Kartik wrote:I don't think that the US has ever had its AESA radar built, under ToT, by any other nation. This is a big requirement, that requires assembly from raw materials.
It says assembly from raw materials, but unless they set up a GaAs foundry that's not going to happen. Its simply not economical for the kind of volumes in play (48 units). And HAL lacks core competencies in electronics mfg in any case.
Even the Israelis source their 'raw materials' for their AESAs from Taiwan, carry out final assembly at Astra in Hyderabad, 'generously' mark-up the local value-addition and register as it with the MoD as offsets (had a long chat with an executive from Astra about it).
In this case, mfg as per tender is based on 'combination of kits' with 'balance' items supplied/mfg by HAL. Which basically means HAL will be building the frame/chassis for the radar and then carrying out final assembly. If it were anything deeper the project would be led by BEL/LRDE, would take time for the OEMs to formulate and be followed by a lengthy evaluation over the course of several months rather the few weeks specified by tender.
It has no precedent for the US, AFAIK. With a new GOTUS coming in place, the necessary clearances will not come in time and consequently I seriously doubt that Raytheon will be able to respond in time while stating that it will be able to meet the requirement. They may stall or request more time for clarity and that will go against the rules of the tender that emphasize the urgency of the requirement.
Assuming Raytheon does make a serious bid for the contract, the administrative/bureaucratic component will be taken care by the outgoing administration. Thereafter, its an issue of getting Congressional approval. Again that could be deferred to after the bid. Its not a major obstacle, not for level of ToT actually involved. Especially in wake of the MDP thing recently signed into law.
Plus this requirement
The vendor shall not sell the Radar system being developed through this RFQ to any other customers or transfer the IPR of the system to any third party without prior written consent by HAL.
Of course, they could just call the RACR variant they will offer an India specific radar due to its integration with India specific IFF and weapons, something like a RACR-IN.
Exactly. Even the Israelis aren't going to stop marketing the 2052 after scoring a win in India. The clause isn't intended to block the OEM from marketing its wares elsewhere.