At least seven countries have shown interest in light aircraft of war (LCA) Roof Tiles, Indian MadeThe Indian Ministry of Defense told Parliament in a statement on 5 August.
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt said in a written reply to questions by Mrs. Queen Oja and other MPs that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Royal Force Malaysian Air Force. RMAF) for 18 Fighter-Trainer – Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT-LCA) offers the two-seater LCA Tejas variant.
Bhatt’s written response stated that several other countries had also expressed interest in the indigenous fighter. “Other countries that have expressed interest in the Tejas aircraft are: Argentina, Australia, Egypt, the United States, Indonesia and the Philippines,” Bhatt said.
Media discussion about Tejasi
Indian media is reporting Bhatt’s written response, which states that the US and Australia have shown interest in the indigenously built Tejas LCA. However, the fact remains that Tejas has not managed to close any export deal so far.
Recent reports suggest that US and Australia have not accepted Tejas aircraft from India,
Last month, The New Indian Express reported that senior Australian defense officials had informally told India that Australia could not accept India’s offer of a government-to-government (G2G) defense deal for the supply of trainer aircraft. . The domestically manufactured LCA Double Seat Fighter (LIFT) .
No formal announcement has been made from India or Australia.
In September 2021, HAL responded to a request for information (RFI) from the Royal Australian Air Force for the purchase of future LIFT aircraft to replace its existing fleet of 33 aircraft. Lift Hawk Mk-127 D British Aerospace and Engineering (BAE) Systems.
In RAAF tender, LCA competes with Tejas trainer T-7A Red Hawk jointly developed by Boeing and Sweden’s Saab; M346 of the Italian aerospace company Leonardo; And this T50 From Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) jointly developed with Lockheed Martin.
In addition, BAE also proposed its advanced Hawk. In February, the company was awarded a $1.5bn contract to modernize the RAAF’s existing MK-127 Hawk fleet, suggesting that India is now out of the race for an Australian LIFT aircraft contract.
Prior to Australia, India carried a Boeing T-45 Goshavk by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
However, a Eurasian Times report earlier mentioned that the US Navy would be less inclined to buy LCA lifts after the Indian Navy rejected the LCA in 2016 for being too heavy.
Latest reports show that T-7B Red HawkAn American/Swedish advanced trainer aircraft built by Boeing in partnership with Saab is competing with Leonardo and Lockheed Martin’s bids to replace the Navy’s current T-45 Goshawk advanced jet trainer.
Even UAE had shown interest in Tejas LCA in 2018, However, in February, the United Arab Emirates’ Defense Ministry announced that it was buying L-15 fighter and trainer aircraft from China National Aviation Technology Import Export Corporation (CATIC), which was seen as a swindle to Texas. .
Although the L-15 and Tejas aircraft are not strictly comparable, it is important to note that the L-15 made its debut at the Dubai Air Show in November 2021. In the same event, the LCA Tejas performed some impressive aerial maneuvers, attracting the admiration of the Emirates.
So, It is not clear why the United Arab Emirates did not consider a Texas lift versionBased on the latest Tejas Mk1A variant, after initially showing strong interest in the aircraft.
Eurasian Times has spoken to experts to understand why Tejas is not getting export deals.
Indian defense analyst Girish Linganna believes that the “open” architecture of the Tejas Mk1A could be one of the reasons.
Open Architecture Computer System allows HAL’s Tejas to incorporate Russian and Western weapons, is giving advantage to light fighter made in India. However, Linganna explained that “the open architecture means that even after you have Tejas, a lot remains to be desired. However, this is left to the discretion of the client.
“The positive is that, depending on global relations and needs, you can opt for Russian or Western weapons. However, this also represents a hidden cost compared to other proposals”, Linganna pointed out.
“Also, the Indian Air Force is now adopting only Tejas Mk1A. So, compared to similar-sized Korean Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin’s Golden Eagle, it lacks operators, which also works against it,” Linganna said.
While Indian Made Roof Tiles are finding it difficult to find customers, JF-17, jointly developed by Pakistan and China, has been exported to three countriesThese include Myanmar and Nigeria.
When asked about it, Linganna said: “For Myanmar and Nigeria, their respective deals were closed in 2015 and 2014. So Tejas was hardly ready, let alone for exports. We must remember that although our It had an operational squadron, but full operational authorization did not come until 2019.
Moreover, as per the recent media reports, Argentines will soon be launching the JF-17. may be the latest addition to the list of overseas customers for, In May, a delegation of pilots and technicians from the Argentine Air Force visited China to conduct a full technical evaluation of the J-17 fighter aircraft. India is also believed to have filed its own Tejas LCA.
However, the presence of British-made components in the aircraft appears to be a major hindrance to Tejas, as does the French Dassault Super Etendard aircraft that Argentina wanted to buy, but was unable due to the arms embargo on the British-built MK6. The ejection seat was used in British aircraft.
,Pakistan and China are supporting JF-17 fighter jets, China has a lot of experience backing exported products and a good reputation,” veteran IAF fighter pilot Squadron Chief Vijinder K. Thakur told the Eurasian Times, noting that “Texas exports to them are being supported by HAL , which has not yet built up a reputation. Market.”
Further, Thakur said that due to cost constraints and access to technology, potential export customers for Tejas are different to those for aircraft like the JF-17. ,Countries that have invested in JF-17 may not be able to afford TejastiThakur said.
Hope is still alive for India
However, India remains persistent as there are other export avenues in which the Tejas LCA can succeed.
For example, Bharat Tejas Mk1A . is in talks with the Egyptian Air Force on a possible deal to sellAccording to a recent Eurasian Times report, as part of which India has offered to set up joint production facilities for the aircraft.
In addition, the Tejas Mk-1A has become one of the final candidates for a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) contract for light combat aircraft, in addition to the Turkish-made Harjet and the Korean-made F-50.
Tejas could benefit from the relatively lower cost per unit in the RMAF contract case and HAL’s package offer, which includes building a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for its fleet in Malaysia. Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft built.