India is spending nearly $6 billion on new fighter jets
NEW DELHI, (BM) – India is buying 83 Tejas Mk1 light fighters for 45,696 crore [nearly $6.2 billion], BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, according to an official statement from the Indian embassy in Bulgaria. The Indian government decided after a meeting on January 13 this year. The cabinet also decided to design and build new infrastructure for the Indian Air Force.
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The deal concerns the Tejas Mk1 model. This plane is the only Indian fighter jet developed at the moment. We remind you that India is working on the design and development of the Tejas Mk2, which expects to be at least several times a better version of the current existing model. Mk1 has a modern AESA radar, which means that the receipt of information is distributing at several points on the radar grid. The fighter also has various missiles, as well as an electronic warfare system. Mk1 can refuel in the air.
India has begun to develop its military industry in recent years. The “Made in India” program, widely advertised by Indian President Modi, aims to put local production at the forefront of weapons technology. India canceled several international deals planned in the current and subsequent years due to the program.
The most recent example is India’s refusal to participate or buy a Russian Su-57 fighter jet. New Delhi was not satisfied with the fighter’s engine development and concluded the country itself produces the next generation aircraft.
What will the Tejas Mk2 be?
A General Electric F414 engine will power the Mk2. This decision means that the aircraft will have 13,000 dry thrusts, almost twice as much as the Mk1. General Electric has already allowed India to test engine capabilities. In 2017, this happened, and it seems that New Delhi is happy with the engine. If the deal is finalized, General Electric will have to supply nearly 100 engines to the Indian forces, a deal worth about half a billion dollars. This engine will make the Mk2 more viable and increase load capacity by 25 percent compared to the Tejas Mk1.
General Electric can become a crucial player in the development of the local industry. According to India’s requirement, at least 60% of the engines must be made. General Electric has no problem with that. In this way, Indian military engineers can access vital technology to support the local Kaveri engine’s development. It is expected to be the main driving force of the next generations of Indian fighters in the future.
India can rely on the F-18
The F-18 Super Hornet faces the Russian MiG29K in the battle for the Indian Navy. New Delhi will soon have its aircraft carrier. India’s new pride will have to have 4th generation fighters to take off and land on a smaller runway than standard. And also – the track is in the form of a ski trench.
MiG-29K has no problems with such requirements, and it is designed for this type of aircraft carrier. But Boeing holds on to the Indian market. In the summer, he managed to outrun himself, and the local Boeing branch conducted successful take-off and landing tests on a smaller runway in the form of a ski trench. We even posted this video.
The United States has struck at Russia’s ambitions. As a monopolist, the MiG-29K has found itself in a market where its main advantage is no longer the case. Suddenly, Boeing’s chances have increased several times, playing a significant role in New Delhi and Washington’s future relationship.
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