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    Anonymous

    good work. so this means it really is a different aircraft. good.

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    Anonymous

    great report. lucky you you got to see it. is there any change in planform of the airframe as well??

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    Anonymous

    Amongst the shortlisted aircraft, Gripen NG belong to the single engine category. In assessing the defense posture impact of single engine versus twin engine, it should be noted that twin engine aircraft historically provide greater safety, launch/mission reliability and survivability in both peace and during operations. In combat or peace time, twin engine aircraft are more likely to bring the pilot home from the many conditions in which the IAF must operate. Dont you think a single engine aircraft such as Gripen NG will incur more operational and peace time losses and contribute to defense of the nation less effectively…

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  4. 4

    Anonymous

    demo is a superb aircraft i think.

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    Anonymous

    The color scheme and finish of the gripen is absolutely fantastic and very high quality.I hope all these improvements can be done on tejas mk2 and it will make a fantastic aircraft

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    Anonymous

    Twin engines more safe? Yes that was the case in the 1970s. Gripen has 120 000 hrs in the air and no aircraft has been lost due to engine failure. I wonder why the USAF prefered F-35 as a single engine aircraft if this is a safety problem. The fact is that the engines are very safe today and engine failures are rare.

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    Anonymous

    twin engine aircraft historically

    This isn't about history. Engines (particularly modern GE) are astonishingly reliable, and as a matter of fact a second engine statistically increases the probability of encountering problems.

    The only reason to use a second engine anymore is if the thrust requirements can not being met with a single engine while maintaining a particular drag. Supersonic aircrafts cannot use large bypass engines like GE-90, you see.

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  8. 8

    Anonymous

    Well written article. Very interesting insight into Gripen program. A remarkable aircraft from a small country…

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  9. 9

    Anonymous

    Gripen has a chance only if IAF settles for a single engined or the cheapest MRCA provided it meets the expectations of the end-user.

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    Anonymous

    This comes from a country with population of 9 million which is just half of Delhi city. That talks about their education system. All engineers graduate with MTech in Sweden. The program itself incorporates masters into bachelor's degree. Integrated MTech and no BTech.

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    Anonymous

    Hi, my fear is that the Gripen if selected, will do to the LCA programme what the Jaguar did to the HF-24 Marut programme in the 80s.

    The Marut had performed admirably in '71 in the DPSA (Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft) role, yet the IAF wanted another aircraft for the same role which ultimately rendered the Marut redundant. This should not be allowed to happen again.

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    the terminator

    If GOI, MOD and the IAF are keen on buying a new state of the art aircraft that is single engined and costs far less than its competitors, then the Gripen NG/IN would fit the bill. It is also the only aircraft that comes with complete TOT and the source codes ror the radar.

    Unfortunately there are other criteria that the MMRCA purchase has to meet. The most important being political. What leverage will India get if it buys Gripen NG instead of F16, SH18, Rafaele, Mig 35 or the Typhoon?

    Then again, won't the GE414 powering the Gripen be prone to US sanctions?

    Not that buying any of the American aircrafts won't come under sanctions if our policies do not meet US demands.

    Buying Russian aircrafts would only make us more and more under their arm-twisting, greed and price escalations. Poor quality, non-availablity of spares and delivery schedules are benchmarks of Russian industries. We have also got into the FGFA 5th generation fighter aircraft JV. How it turns out is yet to be seen. Hope it does not become another Gorshkov saga.

    Why should we put all our eggs in the Russian basket? Is is wise?

    The Rafale or the Typhoon may be more expensive but at least we do not have to worry that our aircrafts won't be grounded because or US sanctions. We should not expose ourselves to the vagaries of US foreign policies.

    India should do what is RIGHT AND BENEFICIAL to its defence and its soverignity. Political expediency should be the last factor in the reckoning.

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    Anonymous

    to terminator:
    political means what? Gripen NG stands for full TOT(independence), and are the cheapest to buy and fly, and great capability due the latest avioncs of them offered soo.. thats what we get. Also weaponintegration is not a problem with the sourcecode in hand.

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  14. 14

    SmestarZ

    i have some different specs abt the MRCA but dont know where to post my comments

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  15. 15

    parvas24

    IAF wanted to procure the single engine delta winged Mirage 2000-5 fighter from France… this bird had admirers in the IAF for its role in the Kargil conflict but the production line of that bird is dead.. so the French put forward the twin engine RAFALE instead for the MRCA competition…but this bird is pricey $$$$ … and the criteria for winning the bid is the lowest price of the bird that passed all the IAF trials…
    Gripen NG is a single engine DELTA WINGED fighter from Sweden… has latest avionics … priced reasonably low for a Western fighter …. has features that in someway or the other resembles
    the Mirage 2000-5 …. about which I have mentioned above.
    Current Grapevine in MoD isthat three birds MiG- 35 , Eurofighter Typhoon , Gripen NG are leading the bids…

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    Anonymous

    Shiv!

    SAAB FS2020 (Flygsystem 2020) New Swedish stealth 5th generation aircraft concept.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_BvFadE7w

    With Tot to India in the M-MCRA deal, India can be a major part of this development.

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    Anonymous

    Shiv!

    SAAB FS2020 (Flygsystem 2020) New Swedish stealth 5th generation aircraft concept.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_BvFadE7w

    With Tot to India in the M-MCRA deal, India can be a major part of this development.

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    Anonymous

    Single engine works mutch better with greater payload and distance!
    That's wy the f-35 has one engine!

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