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India is expected to announce the tender for the acquisition of 126 fighter aircraft today, Friday. This will be India's biggest-ever defense deal.
For the first time American arms companies are in contention for a major Indian arms deal. The aircraft in the fray for the Indian mega deal are the American F-16 and the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Russian MiG-35, the French Rafael, the European Eurofighter and the Swedish Gripen.
Originally posted by Darkpr0
The Typhoon is probably the most advanced aircraft there, IMHO. It's pretty capable, and so long as its armed out well it could probably give a lot of other planes a run for their money, including the Raptor.
The two main contenders in the deal I think are the Typhoon and the F/A-18E/F, both fighters who are for all purposes almost equal in performance...
Originally posted by WestPoint23
I think political and economical factors will be big part of this deal, granted India currently has a largely Soviet force but I believe it wants to move away from that standard. The two main contenders in the deal I think are the Typhoon and the F/A-18E/F, both fighters who are for all purposes almost equal in performance...
Originally posted by xmotex
The two may be similar in terms of general capabilities, but I believe the Typhoon is quite a bit quicker: M 2.25 vs M 1.8...
Originally posted by WestPoint23Anyway, maximum speed is not that relevant in most combat situations.
Maximum speed: Mach 2
Range: Combat radius 800km, (500 miles), (430nm). ()
Service ceiling: 15,000 m (50,000 ft)
Rate of climb: m/s (ft/min)
Wing loading: 341 kg/m² (70,3 lb/ft²)