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GE to Supply Engines for South Korea’s New Fighters

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May 26, 2016, 06:15:00 AM EDT By Dow Jones Business News

SEOUL—General Electric Co. has clinched a deal to supply engines for South Korea’s next-generation fighter jets.

The U.S. conglomerate beat Eurojet Turbo GmbH, a European engine maker, to provide the F414-GE-400 engines, South Korea’sDefense Acquisition Program Administration said Thursday. A final contract will be signed next month, it said.

The agency didn’t disclose the deal value, but a person familiar with the matter estimated it at $3.5 billion. 

Korea officially launched the KF-X project early last year with plans to develop its own fighter jet by 2025, but it pushed back the target date because of a dispute with the U.S. over the transfer of key technology. It now plans to deploy 120 fighter jets by 2032.

A consortium of Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole military aircraft maker, and its technology-support partner, Lockheed Martin Corp., is leading the project.

Officials at Seoul’s arms-procurement agency said they would develop, acquire or localize all technologies needed for the project, but concerns remain over whether they can do so because Washington is reluctant to allow Lockheed to transfer key technologies related to radar and other core components.

As for the jet engines, Korea will initially purchase them from GE, which will later transfer the technology to local arms manufacturer Hanwha Thales Co. for production, the officials said.

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Israel frontrunner in Indian Army’s quest for short-range air defence system

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems looks set to win the Indian Army’s short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) contest with its Spyder system . According to the Economic Times, the Spyder seems poised to win after offerings from Sweden’s Saab and Russia’s Rosoboronexport failed to comply with the Army’s requirements during technical trials. The competition has been running for five years.

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Israel beats Sweden and Russia to become the frontrunner in Indian Army’s quest for air defence system

MAY 25, 2016, 01.02 PM

The Indian Army has posed a requirement for a fast reaction air defence cover against enemy aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, and the probable solution has been found in the form of Israeli Spyder system, which has emerged as the frontrunner in this quest.

It was in 2011 that the Indian Army had started a short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) programme, and it is now nearing final selection, for a contract valued at over Rs 18,000 crore.

As per sources, the Israeli Spyder system, which has been manufactured by Rafael Advanced Systems, has come up as the frontrunner, given that its competitors, SAAB (Sweden) and Rosoboronexport (Russia), were not able to perform during technical trials that the Indian Army carried out last year.

This could mean a possible go ahead for the Israeli system to reach the the opening of the price bid, which is the next stage of procurement.

The winning company would need to transfer the technology to India, so that the system can be locally manufactured.

The Indian Air Force has already ordered Spyder, which has been inducted to protect sensitive air fields along the border.

Talking of ‘Make in India,’ the Indian Army has already ordered the Indian-made Akash SAM systems, however, these have been assigned the task of protecting static or defensive units, given that they carry limited mobility and take a larger reaction time to an incoming attack.

Anyway, the SRSAM project was launched with a ‘global buy’ clause, so that the Indian private industry could also be given a chance to invest in it. As per sources, the project is valued at close to Rs 6,000 crore and would need investment from joint ventures and production facilities in India. Source businessinsider.in

See related post:

Rafael to offer air systems to India through new JV ** Spyder System Specification

Enough of Akash, says Army as it opts for Israeli missiles