The Tejas and FA 50 were the two remaining finalists for the contract with the Royal Malaysian Air Force, and extensive negotiations were held with each company. However, Malaysia eventually decided on the FA 50 and signed a contract to purchase 18 light combat fighter aircraft.
India was one step ahead of the contract when both businesses set their offerings according to Malaysia’s specifications, but Malaysia still went with the FA 50. Let’s have a short understanding of the reasons why Tejas lost the RMAF contract.
1. FA 50 is a more popular fighter than Tejas
Particularly in some countries with ties to South Korea, the FA 50 has great popularity. Currently, the main operators are Indonesia, Iraq, the Philippines, Thailand, Colombia, and Poland. Recently, Poland placed an order for 48 aircraft, and Slovakia has expressed interest in purchasing 10 aircraft.
The Lockheed Martin company created this aircraft, which was released in 2001. It has a payload capacity of 4.5 tonnes and a top speed of 1800 km/h. Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin make up the majority of its avionics. The majority of weaponry, including AIM, AGM, JDAM, and many others, are present. Therefore, the majority of nations opt for these jets since they are the most manoeuvrable and have good economic relations with South Korea.
2. Political issues and marketing tactics
Every defence agreement involves substantial financial transactions, and most of the time politics is a factor because Malaysia will hold elections the next year. If the current administration gets re-elected in the upcoming elections, the agreement is anticipated to be implemented. It is anticipated that Malaysia would have early general elections before the current Parliament’s term expires in July 2023.
The majority of the time, government influences push the deal forward, but on the other hand, KAI has done its very best to implement a marketing plan and maintain public and press contacts with numerous top media outlets. Both aircraft are superior, but when a lot of backup power was needed to sell products or influence a purchase, the south Korean FA 50 caught the RMAF’s interest.
Malaysia and South Korea recently reached a trade agreement at a summit of 14 nations, and a number of other circumstances that changed the wind’s direction toward the South Korean FA 50 made it easier to land the aircraft.
HAL, also known as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, significantly contributes to this. Without a doubt, HAL produces outstanding fighter jets, but the business struggles with marketing. This might have been the factor that led Malaysia to reject the HAL-built Tejas light combat aircraft in favour of the F-20 planes that South Korea was interested in selling.
3. Use of components made in Israel.
Malaysia opposed the radar that was built in Israel. Tejas has provided a number of packages for this tender, which no aerospace manufacturer gave to Malaysia. Tejas was committed to fitting the home-built Uttam radar, which is comparable to the AESA radar. nevertheless, because there is an Israeli component, which may discourage interest. Both aircraft have an aerial refuelling probe: the Mark 1A has one on the starboard side of the forward fuselage, and the FA 50 has one as well. both of which have the same kind of payload capacity.
4. Tejas is still in competition and has the potential to power other nations.
Tejas has created aircraft in collaboration with numerous international businesses and built them on the HAL platform, which has experience in many different types of aircraft. It also boasts Indian-made combat and utility helicopters. A further benefit for any customers is that they can obtain those weapons via the Tejas aircraft because the majority of its weaponry is powered by Russia, the USA, France, and Israel. HAL will also include any ammo the user requests. The cost per unit for the Tejas and the FA-50 are around $28 million and $30 million, respectively. Despite the Tejas’ lower price than the FAI, it did not win the tender.
However, after the Tejas mark2 aircraft was introduced, its popularity increased significantly. It has some newer, more sophisticated features and is an improved version of the Mark1. The Tejas’ flight control system can control the majority of global and ammunition technologies, which is a major benefit brought on by collaboration-related advancements. weaponry systems from Israel, France, and Russia have been tested.
The chance to purchase military equipment from India at lower costs, particularly maintenance assistance for the Su 30 MKi helicopter and other civilian aircraft, is being lost. and a majority of the defence equipment are Brahmos weapons systems that were produced in India.
There are many pieces of news as been published on Tejas vs fa 50 but now it has found its end. even it is also compared with the Tejas vs f16 aircraft.
lets us what you think about this deal in the comment section.
Austrian Ministry of Defense selects the C-390 Millennium as its new military transport aircraft
The Austrian Ministry of Defense announced today the decision to select the C-390 Millennium aircraft as its new tactical transport solution. Embraer is honored to be chosen to support this important Air Force in Europe.
Austria joins Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, and the Netherlands as the future operators of the C-390 Millennium multi-mission platform, an aircraft that is rapidly redefining the standards of tactical transport in the world defense market.
Embraer is ready to support the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Air Force in order to meet the demanding requirements of their acquisition process and is prepared to further strengthen the relationship with this nation.
U.S. F-35 Fighter Jet Missing in South Carolina, and Asks Public for Help
A US fighter jet went missing in South Carolina during a training mishap. According to US military officials, the search for his missing aircraft was centered on two lakes north of North Charleston.
At around 2 p.m. (local time), the pilot evacuated and safely parachuted into a North Charleston neighborhood. He was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was in stable condition.
Military officials appealed to the public for assistance with finding the aircraft on Twitter.
Authorities stated that they are currently looking into the cause of the pilot’s ejection. According to Salinas, the pilot of a second F-35 made a safe landing at Joint Base Charleston. The pilots and their aircraft were part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which is stationed in Beaufort, which is close to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina.
According to base authorities, they were conducting a search over two lakes to the north of Charleston in collaboration with federal aviation authorities. Each of the aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin, cost about USD 80 million.
A Flight to Freedom: How Qatar Airways Helped Save a Lion’s Life
Reuben’s Second Chance: From a Cage in Romania to African Wilderness
Imagine sitting in a small cage for 6 years. Would you rather enjoy life or give it up? One of the Lions was living alone in Romania and stopped roaring after being left alone in the cage with no other animals nearby.
Qatar Airways assists this lion in living its second life by transporting it from Romania to an African forest where he can enjoy the rest of his life with other lions.
The CEO of ADI (Animal Defender International) Wildlife Sanctuary, John Kramer, in South Africa, took the initiative to bring these lions back from Romania. The entire purpose of this Sanctuary is to give back to these animals from circuses, animals who have never seen their native land, animals who have never walked on grass, lived in tiny cages bare balls, never had the sun on their backs, and all they’ve done is sit in a box to entertain humans and have never experienced anything of their natural life.
The goal of ADI Wildlife Sanctuary is to give them back as close to the life they lost as possible, which is why they have such large habitats. The reason is that he was born in a privately owned zoo in Armenia, and the family decided to close the zoo and have the animals removed, leaving him behind. He’s been alone for 6 years, and he’s actually stopped roaring.
Qatar Airways’ Compassion Soars: Lion Rescued and Rehomed in Africa
They were out of options for a flight out of Armenia for Reuben due to the size of the crate and they didn’t know what they were going to do until Qatar Airways cargo stepped in and not only said that they would arrange the flights and bring in the special aircraft, but their We Care Programme paid for Ruben’s flight. They’ve been able to begin moving out and are so happy to get up Airways cargo for allowing Reuben to live the life he lost.
What they hope to accomplish for Ruben today in the habitat here is for him to hear the voices of other lions, and he will hear a lot of lion voices here, which will give him a second shot at life. The team is overjoyed because this battered Old Lion King will be walking on African soil for the first time, and the magic of him being back where he belongs, where his forefathers came from, and with his own kind again, but he will see them, hear them, smell them, he will literally be home, and he will spend the rest of his life in Freedom.
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