components would reportedly have come fromIndian, Russian, French and Israel (Elbit).However, the IAF is yet to finalize this list andprovide it to RSK-MiG.
Program: Mirage 2000 upgrade
RFP floated in April 2008, 2 years afterthe program was finalized.
Estimated cost of US$ 1,500 million for51 units to be upgraded to the DASH-5standard.
Thales responded to the RFP inJuly 2008. Under the proposed plan, thecompany would deliver the first two aircraftfrom in France within 40 months of the signingof the contract, and would simultaneouslyassist HAL in upgrading another two aircraft inIndia. Thereafter, HAL would upgrade one of the remaining 47 aircraft, every month. Theupgrade would extend the service life of theaircraft by an estimated 20 years.Under the upgrade, the entire frame would bestripped down to be re-wired and re-equippedwith new avionics, mission computers, glasscockpits, helmet-mounted displays, electronicwarfare suites and weapons systems. Theseupgrades would enhance the fighters longerrange detection across the spectrum, itstactical situation awareness, longer rangeweapon firing capability against multiplesimultaneous targets and its weapon stealthand extended operating envelope with thecapability to engage ground targets whilecountering airborne threats. The new weaponssuite would include MBDA MICA, ASRAAMmissiles and other NATO standard air-to-surface guided weapons.
: During Prime MinisterSingh’s state visit to France in July 2009, thetwo countries were slated to ink the US$ 2,100million Mirage upgrade. However, the deal didnot go through. Initially, Thales had made anoffer of US$ 2,900 million for the upgrade; thisafter protracted negotiations had been reducedto US$ 2,100 million, which also the IAF foundexorbitant. The IAF claimed that instead of spending US$ 41 million on each MIRAGE-2000,it would prefer to buy brand new fighters. It isworth noting that the original purchase cost of the each MIRAGE-2000 was US$ 31 million.The French urgency to get the deal signedduring President Sarkozy’s visit in early 2010,has signaled Thales to source a significant shareof work and components from India. This willhelp reduce their offer price. Indian avionicsmanufacturers like Samtel-Thales Avionics, aJV, will now manufacture certain upgradecomponents locally. This will also assist Thalesin meeting its offset liabilities that will arise outof the deal.In the latest development (December ‘09),Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has emergedas a contender. The IAI proposal also includesrewiring the aircraft to enable them to carrythe Rafael’s Derby BVR missile and Python-Vshort range missile. The armamentcompatibility extends further with theincorporation of various Israeli sourced air-to-surface guided weapons. This Israeli firm hasalso opted to provide a fully operationalmission simulator to the IAF. According to asource, the IAI offer is 40% cheaper than theFrench proposal. Even though IAI is not theOEM in this case, the company has significantexperience on similar aircrafts. IAI alsomanufactures the KFIR, an aircraft similar tothe MIRAGE-III / IV.
Program: Aviant / Antonov An-32
Antonov proposed the upgradeprogram in 2005.
Contract signed in June 2009 withSpetsTechnoExport (STE) of UKRAINE.
Price: US$ 400 million for 104 units.
The IAF presently operates 105An-32’s in the medium capacity transportaircraft category. These aircraft were deliveredin 1984. The qualitative requirements as listedby the IAF for the upgrade are- extending