Tejas debut in UAE: India’s defence industry has been growing steadily in recent years, with the government’s emphasis on building a strong and self-reliant defence manufacturing base. The industry has made significant progress in developing new technologies, equipment, and capabilities, and has emerged as a major player in the global defence market.
One of the key factors driving this growth is the government’s “Make in India” initiative. The initiative aims to promote domestic manufacturing and reduce dependence on imported defence equipment. The government has also taken steps to streamline the defence procurement process and encourage private sector participation in defence manufacturing.
In addition to manufacturing equipment for its own armed forces, India has also been exporting defence equipment to other countries, with a focus on developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. This has helped to boost India’s economic growth and enhance its strategic partnerships with other countries.
Tejas Set to Make its Debut at UAE Foreign Air Exercise
Five Indian Air Force jets of the home grown Tejas Light Combat Aircraft are set to make their international debut at an air exercise in the UAE between February 27 and March 17.
“An Indian Air Force contingent of 110 air warriors has arrived at Al Dhafra air base to participate in Exercise Desert Flag VIII. The IAF would be participating with five LCA Tejas and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. This is the first occasion when LCA Tejas will fly in an international exercise outside India,” an IAF spokesperson said in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Exercise Cobra Warrior at Waddington in the UK was cancelled a year ago. It was meant to be the first deployment of indigenous fighter jets outside of their home base. However, the exercise was cancelled due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Currently, the Gulf Drill is taking place instead.
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Desert Flag is an international air drill that includes the air forces of the UAE, France, Kuwait, Australia, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Morocco, Spain, South Korea, and the United States. The purpose of the exercise is to practise different types of aerial combat and to benefit from the knowledge of the various participating air forces.
The exercise comes soon after Malaysia chose the South Korean FA-50 fighter over the Tejas in a $920 million deal to buy 18 light attack aircraft. However, to sell the fighter jets, defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics is in talks with nations like Egypt and Argentina.
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