I don't think that there's any problem about more MKIs,unfortunately,from CAG reports,HAL built MKIs cost about 25% more than fully imported ones from Ru! But MKI support,availability are improving steadily with more OEM-desi entity support and amendment to Russian laws whereby India can now deal directly with component/OEM suppliers for spares,etc.
Problem with MKIs is that they're two-seat birds. The cost of supporting the extra pilot,his family,etc.,etc. eventually is a huge responsibility and cost for the service. The lack of support for getting the LCA into faster production and dev. of imp[roved variants remains the unanswered Q. Why can't a third LCA line be established,if need be with the pvt. sector or even IAF at one of its BRDs. There would then be no need for the SE req. with more MIG-29/35s and MKIs to take up the slack.
Armed Hawks,dumped by the MOD cos of the Hawk engine scandal it appears,but no ban on RR! Crazy.Prof. Das in a recent Vayu apart from pushing for more LCA variants,has also as an academic exercise suggested building new Gnats using better tech available today for the job of GA/close support. The new avatar,with an armoured cockpit,could be ideal for us as it was most difficult to spot in combat,and that the basic design has much potential for the specific job of a GA fighter at v.low cost as well as for point defence.Alternatively,the cheap YAK-130,whose design was also given to the Italians to produce their own trainer version of it (M-346).It was flown by an IAF pilot who raved about it some time ago in a def. journal.OPne rgeat advantage is its ability to simulate characteristics of other front line aircraft .
(The Avionica fly-by-wire flight control system is used to adjust the stability and controllability characteristics and flight safety systems to simulate a number of aircraft such as the MiG-29, Su-27, Su-30, F-15, F-16, F-18, Mirage 2000, Rafale, Typhoon and future fighters such as the F-35.
The pilot selects the software model of the simulated aircraft's control system on the Yak-130 on-board computer. The pilot can select the model during flight. The system can be forgiving to allow cadet pilots the easy acquisition of piloting skills.)
Cost just $15M.http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/ ... 67637.html
Set back for Make in India initiative after IAF says no to advanced Hawk trainer jets
By Pradip R Sagar | Express News Service | Published: 06th February 2017 08:16 PM |
Last Updated: 06th February 2017