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    IAF Chief strongly backs indigenous 5th generation jet, says no plan to import

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    Last year, the IAF issued the initial tender known as the Request for Information to global aircraft companies to produce the jets in India along with an Indian firm.

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    Indian Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
    Making a strong case for indigenisation, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday said there is no plan to import next-generation fighter jets and it will rely on Indian efforts to develop the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) for future requirements.

    Batting strongly for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Air Chief RKS Bhadauria said the plan is to induct it in large numbers, with the immediate case for 83 aircraft to be manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) heading towards a signing. The Air Force Chief said the focus for future procurements will be to cut down on imports and promote the Indian industry and research organisations that are developing combat systems.

    The officer made it clear that IAF would only go for the HAL developed HTT 40 aircraft for its requirement for basic trainers in the immediate future.

    “On the fifth generation (requirement), the AMCA has been given a go ahead and we have given it our whole support and are putting in our energies there. No import is planned in the foreseeable future,” the air chief said in response to a question by ET.

    Making it clear that the budgetary support planned is only for the indigenous AMCA, the air chief said it has been decided to take on the project and technology and weapons capability is being developed.

    On the LCA, the Air Force Chief said after the order for 83 jets of the Mk 1 A variant, the IAF will go for a larger order of the more advanced Mk 2 version. “The AMCA and the LCA Mk 2 will be parallel projects. They will have different teams and will go on independently,” he said.

    For the immediate requirement of fighter jets, the officer said 12 more Su 30 MKIs would be ordered but said the order for 36 more Rafale fighter jets has not been moved formally yet. Giving an update on the plan to produce 114 fighter jets in India with a foreign partner, the Air Chief said the process to initiate the selection is being worked on but did not specify a timeline.
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    11 Comments on this Story

    Sajith303 days ago
    What''s the point of developing 5th generation now...? Countries like France and russia already started developing 6th generation fighters.. if project also drag like Tejas then by the time we start manufacturing AMCA,others will start developing 7th gen fighters
    Anthony Morais303 days ago
    Sounds like a political rather than a military speech. However I agree with him. But the AMCA will have to be really good because by the time it is produced in large numbers it will be 2040. By then 5th gen fighters will be very outdated. Given India''s slow style IAF should be looking at 6th gen as well!
    Biswajith Kizhakketh304 days ago
    Instead of wasting our valuable resources on the blockheads and third rate engineers in DRDO and HAL,we should allow our private companies to manufacture these planes. Haven''t we give them enough opportunity. They have kept on failing
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