dinesha wrote:IAF to acquire 450 fighter aircraft in future, says Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria
https://www.timesnownews.com/india/arti ... ria/593673
..........The list of aircraft planned to be inducted by the Air Force include 36 Rafales, 114 Multirole Fighter Aircraft, 100 Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and over 200 variants of the Light Combat Aircraft..........
......"In the next 15 years, 83 LCAs are our primary focus, after that LCA Mark 2 will come in we are looking at close to 100 of those, that makes it near 200 of LCA class," Bhadauria told ANI in an interview.
"AMCA, we are looking at six squadrons, so that puts it close to 100 (aircraft). So, in the indigenous domain areas which are already frozen in terms of our requirement, in terms of our understanding with DRDO in the fighter (segment)," said the Air Force Chief.
He added that the induction of these fighters would take place over a period of the next 35 years as the inductions have to be planned to keep in mind the future requirements...........
........On plans to acquire 114 multirole fighter aircraft, he said, "this project is in the middle-weight and is in the Rafale class, in this issue, we will deal with it in the Make in India region, with an increase in FDI, with support to the private sector. I think in future this will bring in technology which is required to support the aviation sector. I think it is important to have another generation of aircraft in terms of capability, technology as we go along."
The Defence Minister will not increase the FDI via the automatic route to 74% without a game plan and end result in mind to enable LM, Boeing, Dassault to set up an assembly line in India without the albatross of HAL around their neck.
There is no way the IAF will accept the LCA and only the LCA as the sole aircraft to be inducted into the IAF for the next 10 years.
The IAF is looking for induction of another generation of aircraft in terms of capability.
Foreign origin aircraft manufactured/assembled in India will be treated as "domestic acquisitions" and will get the benefit of the just announced dedicated capital acquisition budget for local purchases.
The geopolitical re-alignments underway for the past few years have been greatly accelerated and timelines compressed because of the coronavirus and will have an influence on the acquisition process/favored candidates.