The Indian Navy, which is looking for new multi-role combat aircraft will issue a “request for proposal” (RFP) next year for the procurement of 57 combat aircraft.
The information was shared by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, where he said that “Hopefully we will be able to issue the RFP by middle of next year.”
The Navy Chief also shared information about the INS Vikrant R-44. He said that the indigenous aircraft carrier will be ready by 2020. The Navy at the same time is also looking for deck-based enabled combat aircraft.
At present, the Indian Navy is operating Mig-29K from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. At least 57 combat aircraft will be needed to achieve the desired plan of Blue Water Navy with the capabilities to strike hard.