be used for many types of operations.
On board oxygen generating system is also being installed
An on board oxygen generating system is also being installed in Tejas. It has also been manufactured by Defense Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), a laboratory of DRDO. Defense sources said that many other equipment used in combat aircraft in war is also being installed indigenously.
>> 60 percent indigenous and 40 percent foreign components were in the initial build of Tejas, now it is continuously being reduced in new versions.
>> 40 Tejas are being supplied to the Air Force now, out of which 30 Tejas have been supplied and rest 10 will also be available in next two years.
83 aircraft of the new version of Tejas equipped with indigenous weapons will be procured for the Air Force, which will free the Air Force from the obsolete MiG aircraft. These aircraft will be supplied in the next five-six years, due to which all four squadrons of MiGs will be removed.