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Tejas moves closer to final clearance, induction

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    Tejas moves closer to final clearance, induction
    Chethan Kumar,TNN | Oct 1, 2014, 03.31 PM IST

    BANGALORE: Air Commodore (retd) KA Muthanna, on Tuesday, successfully took to skies the series production (SP) standard light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas on its maiden flight, taking the aircraft closer to final clearance and induction into the IAF.

    The series production was finalized in September last year and received the second initial operational clearance (IOC-II) in December last year. It has taken one full year for the aircraft which will now await the final operational clearance (FOC) to embark on its maiden flight.

    The Indian Air Force (IAF), which has been extremely critical of the project, had wanted an IOC-II because the aircraft was found 'unworthy' for the forces after the initial operational clearance in January 2012.

    "Generally there is the IOC and then the FOC, in this case, despite the IOC in 2012, IAF was not ready to accept the aircraft for final clearance and IOC-II took place in December last year after a series of issues were sorted out," a well-placed source said.

    The cost of one single SP standard LCA, a senior HAL official said, could touch about Rs 160 crore. "Initially the cost was estimated to be about Rs 120-crore, but now I think it will cost us at least Rs 40 crore more per aircraft," he said.

    HAL chairman R K Tyagi, in an official statement said: "The aircraft is now ready for IAF operations." But that may depend on the successful completion of FOC, a date for which is yet to be scheduled.

    IAF has sought 20 LCAs in the first phase and the demand for the aircraft is likely to go up.


    Tejas moves closer to final clearance, induction - The Times of India
     
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    Damn, the price of a single SP standard LCA is only 160 Crore, which translates to 26.3 Million $ :woot:

    LCA is ONLY 26.3 Million $ per Aircraft !!!!! This is UNBELIEVABLE. Arjun Tank is supposed to cost 10 Million $ :cheesy:
     
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    $26.3 million for FOC configration ???
     
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    That is what the article says. Rs. 160 Crores translates to 26.3 Million $ USD :D
     
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    Yeah and 31-33 million for Naval-LCA
     
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    Well the article doesn't say that, but lets see. That price is possible.
     
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    Move Over Tejas. India Wants A Second Line Of Fighter Jets.

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