Group Captain (Retd) Harsh Vardhan Thakur, head of India’s experimental test programme at state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has hinted that Indonesian officials may receive an update on India’s LCA Tejas fighter jet programme.
Indonesian defence officials were briefed by HAL representatives on their whole product line. By 2024, the Indonesian Air Force hopes to replace its outdated fleet of Su-27/30 and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with 36 Rafale and 8 F-15EX aircraft. The Indonesian Air Force also runs a fleet of 200 outdated Hawk 200 light attack aircraft and has purchased 20 T-50i Golden Eagle trainer planes built in South Korea to replace earlier trainer aircraft.
It’s unclear how the LCA-Tejas would function given that the Indonesian Air Force already uses T-50i Golden Eagle fighters that have recently been updated with radar and air-to-air missiles with a range of beyond visual range.