Lauding the "sense of national pride" showcased by the Armed Forces during the decades-long military history of the country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asserted that with the acquisition of 83 indigenous LCA Tejas fighter jets from HAL more than 50,000 job opportunities will be generated in the country.
"I believe once a soldier, always a soldier.
Society draws inspiration from the Veterans' of the armed forces.
They have an important role to play in the society," said Defence Minister while addressing an event at IAF HQ Training Command.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 02. He was accompanied by his wife and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh. COVID-19 vaccine opened for public aged above 60 years on March 01.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra took a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi including top leaders of BJP who also hold ministerial positions are campaigning in different parts of country for upcoming assembly elections and Rahul Gandhi which he called 'Puppu' is catching fish. "Look at the difference. Modi ji is campaigning in Tamil Nadu, Amit Shah ji in West Bengal, Nadda ji is in Assam, Rajnath Singh is in Kerala, and 'Pappu' is catching fish, then they'll say EVMs are malfunctioning," he said. Rahul Gandhi was seen fishing with the fishermen during his Kerala visit.
HAL chief R Madhavan spoke on the timeline of delivery of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. Madhavan said they will deliver the first aircraft to Indian Air Force by March 2024. "As per contract, we are to start delivery of LAC by 36 months from today. The first delivery of Light Combat Aircraft will be by March 2024. In the first year, there will be delivery of two aircraft which will be ramped up to 16. Total supply time, post first delivery is 6 years that makes total timeline for 9 years," he said. This comes after the Defence Ministry handed over the LCA Tejas contract to HAL at Aero India show in Bengaluru. HAL to manufacture 83 LCA mark 1A aircraft which is the advanced version of Tejas.
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BJP MP Tejasvi Surya took a sortie in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, on the second day of the ongoing Aero India-2021. Surya also tweeted pictures onboard and as he prepared for the sortie the Tejas aircraft. After the sortie, the BJP MP said this is Bengaluru’s gift to the nation and also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for promoting indigenous manufacturing in defence. The government sealed procurement order worth Rs 48,000 crore from Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13 approved the deal to procure 73 Tejas Mk-1A variants and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 trainer aircraft from the HAL to boost the Indian Air Force's combat prowess. Watch the full video for more.
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Tejasvi Surya took a sortie on LCA Tejas aircraft at Aero India show in Bengaluru on February 04. While speaking to mediapersons, Surya said, "The LCA Tejas is a symbol of AatmaNirbhar Bharat. It is a beacon of scientific excellence and capabilities of India. I am extremely delighted today that I got an opportunity to fly in this wonderful fighter jet. LCA Tejas is Bengaluru's gift to India."
"India and China have maintained communication with each other through military and diplomatic channels. Our objective was to effect disengagement and maintain status quo along the LAC so as to restore peace and tranquillity," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha on February 11. Praising the Armed forces, Rajnath Singh said that Armed Forces have responded to challenges by unilateral Chinese action and have shown valour and courage on both South and North bank of Pangong Tso.
In next five years, India should be able to see very high level of indigenous content in defence forces, said DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy at Aero India 2021 in Benglauru. "PM has been asking us to enhance indigenous content in the Armed Forces. Gen Bipin Rawat also said that we should fight next war with indigenous weapons only. In next 5 years, we should be able to see very high level of indigenous content in defence forces," DRDO chairman told ANI.