Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Post on Livefist: F-35: Should India Really Ride The Lightning?


The recent statement by a United States Department of Defence official, that the US would be willing to discuss a possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II to India, or even consider bringing India into the ambitious programme as a partner, has generated a lot of attention in the Indian media. While this is not the first time the F-35 has been offered to India, the timing of this fresh pitch is interesting. Coming six months after the two American contenders vying for the lucrative Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract -- the F-16 and F/A-18 -- failed to make the Indian Air Force (IAF) shortlist, and just days before the bids by EADS Cassidian and Dassault were opened, many perceive this as an attempt by the US and Lockheed-Martin to work themselves back into the equation.
Sections of the Indian news media – both print and electronic – have called for the F-35's consideration in the MMRCA tender itself (and some have called for an outright purchase) resulting in a new round of teeth-gnashing over a topic that has stretched over a decade. In a column on LiveFist, my friend Aditya and I explain why we don't think the F-35 for India is a very good idea.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The following query is of JF-17.

In the following article there is a mention of alternative engine for JF-17.
JF-17 ENGINE

What is your opinion about the engine and would it make a material difference to the JF-17 aircraft.

Anonymous said...

The link of the JF-17 engine in the above query is as follows

http://indian-defense-news.blogspot.com/2011/11/ukrainian-ai-222-25f-turbofan-engine.html

Mihir said...

The Ai-222 has about half the thrust of the RD-93. I don't see how it is going to work on the JF-17. The "primary 22,000-pound version" the article talks about does not exist.