Every ACM keeps parroting that line. I don't think anybody in MoD pays any attention to it. The writing on the wall is they will get Mk1, Mk2, & AMCA when HAL decides to deliver them. In the meanwhile, the Indian Navy & Air Force can amuse themselves by creating requirements, global tenders & shortlisting foreign jets.Air Chief Marshall VR Chaudhari said that the Indian Air Force is falling short of five-six fighter jet squadrons to meet immediate needs In...www.indiandefensenews.in
Why is the Indian Airforce Chief raising the issue of fighter jets (which will have a capital cost of $15 to 20 billion) when the current war in Ukraine has proven that the ruling weapons from sky are armed drones, ground to air missiles carried by the drones and unsophisticated and very cheap flying bombs which target enemy on the ground without endangering the pilot or an expensive plane?
The focus has to be shifted away into UCAVs, Bayarktar type of unmanned flying weapons and precision missiles carried by them. (Pakistan has already acquired Bayarktar 2 UAVs)
Already if the current western propaganda is to be believed then 2500 Russian tanks, 300 Russian fighter jets of various types have been destroyed by mostly drones, hand held missiles and UkraInian electrical power distribution infrastructure has been laid waste by the cheap Iranian made flying bombs.
If this is what is happening then the future of fighter jet type air warfare is bleak. The existing fighters will prove more than adequate in the Indian Subcontinent. Then why this bogey of 45 squadrons and 4.5 grade fighter jet is raised again and again.