Indian Air Force Chief Wants New Fighter Jets Amid Declining Personnel

Head of the Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari is looking to replace its current stockpile of combat-focused aircraft with native and foreign designs.

Chaudhari said 114 more Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft is the number the Air Force claims it needs, even though India is further developing the TEJAS aircraft on top of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft.

The India Air Force currently has 31 squadrons, the minimum requirement is 41 to compete with neighboring Pakistan and China. By 2035, estimates suggest that India will have 42 squadrons and plans to operate 450 fighters around the same time.