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LCA delivery way behind schedule: IAF

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  1. sam2012

    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    The Indian Air Force is clearly disappointed with the pace of development and delivery of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).In a submission made before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, the IAF said it has got only one LCA as of date though it has been promised this aeroplane since 2009.
    “In January this year, they had given one LCA… which had not completed its flight testing. They handed over the papers to us. We do not make a squadron with one aeroplane.
    That is where we are. They had been promising us since 2009. This is 2015 and we have not been able to form a combat squadron. These steps are not really in the hands of the Air Force. There is nothing we can do,’’ the Vice-Chief of the Air Force told the committee when asked about the fleet strength of the youngest of India’s defence services.
    The Vice-Chief’s statement was endorsed by the Defence Secretary who said one aircraft would not serve any purpose. According to the Secretary, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been told that the LCA has to be developed and delivered on a war-footing. “The government is fully seized of the matter and the government fully agrees with the Air Force that all three categories of aircraft have to be inducted on a war-footing to make sure that the depletion in their combat capability does not occur.’’
    The IAF, as per the Ministry’s estimates, requires at least 45 fighter squadrons to counter a “two-front collusive threat’’ from Pakistan and China. “The IAF today has 35 active fighter squadrons as against government-authorised strength of 42 squadrons,’’ the Ministry informed the Committee. With the drawdown having already started, the Vice-Chief submitted that the IAF would be down to 25 squadrons by 2022 at the current pace of acquisitions.


    MORE PUSH FOR GRIPEN FROM IAF TOP BRASS, PARIKAR HAS OPENDED BIG CAN OF WORMS BY COMMENTING ON MAKE IN INDIA SINGLE ENGINE FIGHTER

     
  2. positron

    positron Captain FULL MEMBER

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    IF they are worried about numbers, they can always get more Su-30 MKI at much shorter time, wont they?
    Due to the statment of DM and PM, IAF now smells blood, If you see the planes available in Single engine version
    Those are
    a) F-16 (we wont buy them)
    b) Gripen (very expensive)
    c) J-10 (as if China is going to sell to us)
    d) JF-17 ... lol

    Thus maybe the game has now shifted to the original game of IAF, to buy Secondhand Mirages from France.

    Few years ago, India wanted to buy 2nd hand Mirages from UAE or France. It seems the IAF top brass does want to help Dassault in their sales of Rafale indirectly.

    If India buys the 2nd hand Mirages then France could be happy to give them and those will be replaced by Rafales.
    If India buys those mirages from UAE then France will be the middlemen and it helps them to sell Rafales to UAE as USAE wants to give the Mirage 2000 and get twin engine planes (like buy back)
     
  3. Paliwal Warrior

    Paliwal Warrior Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    bamboo laga hai

    seems IAF has been told in no uncertian terms that Mig21 will be replaced by Tejas only come what may and better that IAf take charge of Tejas like Navy has done for NLCA
     
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    The delay is caused by changing IAF specs and now near the finishing line there is some delay from Cobham, Once HAL gets few squadrons operational, it would mostly reduce dependency on foreign planes and limit them to abt 20%
     
  5. VinodKumar

    VinodKumar 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    so what ?? behind schdule ? thats it right!! they will make excuses for toys from uncle sam.
     
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    VinodKumar 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    IAF will never behave navy's way nor the army both of them need videshi maal. and they will do :blah::facepalm::dude:
     
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    let the IAF beat around the bush till LCA Tejas starts roaring. :)))
     
  8. positron

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    IAF better trim their bush
     
  9. sam2012

    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Will not be surprised if IAF rejects MK1 sighting few more spec changes to create an impression to MOD that to go for new single engine fighter LOL

    Which will keep IAF tag - Import airforce for long time
     
  10. Paliwal Warrior

    Paliwal Warrior Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    ^^^^

    i doubt it will help

    the DefMin has specifically said that services to issues SQRs
    SQRS to be practical & not out of scifi movies
    then if developed products meet those SWRs then services to accept those products
    services will not be allowed to change SQRs midway throught the development process
    Development of products to happen in time bound manner with clear achievements
     
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