SP's Aviation - - MILITARY -

We need to se­ri­ously look at the hor­rific sce­nario of dwin­dling num­ber of squadrons and must re­act to this unacceptable fac­tor;

We must look at the value for money fac­tors while con­sid­er­ing and rather re­con­sid­er­ing re­peat of MMRCA sce­nario;

Do we re­ally need to re­main com­pla­cent ac­cept­ing the com­pro­mised level of ca­pa­bil­i­ties or should we firmly de­mand “the lat­est and the best” for our most de­serv­ing air force? We must come clear on this;

No step should be taken as an ad­hoc so­lu­tion. We must now take long-term based, well mea­sured and cal­cu­lated steps to meet the re­quire­ments and to fill these gaps;

We must keep in mind that our joint pro­gramme FGFA with Rus­sia is also ap­pear­ing to be reach­ing nowhere; in fact, it ap­pears to be on the verge of be­ing called off clearly hurt­ing our am­bi­tion of hav­ing our own 5th gen­er­a­tion fighter (a view point on the same ap­pears on page 3 in this is­sue by an Air Mar­shal).

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