Can Indian Air Force Consider F-35 Fighter Plane?


Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking at the possibility of ordering F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, according to some sources in the Ministry of Defence as quoted by Stratpost. With some willing, it looks like Indian Air Force would write for more information on fifth generation fighter jet.

India has been involved with the development of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)– a version of the Russian PAK-FA/Sukhoi-57 fighter, but the IAF has lately been concerned about the uncertainty and delay in the program.
There will be a contest for a single engine fighter between the Saab Gripen and the Lockheed Martin F-16 as IAF is on looking at both under the provisions for strategic partnerships of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). However, no Request For Information (RFI) has been forthcoming so far.

The favourites for Indian Air Force are The F-16 and the Gripen, not least because of their Make in India proposal to set up assembly lines for the aircraft in India, it is not yet decided if this new move is intended to replace or supplement plans for either a Make in India fighter aircraft assembly line or for the FGFA program.

At any rate, there will be several issues to resolve before a conversation can take place on an Indian F-35 order.

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