Not approached Lockheed Martin for buying US F-35 fighter jet: IAF chief BS Dhanoa
New Delhi: The Indian Air Drive (IAF) has categorically rejected studies that it has approached world US defence contractor Lockheed Martin for a categorised briefing on American F-35 Lightning II plane.
Reacting to studies, IAF Chief BS Dhanoa mentioned that no such request for procuring the American F-35 Lightning II plane has been made to the US.
”Individuals haven’t been formally approached for a briefing on the F-35,”IAF Chief Dhanoa was quoted as saying by the Indian Specific.
The clarification from Dhanoa got here at a time when IAF is already all the way down to 31 squadrons of fighter plane in opposition to an authorisation of 42.
In view of IAF’s quick depleting fleet, the Centre is predicted to go for a government-to-government deal to get the subsequent set of fighters.
Nonetheless, any determination on shopping for the subsequent set of fighter jets might be taken solely after contemplating a number of components like monetary issues, particularly when budgetary provisions are restricted for any big-ticket procurement by the Defence Ministry.
The report additionally quoted sources as saying that the proposal to purchase and make a single-engine fighter was taken two years again on a number of issues, together with its price.
Importantly, the price of a single-engine fighter is considerably decrease than that of a double-engine fighter like Rafale.
Additionally, the price of working a single-engine fighter is far lower than that of a double-engine fighter.
An early determination on this regard would have definitely come as a giant reduction to the IAF and helped it construct up its fighter power, together with the induction of HAL-built indigenous Tejas fighter plane.
The federal government later determined to scrap the proposal for a single-engine fighter as a result of it felt that it will lead to a single-vendor scenario, which might not be acceptable within the present political surroundings.
Official sources, nonetheless, mentioned that the federal government is severely contemplating the entire Strategic Partnership Mannequin of Defence manufacturing for future defence procurements.