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India-China standoff: How Indian Air Force’s 5th generation fighter jet will change air equation in South Asia

IAF’S fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft
According to reports, India has decided to manufacture fifth generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft on its own under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The move is a quantum leap in India’s bid for high technology in its bid to catch up with other nations over the next decade.

The Rafale fighter jets currently being sold to India by France in the 4.5 generation stage. China on the other hand claims its J-20 stealth aircraft is a 5th generation fighter.

First prototype
According to reports, DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization), the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) will be involved in making the 5th-generation fighter jet for India. The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme is likely to public-private program, reports say.

The first prototype is set to be unveiled in by 2026-27. India had earlier pulled out of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter program with Russia two years ago.

UK’s Tempest
Reports say India’s state of the art fifth-generation fighter aircraft could be included into the Indian Air Force by 2029, that is in just nine years which is will be an extraordinary feat for India’s defence technology.

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly develop the fifth-generation fighter jet under the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme but had pulled out in 2018.

In fact, there were reports of the Indian Air Force ready to align with the UK sixth-generation fighter aircraft “Tempest” which is more advanced than F-22, F-35, J-20 and J-31.

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