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India’s 5.5 gen fighter shooting to catch China

In a crucial step from design to reality, Indian aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced it was starting the manufacturing process for India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and HAL have cut the first sheet metal, a tradition when starting the aircraft building process. 

The AMCA aims to equip the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy with a 5.5 generation twin-engine stealth fighter, replacing India’s aging SEPECAT Jaguar and Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters, and complementing its license-built Sukhoi Su-30MKI jets.