Source : Swarajya
Anticipating RFP from IAF for 114 MRFA deal, SAAB once again offers Gripen-E to India
Saab has proposed the Gripen E, a single-engine multi-role fighter jet, to fulfill this requirement, in a X post.
Saab will offer 114 state-of-the-art Gripen E fighters as a part of its response to the upcoming IAF RFP. With Gripen E, India will get next-generation combat air capability and world-class availability – ready to face any threat, any time, anywhere, from any dispersed location. pic.twitter.com/A1WQFSOok2
Under the contract, the participating companies are expected to provide advanced multi-role fighter jets capable of roles such as ground attack, air interdiction, close air support, and air dominance.
The Gripen E is a state-of-the-art fighter is versatile jet capable of operating from austere airbases.
It features enhanced connectivity, providing exceptional situational awareness. The jet is equipped with a dedicated electronic warfare suite and an advanced active electronically scanned array radar (AESA).
Apart from Saab, five other foreign manufacturers are also in the competition.
The US manufacturer Boeing is offering F-15EX heavy fighter jets. Another US-based manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, is competing with the F-16 Block-70 (an advanced version of the F-16 already in operation by the Pakistan Air Force).
French Dassault is offering its Rafales, Britain its Eurofighter Typhoons, and Russia its Su-35.
The likelihood of IAF purchasing the Gripen E jet in the competition is quite low.
This is due to the fact that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are currently working on the development of a single-engine Tejas Mk-2, which falls within the same weight class as the Gripen E.
Operating two aircraft of the same weight class, both powered by the same American General Electric (GE) F414 jet engine, could have a negative impact on the Tejas Mk-2 development program.
Furthermore, twin-engine fighters like the F-15EX, Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, and Russian Su-35 offer longer range, superior kinematics, and greater payload capability compared to the single-engine Gripen E.