NEW DELHI - The Indian Air Force (IAF) is dreaming of an indigenous built fifth generation stealth fighter Jet while it has failed to develop a 2.5 generation Tejas fighter jet.
India has been struggling to develop the Tejas fighter jet for last 4 decades but till now only 5 aircraft have been developed so far.
IAF is likely to start the process of inviting foreign military contractors to build fighter jets in the country under the government’s Make in India plan in the next four weeks , a person familiar with the project said.
This multi-billion-dollar project to build 114 jets will be “directly linked” to the development of an indigenous futuristic stealth fighter – the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), the person added.
The air force plans to issue a request for information (RFI) before DefExpo-2018 — a military systems exhibition by the defence ministry — opens in Chennai on April 11.
“The document will not specify the number of engines the jets should have, leaving the field open for makers of both single- and twin-engine planes,” said the person who asked not to be named.
An earlier plan involved pursuing two separate projects to build single-engine and twin-engine fighters in India but that distinction has been discarded now.