SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In a resolute display of commitment to indigenous defence capabilities, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has firmly backed the development of India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), a cutting-edge 5th-generation fighter jet program.
A senior IAF official, speaking to idrw.org, confirmed that the IAF is not considering the procurement of any other 5th-generation fighter jet, and its complete focus lies on supporting the AMCA program, which is making steady progress towards securing clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) at an estimated cost of 15,000 crores.
Previously, the IAF was exploring the possibility of procuring the FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft) based on the Russian Su-57E to augment the country’s combat capabilities. However, due to concerns regarding the maturity of the platform and disagreements over various program-related issues, India eventually decided to withdraw from the FGFA program. Since then, the IAF has wholeheartedly redirected its support towards the indigenous AMCA program.
While exploring options for 5th-generation fighter jets, it is worth noting that no country has formally offered any 5th-generation fighter jet to India so far. Despite the United States’ display of its F-35 Lightning II fighter jet at the Aero India show earlier this year, no official offer has been made for its procurement.
As the AMCA program gains traction, it will not only bolster India’s air defence capabilities but also pave the way for advanced technology collaborations and partnerships with other nations.
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