The Indian Air Force(IAF) is learnt to cancel its plan for an engine upgrade of the Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft due to the high cost involved. Some top sources said that IAF may go for additional Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs to replace the aircraft that will be grounded. The exorbitant price for F-125IN engines made by Honeywell is the reason behind the cancellation of Jaguar engine upgradation.
Some IAF sources say that US engine maker, Honeywell, demanding an “exorbitant” price for its F-125IN engines which is used in Jaguars. So IAF is learnt to have told Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) that it has abandoned its plan to upgrade 80 Jaguar fighters with new Honeywell engines. The IAF operates a fleet of 120 Jaguar fighters, comprising six squadrons. The Indian Air Force (IAF), already short of 12 squadrons from its authorised fleet of 42, is now facing an even bigger aircraft shortfall.