Delhi: India is keen on manufacturing a second line of fighters besides Tejas, as per a media report.
NDTV quoted sources as saying that within six months process of deciding which foreign manufacturer will make the jets in India will begin.
The reports added that the Ministry of Defence has already had several rounds of discussions on the matter.
The website further quoted sources as saying the second line of fighters will be in the category of the medium multi-role combat aircraft, or MMRCA.
Besides meeting requirements of the Indian Air Force, The second line of fighters can also be exported, as per the report.
Tejas is a Light Combat Aircraft.
Meanwhile, as per a report on April 16, negotiations over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets have entered the "final stages" as both India and France have managed to narrow down their differences over the pricing.
Government sources have said that the deal has not been concluded yet but it is in "final stages", as per PTI.
The development came nearly four months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) to purchase 36 Rafale combat jets.
(With Agency inputs)