Thursday, August 15, 2019

HAL proposes for four more squadrons of Sukhoi-30MKI, but IAF not keen due to budgetary issues

New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to receive the first batch of four Rafale fighter aircraft as part of a controversial deal with France next month, according to a report by The Financial Express. Manufactured by Dassault Aviation, the aircraft will come equipped with Meteor missile, SCALP ground attack missiles with a range of up to 300 Kms. But the Indian Air Force (IAF) still requires several more fighter jets to meet the demands.

According to The Economic Times, state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has proposed for an order to manufacture additional 72 more Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets to add to the current order for 272, but officials said that the air force has not been keen due to budgetary issues.

The report added that squadrons of the Su-30 MKI jets were proposed to meet gaps in fighter squadron the air force seems to be only keen on ordering replacements for aircraft that have been lost in accidents.

The ET report added that the HAL is hopeful that an order for at least 10 additional aircraft is placed this year so that its Sukhoi manufacturing plant in Nasik does not fall idle.

“We are currently making 12 of the fighters per year at the Nasik plant,” ET quoted HAL chairman R Madhavan as saying.
14/08/19 News Nation

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