Price is precisely why the massive price of an LCA 463 cr., when compared with a 330 cr. MKI is why the issue is under investigation.Our DPSUs simply cannot charge what they want including inefficiency costs to the taxpayer.Moreover, a lot of the LCA is imported from engines to radar and much weaponry likd Derby AAMs, PGMs, etc.A significant portion of the cost goes abroad.
The MIG 29K is a twin-engined bird.The onus is on MIG to rectify any problems in the hope that the deal was properly drawn up by our MOD babus regarding defects, OEM liability, etc.The fact that the same 29K bird has been ordered by the RuN indicates that the problems have been resolved.MIG should replace IN birds if defective beyond repair, otherwise future orders will definitely evaporate !
Should problems be resolved, at its price of around $35M today and capable of carrying BMos- NG when it arrives, it woulx be the most cost- effective solution to increasing the number of IN carrier aircraft.
There is nothing preventing the IN from acquiring more naval fighters and LRMP birds including Backfires to increase our domination of the IOR's maritimd environment.Future increased maritime air requirements should be met solely by expanding IN aviation assets. The IAF should also expand its inventory to increase both numerical and qualitative assets to dominate the sub-continental airspace with principal enemies Pak and China in mind.A reduced responsibility in the maritime domain where we have lesser top- line aircraft positioned against us, with Chin CBGs still some years away from permaneng IOR patrols, the IN for the ensuing years with 29Ks and NLCAs should be able to do the biz. especially with tanker support for extended range. The money saved by the IAF could be used by it for acquiring superior aircraft and weaponry with which to confont the Sino- Paki axis of evil.NLCAs should be particularly useful when used in our island bases operating from smaller runways , etc. and coastal bases in the southern peninsula.
Incidentally there is a report of new TU-142 modernised and upgraded Bears being acquired by the RuAF with full glass cockpits, increased numbers of missiles carried, etc.These are supposedly the equiv. of new build aircraft.The Syrian experience where these aircraft ran bombing runs from their Russian bases shows the extraordinary range and endurance of the strategic / maritime strike/ ASW aircraft.Equipped with new extended range missiles, these birds could theoretically operating from the mainland even carry out strikes in the Pacific.