SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Former Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa had once said that IAF is looking to procure 12 squadrons of the Light Combat Aircraft Mk.2, Each squadron comprises 18-20 fighter jets that could have roughly translated to 216-240 units of LCA-AF Mk2 that was initially planned. His Successor Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria in his first address to the press had said that the IAF has plans to induct 170 (9.44 -8.5) of these (LCA-AF Mk2).
Current Indian Air Force chief VR Chaudhari addressing his first press conference after assuming office said he is looking to induct 14 Squadrons of MRFA+Mk2 Since the requirement of MRFA is for 114 units that translates to a little over 5.7-6.3 squadrons that leave only 8 squadrons for Mk2 (144-160) jets that again is on the lower side.
It seems with every new air chief that assumes his chair, somehow the number of LCA-AF Mk2 to be ordered goes down. It’s high time that public sector undertakings like HAL pull up their socks and ensure that the program remains on schedule or the order number could dwindle further down if the AMCA program remains on schedule or IAF might look at procuring more fighters from the MRFA.
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