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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is charting an ambitious path for its fighter jet fleet, with plans to acquire a mix of indigenous and foreign-made aircraft. Recent confirmations by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, have dispelled speculations about the impact of additional Tejas Mk1A orders on the procurement of the LCA-AF Mk2 and the Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) program.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari clarified that the follow-up orders for Tejas Mk1A will not impact the procurement of the Light Combat Aircraft-Air Force (LCA-AF) Mk2. The IAF has committed to acquiring 120 LCA-AF Mk2 fighter jets once they receive clearance for production, expected by 2030.

In addition to the Tejas Mk1A and LCA-AF Mk2, the IAF is pursuing the Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) program. Under this initiative, the IAF plans to procure 114 fighter jets of foreign origin.

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