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Decision to buy more Rafale aircraft or new fighter jets under consideration, IAF chief says
During his annual press conference, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also announced that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.
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New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria Monday for the first time officially indicated that the decision to buy two more squadrons of Rafale fighter jets is under consideration.

He, however, made it clear that the IAF was currently focusing on the order to be issued soon for 83 Light Combat Tejas Mark 1A.


“At the moment, we are concentrating on 83 LCA Mk 1A. After that, the follow-up planned is MRFA (multi-role fighter aircraft), which is ‘Make in India’ and the other line is on LCA versions, and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA),” said the IAF chief while addressing the media during his annual press conference.
“In terms of whether we go in for more Rafale or MRFA, it will be an open competition as it is currently planned. We have received the RFI (Request for Information) responses. So this entire subject is under discussion and debate. As and when this situation and the picture becomes clear and we finalise the way forward, we will share with you,” he added.
Asked by ThePrint on what the IAF favours as the next lot of Rafale aircraft will be cheaper than the 36 jets bought in 2016 and that logistics are already in place to cater to two more squadrons, the IAF chief said the issue is “on the table in terms of taking a final call”.









“I can’t discuss that question and answer before we take a final decision. This is a subject, which is under discussion. The current status is that we have received all of the RFI (Request for Information sent out for 114 MFRA) responses. All these issues are on the table in terms of taking a final call. As and when we decide, we will then tell you,” he said.
“There is no point in saying because of this (next lot will be cheaper and logistics in place) let us do this. There are various issues to be considered. All these facts are there. As soon as we take it, we will tell you”.

Also read: How Rafale tips balance in the air and why Oxford vaccine news shouldn’t dishearten anyone

Rafale procurement
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat had in February said the government will go in for staggered purchase of fighter jets, which was seen as an advantage to Rafale.
As reported by ThePrint, there is a thinking within the government that India should go in for two additional squadrons of the Rafale fighter jets besides better versions of the indigenous LCA Tejas and AMCA.
This was because a large component of the €1,700 million paid for India Specific Enhancements in Rafale will come down as the majority of the cost was for Research and Development, modification and certification.

The cost of setting up the base and training will also come down since India had paid for setting up two bases for just 36 aircraft. These bases can easily accommodate more squadrons of the aircraft without additional cost.
Also, future Rafale fighter jets will come with no offsets under the new policy of the government, thereby bringing down the cost further.
36 Rafale jets to be operationalised by 2023
Meanwhile, the IAF chief said that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.

While the IAF has operationally inducted 5 such French fighters, an additional 3-4 jets will come by end of this month or early November. “This will keep happening every 3-4 months,” he said.
The IAF chief also said integration of Rafale brings in a platform, which is the way ahead and would give the force an edge and capability to strike first and deep.
Also read: All about Rafale fighters, the game-changing dream machines IAF will get tomorrow

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I would say, best option to purchase two more squadrons of Rafale by looking PLAAF.

And, We should focus on only LCA MK1a, LCA 2, and AMCA.

These are more than enough to protect us as per the current south Asia war scenario..
 

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I would say, best option to purchase two more squadrons of Rafale by looking PLAAF.

And, We should focus on only LCA MK1a, LCA 2, and AMCA.

These are more than enough to protect us as per the current south Asia war scenario..
Yes 72 for IAF and 54 for navy..... not a bad strength....
 

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I would say, best option to purchase two more squadrons of Rafale by looking PLAAF.

And, We should focus on only LCA MK1a, LCA 2, and AMCA.

These are more than enough to protect us as per the current south Asia war scenario..
True,would love to see two more squadrons.Better to look after 5th gen after that.
 

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Decision to buy more Rafale aircraft or new fighter jets under consideration, IAF chief says
During his annual press conference, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also announced that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.
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New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria Monday for the first time officially indicated that the decision to buy two more squadrons of Rafale fighter jets is under consideration.

He, however, made it clear that the IAF was currently focusing on the order to be issued soon for 83 Light Combat Tejas Mark 1A.


“At the moment, we are concentrating on 83 LCA Mk 1A. After that, the follow-up planned is MRFA (multi-role fighter aircraft), which is ‘Make in India’ and the other line is on LCA versions, and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA),” said the IAF chief while addressing the media during his annual press conference.
“In terms of whether we go in for more Rafale or MRFA, it will be an open competition as it is currently planned. We have received the RFI (Request for Information) responses. So this entire subject is under discussion and debate. As and when this situation and the picture becomes clear and we finalise the way forward, we will share with you,” he added.
Asked by ThePrint on what the IAF favours as the next lot of Rafale aircraft will be cheaper than the 36 jets bought in 2016 and that logistics are already in place to cater to two more squadrons, the IAF chief said the issue is “on the table in terms of taking a final call”.









“I can’t discuss that question and answer before we take a final decision. This is a subject, which is under discussion. The current status is that we have received all of the RFI (Request for Information sent out for 114 MFRA) responses. All these issues are on the table in terms of taking a final call. As and when we decide, we will then tell you,” he said.
“There is no point in saying because of this (next lot will be cheaper and logistics in place) let us do this. There are various issues to be considered. All these facts are there. As soon as we take it, we will tell you”.

Also read: How Rafale tips balance in the air and why Oxford vaccine news shouldn’t dishearten anyone

Rafale procurement
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat had in February said the government will go in for staggered purchase of fighter jets, which was seen as an advantage to Rafale.
As reported by ThePrint, there is a thinking within the government that India should go in for two additional squadrons of the Rafale fighter jets besides better versions of the indigenous LCA Tejas and AMCA.
This was because a large component of the €1,700 million paid for India Specific Enhancements in Rafale will come down as the majority of the cost was for Research and Development, modification and certification.

The cost of setting up the base and training will also come down since India had paid for setting up two bases for just 36 aircraft. These bases can easily accommodate more squadrons of the aircraft without additional cost.
Also, future Rafale fighter jets will come with no offsets under the new policy of the government, thereby bringing down the cost further.
36 Rafale jets to be operationalised by 2023
Meanwhile, the IAF chief said that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.

While the IAF has operationally inducted 5 such French fighters, an additional 3-4 jets will come by end of this month or early November. “This will keep happening every 3-4 months,” he said.
The IAF chief also said integration of Rafale brings in a platform, which is the way ahead and would give the force an edge and capability to strike first and deep.
Also read: All about Rafale fighters, the game-changing dream machines IAF will get tomorrow

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They cannot be used on INS Vikrant.
Is it because Vikrant's lifts couldn't accommodate Rafale-M's size?

Also, IN never specifically said they were interested in the Rafale-M or F-18. It's just that both fighter jets were pitched and paid articles popped up every now and then. TEDBF was started for the sole purpose of fulfilling IN's carrier requirements which should be an enlarged twin engine version of LCA Mk-II (MWF)
 

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In the end I think India will induct around 100 Rafale.
You are right...!
India will retire all Mig 21s, Jaguars after getting these rafales.
So IAF will have Su 30, Mig 29, mirage 2000, rafales and LCA.
 

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When is India going to get a carrier to use the 54 Rafales?
They cannot be used on INS Vikrant.
Don't how they will use but I heard that it's very likely to make entry into IN..... maybe they will use it from land bases in Goa till and if INS VISHAL becomes reality..... till then for carrier ops Fulcrums will be used which are equally good.....
 

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