IAF has “firmly dedicated” to 123 Tejas jets at current, which is able to come at a value of over Rs 75,000 crore if each developmental and manufacturing prices are taken under consideration. Nevertheless it desires the subsequent 201 Tejas Mark-II jets to be “fully new fighters” with a lot better avionics and radars, enhanced gas and weapons carrying capability, and extra highly effective engines, say prime sources.
The present single-engine Tejas has restricted “endurance” of simply an hour, with a “radius of motion” of solely 350-400-km, and weapon-carrying capability of Three-tonne. Different single-engine fighters like Swedish Gripen-E and American F-16 have roughly double the weapon-carrying capability and triple the endurance.
However IAF, down to only 31 fighter squadrons (18 jets in every) when not less than 42 are required to deal with the “collusive risk” from China and Pakistan, realises inducting costly international fighters “in massive numbers” is just not an possibility.
The 36 Rafale jets, ordered from France in September 2016, as an illustration, have value India Rs 59,000 crore. The overall value, in fact, features a decidedly lethal weapons package deal, all spares and prices for 75% fleet availability and “performance-based logistics help” for 5 years.
“The Tejas Mark-II continues to be on the drafting board. But when DRDO, Aeronautical Growth Company and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd ship the required Mark-II fighter, IAF has agreed to have a complete of 18 Tejas squadrons,” stated a supply.
This comes after a flurry of top-level conferences in South Block, with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman herself asserting earlier this month that the federal government is “not ditching” the home-grown Tejas and “placing all its energies” into making certain the fighter is delivered at a a lot quicker tempo.
Solely six of the 20 Tejas ordered by IAF of their IOC (preliminary operational clearance) configuration, which mainly means the fighter is airworthy, have been delivered by HAL until now below the primary Rs 2,813 crore contract inked in March 2006.
One other 20 Tejas of their FOC (last operational clearance) or combat-ready configuration have been to be delivered by December 2016, as per the second Rs 5,989 crore contract inked in December 2010. However the Tejas will get its FOC solely by June on the earliest, with IAF now hoping to start inducting these 20 jets from 2019 onwards.
The contract for 83 Tejas Mark-1A fighters, which is able to value round 50,000 crores, is within the strategy of being finalized now. These jets could have 43 “enhancements” to enhance maintainability, AESA (lively electronically scanned array) radar to exchange current mechanically-steered radar, mid-air refuelling functionality, long-range BVR (past visible vary) missiles and superior digital warfare to jam enemy radars and missiles. The supply of those 83 jets is slated to start in 2023.