Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Indian Air Force to buy 100 fighter planes to fill shortage in combat aircraft

New Delhi: Faced with shortage of combat planes, the Indian Air Force is burning midnight oil to initiate the process for buying over 100 fighter aircraft, expected to be worth over Rs 1.25 lakh crore in the next few days, around the beginning of the military exhibition, Defexpo-2018, in Chennai.

The Air Force is moving ahead with a plan under which it will invite bids from global aircraft manufacturers, including firms from the United States, Sweden, France and Europe.

The Air Force is working hard to issue the Request for Information (RFI) for the combat aircraft, and it is expected to come out before the Defexpo exhibition which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 11, government sources told Mail Today.

The plan is to acquire more than 100 planes for arresting the fall in squadron strength of the force alongside promoting Make in India and developing a mature and capable indigenous defence industry here.
The Air Force has already told the government that it is in a hurry to induct new planes and wants the government to go for an inter-governmental deal with a foreign country to make the planes here at the earliest.
04/04/18 Ajit Kumar Dubey/India Today