Cherian Samuel replies: India has no objections to buying the above mentioned aircraft from the USA; in fact, both Lockheed Martins’s F-16 Fighting Falcon and Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet are among the six shortlisted contenders for the Indian Air Force’s intended purchase of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) …
Is F-16 available in India?
The agreement supports F-16 Block 70 ‘Make in India‘ offer. The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched US-Indian industry partnership directly supports India’s initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India.
Can you legally buy an F-16?
So can any civilian buy a fighter plane? The answer is a surprising ‘yes! … As soon as an airplane is demilitarized it can be bought by members of the general public.
Which fighter jet will India buy?
According to reports, Dassault Aviation which manufactures the Rafale that India is buying 36 of under a government to government deal, was a strong contender for the 114 aircraft deal.
Will India buy American jets?
India is set to sign another major defence deal with the US, with negotiations almost over to acquire fighter jet engines worth $700 million to power the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
Why can’t India buy F 35?
One major complication with integrating the fifth-generation F-35 with the Indian Air Force (IAF) is the issue of compatibility. … F-35 employs the most advanced radio communications equipment available, which again renders it incompatible with India’s Russian-origin communication suites.
Is Indian Air Force strong?
In terms of personnel, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is the fourth largest in the world with over a lakh and 20 thousand soldiers and with nearly 813 combat aircraft. India’s Air Force is significantly stronger. … India ranks fourth among the countries in terms of combat aircraft with 5 per cent of the total share.
How many more Rafale India will buy?
It is expected that the full deliveries of 36 Rafale aircraft will be completed well before April 2022 as announced by Union defence minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament.