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Indian Air Force to float tenders for jets

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 5:43 pm    Post subject: Indian Air Force to float tenders for jets Reply with quote

The IAF is likely to float in two months a global tender for 126 multi-role combat jets in a deal believed to be valued at 9 billion U.S. dollars, says BBC.
However, the IAF needs to resolve procedural issues before floating a request for proposal for the aircraft.
BBc says it could be at least five years before price negotiations with the selected manufacturer or manufacturers is concluded and another five years before the firstof the new aircraft start arriving.
The IAF has narrowed it down to five aircraft: the US F-16 and F/A-18 Super Hornet, the SwedishJAS-39 Grippen, the French Rafale, and the Russian Mig-29OVT.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joy 10yrs to acquire 126 jets.. The IAF, and the Indian government need to get this deal done this year, and get these new 126 jets into the air force. Also the flying death MIG 21's need to be let go off!!

The government needs to get there hands out of this 126 jets order, and let the people high in post at the IAF make the decision, and just place the order.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They need to speed up this redtape process.Defence deals should not be delayed.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i saw the interview of the VP of Lockheed Martin few days ago on NDTV Profit. he seemed quite optimistic that IAF would sign for 126x F-16s Rolling Eyes Some indoor business i guess Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

126 F16s thats being optimistic.I thought majority of the order would be the Mig35.Guess that means by end of May the Civilian nuclear deal would be inked Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe if they go for a 126x US made aircraft deal then it will definately put the nuclear deal on the proper track
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the_380 wrote:
Maybe if they go for a 126x US made aircraft deal then it will definately put the nuclear deal on the proper track


Thats what looks likely.What about no sanctions stopping spares assurances.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too saw that interview on NDTV profit. As i said earlier, with F-16s Lockheed Martin is shooting an arrow in dark. I am pretty certain that IAF will not buy F-16's. The order will be split between Mig 35's and between
1. SAAB Grippen
2. Eurofighter Typhoon
3. Raphael
4. F-18's.

My vote goes for Raphael followed by Typhoon. Well F-18 is last on my list.

By the way India is buying C-130J X 6 from them. I guess that's why he was smiling about.

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2007 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Won't the F18 be usefull for our Navy.How would you rate the options.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. F 18's are useless for our Navy. The aircraft carrier that we have has a ski system and not like catapult that are used to launch US aircrafts. That's why we have Harriers, that can easily take off from a ski jump system. An F-18 doesn't have the correct combination to operate from a ski jump system. It would simply pop out of ski jump and dive right into the sea. The ship that we are currently building is also going to have a ski jump system. Hence there's no use in having F-18's. Harrier's and MiG 29's K and LCA are the fighters that will operated on these aircraft carriers.

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