Here we are with the second part of the series IAF 2.0. In the part 1 of this series we discussed about the up gradation of the ageing fleet of the IAF.
In this installment of the series we are about to discuss about the “new aircrafts” and “under development” aircrafts which in coming years will strengthen the Indian Air Force.
If you haven’t read the first part then we recommend you to read that first. Visit the following link: https://fiverrforce.com/the-indian-air-force-2-0-part-1-the-aircrafts/
Here we list the fighters that we are going to discuss in this article:
Hal Tejas, Dassault Rafale, Mig 29
Tejas Mark II, FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
- India’s indigenous aircraft which is capable of doing wonders as it has shown its capabilities in various air shows around the globe.
- The lightest multi-role supersonic aircraft of its class.
- 40 Tejas Mark 1 ordered. 16 single-seat aircraft in IOC configuration, a further 16 in FOC configuration and 8 twin-seat trainer.
- IAF likely to sign a deal with HAL for acquiring 83 Tejas Mark IA (improved version of Mark I, configurations accepted by the IAF) as negotiations over price are almost done.
- Planned to replace light weight Mig-21 and slightly heavier Mig-27.
- It would have on board oxygen system by 2020.
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- The Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France had become the most controversial political issue during general elections.
- However the controversy did not have any effect on the deal as first Rafale was formally delivered to the Honorary Defence Minister Rajnath singh during his visit to France on 8th October.
- 7 Rafales are expected to arrive in India by April-May next year.
- Full complement of aircraft expected to be delivered by 2022.
- 36 Aircrafts.
- 28 Single seated and 8 dual seated.
- Iaf is planning to buy 21 old mig-29 jets from Russia and then upgrade it to upg standard.
- The IAF wants that the aircraft should be equipped with the Indian Weapon System including the Astra Missiles.
- Moreover Mig 29s are flown by the IAF and the pilots are familiar with it but the ones offered by the Russians are different from the ones in Indian inventory.
Tejas Mark II
- Still in the designing stages this is a vastly improved version of the LCA Mk1/1A and is touted to be a replacement of Mirage2000s in future.
- While Tejas Mark I and Mark Ia are LCA(Light Combat Aircraft), Tejas Mark II will see a transition into the medium weight category.
- It would have increased take-off capability and more hard points to carry sophisticated weapons.
- Program sanctioned in 2009 has undergone many design changes since then.
- Mirage 2000s are expected to be decommissioned by 2030 so we can expect fully operational Mark II version of Tejas before that.
FGFA(Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft)
- HAL Fifth Generation Aircraft (FGFA) or Perspective Multirole Fighter (PMF) is a fifth generation fighter aircraft based on the Russian Su-57.
- In 2007 Russia and India agreed to jointly study and develop a FGFA.
- After constant delays in the project on 20th April 2018, it was reported that India had left the project. The Indian officials asserted that they were not satisfied with the capabilities of Su-57.
- In 2019, a Russian official said that the IAF has its own views and strategy of development and FGFA has been delayed by the Indian side.
- “We have no plans for importing FGFA. The indigenous AMCA has already been initiated. We are putting all our energy in it.” (Air Chief RKS Bhaduria said).
AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
- HAL AMCA is a solely Indian programme to develop a FGFA. It is being jointly developed by ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) and HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited).
- With the IAF now fully backing the indigenous development of a FGFA, its all systems go for desi stealth jet.
- This stealth fighter jet is expected to be a world class stealth fighter and can give tough competition to already existing stealth fighter jets.
- AMCA Mark I to enter production in 2029 & Mark II in 2035.
- So by going through all these, we can conclude that the IAF is more focused on inducting indigenous fighter planes in its arsenal rather than exports.
- The depleting squadron strength of the IAF has made them push for lots of fighter planes. Thus, we may see a lot of jets to be inducted in the next decade to counter the depleting squadron strength.
That’s all for part-2 of the series IAF 2.0. In the two parts so far published we have discussed about the up gradation of fighter planes, new aircrafts and future plans.
Note: We will talk about the specifications of these under development in details in separate articles.
In part-3 of the series we are going to talk about the helicopters of the IAF.
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