Cur­rent IAF mod­erni­sa­tion to be com­pleted by 2022

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Sig­nalling a push to mod­erni­sa­tion of air power as­serts and shoring up of dwin­dling squadron strength, IAF Chief Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne said on June 30 that the cur­rent spate of IAF mod­erni­sa­tion would be com­plete by 2022. “All the con­tracts which are signed dur­ing the 11th Plan are about ` 1.12 lakh crore and they will be ex­e­cuted till 2017. At least 65 to 70 per cent of mod­erni­sa­tion will be ac­com­plished by 2017, and the rest by 2022. So 12th and 13th Five-Year Plans are very cru­cial for IAF,” said the IAF Chief. The mas­sive cap­i­tal com­mit­ment in­cludes the mon­u­men­tal medium mul­ti­role com­bat air­craft (MMRCA), likely to be con­tracted to Das­sault Avi­a­tion by the end of this year for 126 Rafale jets, pri­mary trainer air­craft, Boe­ing C-17 Globe­mas­ter-III heavy lift trans­ports, many more medium trans­ports and sev­eral mis­cel­la­neous spe­cial mis­sion air­craft and he­li­copters. In ad­di­tion, the IAF will be in­vest­ing in back­bone net­work-cen­tric ar­chi­tec­ture to con­sol­i­date AFNET, and be­gin in­vest­ments in space-based as­sets as well. The IAF, as is well known, has also been pitch­ing for a ded­i­cated mil­i­tary satel­lite. The ma­jor thrust of pro­cure­ment will be to shore up com­bat strength, and slowly pull squadron num­bers up from 34 to 42—the ideal fig­ure sanc­tioned to the IAF.

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