posted on Sep, 30 2015 @ 09:13 PM
The ministry allowed the IAF to operate 42 sqaud of Combat fixed wings, But IAF has only some 32 Squads
Even half of the fleet comprised with vintage MiG 21 and MiG 27 fighters, IAF phasing out two to three sqaud of those vintage fighters every year, by
2022 IAF phase out all older MiG 21 and 27.
But it seems, No alternate solution found for replacement, The so called MMRCA deal too dead
So the vacuum of light and medium category still exists, here it is many foreigners offering their fighters with ToT, the list include American F 16,
F 18, Textron Scorpion, Swedish JAS 39 Gripen, Still no one selected, even the 36 Rafale procurement plan also hits roadblock due to several
As per the Tejas plan .. IAF committed to buy some 40 Tejas Mark 1 Fighter, the delivery would be completed by 2019.
after that IAF plans for Tejas MK 2..however there is no clear vision of exact timeline, But it's clearly IAF may see the Mark 2 fighter by 2024 or
within the 2019 - 2024 cap HAL wants the Tejas production line running ..this is where they offering the Mark 1 A
As per current plan
Tejas Mark 1 - 40 units
Tejas Mark 1 A - 126-140 units
Tejas Mark II - 200 units