Viv S wrote:Not necessarily. Their looking for ToT for Mfg which is basically 'assembly' + some LRU production (worth 40% of the contract); deep mfg isn't economical for just 48 units. The clause does seem to favour the Israelis though who have less hangups about ToT and are far more dependent on export orders.
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 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.
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. And then go on to offer the regular RACR to other customers without HAL having a say in it, but I doubt that an American firm would like such clauses. OTOH, RACR has no customers so far, since NG will be supplying to Taiwan and South Korea after the USAF selected it for the CAPES program. So Raytheon will look at this as a huge opportunity. Anyway, we'll find out soon enough since the timelines for response are very tight.
NG had the APG-80 specifically built for UAE, on their dime, maybe this is somewhat similar to what happened there, but my