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Manohar Parrikar to discuss next generation AWACS, French missile deal next week

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  1. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    The Defence Ministry is set to decide on going ahead with a Rs 5,200 crore strategic programme to develop a next generation of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) that will act as a major force multiplier for the Indian Air Force (IAF), giving it a deep insight into enemy territory.

    The large size AWACS programme, different from an ongoing Embraer-based airborne early warning and control system (AEWCS), is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will initially be for two aircrafts, an order that will be increased after successful development.

    Sources said that the strategic project is set to come up for discussion with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a key meeting this week in which DRDO will make its case for allocation of funds to go ahead with ordering a platform and initiating work.

    The minister is also likely to discuss a partnership between France’s MBDA and the DRDO to develop a new class of Short Range Surface to Air Missiles (SR-SAM) under the much delayed Maitri programme.

    The discussion will come days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Paris where the estimatedRs 30,000 crore programme is expected to be raised. The Maitri programme was first discussed as a government to government deal in 2007 but there has been little forward movement since 2013 when a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) was signed with DRDO.

    On the AWACS project, a call will have to be taken on the platform that will be chosen. While the smaller AEWCS is based on the Embraer aircraft, DRDO requires a larger wide bodied aircraft for the AWACS programme.

    Sources say that the only response that DRDO got to a tender for the project last year was from Airbus for the A 330 aircraft. A special sanction will be needed for the project to go ahead with a single vendor situation.

    Manohar Parrikar to discuss next generation AWACS, French missile deal next week | idrw.org
     
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    look like they made up their mind for 320/330 for the platform.

    Good choice as we have 100's of these in civilian airline services
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Well not exactly made up their mind but the other 2 Boeing and Ilyushin both were not interested so single-vendor situation.
     
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    All they want is 6 aircraft's in a strategically important project ,the single vendor situation should not matter & DRDO should be allowed to get whatever they want.

    God knows they are gonna move the project completion date upwards & platform not available should not be one of the excuse.
     
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    Single vendor or not india should go for aurbus proposal and this time DRDO will have no where to hide if they delay since it is parikar now not the dhoti man like it was earlier
     
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    Airbus is a good choice, and if the DRDO feels it is the right platform then its good thing. Wonder why Boeing and Illyushin were not interested. India has a big Illyushin fleet. Maybe DRDO feels that A330 more than qualifies for its requirements.
     
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    Only the French are ready to spend 5 years in negociations.
     
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    France will get Maitri missile deal as it is being pushed by IN + six MRTT deal for A330s + Areva Nuke reactors deal in the visit of PM to France.
     
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    You should know that the deal for P-8I was signed much faster and so was the deal for C-130J (thought FMS) and Illyshin knows how much time it could take to sign the deal, they are not in hurry, so i think your point is not correct
     
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    It's easy to sign through FMS, nobody is in a hurry except India ... sometime.
     
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    Maitri is a surprise for me!
     
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    None of the missiles offered by DRDO/Israel/Russia meets the needs of IN warships due to space constraints. And Maitri is supposed to be a modular missile which can be just fitted on any warship and any place.
     
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    True, sometimes we are in hurry, and sometimes we are just easy going
     
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    I don't think the planes will be any serious issue, the radar which is from DRDO will be the problem because its from DRDO.

    If they want to build something similar to EL/W 2090 which has more than 500km range it seems impossible considering the Tejas radar has only 45km range.
     
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