Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that India’s ultimate objective is to reach a stage where it can win future conflicts with homemade weapon systems.
His statement comes a day after the government cleared the purchase of 83 indigenously-developed Tejas fighter jets for the Indian Air Force in a boost to the Centre’s ‘Atmnanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) vision.
“Our focus will remain on indigenisation and efforts to progressively support Atmanirbhar Bharat is our mission. We hope to see our Air Force touch the sky with glory with aircraft that has major components including engines that are Made in India,” Gen Bipin Rawat said.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crore to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mark-1A fighter jets.
The deal, to be signed in the next few days with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), would strengthen the Indian Air Force’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’ and overall combat capability.
“This deal will be a game-changer for self-reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing,” defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Twitter as he announced the final approval given to the mega deal.
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