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India Seeks Local Warplanes as Overseas Purchase Plan Stalls

  • Plan to buy Tejas fighters may scuttle tender for 114 planes
  • India to cut defense exports, reduce reliance on foreign jets
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Tejas fighter jet.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Tejas fighter jet.

Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg
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India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets, two years after asking global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft in the world’s biggest warplane contract.

The country’s air force is finalizing plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas to boost the capability of its aging combat aircraft fleet, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will buy an additional 83 jets, apart from an earlier deal for 40 aircraft, for $6 billion, he said.