SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Tuesday while speaking to the media surprised many when he said that the search for 4.5gen or 5th gen fighter jets under the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender for 114 jets is still ongoing as air force is going through proposals that it has received.
IAF chief for the first time confirmed that the air force is now open to the idea of a 5th gen platform which was not the case earlier. Till now only proposals that have been received from prospective OEMs have been about their 4.5gen fighter jets.
Only Russia’s Su-75 Checkmate has been officially offered to the Indian Air Force but the aircraft is still in the design phase and it is unlikely that IAF will be interested in the procurement of the Su-75. The only other 5th gen fighter in production is the Su-57 that IAF walked out due to disagreements on the technical aspect of the workshare agreements.
American F-35A has never been offered to India and after the procurement of the S-400 Air Defence system from Russia, it is unlikely it will be sold to India.
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