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    IAF to start process to acquire single engine jets this month

    Who's up for a bet that the contract would take another 5 years to sign?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    IAF to start process to acquire single engine jets this month

    Who's up for a bet that the contract would take another 5 years to sign?
    And... sudenly, mid-way, someone says "Hey, we should try the Korean T-50"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlvfr View Post
    And... sudenly, mid-way, someone says "Hey, we should try the Korean T-50"...
    Don't be surprised if to molly-coddle the Chinese for the recent border flare up, the JF-17 is invited alongwith the F-16 and Gripen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    Don't be surprised if to molly-coddle the Chinese for the recent border flare up, the JF-17 is invited alongwith the F-16 and Gripen.
    Doubt it, it would mean India having to get a "pakistani plane"...

    I wonder what cockpit version Saab is selling on the Grippen? Apparently the Swedish AF didn't like the Brazilian version with just 1 massive monitor...

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    I was being sarcastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    I was being sarcastic.
    Ah. ok. It's just that, at this point...

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    Haha. Indian arms acquisition has become sort of a joke worldwide, if it's not a govt to govt military deal.

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    French DM is in India, probably to talk about the sale of another 36 Rafales. US says they have obtained prior permission for selling F-16/F-18 to India.

    French defence minister in India on 2-day visit, holds talks with Sitharaman


    US to press India on F-16 and F-18 deal, to call for opening of its markets

    So, 72 Rafales for the IAF. 60 F-18s for the IN (EMALS for new carrier), and a 100+ F-16s for the IAF. This would be a political decision on what India gets in return from the US, and would take time, probably another 5 years.

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    Boeing to build Super Hornets in India

    Mig-29 and Gripen won't see the light of day. I thought Shornets are specifically for carrier operations, they are used by AFs too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    Boeing to build Super Hornets in India

    Mig-29 and Gripen won't see the light of day. I thought Shornets are specifically for carrier operations, they are used by AFs too?
    Australia bought 24 to replace the F-111 while the F-35 doesn't arrive. There's no reason others can't use them, Boeing has been trying to sell it for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    French DM is in India, probably to talk about the sale of another 36 Rafales. US says they have obtained prior permission for selling F-16/F-18 to India.

    French defence minister in India on 2-day visit, holds talks with Sitharaman


    US to press India on F-16 and F-18 deal, to call for opening of its markets

    So, 72 Rafales for the IAF. 60 F-18s for the IN (EMALS for new carrier), and a 100+ F-16s for the IAF. This would be a political decision on what India gets in return from the US, and would take time, probably another 5 years.
    I'd hate to be the IAF's logistics chief- that's at least five different fighters for the next twenty years- the F-16, F-18, Rafale, LCA and Su-30MKI.

    And one more if you count the MiG-29.

    And then there's the FGFA and AMCA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher View Post
    I'd hate to be the IAF's logistics chief- that's at least five different fighters for the next twenty years- the F-16, F-18, Rafale, LCA and Su-30MKI.

    And one more if you count the MiG-29.

    And then there's the FGFA and AMCA.
    Don't forget the Mig-21 and Jaguar... they'll still going to be around for some years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlvfr View Post
    Don't forget the Mig-21 and Jaguar... they'll still going to be around for some years...
    Mirage 2000s too. Just being upgraded and the IAF has been in love the bird since they bought it. Not going away anytime soon. In fact this whole MRCA nonsense started when the IAF asked for 126 more Mirages and the bean counters at the Ministry of Defense said "Hey you can't just buy what you want! There needs to be competitive bidding." That was more than 16 years ago. Ugh.
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