India’s opposition to the US-requested sale of F-21s outraged Washington

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Indian journalist Rahul Bedi said that India has long opposed the “offer” of the United States on F-21 fighters, and this caused some indignation from Washington, learned

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The US is tired of the Indian confrontation in the sale of F-21 fighters. It is likely that for the United States this was another reason for the threats to India by sanctions. The US reaction is explained by the fact that the Indian authorities preferred the Russian Triumph air defense systems to the American proposals, including air defense systems.

The journalist noted that India prefers cooperation with a reliable partner to Russia, ignoring American whims and laws on counteracting US enemies.

Washington wants to sell India an improved version of its F-16, but only the Indian side does not need this purchase, the Indian publication said.

The US proposal can be called an attempt to sell the old rope. Fighter production is already halting in the US, and so Washington is trying to squeeze all the juices out of India’s large market.

Information came out in February that India could buy the F-21

India might replace the Russian Su-57 with the American F-21and the possibility of this happening is real as we already reported in February 1.

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Contrary to the fact that India previously actively criticized the American F-21 fighters, it became known that this country decided to completely unexpectedly replace the Russian Su-57, which was supposed to be used in the FGFA project, with these American combat aircraft.

“The Russian project disappointed Indian officials and senior military. So, as one of the versions, it was announced that New Delhi is dissatisfied with the level of development of Russian technologies. Allegedly, the Indians already have all the necessary technologies for the independent implementation of such programs, to pay 9 billion there’s no sense in Russia’s dollars. In April 2019, the Indian Air Force issued a request for the purchase of 114 fighter aircraft. And Vivek Lall immediately noted that it could be Lockheed Martin’s F-21s,” Voennoe Obozrenie reports.

According to a senior manager, the F-21 fighter meets all the requirements for advanced technology and capabilities in India. A single-engine multipurpose fighter with an optimal life cycle cost will be especially valuable for Indian military aviation and in that it has a very long service life of 12,000 flight hours. India can take part in the partnership program for the production of F-21 fighters, and this is also a very large market worth $ 165 billion.

There is no official confirmation of this information from New Delhi, however, if India really begins to cooperate with the United States, it is logical to assume that the country’s market for fifth-generation Russian combat aircraft will be completely lost, but, obviously, this will cause India much more damage than Russia.

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A few months later, India dropped the deal

India intends to abandon the acquisition of a large batch of fighters for its Air Force, as reported a few months earlier as we announced in May.

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.

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“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.

India bought 21 MiG-29 fighters and began upgrading 59 available of them

On July 2, the Indian Ministry of Defense has approved the purchase of 21 MiG-29 fighters from the Russian Federation to strengthen the country’s air force’s combat readiness.

As the PTI news agency reports citing sources, such a decision was made on Thursday at a meeting of the Defense Procurement Council, which was chaired by the head of the Indian military department Rajnath Singh.

According to the agency, the Indian Air Force will also purchase an additional 12 Su-30MKI aircraft, which are produced by the Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd under a Russian license.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense approved the proposal to modernize 59 MiG-29 fighters already in service with the country, PTI points out. The agency emphasizes that the decision to purchase and modernize the aircraft was taken against the backdrop of a worsening relationship between India and China.

According to the Indian government news agency PIB, the cost of purchasing from Russia 21 MiG-29 fighters and upgrading 59 aircraft of this type will be about $ 980 million, and the acquisition of 12 Su-30MKI will be about $ 1.35 billion.

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