IAF chief Bhadauria does not rule out procurement of more Rafale fighter jets
NEW DELHI: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Monday did not rule out procurement of more Rafale jets, and said the induction of the French-made multi-role aircraft has given the Indian Air Force an operational edge to strike "deep and hard".
The Chief of Air Staff also said the go nment is concentrating on procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas (Mark 1A), 114 multi-role fighter aircraft (MRFA) and having upgraded versions of the LCA besides focusing on indigenous development of the ambitious advanced medium combat aircraft.
Asked whether the IAF was keen on having at least two more squadrons of Rafale jets, Bhadauria said it is a complex subject and that "various options" are being deliberated upon based on the future requirement of the force.
"The entire subject is under discussion and debate," the Chief of Air Staff said at a press conference.
On induction of the first fleet of Rafale, he said, "The integration of Rafales brings in a platform armed with weapons, sensors and technologies that is way ahead and gives us an operational and technological edge in this area.
"Combined with upgraded op capabilities of our current fighter fleet, it gives us the ability to shoot first and strike deep and hard, even in contested airspace."
The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, nearly four years after India signed an inter-go nmental agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore.
There has been a view among some officials in the military establishment that the IAF should at least have four squadrons of Rafale jets considering its operational aspects. There are 18 aircraft in a squadron.
They think it will be the "cheapest option" as the cost of research and development for all India-specific enhancements have already been covered in the previous deal.
The Chief of Air Staff also cited budget constraints as one of the factors in taking any decision (regarding procurement).
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This is VERY good for India but also a GREAT SHAME, that after 70 years of self rule India has to buy assault riffles and struggles to make these let alone develop war planes for today era.
Good decision. To keep in check the cunning China, India need to procure more and more.
IAF Shud Concentrate on Armed Drones, as in Future, Drones will be Important Aspect of warfare. See The Situation In Armenia Azerbaijan Conflict and What Turkish Drones are Achieving on Behalf of Azerbaijan.
C V Chaudhari
ANOTHER 36 RAFAEL JETS WILL BE A BIG BOOST TO THE INDIAN AIR FORCE! INDIA SHOULD NOT DELAY IN THIS REPEAT ORDER AS DELIVERY TAKES TIME.
Pappu Pass or Fail
More Rafel means more business to bankrupt Reliance.. thoko..
INDIA SHOULD NOT WASTE TIME AND ORDER ANOTHER 36 RAFALE JETS ESPECIALLY WHEN FRANCE IS OFFERING A GOOD DISCOUNT! THIS WILL BE A BIG BOOST FOR THE INDIAN AIR FORCE!
Still there wont be any "Transfer of Technology". Just like what CAG report cited.
That's why UPA ordered 126 but Modi made it 36 just for bribes.
72 Rafale jet is a good idea. It will act as deterrent for our northern and western neighbours.
INDIA SHOULD ORDER ANOTHER 36 RAFAEL FIGHTER JETS PROVIDED FRANCE GIVES US A GOOD DISCOUNT! THESE JETS ARE COMBAT WORTHY AND PROVEN IN AIR DOG FIGHTS! JAI HIND!
Government may think of 0.5% cess on Income tax and 1% turn over tax on all companies importing materials from China and Pakistan, to improve defence procurement.
PM should create a fund specifically to buy more Rafael. People of India ,NRI and big industrialists are ready to donate to buy four squadrons .
Never before we saw an Indian Govt so much focussed on strenghthening the armed forces - Kudos to this Govt !
please do not let debate prolong inordinately. remember dragon has already started fortifying itself and we should not ponder over drawing board endlessly. quick decision is needed. already India specific details are available. cost should not become a big constraint
Rafales imported at great cost to the exchequer may have slight technological edge over Chinese indigenous planes, but Chinese will outnumber the Rafales 5 to 500.
India has spent so much money on defense purchases ,its high time we get returns on investment...take back POK and Aksai Chin and target Tib for independence so future of India and borders are safe .
This is the correct time i.e. BJP go nment. This go nment will fulfill the requirement of the Defence, unlike the UPA.
waste of money