The disclosure process has not just begun, as evidenced by the fact that the value of purchases has grown to over $ 20 billion over the past 15 years. The latest tender for 114 multi-purpose combat aircraft is the largest in recent years and could double the figure by more than $ 18 billion.
The deal is also very valuable, with the bidder saying the winner will have to make 85 percent of the machines in India.
The special feature of the tender is that, in addition to the French Rafale, the Swedish Gripen, the Russian Su-35 and the American Boeing F-15EX aircraft, an American model will be launched, which has not yet officially existed. and this is
F-21 marked with vomiting,
Perhaps in the twenty-first century. Century referring to it. Interestingly, this is the second type with this number. The first was Kfirek leased from Israel under the designation F-21A.
The F-21 offered by Lockheed Martin is essentially a very modern F-16 and not very similar to its predecessor due to the fuel tanks that fit the backbone. Combat aircraft, also equipped with a high-tech cockpit, AESA phase control radar and a refueling system, will protect Indian airspace for 40 years if they win the tender, such as the MiG-21 that will replace it.
The question really is to what extent an F-21, 4 ++, or up to 4.5 generations that can be put up for tender can counterbalance the Chinese fifth-generation fighters that are already in operation and the Chinese sixth-generation fighters that are already being planned.