Delay in LCA Project

Delay in LCA Project
The ambitious project of developing Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is running behind schedule. The current status is as follows:-

• Initial Operational Clearance II (IOC-II) for Tejas Aircraft Air Force version has been obtained on December 20, 2013.

• More than 2700 flight tests have been completed utilizing 13 Tejas.

• All trials are progressing well towards Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas.

• Aircraft build standard documents have been released for Series Production (SP) aircraft.

• On March 31, 2006, Indian Air Force has executed a contract with HAL for production of 20 Tejas aircraft SP powered by GE-F404-IN20 engines in IOC configuration and production activities are in progress. Defence Acquisition Council has cleared for 20 more aircraft in FOC configuration.

The expenditure incurred for LCA (Air Force Mk-I) Programme i.e. Full Scale Engineering Development (FSED) Phase – I and Phase – II till October 31, 2014 is Rs. 7399.69 crores.

FSED Phase –II was sanctioned with original Probable Date of Completion as December 2008 which has now been extended upto March 2015.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri CM Ramesh in Rajya Sabha today.
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