The new issue of Flight International contains a great update from our correspondent Atul Chandra about the massive number of military aircraft programmes currently under way in India.
From off-the-shelf buys (of the C-17 and C-130J transports, for example) to bilateral projects leading to local production (like New Delhi’s planned development of Sukhoi’s T-50/PAK-FA, and acquisition of the Rafale) and indigenous activities (on helicopters, fighters and even an AWACS), India’s armed forces are pursuing it.
You can login or register to Flightglobal to read the article online, or find it in the iPad issue now available for purchase or download. It covers current programmes and others contained out to the end of the nation’s 14th defence plan, which concludes in 2027.
The Indian air force image below – which was taken during the Garuda V exercise involving the French air force – shows two of the outgoing platforms; the MiG-21 and MiG-27, in formation with the Su-30MKI and Rafale.
There’s no sign yet of an MMRCA contract being signed for 126 Rafales, but as the new government seems to be happy to proceed with a deal for six A330 tankers and an ‘Avro’ contest to replace HS 748s, France’s patience (it was granted L1 vendor status ahead of the Eurofighter Typhoon in early 2012) could yet be rewarded.