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NEW DELHI: In a rare, official admission of the dismal state of the combat aircraft fleet, the government has admitted that at any given point of time, just over half of the planes in the air force inventory are in a state to fly, with a large number of platforms grounded due to technical issues.
While there have been indications in the past by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as well as air force officials that the aircraft availability rate - the percentage of assets prepared to fly at any given day - is abnormally low, the defence ministry has now admitted to a parliamentary panel that this stands at only 55 per cent.
The modern Su 30 MKI fleet, which will eventually reach 272 aircraft, is also suffering from an availability of just around 50 percent, with Parrikar determined to push the number up. India and Russia are also set to sign a pact for quick delivery of spare parts for the fleet, as reported by ET.
Defence Minister Parrikar has told ET in the past that his aim is to increase this availability rate to 65 per cent and above so that the available resources of the air force are used optimally. The Su 30 MKI fleet is the cutting edge of the airforce and would be it largest in terms of numbers of a modern fighter jet.
originally posted by: Blackfinger
Instead of sourcing parts I would think reverse engineering and create their own manufacturing lines for technology,parts and repair would be a far better option.
I just checked, its apparantly under production. The Rafael deal has been decreased in number and LCA production increased. I think that was a good idea. Mastering a fighter is hard work, its better a country takes it time and learn rather than depend on other countries.
originally posted by: moebius
a reply to: asen_y2k
And the LCA is yet to achieve Full Operational Clearance after being 30 years in development. From what I've read they've even switched to General Electric engines, having problems with their indigenous design.
Building modern fighters is hard.