The speculations have been around for some time but India’s Air Chief has confirmed that 100 more LCA MK1As would be procured besides 83 already ordered.
Talking to ANI, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari explained that country’s Light Combat Aircraft was designed from the ground up to be a replacement for the large MiG series fleet including the MiG-21, MiG 23 and MiG-27 aircraft.
“With the phasing out of all these aircraft, it is essential that we have adequate numbers of the LCA class aircraft in our inventory. So, apart from the 83 LCA Mark 1A that we have already contracted for, we are moving a case for around 100 more aircraft”, he said.
The move also explains that the Indian Air Force is quite content with the capabilities that the LCA brings to the skies and thus wants more. This would also build up the substantial aerospace ecosystem in the country, which has long been ignored.