IAF To Seek Acceptance of Necessity For MMRCA 2.0 From MoD Shortly: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

Indian Air Force (IAF) will shortly seek Acceptance of Necessity (AON) from Ministry of Defence (MoD) before swiflty moving to release Request For Proposal (RFP) for procurement of 110 fighter aircraft also known as MMRCA2.0. Global Request for Information (RFI) was released in July this year, in response of which 7 companies including fighter jet Rafale’s manufacturer Dassault Aviation, expressed their interest in medium multirole combat aircraft competition. 

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 03 October 2018

Chief of Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in response to a National Defence question on MMRCA 2.0 said, “In this proposed induction of fighter aircraft, we have issued RFI and we have got the response from 7 vendors. Now it is upon us to convert that RFI into RFP and get the acceptance of necessity from Government of India, which we will be moving shortly”.

“After we get the acceptance of necessity from Government of India, Ministry of Defence then we will float the RFP but I must tell you that this is not the procedure like the last time because most of our testing and evaluations are already being carried out. It’s only those issues that we put in new RFP and that is not being tested and will be tested again so it should be much faster as compared to last”, Air Chief Dhanoa added while summing up his answer, “We are wiser after we issued the last RFP”.

Indian Air Force In July released RFI, according to which, ‘The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to procure Fighter Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) which is to be Made in India. The proposal is to procure
approximately 110 fighter aircraft (about 75% single seat and rest twin seat aircraft). The procurement should have a maximum of 15% aircraft in flyaway state and the remaining 85% aircraft will have to be made in India by a Strategic Partner/ Indian Production Agency (SP/ IPA)’.

According to top IAF sources, 7 companies with their fighter jets Rafale, Eurofighter, F-16, F-18, Gripen-E, Mig-35 and Su-35 expressed interest in RFI. Indian Air Force will only test new systems on the aircraft which were not either available or tested on aircrafts participating in the MMRCA 1.0 which was much delayed allegedly owing to offset differences between Dassault Aviation and DPSU HAL during UPA 2. and later cancelled by Modi Government. 

Indian Government has signed a Government to Government (G2G) deal with Franch Dassault Aviation for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jet, the delivery of which is scheduled beginning September 2019. Indian Air Force is struggling to keep the strategic balance amid Chinese and Pakistani threat in view of it’s fast depleting number of fighter squadron which stands at 31 against a sanctioned 42 squadrons.

IAF Chief in his latest Air Force Day 2018 Press Conference once again defended the Rafale deal saying Rafale is a booster dose for Indian Air Force.


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