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Pratikshit Gupta, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Indian Air Force has always been a major part of the defence forces, thanks to the modern technology that it uses. However, the force is now under threat from China and Pakistan’s constantly and rapidly modernizing air forces
Comparing China and Pakistan’s air forces to that of India, it said that they have about 750 advanced air defense/ multirole fighters as compared to IAF’s 450-odd equivalents.
The IAF’s desire for 42 45 squadrons by 2027 some 750 800 aircraft is compelling, if India is to preserve the airpower superiority it has enjoyed in southern Asia since 1971.
Keeping that in mind, India is likely to approve the setting up of a manufacturing facility for the F-16 aircrafts or the F/A18 super hornet jet fighters early next week, top government sources have told DefenceAviationPost.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will once again strike a tough bargain for India during the ongoing three day visit of the US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, a bargain that will see the country benefitng on both the economic and strategic front besides gaining immensely on the technical front setting up of a manufacturing line in India for either F-16 aircrafts or F/A18 super hornet jet fighters may be announced.
US has been keen to strengthen defence ties with India as New Delhi prepares to dole out multi-billion defence contracts and Carter’s three day visit—which is second in less than a year – clearly signals the intent.