Can’t depend on others for defence: Union defence minister Rajnath Singh | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that India cannot remain dependent on other countries for its defence requirements and hailed PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd as an example of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
After inaugurating HAL’s second LCA-Tejas production plant here, the minister said the indigenously developed Tejas was better than its foreign equivalents on several parameters and comparatively cheaper. Under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, India is looking to increase its defence manufacturing capabilities, the minister added.
‘LCH proposal may go to panel soon’
The new LCA facility is an example of how ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ is shaping up and HAL deserves the largest indigenous order of 83 LCA Mk-IA. LCA is the pride of India and sends the right message to others that India can make fighters of class inhouse,” Singh said.
HAL said it’s confident of bagging orders for 15 limited-series production aircraft of Light Combat Helicopter. HAL is set to sign the contract for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mark-1A aircraft on Wednesday. Besides, the request for HTT-40 trainer aircraft quotation is under consideration.
HAL chairman and managing director R Madhavan said the proposal for LCH procurement is expected to go to the Cabinet Committee on Security soon.

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