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#India: HAL pitches for 4 more squadrons of Su-30MKI. HAL is hopeful an additional order will make sure its Sukhoi manufacturing plant in Nasik does not fall idle. IAF is only looking at an order of 8-10 more of the jets to make up for accident losses economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/h…
The proposal for manufacturing 72 more fighter jets to add to the current order for 272 was made by the HAL but officials said that the air force has not been keen due to budgetary issues.
HAL is hopeful that an order for at least 10 additional aircraft is placed this year so that its Sukhoi manufacturing plant in Nasik does not fall idle.
The air force, which is awaiting the delivery of its first new Rafale fighter jets next month, is keen on adding to its order for 36 of the French origin aircraft, with sources telling ET that it requires at least two more squadrons.
The concern being a rapidly decreasing squadron strength that currently lies at 30 but is expected to dip rapidly over the next two years as the MiG 21 and 27 series of fighters are retired from service.
An ongoing process to select a foreign partner and Indian manufacturer to make 114 new fighter jets under ‘Make in India’ expected to take at least five years and the air force’s worry is that its conventional edge could be blunted due to a lack of numbers.
My take: I see no point in ordering an aircraft in a configuration that already requires a major upgrade. That's like paying for the aircraft twice, first to purchase it and later to upgrade it. I'd say, use the facility to expand Tejas production.
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