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Fighter Aircraft

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped to cater for the threat environment that exists and is always ready to meet the role assigned to it. Operational preparedness of IAF is reviewed from time to time based on the threat perception. Further, augmentation and modernization of capabilities of IAF including its fighter aircraft fleet is a dynamic and continuous process.

The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ has achieved initial operational clearance. The production phase is progressing concurrently with development activity. However, Government has not signed any agreement with any European aircraft manufacturer for the development of Tejas Mk-II aircraft.

As per the India-France Joint Statement issued by the two countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, Government of India conveyed to the Government of France that Government of India would like to acquire 36 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) Rafale in fly-away condition as quickly as possible. The two leaders agreed to conclude an Inter-Government agreement for supply of these aircraft. A negotiating team has been constituted for the purpose.

Further, HAL continues to manufacture Su-30 fighter Aircraft. Besides for decision to acquire for MMRCA has also been made to augment for fleet.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Paresh Raval and Dr. Kirit P Solanki in Lok Sabha.