During the recent Earnings Call for Q4FY23, top officials from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) confirmed their plans to hand over a minimum of 8 newly manufactured Tejas Trainer aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) within the current fiscal year. This announcement comes although the first series production Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas trainer, LT 5201, conducted its maiden flight just last month.
HAL has received orders for 18 Tejas Trainers from the IAF, and currently, 8-10 structures are in various stages of development. By March 2024, all trainers, including the one that completed its first flight recently, will be delivered to the IAF.
HAL aims to deliver a minimum of 6 Tejas Trainer aircraft by the end of this year and an additional 2 by March 2024. In 2021, the Union Cabinet approved the procurement of 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft, and previous orders had approved 8 Tejas Trainers. HAL plans to complete the delivery of all 18 Tejas Trainer jets by March 2025.