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IAF goes International : Exercises with foreign air forces

Soldiering is not a profession which gives one the opportunity to learn on the job. The lessons thrown up by realistic exercises play an important role in a soldier's training for war. This article is a look at the IAF's participation in various International exercises between 1999 and 2007, and the lessons it learnt from its international exposure. 

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Strategic Air Defences in a Nuclear South-Asia

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Attrition in the IAF : Myth and Reality

This article was first published in the BHARAT RAKSHAK MONITOR - Volume 2(4) January-February 2000 issue.  

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The Indian Air Force: Flying into the 21st Century

This article was first published in the BHARAT RAKSHAK MONITOR - Volume 3(1) July-August 2000 Issue

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Ballistic Missile Defence for India

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Choosing an Interim Fighter

Reprint from ORF Strategic Trends Volume II Issue 48 December 6, 2004

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Selection of an MRCA for the IAF

This article first appeared in the Indian Defence Review Volume 20-1, Jan- Mar 05 and has been reproduced here with the permission of the editor. 

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Cost of Fighter Aircraft in the Indian Air Force

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Type Cost in Crores of Rupees Cost in Millions of USD (44Rs/$)
MiG-21Bis (Old Airframe) 3.32 0.75
MiG-21Bis (New Airframe) 10.10 2.30
MiG-21FL 1.46 0.33
MiG-21M 1.46 0.33
MiG-21U (Old Airframe) 1.80 0.41
MiG-21U (New imports) 10.02 2.28
MiG-23BN 4.32 0.98
MiG-23MF 5.43 1.23
MiG-23UB (New imports) 12.35 2.81
MiG-25 11.83 2.69
MiG-27ML 16.14 3.67
MiG-29 91.00 20.68
MIG-29 (Old Airframe) 20.29 4.61
Jaguar 94.30 21.43
Mirage 2000 129.52 29.44
Sukhoi-30 K -N.A- -N.A-
Sukhoi-30 MKI -N.A- -N.A-
Figures are all Approximate - Based on the values quoted in Lok Sabha Question Hour Session http://164.100.24.208/lsq14/quest.asp?qref=4954

Updated Numbers (July 2009)*

Type Cost in Crores of Rupees Cost in Millions of USD (48Rs/$)
MiG-21 Variants 7.50 to 15.00 1.56 to 3.12 
MiG-23 BN 33.00 6.87
MiG-29 55.00 0.33
Jaguar IS 109.50 22.81
Jaguar IB 95.00 19.79
Mirage 2000 150.54 31.36
* Based on CAG Report on Defence 2008
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