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Air Marshal Narmdeshwar Tiwari, Deputy Chief of Air Force told Indian media that plans to procure 114 multi-role fighter jets under MRFA will see a renewed push by the IAF to get Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for the tender before the issue of the Request for Proposal (RFP) in next 3-4 months.

IAF is still framing Service Quantitative requirements and plans to issue RFP that might be done by end of this year or by mid of next year.

MRFA Tender will see the entry of Sukhoi-35 and F-15EX that were not part of the MMRCA Tender due to which will require thorough Technical evaluation trials if they manage to reach the RFP stage while others on offer will be tested only for capabilities that were not available at last round of technical trials. While Rafale remains the favourite to bag the order but India will be offered either F4 or F5 standards which are much superior to the current 3FR standard operated by the Indian Air Force.

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