India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has directed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to abandon its two-year-old proposal to procure 114 licence-built single-engine fighter aircraft and to broaden its fighter requirement to include twin-engine platforms.
Official sources told Jane’s that the MoD recently asked the IAF to finalise a request for information (RFI) for imminent dispatch to foreign fighter manufacturers, incorporating single- and twin-engine platforms in it as the first step towards making up for the force’s combat aircraft shortfall.
“The focus of the RFI is expected to specify overall platform combat capability, rather than stipulate a requirement for single- or twin-engine fighters,” a senior defence official told Jane’s on condition of anonymity.
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