The technical parameters for the 114 fighter aircrafts tender have been almost finalised by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The case is expected to be put before the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in June.
“The Air Staff Quality Requirements (ASQR) are being finalised by the Air Force Headquarters. After that, the file would be sent to the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) within two months for formulating within the Service Capital Acquisition Plans”, said one of the defence official.
However, the next meeting with the DAC is scheduled in June after the Loksabha elections, said the official. Adding to this, he said, “We will put it up before the DAC then for getting the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN).”
After the AoN is granted, the detailed Request For Proposal (REP) will be issued by the IAF to the vendors based on the ASQRs.
The Request For Information (RFI) was issued by the IAF in last April. The RFI stated the Indian government’s plans to purchase 114 fighter jets, out of which 85% will have to build in India only under the Make in India initiative in association with a ‘Strategic Partner/Indian Production Agency’.
Through the Strategic Partnership (SP) model of the Defence Procurement Procedure, the procurement of these 114 fighter jets will be processed. In this partnership, a global company will be selected and will be tied up with an Indian private partner in order to manufacture the jets locally under transfer of technology.
As per the reports, seven global companies have responded to the tender out of which two are single engine jets and rest are double engine fighter jets.