India’s calibrated response at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh brought stability to the standoff with China’s Army, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a curtain raiser for the government’s flagship biennial defence exhibition, Aero India 2021, which is to be held from February 3-5, Singh said the handling of the LAC situation also showed the country’s resolve to defend its sovereignty and integrity. One of the highlights of the three-day show is the expected signing of the contract between the government and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 73 Mark-1A and 10 Mark-1 Tejas fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Earlier in the day, Singh inaugurated a new HAL plant which will produce the Tejas Mark-1A in Bengaluru. Speaking at the inauguration, Singh said, the deal — pegged at some Rs 48,000 crore — would be an immense boost to India’s defence needs as well as the government’s push for self-reliance.
“It (the deal) will take the Indian aerospace sector to new heights – it will improve the security of the country. It will boost the capability of the IAF. The third big achievement from the indigenous aircraft program is that it is not just about the protection of the country and its progress, but it also protects the self respect of all Indians,” said Singh.
He said the LCA deal will send a message to the world that the government is serious about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s…