Nation Goes ‘Make in India’ for Medium Combat Jets


New Delhi: After Narendra Modi led NDA government stressed on the mantra of ‘Make in India’, the country in another step towards self reliance in the defence sector, a plan is devised to produce 90 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in India, said sources.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected to be drafted soon after the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) comes in place. The programe with an estimated cost of $30 million is one of the biggest project under the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

The Indian Air Force requires 126 MMRCAs. With India getting into an agreement with France to get 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition, there was a lack of clarity on how the rest of the gap will be filled.

The sources said that now these remaining jets will be made in India, in what will be a major step in domestic manufacturing of such aircraft.

According to the sources, the air force does not have enough squadrons in the event of a joint war with Pakistan and China.