Apart from the impending contract for 126 medium fighters to spice up the IAF’s dwindling numbers, the IAF chief also announced the impending conclusion, within this monetary yr”, of the contract to upgrade the air pressure’s 20-yr-old fleet of fifty two Mirage-2000 medium fighters. This upgrade, which has been the topic of bitter negotiations between the IAF and French contractor, Thales, will give the Mirage-2000 one other 20 years of service life by becoming on a brand new radar and a modern cockpit with state-of-the-artwork avionics and electronic warfare gear.
The Peace time operation costs of all the twin engine heavies will bear down heavily on the IAF particularly contemplating the elevated variety of squadrons. The money thus saved will be invested in other areas (extra Cruise Missiles, Smart Bombs, SRBMS and the likes) which will give more of an edge in the course of the battle. As regards top-heavy, given IAF faces lots of of heavy plane such because the J-eleven, Su-27, Su-30, and now even the J-20 and so on – it has every right to determine its drive composition.
Going by the observe document of the programme the IAF is probably not inclined to depend on ADA to deliver the MK2 on time and with the promised capabilities. you do know that the GE F414 engine deal was for ninety nine engines + forty nine choices right? So if there is any likelihood that the MRCA options may be exercised, then there are chances that the Tejas Mk2 choices may get exercised. It appears to me that Gripen is smart only in the context of an “all in” strategic partnership between Sweden and India for future improvement of LCA, Gripen and AMCA.
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