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India set to sell 18 light-combat aircraft ‘Tejas’ to Malaysia 

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: The Indian government has offered to sell 18 light-combat aircraft (LCA) “Tejas” to Malaysia, as stated by the defence ministry on Friday, adding that Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, and the Philippines have also shown interest in buying the single-engine jet.

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Last year, India gave a $6 billion contract to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for 83 of the homely produced Tejas jets to deliver, which will get underway around 2023—it was first approved almost four decades ago in 1983.

The defence ministry told parliament that Hindustan Aeronautics in October last year responded to a request for proposal from the Royal Malaysian Air Force for 18 jets, offering to sell the two-seater variant of Tejas.

Several other nations have also shown interest in the LCA aircraft are: Argentina, Australia, Egypt, USA, Indonesia, and Philippines, “India’s junior defence minister, Ajay Bhatt,” said.

He said the country was also working on manufacturing a stealth fighter jet, but was not ready to reveal the timeline due to national security concerns.

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