“IAF giv­ing pri­or­ity to sin­gleengine fighters”

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

Air Chief Mar­shal B S Dhanoa, CAS has said that hav­ing a new fleet of sin­gle en­gine fighters was a “pri­or­ity” for the IAF and the re­quest for in­for­ma­tion (RFI) for this was to be is­sued “very soon”. The se­lected fighter will be pro­duced jointly by a for­eign air­craft maker along with an In­dian com­pany un­der the re­cently launched strate­gic part­ner­ship model which aims to bring in high-end de­fence tech­nol­ogy to In­dia.In this con­text, Saab of Swe­den and the In­dian Adani group had an­nounced their col­lab­o­ra­tion while US de­fence firm Lock­heed Martin had ear­lier an­nounced their team­ing with the Tata Group. The IAF chief, how­ever, said the Ser­vice has the re­quire­ment for more twin en­gine fighters as well, be­yond the 36 Rafales or­dered in 2016 and the con­tin­u­ing man­u­fac­ture of Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs by HAL in In­dia.

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