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IAF Chief: Indigenous tech vital to counter China threat


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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 8


Indigenously developed critical technologies will be vital in tackling threats from the northern borders of India, said Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Wednesday.

“The introduction of asymmetric technological capabilities into the air force remains a challenge, looking at our northern neighbours — China — we have to have niche capabilities and niche technologies which must be built in-house by our industry for reasons of security,” he said.

Plan to procure 350 aircraft in 2 decades

The IAF is looking at buying 350 fixed wing aircraft from local industry over next two decades
These include 83 Tejas fighter jets made by Hindustan Aeronautics

“Whatever new surprises we can spring in the next conflict will be critical. This is a challenge and we should start looking at this challenge straight away,” said the IAF Chief, while speaking at a conference organised by the Society for Indian Defence Manufacturers and the Centre for Air Power Studies.

He said the success of the Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) had redefined the core of aviation technology. “The IAF has about 16 types of parts that have been 3D-printed, which will go for air worthiness,” he said.

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