India Launches $8 Billion Program to Make Its Own Fighter Jet

New Delhi seeks to procure 83 combat aircraft produced by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics LTD (HAL) in an attempt to free its air force from dependence on imported technologies, Defense One reports.According to the report, the airplane, designated LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Mark-1A, is going to be “truly a fourth-generation fighter,” equipped with service-specific Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, or AESA; air-to-air refueling pods; self-protection jammers; and improved avionics and core systems.

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