Slashing its requirement by a third, the Indian air force (IAF) says it will induct only 144 of the originally ordered 214 Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) that it is co-developing with Russia. Significantly, while the IAF had planned for a 214-aircraft fleet, with a mix of 166 single- and 48 twin-seat fighters—the latter to have been developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)—the new requirement will be for all single-seaters, a clean break from previous IAF aircraft ...

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