Malaysian tender for Light Combat Aircraft

STEPHEN COHEN

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Looks like the Malaysians chose the politically safest option.

LCA Tejas was a non starter anyway

Unless we replace Israeli components , no Muslim country will buy it

Argentina will not buy it because
Of American Engine and Ejection seats

At least we can say that LCA Tejas emerged favourably in comparison to the Specifications of JF 17 , that was the whole plan anyway
 

Ankit Kumar

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LCA Tejas was a non starter anyway

Unless we replace Israeli components , no Muslim country will buy it
The Israeli components are present in both Aircrafts at similar levels.

The deciding factor in my opinion was that if two systems are similar, more or less , but one system has multiple export markets already, while another is still not in Serial Production (remember, this tender was about twin seaters, and the twin seaters of Tejas are not of SP as of now. ). Then issues like non certification of the canon, lack of air to ground missiles.... These small things together will tilt the favour in Korean option.
 

randomradio

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LCA Tejas was a non starter anyway

Unless we replace Israeli components , no Muslim country will buy it

Argentina will not buy it because
Of American Engine and Ejection seats

At least we can say that LCA Tejas emerged favourably in comparison to the Specifications of JF 17 , that was the whole plan anyway

The Korean jet has more Israeli components.
 

STEPHEN COHEN

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The Korean jet has more Israeli components.

Our MK 1A is waiting for its first test flight

There after there will be flight
Tests for 2 years

So Even if MK 1A is selected
It cannot meet the Timelines of the Customer

Only India's MOD gives No importance to the Concept of
Timelines and Deadlines
 

randomradio

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Our MK 1A is waiting for its first test flight

There after there will be flight
Tests for 2 years

So Even if MK 1A is selected
It cannot meet the Timelines of the Customer

Only India's MOD gives No importance to the Concept of
Timelines and Deadlines

It will comfortably meet Malaysia's schedule. They are only selecting the jet this year, a contract signature will take time.
 

Sathya

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KA21 is inferior to even LCA mk1 let alone LCA mk1a.
LCA mk1a is almost ready with first flight expected due in June 2022.

Malaysia chose to buy KA21 as it is safe politically...

No worries 18 samples in the production slot means that much delay / cancellation in Mk2.

Isn't the mk1A supposed to fly next month is a MK1 Converted not a de novo mk1A.
 

Lolwa

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KA21 is inferior to even LCA mk1 let alone LCA mk1a.
LCA mk1a is almost ready with first flight expected due in June 2022.

Malaysia chose to buy KA21 as it is safe politically...
It's more than that. LM is a trusted supplier and the package includes sniper pods while the tejas has the litening. On top of that the engine used on the fa-50 is closer to their older f-18 hornets. The tejas engine is superior with a higher thrust. The fa-50 will be cheaper to maintain too. We all know how Hal's post sales spares and repairs service is not that good compared to what LM offers. Plus compatibility with the f-18 weapons. While the fa-50 is inferiro in bvr to the tejas it's mostly superior in a2g due to kepd 350, cbu 105 and also other american munition integration.
Plus tejas is too good to be exported to a future adversary like Malaysia.
 
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