Kartik wrote:If that were the case then why is the IAF now making pronouncements on acquiring over 170 MWFs? The ball is in ADA and HAL's court, to deliver on time and without perennial schedule slides. Just look at No.18 Squadron- it was re activated and almost 10 months later, they have just 1 Tejas Mk1 FOC fighter handed over to them. Would you blame the IAF for this?
Let the IAF openly come out and say that they don't want an MRFA RFP and instead will go local - then I will believe this.
So far, all indications are that they are hell-bent on MRFA - straight from the chief's mouth.
No disagreement with HAL's tardiness. But who's going to foot the MRFA bill + humongous time it will take to downselect & place the order + even if MRFA happens, there will be HAL workshare (which they will be tardy with)
So, I don't see how an MRFA makes sense, whichever way we slice it.