Troubles slow Tejas again

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Defcon 1, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Defcon 1

    Defcon 1 Senior Member Senior Member

    Nov 10, 2011
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    The photo above, taken at the National Aerospace Laboratory's wind-tunnel, shows testing this year of a Tejas model with various stores configurations. With LCA Tejas final operational clearance slipping to 2014, and the programme still struggling to meet performance specs for the second phase of initial operational clearance (IOC-2), the aircraft project has dipped into another difficult phase. According to sources, several requirements (that were watered down during IOC-1 in January), are still to be met. The parameters include wake penetration certification, all weather clearance (ironically, tests were stalled because of the monsoon earlier this year) and lightning clearance. Earlier this month, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said again that final operational clearance was delayed by a full year -- moving down to 2014. Meanwhile, the first prototype of the LCA-Navy is preparing for a first flight -- hopefully before New Year.
  3. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 24, 2010
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    is it necessary to keep it alive in this form only? nation needs fighter not tejas! India can go on for much better and advanced fighter using the lessons learned from tejas.
    tejas can be inducted in limited no while scientists use it as a thing to learn- a learning while playing type toy
  4. Galaxy

    Galaxy Elite Member Elite Member

    Aug 27, 2011
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  5. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

    Aug 20, 2010
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    Gangtok, Sikkim, India
    How about just get the Gripen tech assistance from SAAB at a price, incorporate it into this Tejas and get the nonsense over with? :mad2:

    ADA is useless and furthermore HAL is inept now. They don't deserve to continue on the project.
  6. LTE-TDD

    LTE-TDD Regular Member

    Aug 1, 2011
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    why worry, just put order to buy from somewhere, that will be simple.
  7. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

    May 5, 2011
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    Gripen Beats Rafale, Typhoon for Swiss
    Nov 30, 2011
    By Robert Wall [email protected]

    Switzerland has opted to buy 22 Saab Gripen JAS-39E/Fs in its long-running F-5 Tiger replacement program, says Defense Minister Ueli Maurer.

    Gripen beat out the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon—Boeing withdrew the F/A-18E/F early from the program.

    The arrangement marks a big setback for Dassault, which was hoping to finally secure its first export deal for Rafale. Eurofighter also was eager to convince Switzerland to join the family; Italy, Austria and Germany already fly the aircraft. Switzerland also considered an F-5 extension, but that was deemed too expensive.

    All three main contenders met the requirements put forward by the services. But the Gripen had several advantages, Maurer says, including price, which leaves money left over for other military needs.

    The Gripen had both the lowest acquisition costs and lower 30-year life-cycle costs by far, says Maurer. The procurement program is likely to cost less than 3 billion Swiss francs ($3.3 billion).

    Moreover, Switzerland liked the potential for industrial cooperation on offer from Saab.

    Maurer acknowledges the Swedish fighter may not be the highest-end technical option, but he says it is a good fit for Switzerland and meets the country’s needs.

    Switzerland and Sweden will now refine the program in the coming months. That includes setting up pilot training, including potential training in Sweden. Also still under review is whether final assembly of the aircraft will take place in Switzerland.

    All three bidders provided good offset packages that were essentially equivalent—100% of the value of the deal has to be offset. The industrial participation packages were also attractive across the board, the Swiss say.

    The exact delivery schedule is being negotiated. The first aircraft is likely to arrive in 2015 and all aircraft are to be handed over in a 2-3-year period.

    Maurer says no decision has been made on whether the Gripen would also serve as the eventual replacement for Switzerland’s existing fleet of older F/A-18s.

    The Swiss government also considered a smaller procurement, but a decision was made to field at least two squadrons, requiring 22 aircraft. At one point, the program was sized to equip three squadrons, or 33 aircraft, but was ruled out for financial reasons.

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