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A 32 year wait: Indian Air Force finally welcomes first indigenous Tejas combat plane

Jan 17, 2015    

Thirty-two years after the project was sanctioned, the first indigenously-built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was today handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to the IAF, a red letter day for Indian defence and aerospace sector.The handover signals the start of a process of induction of the fighters being built at home under a project which has already cost the exchequer nearly Rs 8,000 crore.The entire project by the DRDO and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is estimated to cost over Rs 30,000 crore.The aircraft that has been handed over has got Initial Operational Clearance-II, wh...

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