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15 Comments on "It’s Official. India ‘Developing 1 or 2 Make-in-India Fighter Programs’"

Venkat
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Venkat
7 months 5 days ago

We have had more than a decade of song and dance on this MMRCA, no end in sight. Hope the IAF gets something good and economical. We can trust the Raksha Mantri and IAF to ensure choice will be prudent.

test
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test
7 months 5 days ago

despite make in India these program cost for each unit does not come down significantly, denoting:

1) Its a assemble in india program & not make in india
2) since components are imported therefore ToT remain within US & EU allies boundary
3) No local industry get benefits from this program significantly
4) Its a soon to be retired platform (not beyond 2030 by NATO)

therefore final questions remain, why media raise such crucial questions & remain admiring such programs – selling out their soul, duty ?

R.G.Menon
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R.G.Menon
7 months 5 days ago

the offers have lots of juicy carrots. I am sure a selection will be made keeping the best interest of the countruy. It will certainly be a big push for Make in India. Besides it will provide keen compition to HAL which is also good.

Rahul
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Rahul
7 months 3 days ago

Does anyone seriously believe in these rhetorics? It was this same defense minister who loudly proclaimed in May that Rafale deal will be signed by June and livefist was quick enough to flash that news…Today is 20th June and do we really expect the deal to be signed in next 10 days? And where is the FGFA deal that was also supposed to be signed in June 2016?

So we should take these type of rhetorics with a pinch of salt, if not in complete disbelief….

Rocky
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Rocky
7 months 3 days ago

Hi Livefist,

I some how feel that your posts are a bit deviated towards Boeing. Anyways, keep up the good work.

El Diablo
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El Diablo
7 months 4 hours ago

No surprises here… first one will be Tejas Mk1A or Mk2, second one will be follow-on order of 90 Rafales. I hate to break it to Viper/Hornet fanboys, F-16s and 18s simply won’t see the light of the day in IAF. As for MRCAs for IN’s INS Vishal, I believe there will be stiff competition bn. Rafales and F-35C. We’ll have to wait and watch.

gurinder kehr
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gurinder kehr
6 months 30 days ago

The Rafale deal is making even less sense now. If you are going to assemble F/A`18 in India, why buy 36 of a separte type? This mess is once again showing that there is no long term logic in MOD.

Abhiman
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Abhiman
6 months 30 days ago
This is a thoroughly idiotic move. When we have a Tejas in development, why in the world do we need any other fighter jet ? We’re already procuring 36 Rafale jets in a knee-jerk reaction. Now however, with Tejas Mk. 1A already developed, there’s absolutely no need of new fighter jets at all. 1) The Tejas Mk.1 A is equivalent or superior to the Mirage-2000 of the IAF, which incidentally was IAF’s original choice of the MRCA. It can replace the entire MiG fleet in the IAF from MiG-21 to MiG-29. 2) The Tejas Mk.1 A is the perfect embodiment… Read more »
Sparky
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Sparky
6 months 16 days ago
With the opening up of defense purchases from countries other than the Russian bloc, our “defense analysts/experts” have already sold their heart and soul to defense manufacturers the world over many time around already. Traveling for “unveilings” to foreign countries on First Class / Business Class tickets and being put up in expensive hotels with “bags of goodies” as parting gifts, these breed of people have not indulged in unbiased reporting in years. No surprises then that media personnel with vested interests are busy promoting one or the other brand of defense equipment. Same applies to our IAF. Mind you… Read more »
gurinder kehr
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gurinder kehr
5 months 18 days ago

what message do we send when the Air force rejects a particular aircraft and subsequently the Government wants to purchase the same !. The MMRCA farce must end. Time to scrap rafale and give the entire order to Boeing.

Shubham Kumar
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Shubham Kumar
5 months 16 days ago
It’s time that GOI takes a bold decision and allow F-16s to be manufactured in India by Lockheed Martin along with an Indian Partner. F-16’s are the only MMRCA jet that India can afford in large numbers to allow IAF to reach its desired 42 squadron strength or even more. The only additional feature that F-16s should have for IAF is the Buddy-Buddy Refuelling capability so that F-16’s can remain in air for a longer duration of time without using any huge Tanker Aircraft. If GOI allows F-16s to be manufactured in India then Lockheed Martin is ready to shift… Read more »
Ram Sharma
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Ram Sharma
5 months 13 days ago

Rafael contract was supposed to be signed months ago , nothing is mentioned about it now about the “talks” have now shifted to mega projects like F-16 , F-and Grippen to be moved to Hindustan ! My the time it ever happens IAF would be flying Kites .

RAVINDRA PATANKAR
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RAVINDRA PATANKAR
5 months 10 days ago

I hope DRDO and HAL are not involved in this..otherwise it will be another 35 years before we see a prototype of it…

Suresh Rao
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Suresh Rao
1 day 2 hours ago
Consider this : IAF has at present in its inventory 1. HCA 272 Su-30 MKI Which is adequate at present with upgrades to Super Sukhoi 2. MCA – 120 Jaguar, 60 MiG 29, 50 Mirage 2000 , 36 Rafaels Totalling 266 Which is also adequate at present with upgrades . 3 That leaves out the LCA for which 83 are ordered for Tejas Mark 1A. Now RM wants to build in India 200 F-16s or Gripen-Es in India which could go up to $ 20 Billions. Instead the RM coild very well order another 157 Tejas Mk 2 for single… Read more »
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