Saturday, October 29, 2016

An overview on the evolving Indian Air Force: an interview with the Indian Air Force Chief of staff

Recently our partner, India Strategic, conducted an interview with the Indian Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Chief Arup Raha.

The Indian Air Force marked its 84th Anniversary this October 8, with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, saying that IAF is looking forward to increase its combat strength.

He disclosed that the Government is considering the Make in India offers from the US Boeing for F/A 18 Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin for its F-16 (Block 70) and Swedish Saab for Gripen.

IAF is also open to offers for more Rafales as well as Eurofighters but under the Make in India program of the Government. He agreed that IAF needed another manufacturing line besides that of HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to make up for the depleting number of its squadrons.

IAF is happy though at the Rafale deal, he observed pointing out that the aircraft will be equipped with the best of technologies.

He said there had been some delays but upgrade of the Jaguar with new engines and avionics is likely to be finalized soon. The MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 are already on upgrades.
28/10/16 SLD