Friday, July 27, 2018

IAF is Doing Obsolescence Management For Jaguar Aircraft To Strengthen Its Fleet, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is revamping its Jaguar ground attack fighters. Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa while speaking to reporters today said that IAF was doing obsolescence management for the Jaguar aircraft. The IAF chief said, “We are doing obsolescence management for the Jaguar aircraft, from wherever we'll get the spares, we have to keep our fleet flying, its a good deal.” India is mulling over acquiring old and mothballed Jaguars from other countries to bolster the existing fleet of the aircraft.
The IAF is currently facing a shortage of fighter jet squadron. The force has only 33 fighter squadron against the authorised strength of 42 squadrons, and most of the Mig fighter jets are expected to retire over the next few years. India has also signed a deal with France to acquire 36 Rafale jets in 2016. The first fleet of these jets is expected to be delivered in 2019. Besides this, the IAF has also issued a request for information (RFI) to acquire 110 fighter jets.
27/07/18 Latestly