Just for fun....take 114 and divide it by 2. The answer you get represents what?
Assuming - as Hakeem says about this news item - this filler-space article is even remotely true on the number aspect, expect any future aircraft purchase to be a joint purchase for the Air Force and the Navy. Going by that yardstick, only three aircraft are actually contenders.....
Which of the above is the most likely to come? If you have any spent any significant time following this comedy show, you will know that nothing close to 114 birds will be coming for the IAF. As I have said before, what the services want and what the MoD actually loosens the purse strings for are two different things - night and day.
Also, what *EXACTLY* is the AMCA technology that the MoD is insisting on? It is the engine. That is the *KEY* technology.
The MiG-29K is here to stay and will be on the Vikramaditya and the Vikrant. The Vishaal will feature the Rafale M.
From the filler-space article in The Hindu. Just wait till post May 2019 and then everything will be out.
IAF to embark on a long shopping sortie for a jet
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/i ... epage=true
One defence official observed that procuring at least two more squadrons of Rafale jets would make economic, operational and logistical sense as India is spending €2 billion on IAF-specific customisations and 36 is too small a number. “It makes logical sense and would save us money as the additional aircraft would cost less. But in the current political climate, it is not possible,” he said.