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    Venkat

    We cannot have technology demonstrator. This is like cooking & not eating.
    We need to build a squadron of LCA Navy fly them, learn and improve.
    Let the LCA follow IAF life cycle of technology upgrades.
    So do hope this happens

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      Ranjit

      Only a murderous navy would make its pilots fly single engine aircraft over the oceans. this was doomed from the start. So i don’t know what you are talking about.

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        Raju

        Harrier Jump jet that we have been using so far is a single engined one and unlike the GE one installed in NLCA is not the most reliable.

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        Kumar

        Precisely said.

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    Sudip Das

    WHY A SECOND SINGLE ENGINE FIGHTER , WHEN LCA IS BEING INDUCTED IN IAF ?
    INSTEAD WHY NOT TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIONS FOR AESA RADAR , DIFFERENT KIND OF MISSILES , ENGINE FOR THE LCA PLATFORM
    THE PRESENT GOVT WANTS IAF TO BE A MUSEUM: TWIN ENGINE FIGHTERS : MIG 29, SU 30MKI , RAFALE, FGFA
    SINGLE ENGINE FIGHTER : MIRAGE 2000, LCA MK 1, LCA MK2 (IN FUTURE), MAKE IN INDIA FIGHTER ( DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED OUTSIDE INDIA) ,
    F-16 IS AT THE END OF ITS LIFE CYCLE
    GRIPEN IS VERY SIMILAR TO LCA
    WHAT WILL BE THE BENEFIT TO INDIA ?
    THE PRESENT GOVT HAS A PENCHANT LIKING FOR USA ? WILL THIS BE USED AS A DIPLOMATIC TOOL?

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    Suresh Rao

    It seems to be utter bad planning. As of now we have HCA : Su-30MKI – 272 numbers which is adequate. MCA – 120 Jaguar, 50 Mirage 2000, 60 MiG 29 36 Rafael – contracted Totalling to 266. So that means that we need another 260-270 LCA. Why not promote the LCA 1A – 120 nos and Mk 2 120 numbers ? What is the need to look at F-16 or Gripen jets ? When will India graduate to world class if we keep on importing ? What message are we sending to the world ? Have we even tried OUR BEST ? The provate sector was kept completly out of Defence and we take decisions based on past flawed experience. What a towering shame and disgrace !!!

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    Suresh Rao

    Why not the LCA Navy ? The recent CAG report points out huge operationa problems with the Mig 29K on board the A C Vikramaditya and there have been a large number of engine failures necessitating single engine landing and a host or other problems. If Admiran Lanba has learnt to live with it then why not the same benefit of doubt to the LCA Navy ? When will India graduate to world class if we keep on importing ???

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    Suresh Rao

    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 Rafael Totaling 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 Billion.

    Instead the RM could very well order another 157 Tejas Mk 2 for single engine aircraft to make up the numbers and then concentrate on the 5th Gen Aircraft

    We are committed to 127 Pak FA -50 Russian jets and with the Savings from the $20 billion we could go in for at least 100 F-35s so that we have enough time for developing the ACMA.

    The urgency is because the Slitties have unveiled a basic working version of the J-20 and JC-31 – Both Stealth and we are still grappling with the nearly outdated single engine jets.

    Since it will not be manufactured anywhere in the world all of them are keen to dump it on India. And we Indians – born suckers that we are ever ready to buy these junks.

    What a shame and disgrace!!!

    In case of the changed situation of Donald Trump and LM not willing to give us F-35 , we should divert these jets to Russia and but 227 jets of Pak Fa-50s

    Hope you are listening Mr. Parrikar!!!

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