Andrew DeCristofaro wrote:don't know why nowdays americans pressing for their stuff for everything
RFP sent to raytheon for short range missiles and now this F125
as you all know americans don't like if someone else upgrading their fighters
rolls royce has produced engines for jaguars traditionally so only rolls royce be the only to supply engines for jaguar upgrade,
sole vender mirage2000 upgrade is france
and sole vendor for mig29 upgrade is russia but some electronics systems from different countries but all major systems coming from russia like rd33-3 engine,radar,MFD etc
western engines can also be fitted to mig29 but the contract always goes to its manufacturer
what utter tosh ! the IAF or the GoI invites US companies by sending them the RFPs..and they are approached if they have a product that fits the needs. so how on earth can the US be held responsible for responding to these RFPs ? as for RR producing engines for the Jags and hence having sole rights to upgrade their engines, that is a matter of the contract that the IAF signed with BAe.
from what is publicly available, the F-125IN is a better solution for the refit, because of weight, CG and overall thrust improvements as compared to the RR solution. i'm assuming that the Adour Mk.871 does have a FADEC, so they may be tied in this regard. and anyway, since HAL is almost completely self-sufficient when it comes to manufacturing spares and parts for the Jaguar fleet, I doubt that any threats of OEM support being lost as a result of going with a Honeywell engine shouldn't make too big a difference to us. and anyway, Honeywell and RR have both demonstrated that their engines work, so now its upto the IAF to make its choice.