Kartik wrote:Rakesh, Sandeep Unnithan didn't mention where the third line will be located, right? Possibly Nashik, where the Su-30MKI line will be going idle?
From IDRW...for what it is worth.
I read somewhere - a few years back - that setting up a Tejas production line costs anywhere between $200 to $250 million. Looking at the big picture, that is peanuts IMVHO.Tejas Fighter Jet to get Third Production Line soonhttps://idrw.org/tejas-fighter-jet-to-g ... line-soon/
30,000 sq meters of HAL land have been used near Nekkundi to set up a third production line for the Tejas fighter jet which is equipped with structural assembly hangar, process shop, and sheet metal shop, among others.
HAL also has offered to establish fourth Tejas Production line in its Nashik Unit which was previously used to make Sukhoi-30MKI locally under Russian license if IAF wanted a faster deliveries schedule which will take the production of Tejas Mk1A to 20 aircraft per annum if fourth production line is also activated by 2023 but IAF is yet to confirm need for fourth production line but it is possible that it might be used as production line for MWF-Tejas Mk2 in near future.
Kartik wrote:It is likely that as deliveries of Tejas Mk1A begin and IAF gets a taste of it's capabilities, they may add 1 more squadron of Tejas Mk1A as a bridge between Mk1A and Mk2 towards.
Although I'm hoping that the Tejas Mk2 development completes on time and production starts by 2028, one would need to be a little cautious with the timelines.
Additional Tejas Mk1A units will come and it could be the very scenario that you mentioned above. The Mk2 will be delayed, but to be expected. Any project of this scale will get delayed. The optimist in me says around 1 - 2 years delay in total, but I could be way off the mark.