Aero India: MMRCA must read

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A big thumbs up to Ashley J. Tellis of the CarnegieEndownment for International Peace. Over the last week I’ve been greatlyenjoying his 133 page epic about the Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraftcompetition.

Of particular interest were his in-depth commentsabout the AESA radars. While the Europeans all have development models, the US aircraftalready have fully functional systems. The chart on page 115 also illustrates the respective costs of theaircraft in a flyaway state – and shows how massive US aircraft purchases overthe years have driven down the costs of the F-16 and F-18.

A great warm-up read to the big show next week.

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