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IAF Achieves Milestone in Self-Reliance with Indigenous Crash Fire Tender

The contract, valued at ₹291 crore, reflects the commitment of the Indian manufacturer to deliver high-quality products within stringent timelines.

In a significant stride towards self-reliance and Atmanirbharta, the Indian Air Force (IAF) recently celebrated the acquisition of its first indigenously designed and developed Crash Fire Tender (CFT).

This milestone marks a pivotal moment in the journey of the IAF towards reducing dependency on foreign imports and bolstering indigenous defense manufacturing capabilities.

Manufactured by a Noida-based Indian Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) firm, the delivery of the CFT underscores the growing prowess of India’s defense industry in designing and producing state-of-the-art equipment to meet the requirements of the armed forces.

The contract, valued at ₹291 crore, reflects the commitment of the Indian manufacturer to deliver high-quality products within stringent timelines.


Despite facing numerous challenges posed by disruptions in the global supply chain, the Indian manufacturer successfully delivered the CFT to the IAF within a commendable timeframe of 14 months from the signing of the contract.

This feat underscores the resilience and ingenuity of India’s defense manufacturing sector in overcoming obstacles and meeting the needs of the armed forces.

The acquisition of the indigenous CFT is a testament to the IAF’s unwavering commitment to supporting and promoting domestic defense production.

By investing in indigenous capabilities, the IAF not only strengthens its operational readiness but also contributes to the growth and development of India’s defense industrial base.


As part of its broader strategy to promote self-reliance and Atmanirbharta, the IAF continues to actively engage with Indian defense manufacturing and production entities, providing them with the necessary support and encouragement to innovate and excel.

Through initiatives such as hand-holding and technology transfer, the IAF is empowering Indian companies to become global leaders in defense manufacturing.

The acquisition of the indigenous CFT represents a paradigm shift in India’s defense procurement landscape, signaling a departure from reliance on foreign imports towards harnessing the potential of indigenous talent and expertise.

It is a testament to the vision and determination of the IAF to build a robust and self-reliant defense ecosystem that can meet the evolving challenges of modern warfare.


Looking ahead, the IAF remains committed to furthering its partnership with Indian defense manufacturers and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.

With indigenous capabilities at the forefront, the IAF is well-positioned to enhance its operational effectiveness and maintain its status as a formidable force in the global arena.

In celebrating the delivery of the indigenous Crash Fire Tender, the IAF reaffirms its commitment to the principles of self-reliance and Atmanirbharta, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous future for India’s defense industry.

Pratham Gurung
Pratham Gurung
An avid movie buff who aspires to make it into the armed forces. Always had a knack for words so reading and writing are my favourite hobbies. Can debate on anything but not everything.
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