currently main earners of mmrca competition is media,defence blogs and public forums.always speculation and counter stories.may be the companies providing them in lump sum,for some time it was f-18,mig, Rafael,now ef .only god knows wat the outcome is.announcement of the winner will be a gr8 thingHindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for first time is considering suing BAe Systems for not providing Tools, Machinery and Spares for the construction of BAe Hawk 132 in India, In 2004 India signed a contract with British Aerospace Manufacture BAE Systems for 66 Hawk Mk. 115Y export variant Hawk 132, 24 of this jets where supposed to be delivered by BAE Systems and rest to be manufactured in India by HAL based in Bangalore.
Trouble came out in open when soon after induction, a Hawk was lost in air accident, BAe systems initially blamed Pilot error for the cause of the jet, IAF inquiry found that Faulty spares were the reasons for the jets crash, soon many incidents of unprofessional ism shown by BAe system started coming out in open, Instead of solving the problems, BAe Systems was finding loop holes in the original contract to put the blame back on India.
Even on the Induction day in Feb 2008 IAF and HAL were struggling to make HAWK jets airworthy in front of A.K. Anthony India’s Defence minister and other dignitaries present at that time ,HAL was not only provided wrong tools and Machinery but also faulty and Second hand spares ,IAF had to limit the Training of the pilots on the jets , Grounding of HTT-32 due to design flaws effected air forces Training of new pilots in a big manner last year , things moved to such a situation where IAF has issued new Request for Information on new jet Trainers instead of a follow on orders on Hawks . BAe Systems have been in past done the same with other exports customers in Middle East.
Euro fighter Typhoon jets currently in India to take part in 10 Billion $ race to provide India with 126 jets in the MMRCA competition may take the beating due to BAe systems, Euro-fighter Typhoon which is been designed with three prime partners, one of them been BAe Systems. Defence Expert Rajesh Sharma told idrw.org that HAWK experience with HAL and IAF have not gone down well with officials, order cutbacks by Development partners in Europe has forced Euro fighter GmbH a Parent company to look for major orders outside, Only Export order has come from Saudi Arabia but since most of the jets will be manufactured in Europe and HAL which will be manufacturing more than 100 of this jets in India. if Euro fighter is selected HAL may face same ordeal it faced with HAWKs, Mr. Sharma also pointed out that European firm has a higher price for the jet compared to others jets, also spares are worth Gold, even up gradation costs as much of that of half cost of the jet which he was referring to Indo-French 10000 cores upgrade package for the IAF’s Mirage2000s fleet.
Mr. Sharma also pointed out that Singapore went on and purchased F-15 due to uncertainty over Typhoon tranche 2 delivery dates and Saudi Arabia was only provided with Typhoon tranche 2 which were built for Royal British Air force , since AESA radar is the main Requirement in MMRCA deal Euro fighter Typhoon AESA is still in development and still to be integrated and accepted in any developing partner country of the jets which may delay the whole induction of this jets in Air force which is in urgent need of new jets to replace old Migs which have been phased out in recent time .
BAe Hawk 132 may shoot down Eurofighter in MMRCA idrw.org