HASIMARA (NORTH BENGAL): The Indian Air Force (IAF) is hunting for fighter aircraft apart from the Rafale medium multi-role combat ones and the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to meet the existing shortage, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said after the handing over of Presidential Standards to two Mig-27ML squadrons by President Pranab Mukherjee at Air Force Station Hasimara on Saturday. The IAF would be forming several more squadrons in the next few years, the air chief said.
"There are shortages. We will be retiring the Mig-27MLs that have not been upgraded in the last 2-3 years. One of the squadrons at Hasimara will also be retired in 2016. We are looking forward to receiving the Rafales. Apart from this, there are other aircraft we are looking at. We will also be getting more Su-30MKIs. An order has also been placed for 120 Tejas Mk-IIs. There are many plans and things will change in the next 10-12 years," Raha said in response to a question from TOI.
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Even china is buying fighter jets feim russia. Not a bad idea to shop around keepng eye on russian flights
All the defence aids shall be upgraded now. It was a forgotten story earlier as the funds were eaten away by corruptio
No compromise in meeting needs of defense sectors as our country is surrounded by bad neighbors
Elusive talk by an Air Force Chief. Plans are just Vaporware. Induction of 120 Tejas in the Air Force is dangerous, very Dangerous. American F-16 downed Russian SU-24 like a sitting duck over Turkey. India would be better-off buying and collaborating with USA manufacturer. France/Russia are all unreliable.
Backstabbing anyone is easy task. So it does not make F-16 superior
Fact is fact! SU-24 was in a position for Combat. If it were not why did they come in Turkey Territory? SU-24 was downed by F-16. Lesson for India. Buy USA!
Perhaps you are unaware that India has SU-30. Russia deliberately used older SU-24, so that its technology does not fall at the hands of enemies. French jets use American technologies and software. Russian jets and missiles use Indian software. India is safe at the hands of Parikkar, your eyesore.
Dont worry. India wont be around much longer.
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By that time, Earth would have ended. Bharath has lived a thousands of centuries despite being invaded.
i dont know why paki's read indian news papers. What you will get out of reading indian news.