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Strategic Partnership model to be finalised by Jan end, search on for another single engine fighter

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by anant_s, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. anant_s

    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today stated that the Defence Ministry’s strategic partnership (SP) model is likely to be finalised by the end of this month. Among other major issues he also said that India requires another single engine fighter jet line and this will be done under the SP model. Efforts are being made to identify the Indian company and Western partner for this work.
    Parrikar also said that work is going on to provide the army with new assault rifles. And that India aims to become a major weapons exporter.

    The developments were shared at a press conference in Delhi today. These were the highlights from the Defence Minister’s statements.

    1) The SP model is in the final stage and is likely to be concluded this month. A meeting will be held next week to finalise it. He says the model would have been finalised in December but has been delayed by a month due to the year end.

    2) Parrikar confirms India requires another single engine fighter line that will be done under the SP model.

    3) The SP model is the Defence Ministry’s important Make in India policy. Under the model, the government is to select private Indian firms to exclusively manufacture military equipments for a specified period. The model was proposed by the Dhirendra Singh Committee in July, 2015. The Defence Ministry then formed an expert committee headed by former DRDO chief, VK Aatre, to formulate the criteria for selection of strategic partners. In April last year, the MOD made the Aatre report public.

    4) Parrikar said the Indian company for the single engine fighter jet will be identified through the Aatre committee model. And the western partner for the new fighter line will depend on the Transfer of Technology (ToT) and the financial proposal of the Original Equipment Manufacturer.

    5) Competitive process will be followed to select the western fighter to be made in India. The government to government deal will be inked after selection of the aircraft.

    6) Parrikar makes it clear that a competition for twin engine made in India fighters will also be considered, but not this year.

    7) Regarding the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) deal with Russia, Parrikar said aspects of production and technology transfer are being looked into before signing up for the aircraft.

    8) He also refuted media reports on additional requirement/procurement of Rafale jets as speculative.

    9) Parrikar said option for Tejas-Light Combat Aircraft Mark-2, an advanced version, has been kept open. He added the Naval LCA is to be developed only for technology demonstration.

    10) Following the controversy of the new army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, superseding a senior officer, Parrikar said the selection of the chief is the prerogative of the government. Although he added all the candidates were equally good.

    11) Parrikar also said, "We aim to achieve a $2 billion defence export target by the end of this government's term (2019)."

    12) India’s Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to supply $300-400 million worth military equipments to friendly nations this year.

    13) Indian conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has signed some contracts with Vietnam for providing ships, which were discussed during a bilateral visit.

    14) On possibility of defence exports to Afghanistan, Parrikar holds cards close to his chest and merely says Afghanistan is s good friend.

    15) There has been an increase in Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) productivity this year, which is in arms and ammunition, not vehicles as was in the past. Parrikar said approval has been given for fast tracking the procurement of assault rifles for the Special Forces.


    16) On a new assault rifle for the Army, Parrikar says four months have been given to the OFB to provide a new design. If this does not work, the procurement will be done under the fast track mode.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...ine-manohar-parrikar/articleshow/56316074.cms


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    So after Rafale, we are again looking at two more competitions, for single and dual engine fighters? What is going on?

    @PARIKRAMA @MilSpec @Flanker Foxconn @Abingdonboy
     
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  2. Butter Chicken

    Butter Chicken 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    obvious signs towards F-16
     
  3. Abingdonboy

    Abingdonboy Captain Technical Analyst

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    Rafale sticky thread is talking about these comments already bro.

    My opinion is that Parrikar is out of his mind and out of his depth.
     
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  4. Lion of Rajputana

    Lion of Rajputana Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    A single engine LWF can only possibly be F-16 or Gripen, one is an American plane, the other is largely made of American components; that's way too much power in the hands of the US if they randomly decide to put the squeeze on India during a war with Pakistan.
     
  5. Tejpal

    Tejpal Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    How is that?

    He hasn't said anything unknown.

    Single-engine fighter MII has been known for a few months now - It is a necessity has HAL cannot be trusted.

    Twin-engine MII is known too and he (or it was Raha) has already stated that more would be ordered if ToT and other promises are delivered and India are satisfied with Dassault.
     
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  6. Butter Chicken

    Butter Chicken 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    what about gripen?

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