Indian Air Force is restrategizing it plans so that it can again push for procurement of another 18 Dassault Rafale fighter taking total tally to respectable 54 aircraft in near future soon.

IAF’s Top Brass has been pushing for additional Dassault Rafale fighter jets after India and France concluded a deal to procure 36 Rafale fighter but now IAF is working on new plans which can lead to the availability of additional funds required to procure additional jets as per Industrial sources close to

An argument put forward by IAF’s Top Brass that India has never operated such a small fleet of frontline fighter jets of one type in the past and respectable numbers will be 54 aircraft making up three Squadrons.

IAF’s Top Brass plans a complete overhaul of its procurement needs so that it can find funds to procure additional Dassault Rafale fighter jets. While the focus will remain largely on enhancing depleting Fighter fleet, IAF will have a relook at other larger deals to find some extra funds.

Manohar Parrikar was strongly against procurement of additional Dassault Rafale fighter jets and had completely ruled out possibilities of placing follow on orders but with Financial minister Arun Jaitely now been handed over additional in charge of Defence Ministry, IAF is planning to relook on how it can raise funds internally by cutting down on big-ticket purchases before it can make another official request again .

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