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Rules changed? Rafael not the only choice

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today hinted that the 36 Rafale fighter jets to be bought in a fly-away condition from Dassault aviation of France would be an important step towards meeting the critical shortage of the Indian Air Force fighter jets, but would not be the only choice.The purchase of the jets was announced during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris on April 10.Buying more of the Rafale or ‘making in India’ will depend upon negotiations of the two governments.

    New Delhi and Paris have announced a government-to-government deal for the purchase of the twin-engined Rafale.Parrikar clarified the way the deal will progress. The global tender to buy a medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) floated in 2007 to buy 126 planes had been shelved. “If this route (government-to- government) is followed, then it’s obvious, a car cannot be travelling on two different routes. In the tender, there were lot of issues and troubles. The tender has gone into a vortex.

    The direct deal is working out to be less costly,” he said.Rafale was selected as lowest bidder in the tender but issues had cropped up as it did not want to stand guarantee for the 108 planes to be made by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and HAL’s high production costs.On being asked if the government would be looking to get the previous target of 126 planes, Parrikar said: “Not necessarily that will depend on the government-to-government discussion. We may not go for full 126.

    We may decide a different number also.”This was the clear signal that India would be hedging its bets rather than look at Rafale alone. “I will not speculate or reveal any further,” Parrikar said when asked if New Delhi would be looking at other planes of the same kind and capability.“Even the target of 126 was financially a steep climb,” Parrikar said in note of realism. Each Rafale costs about Rs 760-775 crore. On being asked if Rafale will be made in India, the Defence Minister said: “I have not excluded the make in India, but that will depend on how we negotiate.” Under the tender, 18 planes were to be in a fly-away condition, the next 18 were to be in the form of completely knocked down kits.

    The future plan

    Parrikar was clear that future shortage of fighter jets that will occur due to phasing out of the MiG 21 and MiG 27 will be met by a mix and match of the Rafale, the Russian built Sukhoi-30 MKI and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, the Tejas and hinge upon life extension to the MiG-21. The IAF needs 42 combat squadrons (18 planes in each) to tackle a simultaneous two-front war with Pakistan and China.“The LCA will fill in the gaps in six months. Another 72 Sukhoi-30 MKI are on order (in addition to the existing fleet of 198)”, he said. In two to three years, some eight new squadrons will join.

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    Big Pic Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    R*A*F*A*L*E, not Rafael...Even me, as dyslexic, I do not make this mistake. BTW, it's always the same article, nothing really new.
     
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    Take up the matter with idrw.org !!!
     
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