Philip wrote:I can't understand the logic in a third naval strike-fighter,as the MIG-29K is an excellent bird,.There could be two reasons for this RFP.The first is the inordinate delay in the naval LCA arriving,as even Mk-1 LCA has yet to enters service.
yawn..your tape starts again..remind me which carrier to park the MiG-29K on ? and the N-LCA if available tomorrow, (i.e years ahead of schedule, since you're cribbing about "inordinate delay") which carrier do we park those on ?
Dabolim air field carrier is it ?
The Mk-1 LCA is underpowered especially at low alt.,which is critical for any naval fighter.Even if LCA MK-2 arrives with a new engine by about 2013 or the middle of the next decade,when will its naval variant enter service and at what rate of production? 8 aircraft per year at current estimates?
rate of production will increase if the orders are placed for the fighter..you cannot get an order for 20 and expect that in 2 years all the fighters will be delivered. its a waste to spend so much on a production line when there is no surety of a large volume of production..you'd need to amortise the cost of all the jigs, fixtures, equipment, etc. over a much smaller batch if the orders don't come in. if you want faster delivery, spend on it. give orders. don't keep barking "8 aircraft per year, 8 aircraft per year". it won't increase till the IAF orders more and the GoI releases more funds. the GoI has started on that path with its recent release of Rs 5000 crores, so the urgency is now beginning to show as the Tejas Mk1 approaches IOC.
This would mean that the naval LCA will arrive only in the latter half of the enxt decade,far too late.
which is more than adequate considering when the IAC-1 will enter service. your tirades against the LCA are really getting boring now. rehashing the same stuff over and over again and however much others try to explain, it won't change your prejudice, so its useless to even bother I guess..
To have therefore PLAN fighters in the IOR with a superior aircraft to our MIG-35s,with our very own LCA also in doubt,is like placing all our eggs ino one basket.The Sea Harrier can only last out as long as the Viraat and as much concern is therefore the date of the naval LCA arriving,so is there doubt about the availability of a second aircraft for the 3rd carrier which should possess qualities that will kick the butt of the PLAN forces.
what "our" MiG-35s ? a wet dream that you're talking of as if its already reality or have you simply stopped referring to the K's ? I hate saying this about a fighter I like (the -K), but you drive me to it by your constant tirade against the LCA- if the MiG-29K is so great, why even bother with a third type ? and even if the N-LCA sucks as much as you want it to, why couldn't the IN simply buy more MiG-29Ks instead of floating a global tender, one of which is an aircraft you revile so much in your posts (the USN's mainstay carrier fighter).