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Why India Is Carrying Out 10,000 Sorties of Combat Aircraft Fleet in 3 Days

Meanwhile, the IAF has launched a very ambitious $19.5 billion program to buy 110 military fighters on transfer of technology and performance based logistics basis.

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — India is aiming to prepare itself for a short and swift two-front war against its neighbors China and Pakistan who are very close–the ‘Iron Brothers’ have jointly undertaken a gigantic multi-billion dollar trade and economic corridor through Pakistan much to its dismay.

According to a report in India Today, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out around 10,000 sorties of its entire combat aircraft fleet in just three days across the country “to demonstrate its capability to undertake high intensity operations with the limited number of aircraft available.”

The 72-hour intense war games were part of the first phase of the ‘Exercise Gaganshakti’, which the report says is the biggest-ever war game carried out by the Indian air force amid reports that the IAF faces shortage of around 10 squadrons fighter aircraft (200 planes) due to lack of inductions and phasing out of its old Russian MiG-series aircraft.

“The shortage of combat planes does not have any impact on our capability to handle both war fronts,” the Indian government sources claimed according to a report in Mail Today cited by the paper.

Delays in induction of new aircraft and delays in India’s LCA Tejas combat aircraft program is said to be behind the shortages. Nearly 240 aircraft are not in service out of a total of 840 (42 squadrons) combat planes.

Even with the induction of two squadrons (40 aircraft) of the Rafale combat planes planned from 2019, the situation will not improve in the near future, the paper wrote, as around 10 squadrons of the MiG-27 and MiG-21 planes are scheduled to be phased out by the year 2025.

The Indian Air Force sources insisted that the exercise is to demonstrate its capabilities and not against any specific country, however, the force would also focus on rapid deployment of troops along the borders with China.

The drills, known as Inter Valley Troop Transfer (IVTT), is expected to tackle any Doklam type of crisis against China, the sources said.

The IAF will also conduct landing and take off operations of its combat aircraft from the Advanced Landing Grounds in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which have been reactivated in recent years, to what the paper said, “counter the growing Chinese infrastructure on the Line of Actual Control.”

Meanwhile, the IAF has launched a very ambitious $19.5 billion program to buy 110 military fighters on transfer of technology and performance based logistics basis.

The problem is, the country’s Ministry of Defense says it is only a fact-finding exercise and there is no commitment from the government on the program as of now.

The IAF on April 6 issued a Request for Information (RFI) to all major global aviation companies to bid on the 110 fighter buy.

“This RFI only outlines the fighter’s requirements for the service but there is no firm commitment from the government and it is not a firm procurement proposal,” one MoD official told Defense News.

Global fighter manufacturers Boeing and Lockheed Martin, Dassault Aviation of France, European consortium Eurofighter, Saab of Sweden and United Aircraft Corporation of Russia are expected to submit response in three months.






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