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  1. 1

    Baldev singh

    If i were to take a decision, I would do the following:

    Augument fighter strength by adding to existing types by increasing rafael order to 36 more and add Mig 31 as a continuation of mig 29 lineage, add sparepart and maintenance contract for IN and IAF

    Bring in accountability for SU30MKI and push for much better availability, create spare part pool with ready to install components like full engines and aux units (always in stock)

    Place light fighters not yet in IAF like HAL/BAE armed hawk so in case of conflict, MRCA are not called in for slow mountain pass attacks, freeing up assets and increasing effecting combat capability but still reducing costs. this also helps pilots in their graduation program, one more ladder is one better career path to retain pilots.

    Pump up lca production, install assembly line for aircraft that promises best export and exchange earning potential like F16 maybe. Just the business will make sense if not addition to fleet, quickly add 100 such fighters as they are proven reliable and still deadly.

    keep developing one light and one stealth medium fighter to secure the future

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  2. 2

    Arman

    Don’t all 6 points make the same point? Parrikar, parrikar, parrikar, parrikar and lastly parrikar. Reader is no wiser at the end.

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  3. 3

    prudhviraj

    Dear Shiv,
    When are you coming with details on the Nuclear Submarine Project. Unfortunately over the past two years there had been hardly any news on that front.

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  4. 4

    SuchindranathAiyerS

    Hopefully, appeasement imports like VIP transporters and DRDO projects like LCA will finally bite the dust in favour of real teeth.

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    Venkat

    I hope sure do have atleast 150 Su-30 capable of carrying Brahmos. 40 is too less.
    Our firepower to support ground troops will increase tremendously with introduction of rudra and LCH.
    So have a re look at the number of strike aircraft.

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    RAM

    Gold plated Imported Air Farce (for flyby displays) with RIP Marut & LCA written all over again !!!
    Dallals laughing all the way to Swiss bank and BJP’s 2019 election funding completely assured !
    And we will continue to fight with what we have ! Awesome !!

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    Abhiman

    Huh ? What’s new in this ? “We’ll buy uber-expensive foreign planes even if we have to cut our innards!”. And, “We’ll buy Russian FGFA because Russia was once a friend in its earlier avatar, 30 years ago.”

    I mean come on, why don’t we ever hear, “We’ll partner with the DRDO to get the final certification for Tejas by this year, even if it means cutting other crucial expenses.” Or, “We’ll mediate between the private sector and DRDO to get the Tejas Mk.2 in the air ASAP! Book all meetings with CII and FICCI.”

    But alas! The IAF stands for Imported Air Force. And true to their word, they’re taking the easy way out even this time. All this cost-wost cutting and “blood spilling” is just a smokescreen.

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    samdiaw

    Good Move on part of IAF!! Get 200 nos. of Grippen-NG/E’s on Make in India and increase orders for Rafale F4’s to 90 nos. Then Push HAL for 300 nos. of MK2 Tejas and another 126 nos. of MK1A’s and IAF will be good until 2040 Year when FGFA and AMCA will start entering squadron services…

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    akash

    Let me guess what this IAF rejig is. Our great air marshals will ask for more imported fighter planes, sneer at the Tejas or anything local while appearing on TV shows and ask for more great improvements in spending. Nothing will change.

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    Suresh Rao

    Pookat hard nosed bump up of IAF’s combat jet numbers. Current 36 Rafael will be delivered in 2021 only and anything further will be by 2025-27 – a good 8 to 10 years away 83 LCA Tejas and we are looking at F-16 / Gripen . That makes it 2 LCAs . Then Rafael, Mig 29, /35. Mirage 2000, Jaguar , Mig 27 – How many MCAs types??? HCA – Su-30 MKI and what else ? Will Russia arm twist us on Pak FA 50 ? Again by 2025 -27 ???

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    Devinder S Chohan

    We need something new and fresh on your site and soon.
    Thanks

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