I’m confused about what this really means:
The US government has ‘authorized’ Boeing to offer a state-of-the-art radar with the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter that is vying for an Indian Air Force (IAF) order for 126 multi-role combat aircraft, the company said Sunday.
However, whether or not the technology for the radar would also be transferred ‘is an issue for the US government to decide’, a Boeing official said.
He was clarifying remarks attributed earlier Sunday to Chris Chadwick, president of Precision Engagement and Mobility Systems of Boeing Integrated Defence Systems, that the technology for the AESA (Advanced Electronically Scanned Array) radar would also be transferred with that of the aircraft for licensed manufacture in India in case Boeing wins the IAF order.
Well, that doesn’t really “clarify” anything for me. Can someone please explain?
Also, I had not realized how extensively Indian manufacturing would be involved in this if it happens:
‘In phase 0, we will supply 18 aircraft in fully assembled condition. In Phase 1, we will supply the aircraft in semi-knocked down condition with 1,800 parts and 300 tools,’ said Mike Rietz, F-18 programme manager for India.
‘In phase 2, the aircraft will come in completely knocked down condition with 17,000 parts and 1,000-plus tools. In phase 3, the aircraft and its entire range of 30,000 parts will be indigenously manufactured in India,’ he added.