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Old February 23rd, 2018, 03:00 AM
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MRCA redux---government scraps plan to buy single engine fighter jets and asks for wider competition

The government has scrapped its two-year-old plan to produce 114 single-engine fighters with foreign collaboration under the “Make in India” framework, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.15 lakh crore (almost $18 billion), amid the political slugfest between BJP and Congress over the Rs 59,000 crore contract for 36 French Rafale jets.

Top sources said the defence ministry (MoD) has directed IAF, down to just 31 fighter squadrons (each with 18 jets) now when at least 42 are required for the “collusive threat” from Pakistan and China, to come up with a new proposal that will take both single and twin-engine fighters into account.

“The original plan placed an unnecessary restriction on only single-engine fighters, which limited the competition to just two jets (American F-16 and Swedish Gripen-E). The aim is to increase the contenders and avoid needless allegations later,” said a source.

Incidentally, F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin had joined hands with Tata Advance Defence Systems Ltd, while Swedish aviation major SAAB tied-up with the Adani Group in anticipation of the mega project to produce the fighters in India under MoD’s ‘strategic partnership’ policy, as was earlier reported by TOI.

Faced with a further two-year delay now, which will ensure the beleaguered force will not be able to reach its sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons even by 2032 as projected earlier, the IAF is now scrambling to finalize the new plan based on its operational requirements, the required transfer of technology and other aspects.

It was the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar who had advised IAF to go in for the single-engine production line because he said the country could afford only 36 of the twin-engine Rafales for meeting its “critical operational necessity” immediately. Single-engine fighters, of course, have a lower acquisition and operating cost even if there is a slight compromise in capability.

The 36 Rafales, ordered in “flyaway condition” by the NDA government after scrapping the original MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project for 126 jets initiated by the previous UPA regime, will be delivered in 2019-2022 under the 7.8 billion Euros contract inked in September 2016.

But they alone will not make up the numbers. With all the 10 existing squadrons of old MiG-21s and MiG-27s slated for retirement by 2022, it’s projected the number of squadrons will go down to 19 by 2027, and may further reduce to 16 by 2032, given the long delays in the indigenous Tejas fighter.

The new project to include both single and twin-engine fighters will, in effect, be a repeat of the MMRCA project first proposed by the IAF in 2001-2002. The formal tender or RFP (request for proposal) for the MMRCA project, under which the first 18 jets were to come in flyaway condition and the rest 108 being licensed produced by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics, was floated in 2007.

While the F-16 and Gripen-E as well as the twin-engine Russian MiG-35 and American F/A-18 were rejected after exhaustive field trials, the Rafale in 2012 had emerged the winner over Eurofighter Typhoon after commercial evaluation. But the final negotiations were deadlocked for long before being scrapped in June 2015 by the NDA government .


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Old February 23rd, 2018, 03:06 AM
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So now more years will be wasted evaluating the various fighter jets . This in spite of the air force having evaluated them already during the MRCA competition few years back . The whole thing has become a joke now and the air force is nowhere close to getting the required number of jets .

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Re: MRCA redux---government scraps plan to buy single engine fighter jets and asks for wider competition

Old threads on echarcha discussing the MRCA contract ; brought back because I don't have the energy to discuss it all over again....

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32657

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37562

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38310

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34092

http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38314
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Re: MRCA redux---government scraps plan to buy single engine fighter jets and asks for wider competition

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So now more years will be wasted evaluating the various fighter jets . This in spite of the air force having evaluated them already during the MRCA competition few years back . The whole thing has become a joke now and the air force is nowhere close to getting the required number of jets .

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Most probably we would end up manufacturing Rafale planes under Transfer of technology.
The actual story is that our Military budget which right now as a percentage of GDP, is at its lowest since last 20-30 years. This budget is sufficient to get back to 42 squadron strength of IAF. The only way is Indigenization.

I think that ADA should have gone with two parallel development lines, one for LCA and another a twin engine LCA.
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Re: MRCA redux---government scraps plan to buy single engine fighter jets and asks for wider competition

US offers some technology from it's latest f 35 fighters if india buys and manufactures the f 16 in india .

---the new f 16 will get the f 35's radar .

---there will be latest data link , which will allow the f 16 to view another friendly plane's radar view on it's displays .

---there will be a helmet mounted tracking system , which will allow the f 16 to track a target on a display on the helmet of the pilot so that the pilot does not have to look down to track it on the displays in front of him below . the tracking information is right in front of his eyes .

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63922346.cms
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