Kartik wrote:the IN could ask Dassault and Boeing to prove out their studies of being able to launch from STOBAR carriers by first demonstrating it off INS Hansa's land based test facility and then prove it aboard INS Vikramaditya.
Dassault asked for $50 million to upgrade each Mirage 2000. You can imagine what they would charge for demonstrations like INS Hansa. None of the planes would be STOBAR capable as is. They have to be studied, possibly modified and definitely certified for STOBAR operations. And it is not cheap.
Kartik wrote:the MiG-29K fault rectification is sort of going by the set trend now. Buy Russian ware, find out issues in the field and then after being told by Russian firms to either pay ransom to fix issues that shouldn't have arisen, or being given the run around, find a local DRDO agency to fix their faults. MiG should be the one paying for the issue rectification. They are the IP owners. I mean the RuN is also going to find out that the MiG-29KR has issues, so it will eventually need to be fixed for their fleet as well.
There are numerous instances of this. Brahmos-A integration, T-90 guns, etc. etc. And it is not just Russians. Our western ware fare better in availability, but try asking for modifications. They will either not do it, or ask for something exorbitant.
Kartik wrote:Who is going to be responsible for certifying the fixes that ADA/DRDO will likely come up with? CEMILAC?
Too early to say whether ADA/DRDO will be formally tasked to solve the problems. If they are CEMILAC will certify. Continuing to operate the Mig-29ks in their current form is unsustainable.
Kartik wrote:Only good thing that will come out of this experience is that it will pretty much completely rule out any MiG-29K derivative from the MRCBF contest.
Mig-29k is out of the picture anyhow. It doesn't have CATOBAR capability.