Indian Air Force will be purchasing 83 locally produced Tejas jets. In addition to the earlier deal to buy 40 aircraft, this purchase will cost $6 billion. Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said that Tejas jets will replace the ageing fleet of IAF. This deal is a milestone for India as it marks the beginning of the use of locally made weapons. Two years ago, IAF had floated a tender for international manufacturers for 114 aircraft but that process has been halted.