Air Chief looks at 50 percent offsets, life cycle costs to guide RFP

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi, today said that the proposals to be floated for the 126 multi role combat aircraft will follow the new acquisition rules. 
Life cycle costs, air refuelling ability and long-range capability are the features that the IAF is looking at while considering the acquisition of 126 aircraft.

Air Chief Marshal Tyagi said the Air Force would look for 50 percent offsets while purchasing the new aircraft. The form in which these proposals have to be put forward are being worked out. They may take time, but there was no need to worry about the depleting fleet.

“No, there is no worry. We knew that we are going to do it before the offset policy was put into action. After all, we thought of buying this airplane in 2001. We started work on it three years ago, and we knew there will be a licensed production and it will be built in India. … The Air Force certainly is not worried and we are party to the decision that there must be 50 percent offset.”

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