Short of fighter planes, Air Force wants HAL to hasten production


Faced with a depleting jet fleet, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has suggested to the government that it needed a speedier ‘make in India’ by public sector giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Over the next 16-18 years, the IAF would require more than 300 jets made by the HAL. At the present pace of 11-12 planes per annum, the HAL would take 25-26 years to make various versions of Tejas, Tejas Mark II (called medium weight fighter) and also the advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA), a fifth generation state-of-the-art plane. All the three planes are part of the projected 300 jets.

The IAF wanted the HAL to ramp up to make 16 planes per annum and outsource work so that the speed could be increased to 20 planes, said sources. Read More

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