The Indian Air Force (IAF) clarified that it plans to get 40 more Sukhoi-30MKIs from Russia as well as faster indigenous production of 140 of these fighters in addition to the 126 multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA). The 140 Sukhoi jets are to be built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at its Nashik facility at a cost of USD 4.8 billion and was originally planned to be complete by 2017-2018. However, the Cabinet Committee on Security had directed HAL to advance the dates but the new timetable is not known. In addition, the IAF is also on course to acquire 80 more Mi-17 helicopters, 12 VIP helicopters, 10 Cheetah helicopters, six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and six more mid-air refueling aircraft.
Chief Marshal SP Tyagi said that since the 126 MRCAs will take a few years to be operational, the IAF will progressively upgrades its Jaguar, MiG-29, and Mirage-2000 fleets to enhance their combat capabilities as well as operational life. Integrated together with Israeli Phalcon airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) by November, the IAF combat and strike capability will be vastly enhanced rendering the threat from the new 36 F-16s that the U.S. will supply Pakistan a non-event.