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    Quote Originally Posted by jlvfr View Post
    India, not content with having to currently maintain 5 diferent fighers (not counting Mig-21 and -27...) including the now-being deployed Tejas, and of having ordered a 6th fighter type (Rafale), wants to buy/build another fighter. From another source. I can't even begin to imagine the logistics/maintenance nightmare...
    The fight seems to be down to the Grippen and the F-16, and both companies are ofering to build factories in India! Good luck with that...
    It seems the news is credible, the defence minister is on record saying that advanced talks are going on, and from the look of things lockheed martin has the edge.
    The F-16 and the Tejas will replace the Mig-21 and Mig-27 (i think plane by plane/ squadron by squadron), and then some more.
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    Considering that this is going to happen, would the people here give some opinions on which platform will be good for replacing the mig-21/27 for the next 30-40 years for the indian security scenario?
    In my opinion might be better to go for the Gripen E, there are good chances of working towards a lot of components in common (engine, radar, weapons, avionics etc.)
    F-16 may be a better choice given the times demand a deeper alliance with US for the future.
    The super hornet may also be a good choice if the procurement is done for the airforce and the navy together (may cost more though).
    The F-35 is a better option, however i doubt it will be available in time (considering its orders) and if the requirement for tech transfer will be possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuku View Post
    Considering that this is going to happen, would the people here give some opinions on which platform will be good for replacing the mig-21/27 for the next 30-40 years for the indian security scenario?
    That was supposed to be the Tejas...

    The "war" right now is down to the F-16 vs the Grippen... unless Korea drops in with the T-50, which is allready being marketed as a light fighter.

    As for "components in common"... what do you mean? What plane with what? Right now, afaik, there's zero communality in the IAF's gear or planned equipment.

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    The Gripen seems to have a lot more upgrade potential, IIRC from the various industry literature (of course, it's industry literature we're talking about).

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