Within the framework of the visit of the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, S. Jaishankar, to Buenos Aires, the Argentine interest in strengthening bilateral defense and cooperation ties transcended.
This opens the possibility of adding the HAL Tejas, manufactured entirely in India, to the analysis for the future interceptor fighter of the Argentine Air Force.
Despite the British embargo on arms sales to Argentina, which has so far thwarted a couple of deals, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is striving to replace all British components of the Tejas fighter with Indian-made ones.
According to the Indian media, the LCA Tejas is a multi-role single-engined light fighter with a delta wing.
HAL is preparing to export the Tejas MK1A variant, which features a new set of avionics, including an Active Electronically, Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a new DARE electronic warfare suite (UEWS), and a power generation system.
New oxygen (OBOGS) was developed by the Defense Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), among other improvements.
« The LCA Tejas carried a radome from Cobham Limited, a British aerospace manufacturer. Uttam’s indigenous radars will most likely replace it,” explained Girish Linganna, Analyst at Aerospace and Defense.
According to Girish Linganna, “another point is Dunlop, the Scottish brand that manufactures the tires for the LCA Tejas.
Indian manufacturer MRF Tires appears to be taking over from Dunlop. For the LCA Tejas, over 15 LRUs were purchased from various British manufacturers.
Today, HAL appears to be turning to the Indian industry, including several public sector companies (PSUs) such as Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), to innovate. (BHEL), so that innovative autochthonous substitution is made that guarantees the Argentine contract .”
The LCA Tejas also carries a Martin-Baker ejection seat. The company has pioneered the “zero-zero” ejection seat, which ensures the safe extraction and landing of the entire crew from zero speed and altitude. Finding an alternative without compromise is an arduous task that HAL must perform to ensure the completion of the order from Argentina.
HAL is currently in talks with NPP Zvezda, a Russian manufacturer of ejection seats. His K-36 ejection seat is a competitor to Martin Baker.
In fact, NPP Zvezda came close to getting the contract even for the American F-22 Raptor fighter and the Joint Strike Fighter. The K-36 has several variants used in Russian fighters, such as the MiG-29, Su-27, Su-30, and Su-57. The K-36 also has a zero ejection seat on par with the Martin Baker,” he added.
The price of the Tejas fighter ranges between 30 and 33 million dollars. Indian sources state that about 40/45 Tejas models have been built for the Indian Air Force and Navy. Argentina’s interest would be for twelve jets.