India’s Air Force Looks to Enhance Its Reach With Upgrades & Force Multipliers

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IL-78MK with SU-30MKIs(click to expand) India Defence notes India’s Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi’s recent remarks that Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to acquire more advanced fighters, sophisticated defence systems and smart long-range weapons, as the country’s “strategic boundaries have been redefined” by its growing energy needs and participation in disaster management operations. Tyagi said the current scenario “necessitated a strategic reach to safeguard our national interests”. Tyagoi acknowledged the effect that delays in the LCA Tejas fighter were having on India’s force structure, but noted that India would react in a number of ways. His response touched on everything from AWACS and revised MiG-21 modernization numbers to precision weapons and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. MiG-21 Bison: more!(click for alternate view) One response, he said, would be to speed up the delivery of the 140 Su-30MKI jets being built under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The second component of that response is to implement upgrade programs across India’s fighter fleets. Tyagi also noted a modification to one of these programs – India’s $630 million MiG-21 ‘Bison’ modernization program would be expanded, following excellent performances of the upgraded interceptors in the COPE India exercises. The Air Chief Marshal noted that […]

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