Argentina is interested in buying LCA Tejas


Argentinian Defense Minister Jorge Taiana and Secretary of International Affairs for Defense Francisco Cafiero are on an Indian visit. Besides meeting Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, the Argentinian team is visiting the Indian defense companies to explore the purchase of LCA Tejas and BrahMos.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways to strengthen defence and cooperation. There is also a possibility of a Rs 8675 crore deal with India for the fourth-generation fighter aircraft Tejas Mark-1A and LCH Prachanda during this visit

The team will visit Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, the Indian Aerospace major, on July 20, where sources indicate something “tangible” will be in the offing.

A team from HAL was in Argentina in June to negotiate with the Argentinian Air Force to make a pitch for its Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), along with its indigenously developed LCA Tejas fighter jets. If finalized, the sale of LCA to Argentina will be a breakthrough deal.
HAL will need to replace over 50 systems and sub-systems of the Tejas, which are supplied by UK firms such as BAE Systems, Cobham, and Martin-Baker.

Earlier, Argentina’s Defence Minister and Air Force Chief had expressed their desire to buy this aircraft by flying in Tejas in Aero India 2023.

Made in India The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is fast becoming the first choice of many countries. After Malaysia, Argentina, Australia, Egypt, America, Indonesia, and the Philippines have also shown interest in buying Tejas. Malaysia has decided to buy the Tejas MK-1A for its fighter jet programme to compete with the Chinese JF-17. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has also responded to the RFI from the Royal Malaysian Air Force. After this, HAL may soon get the first export order for Tejas.