- Sep 13, 2010
LDPs and weapons will fall under the customer nominated equipment elementHAL has 6 weeks to respond to the RFP from Malaysia. I don't know how these things work but unless HAL can line up a deal with an LDP supplier by then (which I see as impossible), I don't see how they can offer an Israeli-free product. Even if HAL came to an agreement with an LDP producer and knew what it would cost, how long would it take to integrate? And all that cost to be carried by 36 aircraft - not viable to me.
Then there is the production problem. What confidence can Malaysia have that HAL will adhere to a delivery schedule? Can HAL demonstrate a good record in adhering to past Tejas delivery schedules?
Additionally all Mk1A production - given current assembly resources in Bengaluru - is committed to IAF for years to come. Sure, Nashik could assemble Mk1A but how long would it take to get up and running? Remember, HAL does not want to spend money on increasing production capacity based on potential future orders. It wants the orders first - a no risk approach to building an export business.
HAL will respond with what they have and also a proposal to customise/integrate whatever else the RMAF desire as per the RFI.
It’s no different to Dassualt proposing the Rafale and then agreeing the ISE package at a later date. Of course like for the IAF, if the RMAF want certain customisations it’s going to have to pay for it.
+ unlike dealing with the bipolar Indian armed forces/MoD this will be a solid contract (if signed with RMAF) with money paid upfront and a binding agreement- with that HAL and it’s supply chain can happily expand production to whatever degree is needed.