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Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to approach Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) by the Second quarter (Q2) of the financial year to get Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of 114 jets under Multi-role fighter jets (MRFA) based on proposals moved by Air Headquarters with the approval of the concerned Service Chief.

AoN will confirm the projected requirement related to the operational situation. AoN is often accorded to a particular weapon system or equipment at the beginning of the procurement process post which IAF will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) later this year or early next year as per information provided to

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of 114 jets under multi-role fighter jets (MRFA) at an estimated cost of $15 billion for the Indian Air Force will be issued to Interested vendors like Russia’s MIG-35 and Sukhoi-35 (RAC); Swedish JAS-39 (Gripen-E); Dassault Rafale (France); American F-21 Falcon (Lockheed Martin); Boeing’s F-15EX and Eurofighter Typhoon (Made by a consortium of British, German, Spanish and Italian firms).

RFP document deals with various issues relating to the initial purchase, transfer of technology, licensed production and lifetime maintenance support for the aircraft. The RFP contains the selection model that would involve an exhaustive evaluation process.

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