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Get It Flying

Finalise the purchase of the Rafale as second-guessing will cause more delays and cost escalations.

Get It Flying
Get It Flying
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Defence acquisitions in democratic countries come laden with controversies, whether procurement is from abroad, as in the case of India, or domestically, as in the case of US, when corporate rivalries play into massive lobbying with the gov­ernment. It is said that shrewd US arms firms spr­ead their supply chains across multiple states to coopt tens of senators.

The IAF’s depleting strength has been public knowledge for decades now. Other than the Sukhoi-30 MKI procured in the 1990s, the squadrons have had shrinking strength due to a depleting core of MIG 21s. While India dithered, Chinese ind­i­genous aircraft development and supplies to Pakistan exp­an­ded, besides new Chinese airfields in the Tibetan Adm­inistrative Region (TAR). Consequently, the government in 2001 issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the procurement of Medium Multi Role Combat Aircrafts (MMRCA). India was looking to replace its MIG 21s, an outdated interceptor, slotting the new fighters between the high-end Sukhois, upgraded Mirages and MIG 29s and the low-end...

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