I've heard that it will use the US engines, but we will have to wait and see...ricky123 wrote:Mike E wrote:Hmm, that would be great for both India and Russia... The "Mark 2" uses US made engines, but the "Mark 3" will not (it will use their indigenous engine). So either way they won't be using many foreign engines.medo wrote:India should also go for RD-33MK engine from MiG-29K in their Tejas plane to have the same engines for Tejas and MiG-29K fighters instead of having many different engines. Tejas have US engines, which could be quickly under sanctions, Eurofighter use its own engines and MiG-29 its own engines. This would be also good for Indian Navy, if Tejas and MiG-29K operating together on carrier, use the same engine. Better for logistics.
Buying Eurofighters from Germany instead of Rafales from France is good idea as this mean disarming of NATO in central Europe. Problem is, that German Eurofighters are less equipped ones without IRST and Germans also don't have targeting pods for them. As I said, India should also buy Eurofighers from Austria and Spain. Maybe even Italy will sell some.
only tejas Mk1 is using US engines . MK2 is still in the design phase . so nothing concrete happening there .
PLus i dont think India will go for the migs as india wanted to buy something else rather then the same upgraded Mig29 .
now the subsdised verison of EFT will be very cheap almost %50 of the acutall cost ,in the news they said it would cost around $9 bil for 126 .but we dont really now how much of that is true .. plus another factor is time ... EFT had gone thru all the trials and passed just like Rafael .. Mig35 hasnt and india will be running out of fighters in 2018-2022 period . so i dont think india will go for the migs cuz it will again take few more years to conduct the trials and negotiate the price ..
Why not buy the -35? It gives them the advanced capabilities they want at a lower cost, they probably want it over the other -29 variants.
A) 16 of the jets would be used, which lowers the price.
B) They would be downgraded export models that have worse avionics, which also lowers the price.
C) -35 has proven itself to be reliable, and it would give India commonality.
D) The price has already been decided upon, and trials don't even take years...