Monday, October 04, 2010

Multiplicity Of Fighter Inventory A Nightmare: IAF Chief

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal PV Naik indicated today that the potential multiplicity of aircraft types in his fleet inventory was a major cause for concern, and that by the end of the decade, the IAF would hopefully have an inventory of just five fighter types: the upgraded Su-30MKI (272), the MMRCA (126), the PAK FA/Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (200-250), the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (100)and the Tejas MK-II (150-200). "If it were upto me, I would have a single aircraft type. But we don't live in a perfect world," the Air Chief said.

18 comments :

BigLulli said...

Only now has the ACM realised this. Pity. Ofcourse one way to ease they strain is have a certain degree of commonality between the platforms. For that reason alone, MMRCA deal is going to the Hornet or Gripen. My lulli and I are not buying this "no connection" baloney one bit.

indian said...

i strongly agree with air chief,,in mmrca better to go with typhoon and f16 to have good relation with us and Europe... i think typhoon is better then f18

Anonymous said...

"If it were upto me, I would have a single aircraft type".

Well... one of the MMRCA contenders is build to replace all aircraft type. The Rafale is the only real multirole platform in MMRCA, no doubts it will be shortlisted.

Anonymous said...

All the more the reason for commonality of components, such as engine, avionics, etc., across the light n medium categories. If novice bloggers can u/stand this simple economies of scale, I am quite sure he knows it too well too. Then why does he contradict himself by saying that the MMRCA is not connected to the choice of Tejas MkII engine. Either he was sozzled when he said so or he thinks the public of India is too naive n gullible.

Mr. Ra said...

Actually it should be a strength. It provides diverse knowledge, know how, experiences, flexibility and opportunities.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to appease the P-5 - India devides the defense purchase between these 4 nations barring China, with whome we are increasing the trade leverage in thier favour.


India is damned without P-5 seat - It must have it!

Anonymous said...

ok i understand logistics is easier with just single type,,but ist it easy for enemy to plan against single type,,vs may be 2-3 varieties depending on need,,,sigh

Anonymous said...

Only nations that develop and build their OWN planes can risk having one plane AF. Others have to diversify to reduce the risk of too much dependence.

Anonymous said...

With the Arrival of AMCA, we can remove the MRCA and Tejas-II as well as Su-30 MKI making it just two type of Aircraft in our inventory. The PAK-FA and AMCA. By 2020 we will be developed nation and will be capable of mass producing both AMCA and license production of PAK-FA

Mahendra said...

"If it were upto me, I would have a single aircraft type".

Not a particularly wise comment coming from a person of his position. Would he ground the entire air force if suddenly a few planes crashed and manufacturer's investigation revealed a structural flaw in the airframe? Why would one want to put all the eggs in one basket?

Anonymous said...

array of inventory in such a technology and cost intensive affair is inevitable, it would make tactical sense too...we can't pack a team with 10(ten)dulkars..isn't it !! i don't know why ACM has to waste energy on this.. Air Forces world over operate in such an environment, be it indigenous or foreign acquisition.

lal sher said...

anon@ 7.00 am
india a developed nation by 2020
ha ha ha ha ha
good joke.
i am an indian .but still it seems like a joke for me.
no offence towards anyone.

Mertz said...

The chief knows what he is talking about. Have any of you heard the following:

"Amateurs strategy. Professionals talk logistics."

In war this is one of the major factor that determines who wins.

Anonymous said...

After saying no connection between Tejas engine n MMRCA, now comes the commonality theme:

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?topicName=india&id=news/awx/2010/10/04/awx_10_04_2010_p0-259315.xml&headline=Indian%20Air%20Force%20Strives%20For%20Commonality

Anonymous said...

so no upgraded M2k ?

Ram said...

Multiple fighter inventory is some thin g which India cannot avoid unless we have a proven indigenous fighter which can qualify for being an MMRCA. Till such time to reduce the dependency and any e future embargo we need to have diversity of equipment. I will not agree that Rafael is a complete aircraft that could fit in variety of roles. Its yet to be ascertained and tested in real scenario.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice the visible size difference between Su 30 and Pakfa?

Durgesh said...

I disagree with ACM, having mutiple types of aircraft would actually mitigates the design limitations that every aircraft has. As it happened during World War II, once the enemy got to know the limitations of a particular aircaft, it tried to take full advantage of that. Imagine having only one model a/c AF, and the enemy capitalising on that limitation.It will turn out to be Achilies Heel for us, how much ever big our AF be or trained our pilots be.