India to buy 200 modern fighter jets for IAF

India to buy 200 modern fighter jets for IAF

NEW DEHLI: India has planned to buy more than 200 modern fighter jets for Indian Air Force.

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Indian Air Force is feeling that both qualitative and quantitative difference exists when it comes to comparison with both Chinese and Pakistan Air Force.

India is offering to buy hundreds of fighter planes from foreign manufacturers – as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, air force officials say.

A deal for 200 single-engine planes produced in India – which the air force says could rise to 300 as it fully phases out aging Soviet-era aircraft – could be worth anything from $13-$15 billion, experts say, potentially one of the country’s biggest military aircraft deals.

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After a deal to buy high-end Rafale planes from France’s Dassault was scaled back to just 36 jets last month, the Indian Air Force is desperately trying to speed up other acquisitions and arrest a fall in operational strength, now a third less than required to face both China and Pakistan.

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