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IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, while speaking at Agenda Aajak said that the need for 114 jets under Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) will remain, even when IAF has plans to steadily induct locally made fighter jets like Tejas Mk1, Mk2, and AMCA due to planned retirement of fighter fleet type like Jaguar, Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 in next few years.

Air Chief stressed that Production constraints and the need to replace jets that have been retired from the fleet are why the need for Made in India jets under MRFA are required. Air Chief in past has said that even with the induction of 114 jets and local fighter jets, IAF will never reach its authorized strength of 42 fighter squadrons which today stands at 31, and will manage only 35 in 2035-36.

114 medium-range fighter aircraft (MRFA), 210 Tejas Mk2, and 83 Tejas Mk1A if inducted without any delays will create manageable fighter squadrons in 2035 but with the retirement of Su-30s planned from 2040 onwards, AMCA induction along with 6th gen program need to be incorporated quite early in the planning.

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