MiG-35 Sales - India
The Russian military industry presented advanced models of Russian military equipment at Aero India 2007, 6th International Aerospace Show, 7-11 February 2007, at the Yelahanka airbase near Bangalore. A major event of the forum was the demonstration of the aircraft that will likely compete for a bid for 126 fighter jets to be procured by the Indian Air Force. The Russian MiG-35, American F-16 and F-18, Swedish JAS-39 Gripen, French Rafale and the joint European project Eurofighter Typhoon are the main contenders.
The advanced MiG-35 fighter jet made its debut abroad and took the central place at the exhibit of the Russian Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation MiG. All of the demonstration flights of this state-of-the-art aircraft at the show were insured with the Russian Insurance Center. At that time, the Director General - Chief Designer of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation MiG, Head of the United Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation A. Fedorov said he believed that the call for bids will not be officially announced for six months and that it will take 2 more years to select the winner.
The MiG-35 was Russia's entry in an Indian government tender for 126 medium-sized multi-role combat aircraft. The MiG-35 is vying against the SAAB JAS-39 Gripen fighter and France's Mirage-2000 warplane. The Indian air force, which plans to acquire 126 multi-role fighters, could save money if it opts for the MiG-35, because production of RD-33MK power plants will be located in India. This option could be cheaper than purchasing Boeing or Lockheed-Martin aircraft. Rosoboronexport thinks its chances of winning will be increased by a contract signed by the Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation for the licensed manufacture of series-3 RD-33 engines in India. The value of the deal, according to Rosoboronexport's CEO, Sergei Chemezov, will be about $300 million. The engines will be produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), an Indian corporation, with the technical assistance of the Chernyshev Moscow Engineering Plant. Initially, the plan is to assemble the engines from large components to be supplied by Russia. Later, Indian plants will start making components themselves and assembling them. The Indian air force has about 100 MiG-29 fighters, as well as 135 MiG-27 Flogger aircraft that can also be fitted with RD-33MK power plants.
On 28 August 2007, the Indian Air Force announced a tender for 126 fighters worth $10 billion in the country's biggest-ever defense deal. Eighteen of the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) will be purchased in flyaway condition and the remaining 108 manufactured in the country under a transfer of technology (TOT) agreement with the chosen supplier. The aircraft are envisaged to have a lifecycle of 40 years from the date of delivery. A 211-page request for proposal (RFP) was sent to the manufacturers of six aircraft: the US F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-18 Super Hornet, the Swedish Gripen, the French Rafale, the Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 Fulcrum and the EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) Eurofighter.
In April 2011, the MiG-35 was eliminated from the competition for the supply of 126 fighters MO India, due to some hardware components. For example, during testing the radar could not detect a target at the distance stated in the tender, and the RD-33MK engines did not show the necessary thrust for the job.
The tender’s results were announced in early 2012, with the contract going to Dassault Rafale. In June 2012 Anatoly Isaikin, head of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state arms exporter, told the Vedomosti newspaper “The situation with these tenders has nothing to do with any systemic problems ... To my mind, the MiG-35 fighter plane has lost the tender in India because it was not mass-produced. At the same time, French and U.S. companies were able to submit their production versions...”
As of 2012 the three MiG-35s being used for demonstration purposes were a “flying offer” for prospective clients who must submit a request for proposal (RFP) in line with specific objectives. There have been media reports in 2014 suggesting that Egypt is thinking of buying 24 MiG-35s fitted with Klimov RD-33MK engines.
Russia planned to participate in the tender to supply the Indian Air Force 400 fighters. This was announced by Deputy Director of Russia FSMTC Vladimir Drozhzhov. "We will certainly participate in the tender, MiG and Su," - he said at the Aero India 2017 aerospace show in Bangalore 15 Feburary 2017. According to Tarasenko, the corporation is also willing to offer India's MiG-35 offset program similar to the multi-purpose shipborne fighter MiG-29K / KUB.
"MiG-35 - an interesting product for the Indian Air Force in terms of cost and efficiency We are ready to actively discuss with our Indian partners, issues related to the supply of aviation complex Aviation Complex allows you to use the whole range of existing and future Russian and foreign weapons,.. those designed for heavy fighters".
According to Tarasenko, the corporation is ready to make "ambitious steps" to implement the program announced by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi's Make in India. "This means that localization issues will be discussed on a wide range of our company has already established itself in this direction by implementing a modernization program (Indian) MiG-29 to UPG level."
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