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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  Pinto on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:01 pm

    Militarov wrote:
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    medo wrote:The quickest way for Russia to make a single engine light fighter is to modify Yak-130 trainer. They could take its two AI-222 engines out and replace them with new RD-33MK or RD-93 engine and make it single seater to get enough space to install proper radar in its nose. Yak-130 is already very agile jet with g limitation at -3/+9 g, what is better than Tejas. Yak-130 number of hardpoints and combat load is already big enough.

    If aesa radar can be installed in such fighter and has reliable engine then it must be fielded by Russia

    RuAF decided more than 20 years ago to have only twin engined fighters and retire all single engine jets. They will not field such fighter, but could made it for export.

    They decided that due to post USSR collapse situation, not because they have no use for single engine fighters. After all Mikoyan LMFS was supposed to be single engined.

    Russia, US and Sweden have been asked to submit there bids so Russia must participate in this bid to be made in India. since US wont share critical technology it leaves Sweden and Russia

    Well, US did not want to share F-35 technology, however they seemed quite keen on transfering Super Hornet technology a year back. Id put F-16 in same bag, as that is the technology they are slowly discarting.

    No bro i dont think India will trust US so much to have fighter aircraft from them, Gripen seems to be best bet here as of now

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  Militarov on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:12 pm

    Pinto wrote:
    Militarov wrote:
    Pinto wrote:
    Militarov wrote:
    medo wrote:
    Pinto wrote:
    medo wrote:The quickest way for Russia to make a single engine light fighter is to modify Yak-130 trainer. They could take its two AI-222 engines out and replace them with new RD-33MK or RD-93 engine and make it single seater to get enough space to install proper radar in its nose. Yak-130 is already very agile jet with g limitation at -3/+9 g, what is better than Tejas. Yak-130 number of hardpoints and combat load is already big enough.

    If aesa radar can be installed in such fighter and has reliable engine then it must be fielded by Russia

    RuAF decided more than 20 years ago to have only twin engined fighters and retire all single engine jets. They will not field such fighter, but could made it for export.

    They decided that due to post USSR collapse situation, not because they have no use for single engine fighters. After all Mikoyan LMFS was supposed to be single engined.

    Russia, US and Sweden have been asked to submit there bids so Russia must participate in this bid to be made in India. since US wont share critical technology it leaves Sweden and Russia

    Well, US did not want to share F-35 technology, however they seemed quite keen on transfering Super Hornet technology a year back. Id put F-16 in same bag, as that is the technology they are slowly discarting.

    No bro i dont think India will trust US so much to have fighter aircraft from them, Gripen seems to be best bet here as of now

    Well to be honest many components on Gripen are also of US origin or use US built parts. Engine, Fly by Wire, fuel tank sealants, datalink bus....

    You are also forgetting how many Tejas components are imported from various foreign suppliers like US, UK, Germany, Israel...

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  GarryB on Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:43 am

    The only purpose for it being a single engine fighter is to make it cheap and so really they are trying to buy an already made foreign Tegas they can build in India.

    Personally I think they are stupid to limit themselves to single engined aircraft... it is not cheaper when one engine fails.

    It is not cheaper when it is made of totally different components/engines/systems that are not in Indian service already.

    Of course it is not up to me but if it was I would split the budget for this new programme in half and spend half of it on developing Indian components to replace the foreign components in Tegas... especially the engine, and the other half on an existing type considered suitable... that would be the Mirage 2000 or the MiG-29UPG/M2.

    I would just say to France we will buy a factory to make M2ks or we wont consider French products for the next decade... including Subs and ships and aircraft and armoured vehicles.

    France can say yes or no.


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    Air force letter creates confusion about plans to set up India’s domestic fighter production line

    Post  Pinto on Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:20 pm

    As India plans to set up a domestic fighter production line by opening talks with top aviation giants, a letter sent by the Air Force has created confusion about the plan as well as concern that it may be a death blow to the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) programme.


    While India has received several unsolicited bids for a Make in India fighter jet from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Saab and even Dassault, an official letter had been dispatched for the first time to several nations earlier this month inviting interest.


    However, the contents of the letter are confusing to say the least. The Air Force has asked for replacements to its ‘ageing fleet of single engine fighter aircraft’. The letter says the requirement is for a ‘minimum fourth generation single engine aircraft’ to be indigenously manufactured under the Make in India initiative.


    India however has an ongoing production plan for exactly the same kind of fighter – the improved version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.


    Orders for over 120 planes have been assured and the very aim of the Tejas programme is to replace the legacy single engine fighters in service – namely the MiG 21 fleet that is at the end of service life.


    Efforts are also on to develop a new version of the LCA if the Air Force wants, with a more advanced engine. Secondly, the letter, which is not a formal invitation for bids but more of a consent that foreign nations are ready to take part in a contest, says the Air Force is looking for a medium weight category fighter and is also interested in air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons


    This, when barely a month ago India concluded a protracted procurement process for a new medium multirole fighter – the French Rafale, 36 of which have been bought for 7.8 billion euro.


    The Rafale was originally chosen after it won a techno-commercial contest for a new medium multirole fighter following detailed evaluation by the air force. Thirdly, the letter seems to indicate that India has forgone any intent of acquiring key weapons or simulator technology as part of the Make in India initiative.

    The letter says that the transfer of technology for ‘weapons and simulators is not envisaged’. It also says that the first ‘few aircraft’ will be bought in flyaway condition and remaining to be manufactured here, again forgoing competitive bidding by players for a better deal.

    While the letter may not be the final word from India, it brings down a selection to only two contenders with what is already being described as a ‘match fixing’ condition of a single engine fighter.


    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/air-force-letter-creates-confusion-about-plans-to-set-up-indias-domestic-fighter-production-line/articleshow/54945552.cms

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    India could shell out $12 billion for new fighter jets

    Post  Pinto on Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:35 am

    India needs new fighter jets, and the world's leading manufacturers are lining up to provide them.

    The South Asian nation's government has sent letters to several companies regarding a new fleet of military aircraft, to be jointly produced with local firms. A potential deal, according to experts, could be worth up to $12 billion.

    "India is looking at paying $65 to $80 million per aircraft for 150 aircraft," says Ben Moores, a defense and aviation analyst at IHS Jane's. The country faces an elevated sticker price for the fighters because government rules require most of the manufacturing to take place in India.

    The requirement, which is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative, is believed to have been a roadblock in India's most recent military aircraft deal with France.
    That deal, which originally called for French company Dassault to supply the Indian air force with 126 Rafale fighters, underwent lengthy negotiations due to disputes over the local production clause.

    Under the final terms of the sale agreed by India and France last month, India will only get 36 jets.

    Other companies appear more than ready to fill the gap. U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Martin and Sweden's Saab are the leading contenders.

    "We are prepared to provide a solution under the 'Make in India' program," said Saab spokesman Sebastian Carlsson, who confirmed that the company has received the Indian government's letter.

    Carlsson touted his company's deal to supply Brazil with its Gripen fighters as a blueprint for a potential agreement with India. Saab is transferring technology to local firms as part of the deal, and is even training Brazilian engineers.

    It's "an example of the way we like to do business," Carlsson said. He added that Saab was preparing an official response to India's letter.

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    Lockheed Martin (LMT) has gone a step further, offering to make India the sole global manufacturing hub for its F-16 fighter if offered the deal.

    "Exclusive F-16 production in India would make India home to the world's only F-16 production facility," said Abhay Paranjape, Lockheed's national executive for business development in India. "None of our competitors can offer that."

    Paranjape said the company, which has received and responded to the government's letter, envisions "a joint venture model with Indian industry as prime owner."

    While India appears to have begun the procurement process in earnest, past instances suggest a final deal — especially of the magnitude being discussed — will be anything but straightforward.
    "There might be a strategic eagerness for modern aircraft but the reality is that bureaucratic hurdles and state owned industrial self-interest outweigh the requirement urgency," says Moores. "If India can sign a deal and make it stick that will be impressive in its own right."


    http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/25/investing/india-fighter-jets-lockheed-saab/index.html

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    Govt offers to buy 200 foreign combat jets, but conditions apply

    Post  Pinto on Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:37 pm

    The Indian government is offering to buy hundreds of fighter planes from foreign manufacturers - as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, air force officials say.


    A deal for 200 single-engine planes produced in India - which the air force says could rise to 300 as it fully phases out ageing Soviet-era aircraft -- could be worth anything from $13-$15 billion, experts say, potentially one of the country’s biggest military aircraft deals.


    After a deal to buy high-end Rafale planes from France’s Dassault was scaled back to just 36 jets last month, the Indian Air Force is desperately trying to speed up other acquisitions and arrest a fall in operational strength, now a third less than required to face both China and Pakistan.


    But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration wants any further military planes to be built in India with an Indian partner to kickstart a domestic aircraft industry, and end an expensive addiction to imports.


    Lockheed Martin said it is interested in setting up a production line for its F-16 plane in India for not just the Indian military, but also for export.


    And Sweden’s Saab has offered a rival production line for its Gripen aircraft, setting up an early contest for one of the biggest military plane deals in play.


    “The immediate shortfall is 200. That would be the minimum we would be looking at,” said an air officer briefed on the Make-in-India plans under which a foreign manufacturer will partner local firms to build the aircraft with technology transfer.


    The defence ministry has written to several companies asking if they would be willing to set up an assembly line for single-engine fighter planes in India and the amount of technology transfer that would happen, another government source said.


    “We are testing the waters, testing the foreign firms’ willingness to move production here and to find out their expectations,” the person said.


    OPERATIONAL GAPS


    India’s air force originally planned for 126 Rafale twin-engine fighters from Dassault, but the two sides could not agree on the terms of local production with a state-run Indian firm and settled for 36 planes in a fly-away condition.


    Adding to the military’s problems is India’s three-decade effort to build a single-engine fighter of its own which was meant to be the backbone of the air force. Only two of those Light Combat Aircraft, called Tejas, have been delivered to the air force which has ordered 140 of them.


    The Indian Air Force is down to 32 operational squadrons compared with the 45 it has said are necessary, and in March the vice chief Air Marshal BS Dhanoa told parliament’s defence committee that it didn’t have the operational strength to fight a two front war against China and Pakistan.


    JET MAKERS RESPOND


    Saab said it was ready to not only produce its frontline Gripen fighter in India, but help build a local aviation industry base.
    “We are very experienced in transfer of technology – our way of working involves extensive cooperation with our partners to establish a complete ecosystem, not just an assembly line,” said Jan Widerström, chairman and managing director, Saab India Technologies.
    He confirmed Saab had received the letter from the Indian government seeking a fourth generation fighter. A source close to the company said that while there was no minimum order set in stone for it to lay down a production line, they would expect to build at least 100 planes at the facility.


    Lockheed Martin said it had responded to the defence ministry’s letter with an offer to transfer the entire production of its F-16 fighter to India.


    “Exclusive F-16 production in India would make India home to the world’s only F-16 production facility, a leading exporter of advanced fighter aircraft, and offer Indian industry the opportunity to become an integral part of the world’s largest fighter aircraft supply chain,” Abhay Paranjape, National Executive for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Business Development in India said in an email.


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    Lockheed’s offer comes on the back of expanding US-India military ties in which Washington has emerged as India’s top arms supplier in recent years, ousting old ally Russia.


    Earlier this year Boeing also offered India its twin-engine F/A-18 Hornets, but the level of technology transfer was not clear.
    India has never previously attempted to build a modern aircraft production line, whether military or civilian. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has assembled Russian combat jets including the Su-30, but these are under licensed production.


    “We have never had control over technology. This represents the most serious attempt to build a domestic base. A full or a near-full tech transfer lays the ground for further development,” said retired Indian air marshal M. Matheswaran, a former adviser at HAL.


    He said the Indian government would be looking at producing at least 200 fighters, and then probably some more, to make up for the decades of delay in modernising the air force.


    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/made-in-india-govt-offers-to-buy-200-foreign-combat-jets-but-conditions-apply/story-yRinwqtd9VuGAaZqr94QCN.html
    (Additional reporting by Tommy Wilkes )

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    MiGs try to conquer India

    Post  Pinto on Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:10 pm

    India’s problem with its aging Air Force fleet is that it requires new fighter jets soon. The MiG-35 is best suited to meet India’s requirements and will be invited to participate in the tendering process in the near future.


    Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG will offer the Indian Defence Ministry its latest MiG-35, so that it can participate in a tender to supply medium fighter jets. New Delhi is planning to announce the tender and seek expressions of interest in the near future. Earlier, in 2015, India rejected the ‘MiG 35’, opting for the French Rafale. The Indian Air Force is now organizing the tender, and planning to replace its 200 MiG-21 and MiG-27 airplanes.

    In addition to the RAC MiG, those invited to participate in the tendering process are the Swedish company SAAB – with the Gripen NG aircraft, and the American Lockheed Martin – with the “Indian” version of the F-16. A major requirement for tender participants – is maximum localization of production of the fighter aircraft in India.

    “The United Aircraft Corporation and RAC MiG will participate in the upcoming IAF tender,” Izvestia learned from the UAC. “We just need to wait for the official technical specifications from the Indian government and the invitation. After that, we will prepare and send a package of documents with our proposals to New Delhi,” the UAC representative said.


    New Delhi is currently formulating the technical specifications which, in the form of an RFP (Request for Proposals), will be sent to selected companies participating in the tender. This will be the formal launch of the new tender. According to information from sources in the military and diplomatic circles, Indian representatives, as early as this summer, turned to Russia with a request to describe the possible packaging arrangement of the MiG-35, which the United Aircraft Corporation will be ready to offer in the tender.

    According to the source, Russia has sent India an expanded list of equipment and weapons, which included electronic warfare stations, suspended opto-electronic sighting containers, a wide range of aircraft weapons, including air-air and air-land missiles, as well as high-precision bombs.

    All members of the future tender had met between 2000 and 2015, during a similar competition for the right to supply 126 fighter jets worth $10 billion. In the course of this long tender, the MiG-35 beat the F-16IN and the Gripen NG, but lost out to the French Rafale. However, due to the high prices, India could not buy one hundred, but only 36 fighters. India did not receive the Rafale production technologies and localization of production in Indian enterprises, as promised.

    Andrey Frolov, an expert, told Izvestia that the announcement of a new tender could be interpreted as the public recognition by India that the modernization problem of a rapidly aging Air Force fleet has not been solved.

    “Now we are seeing a split in the year 2000 tender,” said Frolov. “The Rafale has been purchased, but the first aircraft will be delivered no earlier than 2019. India's own fighter jet, the Tejas, is apparently not ready yet. And now, in a situation of mass write-offs of the MiG-21 and MiG-27 airplanes, something needs to be done urgently with the domestic fleet.”

    Frolov said the outcome of the new tender was difficult to predict. There are some difficulties with all the aircraft invited to participate in the tender. Sweden is prepared to share production technologies of the Gripen fighter, but there are not many Swedish parts in this aircraft. The main components are purchased from the United States and Europe with which they would have to negotiate for permission to localize production in a third country.

    Another problem with the Gripen is that, for the production of a new fighter jet, the SAAB Company will be forced to remove parts from aircraft already with the Swedish Air Force. A scandal has recently erupted on this issue in Sweden – the essence of which was the question: does it make sense to “cannibalize” the existing fighter fleet for the production of new aircraft, or is it better to invest in the development and production of a more advanced fighter aircraft? The new aircraft from Saab is scheduled to appear in 2019 which, as in the case of the Rafale, does not solve the current problems of the Indian Air Force.

    “With the American F-16 things are easier,” said Frolov. “Its production line in the USA is scheduled for closing in 2017, and Washington could, theoretically, transfer it to India.

    In practice, however, Americans have never yet transferred technologies to manufacture their own weapons and military equipment to any other country. Especially since the onboard equipment of this latest version of the aircraft, the F-16 Blok 52/57, includes a radar with active electronically scanned array (AESA), which is considered as the key know-how in the design of modern fighters.

    Ivan Konovalov, Head of the Centre for Strategic Trend Studies, believes the MiG-35 is the only aircraft with which the Indian military should not have any issues.

    “The aircraft participated in the last tender and showed excellent results,” said Konovalov. “The MiG lost out to the French Rafale for political, rather than technical reasons. The formal reason for the choice in favour of the French aircraft was the fact that, under Indian legislation, the Indian military cannot buy weapons and military equipment from only one supplier. And at that time, Russia had already signed several major contracts to supply India with Su-30MKI fighters and naval MiG-29K/KUB planes.”

    First published in Russian by Izvestia.

    http://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2016/10/17/migs-try-to-conquer-india_639481

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  Pinto on Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:20 pm

    If Gripen and F 16 can be allowed to re-enter into newly tweaked MRCA project then why not Russian MIG 35, which are our oldest supplier of advanced technology in defense or single engine condition has been made just to favor Americans F 35

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  KiloGolf on Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:47 pm

    GarryB wrote:The only purpose for it being a single engine fighter is to make it cheap and so really they are trying to buy an already made foreign Tegas they can build in India.

    Personally I think they are stupid to limit themselves to single engined aircraft... it is not cheaper when one engine fails.

    +1. This is whole "open tender" is a big wink wink to LockMart and either F-16IN or some version of the F-35. Or a mix of both.
    India is very short-sighted. MiG-35 is what they need and could get it in huge numbers, built under license in their own country.

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  Pinto on Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:58 pm

    Russia too is invited in this tender and i am sure they will certainly make it tough for others if they pitch in yak 30 twin version fighter. Because what IAF need is light weight fighter to replace MIG 21 for point defence

    YAK30 with payload off around 6-9 tonne will be effective contender to spoil others party imao

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    Modi govt offers to buy 200 foreign combat aircrafts: 7 things you should know

    Post  Pinto on Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:03 pm

    In a bid to upgrade military hardware and arrest a fall in operational strength, the Narendra Modi government is offering to buy hundreds of fighter aircrafts from foreign manufacturers. But as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, according to air force officials. The air force says a deal for 200 single-engine planes produced in India – could eventually rise to 300 – as India fully phases out ageing Soviet-era aircrafts. The deal could be well worth anything between USD 13-15 billion, say experts, potentially making it one of India’s biggest military aircraft deals.


    Here is what you need to know:

    1. After a deal to buy high-end Rafale planes from France’s Dassault was scaled back to just 36 jets last month, the Indian Air Force is desperately trying to speed up other acquisitions and arrest a fall in operational strength, now a third less than required to face both China and Pakistan.

    ALSO READ: PM Narendra Modi seeks ‘shoot to kill’ hardware as part of military modernisation

    2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration wants any further military planes to be built in India with an Indian partner to kickstart a domestic aircraft industry, and end an expensive addiction to imports. Lockheed Martin said it is interested in setting up a production line for its F-16 plane in India for not just the Indian military, but also for export.

    3. India’s defence ministry has written to several companies asking if they would be willing to set up an assembly line for single-engine fighter planes in India and the amount of technology transfer that would happen, another government source said.

    4. India’s military’s problems were compounded when it’s three-decade effort to build a single-engine fighter of its own which was meant to be the backbone of the air force. Only two of those Light Combat Aircraft, called Tejas, have been delivered to the air force which has ordered 140 of them.

    5. The deal assumes more strategic importance as in March this year the vice chief Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa told parliament’s defence committee that it didn’t have the operational strength to fight a two front war against China and Pakistan.

    6. Lockheed Martin said it had responded to the defence ministry’s letter with an offer to transfer the entire production of its F-16 fighter to India. “Exclusive F-16 production in India would make India home to the world’s only F-16 production facility, a leading exporter of advanced fighter aircraft, and offer Indian industry the opportunity to become an integral part of the world’s largest fighter aircraft supply chain,” Abhay Paranjape, National Executive for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Business Development in India said in an email.

    7. India’s defence ministry has written to several companies asking if they would be willing to set up an assembly line for single-engine fighter planes in India and the amount of technology transfer that would happen, another government source said.

    (With inputs from Reuters)


    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/narendra-modi-govt-foreign-combat-jets-rafale-lockheed-martin-3728832/

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  Militarov on Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:50 am

    GarryB wrote:The only purpose for it being a single engine fighter is to make it cheap and so really they are trying to buy an already made foreign Tegas they can build in India.

    Personally I think they are stupid to limit themselves to single engined aircraft... it is not cheaper when one engine fails.

    It is not cheaper when it is made of totally different components/engines/systems that are not in Indian service already.

    Of course it is not up to me but if it was I would split the budget for this new programme in half and spend half of it on developing Indian components to replace the foreign components in Tegas... especially the engine, and the other half on an existing type considered suitable... that would be the Mirage 2000 or the MiG-29UPG/M2.

    I would just say to France we will buy a factory to make M2ks or we wont consider French products for the next decade... including Subs and ships and aircraft and armoured vehicles.

    France can say yes or no.

    Mirage would however require significant modifications/modernisations tho to be on pair with F-16IN, probably components derived from Rafale and Tejas. Modern engines are mature enough, failure rates are very low so single engined fighters are safe as it get, its far more likely that they crash due to other malfunctions in fly by wire, or navigation system, bad weather...

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    US, Swedish Aviation Majors Offer Technology Transfer to Bag Indian Jet Tender

    Post  Pinto on Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:39 am

    Two of world's major military aviation companies have sweetened the terms for making combat jets in India. The Government expects response from Russian companies too.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): India has received proposals from two foreign companies within two months of asking countries like the US, Sweden and Russia to locally build a fighter under a generous technology transfer (ToT) arrangement.

    The winner will bag the right to sell the fighters to India for several decades as the Indian Air Force seeks to build 42 active squadrons.

    "SAAB of Sweden and Lockheed Martin from the USA have shown interest in manufacturing single engine fighter jets in the country. The initial proposals of both the companies entail ToT for manufacturing of fighter jets in India," Subhash Bhamre, India’s Minister of State for Defense informed Parliament on December 2. Lockheed to Expand Weapons Production in India

    However, these global aircraft manufacturers have till now not detailed documents to back up their expression of interest proposals. Sources say that Saab is offering ‘ITAR-free’ Galium Nitride AESA radar technology but it is not clear whether Lockheed Martin was making a similar offer. Indian government plans to replace all the MiG-21 squadrons with the new single-engine fighter in the next few years.


    India is expected to issue a formal request of proposal (RFP) after receiving the initial response from the global manufacturers. In the absence of a RFP, global manufacturers are unaware of demanded numbers, technical requirements and cost of the exercise.

    India is staring at a startling shortage of combat jets to fight two front wars with Pakistan and China. Recently, India has decided to procure 36 Rafale aircraft from France but the first delivery will be made two years and the numbers will equip only two squadrons.

    The current strength of the Indian Air Force is 34 squadrons (18-20 aircraft per squadron) which is far below the required strength of 42 squadrons suggested by Indian Parliamentary committees panels for two front wars.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/military/201612021048106485-us-sweden-jet-tender-india/

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    Re: New Contest for IAF Single Engine Fighter Aircraft

    Post  GarryB on Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:29 am

    Mirage would however require significant modifications/modernisations tho to be on pair with F-16IN, probably components derived from Rafale and Tejas. Modern engines are mature enough, failure rates are very low so single engined fighters are safe as it get, its far more likely that they crash due to other malfunctions in fly by wire, or navigation system, bad weather...

    The mirage has the advantage that it is already in service and is familiar and is not in use by Pakistan like the F-16 is.

    The MiG is also already in service and they could build up numbers simply by buying 200 MiG-29M2s and then gradually introducing the expensive stuff on the 35s as they deem necessary/affordable.

    The Yak-130 or any derivative is not suitable as a replacement here... the only advantage it would have would be low cost, but once you replace engines and and install all the bits it needs like a modern self defence avionics suite and the fact that it is not currently in Indian service means it would not be that cheap any more... and its performance would not be improved to the medium weight aircraft class...

    Personally I would have just taken the 10 billion from the original contract and used it to buy the technology to make the Tegas work as originally planned.

    Even dragged MiG into it with their LMFS plans to assist... I am sure they would not say no to the investment.


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