India is known for the complexity and slowness of its aeronautical defense programs. In a previous file, we returned in particular to the incredible soap opera MRCA, which has promised for more than twenty years to modernize the Indian air force and which could still experience several years of catastrophic delays. In such a context, the Indian Navy had rather appeared as a good student in recent years, with relevant aircraft purchases and relatively quick deliveries, including for helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft.
Unfortunately, the rapid growth of the Indian naval aviation ended up irreparably dragging the Indian Navy into the political maelstroms that surround the national aeronautical industry. In the context of the economic crisis and the promotion of "Make In India", the arguments of the Indian Navy in favor of a rapid acquisition of foreign twin-engined aircraft ended up turning against it. Indeed, according to Indian sources, the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the Ministry of Defense is said to have officially launched the development of a new twin-engine naval aircraft, the TEDBF (Twin Engine Deck-Based Fighter).
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