Amid the Rafale controversy brewing, the Indian Air Force is known to have told the Prime Minister Modi that the 36 Rafale jets and the indigenous LCA Tejas will help it in doing away with its aircraft shortage.
It is said that this was conveyed to the Prime Minister Modi in an elaborate presentation.
The Air Force did highlight the shortages faced by it but also conceded that the inclusion of the Rafale and indigenous LCA and the futuristic Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will help it meet the shortages by 2035.
The project for acquiring 110 multirole fighter aircraft was also highlighted by the IAF as critical for meeting its requirements.
The Air Force has been stressing on preparations to be able to fight a two-front war.
As per the government reply in Parliament, the Air Force will have 32 fighter squadrons and 39 helicopter units
Ten squadrons of IAF equipped with MiG-21 and MiG-27 aircraft are scheduled to retire by 2024 on completion of their total technical life, the government said.>