26 Apr :The Government constantly reviews the security environment to ensure adequate defence preparedness and combat strength of the Indian Air Force. The IAF is in the process of modernizing its fleet by procuring various aircraft including the Sukhoi – 30 MKI, the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft, the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, Aircraft Warning & Control System aircraft and Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft to increase its combat strength. In addition to the above procurements, the existing fleet of MiG-29, AN-32 and IL-76 are undergoing life extension.
Procurement proposals are processed in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure which envisages a time frame of two to three years for finalization of such proposals. The IAF has prepared a long term perspective plan 2012-2027 which provides the road map for development and growth of the IAF taking into account the security environment and technological advancements.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Mangani Lal Mandal and others in Lok Sabha today.