The Indian Air Force (IAF) is pushing its plans to upgrade around 100 Jaguar fighter aircraft by equipping them with new Honeywell engines in a deal worth $783 million. The deal has been stuck for over six years now.
"The stuck project is being revived and pushed by the Air Force. A number of sticky issues with Honeywell have been sorted out and it is expected that there will be some movement forward in the deal in the coming times," a senior government official was quoted as saying by India Today Monday.
As per the programme, the Indian Air Force will re-engine around 100 of its Jaguar planes deployed in Jamnagar, Gorakhpur and Ambala with Honeywell power plants.
The Jaguars are currently powered by Rolls-Royce Adour 804/811 engines which are to be replaced with Honeywell's F-125N engine. The new engines are supposed to provide almost 1.5 times the power the existing engines provide to the aircraft.
"If upgraded and re-engined, the Jaguar can serve as a potent fighter while the government can go on deciding on new aircraft to be procured for the air force," a source said.
Recently, MoS for defence Subhash Bhamre said in the Parliament, "The IAF will have 32 fighter squadrons and 39 helicopter units by 2020." The Air Force currently possesses 32 squadrons but, as the minister put it, "Three squadrons of MiG-21 aircraft will be phased out by 2020."
Indian Air Forces Jaguar fighter jets are flying without autopilots, a crucial flying aid, that is unrealised even after 20 years. The flying aid capability was envisaged by the air force in 1997 for Jaguar aircraft however, it has remained unrealized even after two decades, the Comptroller and Auditor-General has said in a report presented in Parliament on July 28
India has initiated negotiation talks with France for the purchase of 31 grounded strike fighters previously used by the French Air Force. The French government made the offer of sale for the Jaguar fighters about six months ago
Indias upgraded Jaguar DARIN III twin-seat naval attack aircraft has received Initial Operation Clearance (IOC). Deputy Chief of IAF, Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria, who flew the aircraft at HAL airport here recently, announced the satisfactory completion of IOC
Indian Air Force will upgrade its 120 Jaguar aircraft with Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and new Honeywell F-125N engines. During his customary annual press conference ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8, the IAF Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha said: “The air force has plans to re-engine its fleet of Anglo-French Jaguar strike aircraft”
Su-30MKI fighters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) participated in offensive counter air ops in which they provided escort cover to the strike elements as part of the Red Flag Alaska 16-1 air exercise involving the Indian and US air forces. Apart from this, the IAF Jaguars DARIN II undertook integrated strike missions dropping practice bombs over the world renowned JPARC Air to Ground Range)
An Indian Air Force fighter plane suffered a minor mishap while on its way to taking part in a training sortie when it was hit by a bird. The engine of Jaguar fighter aircraft suffered a bird hit soon after taking off from the Ambala air base on Thursday morning
The United States Defense Logistics Agency has awarded $1.036 billion contract to Honeywell to support variety of US Air Force aircraft platforms
Honeywell was awarded a $37.7 million contract for tank engine parts for the AGT-1500 tank engine
Honeywell has been awarded $80 million modification contract for Embedded Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System (EGI). The contract modification is to extend the current indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, consisting of platform integration, modernization, diminishing manufacturing sources, flight test support, technical support following integration efforts, training, engineering support/studies, contractor depot repair, spares, and data for the EGI, the United States department of defense said in a statement Wednesday
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar fighter aircraft crashed in Gujarats Kutch early morning, killing a senior officer, local media reports. The reports suggests that the plane flew from the Jamnagar air base and crashed in the Mundra taluk of Kutch district
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