Malaysia considers purchase of Tejas Fighter Jets

Malaysia has expressed interest in purchasing India's HAL developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. A Malaysian Air Force team is expected to visit India soon in this regard, to assess the suitability of the aircraft. The initial requirement is for 12 jets by the Malaysian Air Force, with options for 24 more in the future.

India has offered the LCA TEJAS MK-1A version with a modern AESA radar, new avionics and the capability to integrate a variety of weapons, for the potential export order. Besides, offering full support in training both ground and air personnel, India has also presented to create a full maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for the TEJAS fleet in Malaysia to ensure a high rate of availability. The cost of the multi-role combat aircraft is expected to be around $42 million per unit.

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