TheTejas Mark-2 project was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which is chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, at 2 cost of more than Rs. 6,500 crore. The funding is an addition to the Rs 2,500 crore that was previously approved for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- The Tejas Mark-2 project will provide a number of enhancements to the flight and combat skills of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
- The Tejas Mark-2 (Tejas 2.0) will be an advanced version of Tejas LCA.
- The Tejas Mark-2 will have a longer combat range and more capacity to carry weapons with more powerful GE-414 engines in the 98 Kilonewton thrust class than the Tejas Mark-1 (GE-404 engines).
- It will have a payload capacity of 4 tonnes, up from 3 tonnes for the current variant.
- As the Tejas Mark-1 (13.5 tonne) was intended to replace outdated MiG-21s, the Mark-2 variant (17.5 tonne) will replace fighters such as the Mirage-2000s, Jaguars, and MiG-29s in the combat fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF).
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