India will not buy either a Russian MiG-35 or an American F-21
NEW DELHI, (BM) – India intends to abandon the acquisition of a large batch of fighters for its Air Force, as reported a few months earlier, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Aviapro and Reporter news agencies.
According to the data that initially appeared, India planned to acquire the largest batch of military aircraft, and among the proposals under consideration were Russian MiG-35 fighters, American F-21s, French Rafale, etc.
The reasons for the refusal are not officially named, however, one of the possible reasons for this is an attempt to establish the release of their own combat aircraft.
“In the struggle for a seductive tender, in addition to Lockheed Martin, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers joined: the American Boeing with F / A-18E / F, the French Dassault with Rafale, the European consortium Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug with Eurofighter Typhoon, the Swedish Saab with Gripen E and the Russian MiG-35 and Su-35. The Hindus intended to assemble fighter jets under license and manufacturers agreed. “The Indian Air Force is switching to LCA,” said General Bipin Ravat, chief of the Indian Defense Staff in an interview. He clarified that the Indian Air Force wants to buy an additional 83 Tejas units to the 40 fighters already ordered,” the Reporter reported.
The acquisition of its own combat aircraft actually allows India to meet the needs of the Air Force, however, experts consider this approach as extremely unproductive.
“The desire of India to establish the production of its own combat aircraft should be highly appreciated, however, the characteristics of these combat vehicles indicate the fact that they are hardly even up to the level of 4th generation fighters, although they are undeniably quite cheap,” some specialists notes.
It should be clarified that India may declare its intention to refuse the tender within the next 2-3 months.
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