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Rajnath Singh becomes first Defense Minister to Fly in Tejas fighter jet

A Defence Ministry official said the minister is taking a sortie in order to boost the morale of officers in the  development of indigenously made Tejas

New Delhi- Rajnath Singh on Thursday became the first defence minister of the country to fly in the indigenously built light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.

“It will also boost the morale of IAF pilots who are flying these aircraft. The ministry will be briefed by IAF officers before taking a sortie on Thursday he added. The IAF has already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The naval version of LAC is in the development stage”.

Singh would also be attending an exhibition of products of The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bengaluru.

Initially, the IAF had placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. Last year, the IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over Rs.50,000 crore.

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