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20-30 Tejas aircraft to be commissioned soon: Parrikar

As many as 20-30 indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which will replace the aging MIG fighters, will be commissioned soon, government informed the Lok Sabha on Friday .

Defence research and development organisation (DRDO) is working on the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Programme, which has been running behind schedule.

During question hour, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said “20-30” Tejas aircraft are to be commissioned soon. Once ready, Tejas would replace the aging MIG fighers. Noting that concerns over light combat aircraft would be taken into account, the minister said negotiations are going on for the 126 Rafale fighter jets deal.  India and France have agreed to iron out issues like pricing and a guarantee clause for French firm Dassault to fast-track the estimated $15-billion deal for 126 Rafale fighter jets.
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