With the addition of 5 Mk1As, the IAF's plan has become unpredictable again. From a simpler 9-10 squadrons each of LCA Mk2 and Rafale alongside 6 LCA Mk1/A squadrons, we now do not know how Mk2 and Rafales numbers will be managed with all that extra space taken up by Mk1A.

If Mk2 and MRFA end up with just 6 squadrons each, then we will have 7 squadrons left for AMCA for a total of 45 squadrons. But AMCA will come in late, so we will need older jets to make up for the deficiency, that's at least 5 squadrons assuming 2 AMCA Mk1s will come in early. And we only have plans for 2 or 3 squadrons making it until 2042, possibly just 1 squadron beyond 2042 instead of 5. Even if Mig-29s are extended, only 1 will make it beyond 2042, so there's still a deficiency of 3 squadrons, although the real number is still 5 squadrons.