MRFA if signed will clash with MWF timeline.. so can we procure both MRFA nd MWF at the same time..i.e from yr 2026-27?
Of course we can. Right now the IAF has nothing from 2028, literally.
After LCA Mk1A there's only Mk2, which will at best cost only a billion bucks a year out of the IAF's current $6B procurement budget. So that still leaves $5B a year for other things. Obviously this is without considering any growth in the budget at all.
All other major fighter jet purchases will end soon. LCA Mk1A (2028), new Mig-29s/MKIs (2025), and Rafale (2022) are all set to end much before MRFA begins deliveries. Even a potential second batch of 36 Rafales will end before MRFA begins deliveries. AMCA is for only 20 jets this decade.
The question is not whether we can or cannot afford MRFA, the question is whether we can afford either a second batch of 36 Rafales or 40 Su-57s while MRFA is ongoing.