Head of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) R.K.S. Bhadauria, says the global tender to buy 114 fighters is still proceeding and the new aircraft is in a different class compared to the indigenous Tejas.
He also disclosed that the Tejas will get its Final Operations Clearance (FOC) next week and a second squadron will stand up at Sulur before the end of the month.
On the tender for 114 fighters to be built under “Make in India”, he stated that it was a “different class” of fighter than the LCA which would be built in India and not imported.
The Indian Air Chief Marshal said that the responses to the tender from foreign suppliers are analysed, and the view of the Air Force will go to the government, which is responsible to grant Acceptance of Necessity (AoN). “We will finalise the way forward on the 114 tender”, he underlined.