The Indian Air Force, which is struggling to keep the combat squadron numbers high, is now planning to buy more than 100 fighter jets. This will cost more than Rs 1.25 lakh crore.
The falling squadron strength is a serious problem as the present number of squadrons, which is close to 32, is not sufficient to fight any two front war. At least 42 squadrons are needed to tackle any two front threat.
The Air Force is planning to invite bidders from global aircraft manufacturers like Swedish Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Dassault.
However, more information is still awaited and things are supposed to be clear during the upcoming “Defence Expo 2018” where more than 500 companies will be participating.