Gripen is in the same class of Mirage 2000, however so is Tejas and IAF now searches for more (MoD probably additionally for a useful carrier fighter) and the worth of Sweden and Saab when it comes to diplomatic and strategic advantages is greater than low. Going by the track record of the programme the IAF may not be inclined to count on ADA to deliver the MK2 on time and with the promised capabilities. for the poor monitor document of the programme IAF ought to put the blame squarely at the doorways of the govt.. they requested ADA to develop a fighter and stopped funding them. there was little ADA may do about it.
furthermore the exact assertion you had been replying to was about numbers of LCA vs numbers of MRCA in IAF, not whether or not it was LCA Mk1 or Mk2. I recall reading outdated postings from when the mk1 was still in improvement, how enthusiastic all of the Indian posters had been and the way satisfied they had been that it could not just be comparable to Gripen however far superior. Well that didn’t come to fruitition. Why ought to the mk2 abruptly become an astonishing success? The changes seems minor to me.
Give 2 years for flight testing them and you have the primary Tejas Mk2 entering IOC by 2017 and IAF will begin recieving them from 2017 onwards itself. And HAL’s rate of manufacturing might be increased, various 14 per yr has been touted as effectively. Will probably be based on the economical numbers that can be produced for the total numbers ordered. If the IAF orders eighty three Tejas Mk2s, then perhaps solely 12 per yr can be manufactured but if more orders are positioned, then HAL can ramp up production if required.
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Sure, that quote appears tailor made for the Gripen. At the identical time, it is fairly possible that the IAF is now looking at slightly heavier and more succesful birds. The leap in ASRs for the tejas – from the unique MiG-21 alternative to the current chicken and the near future Mk2 is indicative of this. The very fact that the M2k-5 was at last discarded maybe further emphasizes this. IOWs, the Gripen may be considered now as an LCA sort low finish fowl by the IAF, and it due to this fact is searching for one thing bigger.