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To: spetznaz
The Gripen NG would have made an excellent LCA, but I believe one of the requirements of the LCA was affordability, so that it could be fielded in greater numbers. The Tejas certainly should fit that bill, and will be an excellent replacement for the MiG-21bis that the IAF is flying.

For that very reason, I highly doubt that the Gripen NG will be chosen for the MRCA. Too small. My money is on the Super Hornet, if only for engine commonality with the Tejas.

5 posted on 01/31/2011 9:17:01 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo
I totally agree with you. Even though the Gripen would make a superlative LCA, there is no way that cost would be acceptable for what is a Bison replacement (and furthermore too much in terms of resources, both financial and other, has been sunk into it; and just as importantly, for the Bison/Fishbed replacement the Tejas will do the job, and do it very well). Thus I totally agree with what you said, and remain cognizant of what India is doing and why.

I simply wish they would add some haste to the process, particularly when it comes to issues like the MMRCA as well as their submarine acquisitions. Waiting too long (either via timelag in selection or hindrances in acquisition) would lead to the twin perils of gap-closure between (say) India and Pakistan, as well as gap-closure between prime efficacy and the inception of obsolesence.

6 posted on 01/31/2011 10:57:10 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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