sankum wrote:Same as Gripen E class. Then what is the need for Gripen.
16T MTOW for STOBAR and 16.5T MTOW for CATOBAR is my estimate.
No need for Paper NG whatsoever, however until Kaveri is proven (I am hoping Snecma-Safran comes thru...the recent announcement that Tejas will fly @ AI 2019 with the Kaveri engine gives me hope) having a common engine makes a whole lot of sense. On that account alone, it could tilt the choice in Paper NG's favour. But then there is the geopolitical angle and nobody comes close to Unkil in that respect.
What is the f16 deal for ? Katrina is not coming ?
More Katrinas will likely come. I find it hard to believe the IAF will stop at just two squadrons. You don't invest all that money in setting up two bases (like they are doing now at Hasmira in West Bengal and Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh) and then just have one squadron each. Defies logic. Also remember, do not think a repeat order of 36 is going to cost the same as the first order of 36. The first order includes a host of other items that is not needed in follow on orders. You have to account for inflation, but both deals (if a second one materializes) have to be scrutinized with a fine tooth comb. That is not going to happen as per recent IAF reports.Air Force declines to share details on Rafale dealhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 980097.cms
The article below is highly unlikely, but worth a read into Dassault's pitch...Dassault sets sights on supplying 200 Rafale jets to India over next decadehttp://www.hindustantimes.com/india-new ... pLCZK.html
I have a feeling we will repeat the 80s again. India purchased 51 Mirage 2000s and then went in for MiG-29s, when there was an option for licensed production of 110 more Mirage 2000s. We just purchased 36 Rafales and will purchase 100 or 200 single engine fighters.