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IAF accompanies Tejas to the Singapore Air Show; More ASEAN countries interested in ACL

For the IAF, this show will be an opportunity to interact with other participants from around the world as well as with its counterparts from the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

Even as India awaits a final response from Malaysia, which is in the process of making a decision on low-cost fighter jets for its air force, later next week, the Indian Air Force (IAF ) will fly the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) `Tejas MK-I at the Singapore Airshow.

According to the official IAF spokesperson, three LCAs will fly alongside participants from all over the world.

On Saturday February 12, 2022, a contingent of 44 members reached Changi International Airport in Singapore. They will participate in the Singapore AirShow which is a biennial event from February 15 to 18, 2022. This airshow, considered one of the best among ASEAN countries, provides a platform for the global aviation industry to showcase its products.

ACL in Singapore

The native Tejas will display low-level aerobatics, displaying its superior handling characteristics as well as maneuverability.

For the IAF, this show will be an opportunity to interact with other participants from around the world as well as with its counterparts from the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

It will be the best platform to introduce the Made in India low cost fighter jet to the world. And, according to a senior official, “ASEAN member countries are looking to India for low-cost platforms. With the successful confirmation of the BrahMos missile deal with the Philippines recently, and Malaysia set to announce its decision next month, there is a lot of interest in this aircraft.

Has the IAF participated in any worldwide air shows?

Yes. In the past, according to an official statement released on Saturday, the IAF had participated in similar air shows – the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia and the Dubai-2021 Airshow and presented the native light combat aircraft as well as IAF formation aerobatic teams.

LCA’s first international unveiling took place at the Bahrain International Airshow in 2016.

And in 2019, the RMAF (Royal Malaysian Air Force) expressed interest in the LCA as the aircraft participated in the LIMA for the first time.

Malaysia’s Interest in ACL

As Financial Express Online reported earlier, Malaysia is looking for 36 low-cost fighter jets for its own air force. In early 2021, the government of this country had issued a Request for Proposals and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had responded and an evaluation process is underway.

Sources confirmed to Financial Express Online: “The assessment process is ongoing in Malaysia.”

Also read: https://www.financialexpress.com/defence/malaysias-air-force-to-get-indias-tejas-lca-kuala-lumpur-looking-to-buy-36-jets/2371179/

Who are the other competitors?

Leonardo of Italy launched the M-346FA Fighter Attack aircraft variant; Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) also responded and floated FA-50 light attack aircraft; United Aircraft Corporation of Russia – Yak-130 combat trainer; and JF-17 from China.

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