When it comes to Indian defence, we are the best at all fronts, so may it be Army, Navy or IAF. To add in the efficiency and for better strengthening of the Indian Navy, India has lined up a deal to buy 57 new fighter aircrafts from various vendors.
Indian Navy is opting to buy these new fighter aircrafts to expand its fleet. It recently invited foreign vendors in order to check whether the planes can operate correctly off the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The planes which are to be the part of this Rs 75000 crore mega deal of the maritime force are French Rafale, Swedish Saab Sea Gripen, Russian MiG-29K and American F-18. But before buying them, these foreign vendors were asked to prove if their aircrafts were really able to operate correctly off our aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya which is of Russian origin. Confirmed by a Senior Navy source to MAIL TODAY.
Rafale and American F-18, these two aircraft manufacturers took part in the trial. They were asked to provide more inputs and information about their planes and their capabilities to take off and land at the INS Vikramaditya.
INS Vikramaditya’s home base, Karwar in Karnataka is the place where the trials took place. 45 MiG29Ks which is already been imported from Russia and the 57 new aircrafts would be used for operations from INS Vikramaditya and the INS Vikrant that is being built at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi.
The reasons for these trails that are being taken are, that there is a huge difference between the take off systems on board the aircraft carries of Western and Russian origin. On the Russian they take off from an angled ski-jump, where as the aircraft on Western carriers are launched using a steam-powered catapult. The launch mechanism on both INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant needs to match both.
The Navy rejected the naval version of the indigenous light combat aircraft because it required twin-engine fighter with a stronger airframe and landing gear to operate from a flight deck with high-tempo flying cycles. So this generated the need for buying these new very expensive aircrafts.
Navy wants to manufacture these planes in India as per the requirement projected by the Navy. The Request for Information had asked the original equipment and manufacturers to respond to it.
As per the requirement projected by the Navy, it wants to manufacture these planes in India as the Request for Information had asked the original equipment manufacturers to respond to it. It also tried to know the level of (TOT) Transfer of Technology and deep repair expertise the company is willing to share with India.
They have also asked the vendors to specify critical technologies that are required and also comment on its ability to absorb the aircraft manufacturing technology at the levels of sub vendor/supply chain elements in India through TOT from OEM and its partners.
After the contract is been penned down, the first lot of jet planes has to be delivered in three years as per the delivery schedule. And all the 57 aircrafts also have to be delivered in the next three years.
Something important about the existing MiG-29K fleet of 45 aircrafts, the planes are been creating a numerous problems for the maritime force, as they are not yet capable enough for the aircraft carrier operations according to a recent report by MAIL TODAY.
The planes are also giving some engine problems so the IN had taken this issue to the Russian’s. Hence their engineers and technicians are working on the issue and thankfully the planes are still on a warranty period.
The Indian Navy is growing stronger with two aircraft carriers and over five squadrons of maritime strike aircraft. India is planning on owning 5 aircraft carries in the future.