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Aero India 2017: Indian fighters deliver déjà vu

21st February 2017 - 09:19 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangalore


There was a strong sense of déjà vu at Aero India 2017, as the Indian Air Force (IAF) is yet again on a hunt for new fighters.

The most urgent need, worth an estimated $10+ billion, is for an initial batch of 100 single-engine fighters, with the Saab Gripen E and Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70 lining up as the two contenders.

The total requirement will eventually stretch to 200-250 fighters, so it is a hugely significant competition being pursued under a strategic partnership model.

There are already gaping holes in the IAF's frontline squadrons, with a further 14 squadrons'

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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