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Facing a crisis of a dwindling fleet of fighter jets, the Indian Air Force (IAF), has formally told the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that it needs at least 80 Rafale-type multi-role combat fighter jets to be battle-ready in the next few years.
This is the first time the IAF has put a minimum number to its needs since the government, in April this year, announced a decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a “fly-away” condition. Initially, the IAF had projected the need for 126 such fighter jets and a global tender was floated, which is now in cold storage after the decision to buy Rafale was announced.
The Tribune, on June 2, had first reported that the IAF was reportedly uneasy with the number of jets ordered. It had prepared a blueprint for the MoD. Sources said the IAF has conveyed the need for five squadrons and estimated a squadron at 16 jets each, instead of the normal number of 18 jets, as the Rafale with its high-end technology is available to fly at short notice and has a shorter maintenance “turn-around”.
originally posted by: M5xaz
originally posted by: muSSang
Things like this make me think a global government wouldn't be so bad?
Google "UN Oil for food"
Global government will never work.
Even relatively similar nations like the EU can't make it work
originally posted by: Sammamishman
a reply to: Zaphod58
Ok, back on topic here, I think it's a tall order to be able to fight China and Pakistan at the same time.
What will be interesting is if India decides to go with some F-35's and see how they mix it up with China and Pak.