sankum wrote:Kartik you have mised out on FY 2024-25. Your order will be over by 2027. 201 MWF and even if 250 AMCA are orderred around 50 SPORTS trainer wil be required in 2024 -28 timeperiod and Tejas production can be pushed upto 24/year in the said timeperiod and 8 year production of MWF @24/year upto 2036 can be ensured.
Sorry my bad- that means that more Tejas Mk1A fighters need to be ordered, to be built in the period between March 2027-March 2028. It in fact makes it clear that either the MWF needs to enter production earlier (assembly by March 2027 which means long lead items need to be manufactured even earlier, by 2024) or at least 16-24 more Tejas Mk1A need to be ordered. Not Tejas Mk1 fighters since that would only push the Mk1A production further behind. I would bet on 1 more squadron of the Mk1A being ordered to fill that gap. MWF cannot be rushed into production by 1 year, certainly not by HAL.
As for the LCA SPORT, I really have my doubts about the IAF being into that concept, even with the SPORT trainer being combat capable. It'll be as expensive as Mk1A single seaters and help teach young rookies the basics of AESA radars, BVRAAMs, HMDS, etc. but all of that can also be taught in a simulator for a far more affordable price. The need is for combat capable fighters and I'd much rather have those production slots taken up to build more Mk1A or MWF fighters. And unless the rate is increased to 24 per year, I don't think we'll get anywhere near these 200+ numbers at all.