The brutal battle for the contract to supply the Indian Air Force multi-role fighters erupted with the newest force. And in this battle, our homeland may retire from the game.
At the current time under the scrutiny of many international professionals to be an Indian competition Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), is obliged to elect a plane that will replace the MiG-21 Indian Air Force. According to some reports, the car can already find in the middle of this year. India's Ministry of Defense allocates above 9 billion. bucks on the purchase of 126 aircraft.
Russian MiGs are planning to change the 6 candidates: F-16IN Viper Company "Lockheed Martin», F/A-18E/F Super Hornet of "Boeing", a pan-European Eurofighter Typhoon, French Dassault Rafale, JAS-39NG Gripen of "SAAB", Russian MiG -35.
What are the positions in applicants?
So, let's begin. Leaks disk imaging, which was in 2009, showed that the French Dassault Rafale has almost eliminated from the competition. While the Indian side stubbornly silent on the issue. The French did not help even a decent offer on aircraft radar equipment RBE-2AA with an active phased array radar, and program codes. This radar is not available yet the French Air Force.
Curiosity for the Indian market and is the JAS-39NG Gripen. This aircraft is quite a cheap, but for the competition in India, it is equipped with a good package-board equipment, including active phased. NG version of the F414 engine aircraft armed Office "J. Electric "as boingovsky F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. At the current time, the Indian side is considering equipping its own data engine aircraft Tejas. But along with this proposal, "Saab" carries within itself certain tasks. Among them: the equipment that will be installed on plane, only started to be developed; little political weight of Stockholm, the Swedish aircraft ignorance Indians. In addition, some analysts point to the missing military resource JAS-39NG Gripen.
European Eurofighter Typhoon looks unfinished fully competitive. "Typhoon" is quite good airplane, with good avionics. Machine manufacturers have already sent 87 planes to Saudi Arabia and Austria. The enthusiasm for this aircraft showing Greece, Japan and the Gulf states.
At the same time, "Typhoon" is the most expensive aircraft in the competition. In addition, there are some prepyadstviya operationally ready aircraft equipment. Also, in the middle of the minuses, it is doubtful benefits from disparate firms, many of which are unexplained transatlantic orientation. But at the current time, it seems, specifically Eurofighter Typhoon is a favorite of the competition.
U.S. offered to the competition outright own two fighters.
F-16IN Viper, it's subsequent modification of F-16E block 60 Desert Falcon, which comes in the UAE. F-16 is excellent and very long since known fact in the world. In the case of India, offers the most advanced of its modification, which is specially equipped to strike at ground targets. But along with those for "Lockheed's" not a good role davneshnie its relations with Pakistan, which is quite widely used by F-16.
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is still huge odds in comparison with the F-16. Given plane equipped with a serial radar with active phased array AN/APG-79, which caused a huge intrigued by the Indian military. In addition there is no problems with the fighter and with decked seating. In favor of "Boiga" plays and breading the Indian side to use on their own Tejas aircraft engines F414.
What is the situation with our MiG-35? A good plus for our fighter is his delivery with on-board radar "Zhuk-AE", which has AFAR. In addition, India has already bought the MiG-29K, and then create works of RD-33 engines, which is easily converted for the production of RD-33MK, which installed on the MiG-35. Excellent evaluated and maneuvering characteristics of aircraft, its price (it is practically one of the cheapest kind of machines). In the middle of the minuses of our aircraft, it continued its advantages. India well-known Russian aircraft, a lot of them in the Air Force in this country, but in the current time divide took the position of equidistance. In addition, the biggest drawback was the lack of an aircraft at Aero India 2011. It almost led to a lot of rumors about the removal of the MiG-35 from the competition. Experts in the industry is not enough to believe the prospects Jiffy win competition.
This situation highlights the di
lemma issue Mikoyan aircraft. Most likely, the RAC "MiG" for the foreseeable future, will not receive the order, which would be comparable in scope to the Indian.
Time fighter fourth generation inevitably ends. Most likely, the Indian tender and the like are "swan song" aircraft, which are built on this platform. Ahead on the horizon, the export of the fifth generation. Considerable prospects in this market is the South American F-22 and F-35. We have the same easy fighter 5th generation still does not exist.
The accumulation of the RAC "MiG" experience in the design of light frontline fighter gives all the indications for the development of the fifth-generation light fighter and its export platform. Possible defeat in the Indian competition can serve as a positive incentive. Miguev have nowhere to retreat.