Mark Collins – Now India Wants to Build Foreign Single-Engine Fighter (Gripen? F-16?)

Further to this post,

En Flipping Fin: India Signs to buy 36 French Rafale Fighters

one shudders to contemplate how long this process might go on–at Defense Industry Daily’sRapid Fire” (note RCAF and Saab Gripen E at end of post):

India has made a Request For Information (RFI) to fighter manufacturers for a single-engine fighter to be assembled domestically external link. The selected aircraft is expected to replace the large number of MiG-21s in service, adding to the 36 Dassault Rafales recently purchased by New Delhi. Likely front runners external link in the competition are the Saab Gripen [see here] and LM’s updated F-16 Block 70 [more here–single-engine would eliminate Boeing’s Super Hornet]…

The Gripen E may also be a candidate for the RCAF’s new fighter:

Five companies recently responded to its [Canadian government’s] call for information about fighter jets: Boeing (Super Hornet), Lockheed Martin (F-35A), Dassault (Rafale), Eurofighter (Typhoon) and the Saab Group (Gripen)…


New RCAF Fighter: Consult, Consult, Consult (with industry)–Why Not Just Compete?

Recall that the idea of Bombardier’s assembling Gripen Es in Canada  was floated earlier this year before the company’s big CSeries  jetliner deals with Air Canada and Delta–would Bombardier be able to do the fighter work too? One doubts it…but still given the politics and government help.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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