India set to decide big military aircraft deals

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  1. JAISWAL

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    India set to decide big military aircraft deals | idrw.org
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    India is set to decide on the
    world’s biggest combat aircraft
    deal of this century yet as well as
    those for new combat, utility and
    heavy lift helicopters within the
    next few days, weeks, or months,
    but all within 2011.
    Chief of Air Staff of the Indian
    Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal
    P V Naik, told India Strategic
    defence magazine
    (..:: India Strategic ::.. Home Page: The authoritative monthly on Defence and Strategic Affairs.) that the
    commercial bids of the two
    finalists in the race for 126-plus
    Medium Multi Role Combat
    Aircraft (MMRCAs) would be
    opened mid-June (possibly
    before the Paris Air Show
    beginning June 20), while those
    of the combat, heavy lift and
    utility helicopters and the basic
    trainer aircraft“anytime between
    the next few days to few weeks.”
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    IAF had
    already finalized its choice for
    the combat helicopter while that
    of the utility helicopter had also
    been through with the Indian
    Army, which is the lead buyer in
    this case. IAF will follow and buy
    the same helicopter.
    As for the heavy lift helicopter,
    “the final report can be expected
    within the few days,
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    Basic Trainer Aircraft.

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    In the basic trainer role, Swiss
    Pilatus 7. Korean KT 1 and US
    Beechcraft T 6 have been short-
    listed by the IAF, and the finalist
    is also due to be announced.
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    AWACS.
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    Air Chief Marshal disclosed that
    the last of the three Phalcon
    AWACS (Airborne Warning and
    Control Systems Aircraft) had
    arrived in India in March and
    deployed.
    Two more AWACS mounted on
    IL 76 platforms had also been
    ordered.

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    Transport Aircraft
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    Notably, IAF has already finalized a deal to acquire 10 Boeing C 17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, and there is a decision to add six and“some more” later. It may be noted that as most deals involve Transfer of Technologies and offsets, there are still additional costs as the manufacturers pass various charges essentially to the buyer.
    The support infrastructure is in place, on time, he said adding:
    “There are plans to acquire an additional six C 130J through the
    same Foreign Military Sales
    (FMS) route from the US
    Government.

     
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  3. debasree

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    i am very pleased to know that at least iaf is taking the right deceission but we nead one more thing ,more tanker aircraft.
     
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    ^^^^^ yes, indeed iaf requires more tankars and they will get it in future as i had read some were that they had issued rpf for mmrta again.
     
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    Why is this the biggest combat deal ever? Didnt Saudi arabia order more than 140 Euro-fighter typhoons?
     
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    What 140 Typhoons ??? Saudi Arabia has paid 7.1 billion dollars for a 72 aircraft deal of which they have received 18 Typhoons till now.
     
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    The artical does not mention biggest aircraft deal of world insted it says big aircraft deal with respect to India, and deals done by India for its armed forces.
     
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    Government set to decide $30 billion Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft deals

    Government set to decide $30 billion Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft deals - The Economic Times


    NEW DELHI: India is set to decide on possibly the world's biggest combat aircraft deal of this decade as well as those for new combat, utility and heavy-lift helicopters within the next few weeks or months, but all within 2011.

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik, told India Strategic defence magazine that the commercial bids of the two finalists in the race for 126-plus Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) would be opened this month, and those for the combat, heavy-lift and utility helicopters and the basic trainer aircraft "any time between the next few days to few weeks".

    The air chief did not give any figures, but a rough calculation shows that IAF could be announcing deals worth $30 billion, or more, by the end of 2011.

    A $4.1 billion deal for 10 C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlifters was signed Tuesday and there is a possibility of more such aircraft being acquired. This apart, the MMRCA deal, for which only the Eurofighter and Rafale remain in the fray, could touch or exceed $15 billion if the option for an additional 63 aircraft is exercised in addition to the 126 units given in the tender. The three helicopter variants and the trainer aircraft, along with support and training packages, could cost another $5 billion.

    In an interview for India Strategic's Paris Air Show edition, the air chief said the IAF had already finalized its choice for the combat helicopter while that of the utility helicopter had also been through with the Indian Army, which is the lead buyer in this case. The IAF will buy the same helicopter.

    As for the heavy-lift helicopter, "the final report can be expected within the next few days," he said.

    All the required reports were either already with the defence ministry or just about to be submitted, Naik said, pointing out the IAF was well on its way towards transformation by 2022 or 2025.

    Boeing's Apache AH 64D and the Russia . Mi 28NE are the two contenders in the race for combat helicopters while Boeing's Chinook - the only helicopter which can float on water - and Russian Rosoboronexport's Mi-26 are in the fray for the heavy-lift role. The utility helicopter race for the Indian Army and the IAF has the EADS Eurocopter and the Russian Kamov in the race.

    In the basic trainer role, the Swiss Pilatus 7, Korean KT 1 and US Beechcraft T-6 have been short-listed by the IAF, and the finalist is also due to be announced.

    The IAF has already selected 12 VVIP helicopters from Agusta Westland and 80 multi-role Mi-17-1Vs from Russia. A project to build some 200 Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft has already been signed with Russia.

    The acquisitions apart, the IAF has already inducted two of the six special operations

    C-130J Super Hercules aircraft ordered from US Lockheed Martin, and by Feb 2012 the remaining would be in the IAF inventory.

    The support infrastructure for the aircraft is in place, on time, the air chief said, adding: "There are plans to acquire an additional six C-130Js through the same Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from the US government.

    Speaking about the milestones in the MMRCA race, the air chief said that even after the commercial bids are opened, the final decision would still take a couple of months as it wasn't just the price but the package in terms of direct costs, support programmes, training, offsets and lifecycle costs which would determine the winner. The race though is expected to be close.

    Asked if the Eurofighter and Rafale were superior in technologies to the other four contenders - the Boeing F/A 18IN Super Hornet, the Lockheed Martin F-16IN, the Swedish Gripen and Russian MiG-29, the air chief said: "In all fairness, all the six aircraft in the competition were good, and more or less close to one another in performance. But some of them had to be out, and some had to be in, and that's it. Let's say that the two European finalists were the most-compliant in the 600-plus parameters that the IAF selection team had set."
     
  9. ganesh177

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    End of 2011 can easily transform into mid of 2012 given indian standards of punctuality.
     

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