Aero India 2015: Indian Air Force chief adds to MMRCA confusion - IHS Jane's 360 ACM Arup Raha mentioned that MiG-21 and MiG-27 were retiring soon, so he needed an MRCA aircraft to replace them. This was his justification for purchasing MMRCA or Rafale aircraft which he needs ASAP. The problem in his argument is that he is mixing light and medium category of combat aircraft. This way he is asking for a medium aircraft for replacing a light one. Indian Air Force has following aircraft in its medium combat category:- Mirage 2000 (being upgraded) - 50+ aircarft Jaguar (Being upgraded) - 127 aircraft MiG-29 - 65+ aircraft These three aircraft will be in service till 2035-40 with upgrades, i.e. before AMCA comes into service, which will replace them. IAF needs to urgently replace MiG-21 and MiG-27 with a light attack aircraft for taking care of CAP, point defence and CAS duties. Hence, it's quite unusual why ACM Raha is insisting that he needs a MMRCA/Rafale to replace these light attack aircraft? Will anyone ask IAF this question?