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INDIAN AIRFORCE TO ACQUIRE 200 FIGHTER JETS

The acquisition for around 200 aircraft is in process by the Indian Government to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, said the defence secretary Ajay Kumar.

The Air Force has Sukhoi 30 MKIs, Mirage 2000s, Mig 29s and the ageing Jaguars and Mig 21 Bisons in its inventory of fighter jets at present.

He said that ‘The contract for HAL-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are in the final stages,

Apart from these, Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for another 110 aircraft, based on which Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated, Ajay Kumar said.

“Roughly (for) 200 aircrafts, the acquisition is in process,” he said.

“We are in the process of finalising the contract for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark 1 A. These are advanced fighters to meet the urgent needs of India,” the defence secretary told.

He said that the contract for the LCAs will definitely be signed this year i.e. in 2020.

When asked whether a time frame has been finalised by which the new aircraft are to be acquired. The defence secretary said that “We want to do it as soon as possible,”

He also said that with the design having been finalised.  State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Will be ramping up production of the LCA Mark 1 A jets from 8 to 16 per year.

“If required, through outsourcing, we can further enhance it,” he said.

The last fleet of seven swing-wing MiG-27 fighters. It played an important role during the 1999 Kargil war and was decommissioned on December 27.

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