Eurofighter Typhoon,Rafale offer to Make in INDIA for MMRCA deal; F35,Rafale M square off in a big fight for INDIA's carrier based jet as F18 fall way behind
By: Jyotiprakash/Arjun Singh
According to a close associate of the Republican billionaire, The administration of United State President-elect Donald Trump dreams of breaking new ground in selling advanced weapons, systems to India, news that will likely be “music to the ears” of the government of India.
Shalabh Kumar, founder and president of the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) and a community organiser for Mr. Trump’s campaign said that along with a sharp focus on increasing the quality and quantity of weapons acquisition from the U.S by India, Washington under the Trump administration would also hope to lift symmetric trade from a little over $100 up to $1 trillion by the end of his second term.
Proposals made by Boeing and Saab to India have linked sale of F-18 and Gripen on possible potential tie-up in the joint development of AMCA but Lockheed Martin who is considered a pioneer in stealth technology due to their association with SR-71, F-117, F-22 and now with F-35 programs, interestingly have not made similar proposals to India.
Sources close to Defence 360, believes that Lockheed Martin considers India has one of the Potential future buyers of its latest 5th generation F-35 fighter jets and is not keen on high-end technologies transfer to India. In Previous MMRCA tender, Lockheed Martin had linked sale of F-35 with India’s purchase of F-16s which ultimately lost the race to French Dassault Rafale combat jets.As India is also looking at a prospective carrier based fighter,so F35 C becomes a option as well.Lockheed has also offered F35s to be made in INDIA;But that will not be easy as Dassault aviation which has recently signed for 36 Rafales & has partnered INDIA to kick start Kaveri engine for future INDIAN fighters jets is not backing out either & has offered RAFALE-M, a naval version of RAFALE. As fight for the carrier based jets heats up,F18 Super hornets are believed to have fallen way behind.
Consequently,INDIA's MMRCA-2 deal has also kickstarted with SAAB GRIPEN E & other contenders.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter. The Typhoon was designed and is manufactured by a consortium of Alenia Aermacchi, Airbus Group, and BAE Systems has now offered to "make in INDIA" its fighter jets with Dassault Rafale too jumping in with attractive proposals with TOT(Transfer of Technology).But Dassault Rafale is clearly a winner here, as it might get the preference of DAC,INDIA & Indian Govt for helping INDIA with critical technologies related to Kaveri engines for future Indigenous INDIAN AMCA & TEJAS.
Only time will tell as most of these jets are a winner in itself & capable of winning a war of air supremacy in their given day, but it seems Rafale is winning it all for Indian NAVY & AIRFORCE as F35 & Eurofighter Typhoon are not interested to offer Technology transfer for their jets.