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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari in an interview with the ” Bharat Shakti ” has said that the air force is looking to argument its fighter fleet capabilities with the induction of 83 Tejas Mk1A aircraft, a contract for which was signed last year and plans to induct them from next year and is fully backing the AMCA program but for the interim period will also be procuring LCA Mk2.

This is possibly the first time, Air chief has spoken about IAF inducting LCA Mk2 after he assumed office in September 2021. In all his previous media interactions he had skipped mentioning procurement of the LCA Mk2 due to a tug of war that has been going gone within the air force, where one dominant section is supporting the AMCA program over the LCA Mk2 program.

IAF originally planned to procure 200 LCA Mk2 but now this might be cut down from the original requirement by half and instead, the focus will be shifted to procuring 7 squadrons of AMCA and six squadrons of MRFA to build up declining fighter fleet numbers in the next 15-20 years.

LCA Mk2 rollout has been planned for later this year or it most likely happens in early next year with the first flight being planned by end of 2023 or in early 2024.

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