Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unfinished Indian Deals Keep MBDA On Toes

MBDA entered Aero India on a fair high. With a tidy deal for MICA missiles in the bag as part of the IAF Mirage 2000 upgrade package, the company is now looking to close a few more deals quickly. The PARS 3 LR stand-off anti-tank weapon competes to arm the Light Combat Helicopter and Rudra against the Israeli Spike family of weapons. The ASRAAM (shown here in its intended over-wing configuration) is squared off against the Israeli Rafael Python-5. And 10 days from now, MBDA's Mistral system (yes, that's me scoping the system out) will be in Ladakh for cold weather trials alongside two other contenders -- Russia's Igla-S and Saab's RBS 70 NG -- towards the Indian Army's huge $6-billion VSHORADS requirement. MBDA is, of course, also closely monitoring progress on the MMRCA negotiations. A contract there could be one of MBDA's largest ever.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hi Shiv, to whom u r targeting the mistral.

nikdash said...

A shoulder launched SAM is so basic...Why can we not develop a smaller version of Nag?
6 billion is a lot of money. Did this requirement just pop up out of nowhere?
What a waste of an opportunity? The PSU's are zombies and private sector cannot enter this sacred defense territory. But foreign suppliers are always fine.
I can see the Indian crab behavior here in full power.

Anonymous said...

6 Billion for VSHORADS???? Even Porkis can make them. They even export the Anza MkIII to Malaysia. They even built the Babur 8 years back while we are yet to test our Nirbhay.

Anonymous said...

And why do we need the missiles? With 6 Billion we can have 100 more Su-30 MKI's/40 FGFAs which will give us air supremecy

Kana said...

Sukhois still need missiles, or else they are just expensive means to travel at high speed.

Anonymous said...

Ever seen the amricans troops bothering about enemy aircraft???????????? Air superiority is possible with SU-30 MKIs and more so with the coming in of AMCA, FGFA and the numerical superiority which will happen once LCA goes into full scale production. It will be a much more sensible to pump the 6 Bn into the Indian Arms Industry. There is a ghotala in the making. Indian Generals dont stirr to preserve their chances to become governorrs.

Anonymous said...

Missile fired by SU-30 will be sure to blast the enemy out of the sky.