Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Enters the Fray for India's MRFA Contract Alongside F-15EX

Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Enters the Fray for India's MRFA Contract Alongside F-15EX


Boeing has solidified its commitment to securing India's Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) contract by confirming its continued offer of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, alongside the previously announced F-15EX Eagle II. This strategic move not only strengthens Boeing's position in the competition but also provides the Indian Air Force (IAF) with a wider range of options to choose from.

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, a proven and versatile carrier-based fighter, brings a wealth of combat experience to the table. Its twin-engine design and multirole capabilities make it a formidable asset for various missions, including air-to-air combat, ground strikes, and maritime operations.

By keeping the Super Hornet in contention, Boeing is catering to the IAF's diverse operational requirements. The aircraft's carrier compatibility aligns with India's growing naval ambitions, while its multirole capabilities complement the IAF's existing fleet.

This decision also intensifies the rivalry within the American defense industry, with Lockheed Martin also vying for the contract with its F-21 fighter. Boeing's dual offering further complicates the selection process for the IAF, as it now has to evaluate two distinct American fighter jets, each with its unique strengths and advantages.

The MRFA contract, valued at over $18 billion, is a significant opportunity for Boeing to expand its presence in the Indian defense market. By offering both the Super Hornet and the F-15EX, Boeing is demonstrating its commitment to meeting India's specific defense needs and fostering long-term partnerships.
 
India will eventually scrap the MRFA as soon as Tejas MK2 will have its first flight like we did in the single engine contract. The MRFA will cost around $20-25 billion and we can't manufacture that jet and our own very large indigenous order book of Tejas MK1A and MK2, AMCA, Prachand, UCAV Ghatak, Dhruv, LUH, swarm drones, armed drones, SAM, radars, basic trainer, intermediate trainer, Apache helicopters, USA drones etc etc. We need to get the private sector to start manufacturing our large requirements or buy anything that they have produced if it meets our requirements.
 
F-15EX carries formidable punch of armaments and is rightfully called BOMB TRUCK all over the world.
It is very popular with many countries airforces.
The latest iteration is a completely revamped one from the original one and also includes latest avionics and Electronic Warfare system.
At $168 millions per fighter is pretty inexpensive but it is not IAF's favorithe though.

Dassault will never sell a Rafale for $168 millions so India may end up ordering additional 36 to 54 Rafales.

MRFA saga never ends.
It's senseless to buy f15 & f18 we already operate so many deferent platforms buying another one only increase logistic cost + there is also doubt on American TOT how much they will give.
Only two options are available either buy more rafale in limited no. and rest to be fulfilled by Tejas mk2 or conclude MRFA by procuring su35.
 
Um, where did you get that 168 mission USD figure from? The deal proposed for Indonesia was for 36 F-15EX aircraft plus spares at 13.9 billion USD, which amortises to some 386.1 million USD per aircraft. Even if you keep the spares aside for a moment and factor in some discount for a larger purchase, the baseline F-15EX would still cost us over 300 million USD each, which is more expensive than what the Rafale would cost.
We can’t even buy 114 rafale at 18 billion only su35 makes sense.
 
US is trying very hard to win MRFA , But all Three Fighter jets have Old Design & will US allow Integration of Third party & Indigenous weapons . Most important thing is sanctions . US may use it as a pressure tactics .
So which fighter jets participating in mrfa as most latest design all are having old desigin.
 
Only Rafael is going to be awarded the MRFA contract. Question is when because IAF is losing on time.
Rafale!!!! in which dream you are living iaf has 18 billion dollar budget uae 80 rafale of 19 billion usd with no tot and no local manufacturing if we are going to buy 114 rafale with tot and local manufacturing & maintainance facility it will cost 30+ billion usd.
Only option is of su35 it will cost half the price of rafale with almost equivalent capabilities further years of experience of integrating Indian techs and weapons on Russian platform is also added advantage & on top we didn’t required any investment for manufacturing facility and maintaince facility as we already have one for Sukhois.
 
F-15EX carries formidable punch of armaments and is rightfully called BOMB TRUCK all over the world.
It is very popular with many countries airforces.
The latest iteration is a completely revamped one from the original one and also includes latest avionics and Electronic Warfare system.
At $168 millions per fighter is pretty inexpensive but it is not IAF's favorithe though.

Dassault will never sell a Rafale for $168 millions so India may end up ordering additional 36 to 54 Rafales.

MRFA saga never ends.
These are the two remaining MRFA contenders that Defence.in didn’t suggest, according to conditions stipulated for MRFA, the foreign OEM has to work with a local partner either Government or local entity to locally manufacture the jets in India, but Dassault wanted to buy 100% stake of DRAL and manufacture Rafale in India all alone, this is totally opposite to what GOI wants which means GOI already rejected Rafale for MRFA.

Yes with $18Bln we can only buy 50 Rafales, but IAF wants 114 jets and that to immediately, Sultanate of Oman ordered 25 Rafale’s a couple of days ago that took the backlog close to 470 which will take at-least 20 years to clear, instead of Rafale we could get 36 F15’s immediately, and may be buy some cheap readily available fighters elsewhere for the rest.
 
Um, where did you get that 168 mission USD figure from? The deal proposed for Indonesia was for 36 F-15EX aircraft plus spares at 13.9 billion USD, which amortises to some 386.1 million USD per aircraft. Even if you keep the spares aside for a moment and factor in some discount for a larger purchase, the baseline F-15EX would still cost us over 300 million USD each, which is more expensive than what the Rafale would cost.
Point is IAF wants 114 jets and not 50, also they wanted in 3-5 years, Rafale would cost $325-$335/jet, if made in India, also Dassault wanted to buy 100%Stake in DRAL and wanted to do it all alone which contradicts the main condition of MRFA, that clearly says that the foreign OEM should work with local Indian partner to manufacture MRFA jet and transfer the knowledge.
 
Rafale!!!! in which dream you are living iaf has 18 billion dollar budget uae 80 rafale of 19 billion usd with no tot and no local manufacturing if we are going to buy 114 rafale with tot and local manufacturing & maintainance facility it will cost 30+ billion usd.
Only option is of su35 it will cost half the price of rafale with almost equivalent capabilities further years of experience of integrating Indian techs and weapons on Russian platform is also added advantage & on top we didn’t required any investment for manufacturing facility and maintaince facility as we already have one for Sukhois.
Only 50 Rafale’s can be bought for $18Bln @$335Mln/F4.2, so Rafale won’t be considered, SU-75 has a good chance, if not then F-21 or Gripen.
 
F21 or Gripen is possible.
What's the point of buy gripen if we already make Tejas mk2 with same specs and f21 is not viable as Pakistan already operate f16 + IAF need twin engine jets in mrfa + buying new jets only increase logistics cost for iaf
 
Only 50 Rafale’s can be bought for $18Bln @$335Mln/F4.2, so Rafale won’t be considered, SU-75 has a good chance, if not then F-21 or Gripen.
Su75 hasn't been in produced even prototype + What's the point of buy gripen if we already make Tejas mk2 with same specs and f21 is not viable as Pakistan already operate f16 + IAF need twin engine jets in mrfa + buying new jets only increase logistics cost for iaf
 
335 millions usd per Rafale F4.2 jet on make in India by Dassault-DRAL BUT, it's coming with 100% re-export licenses then... And DRAL-HAL can do modifications also to fit ANY DRDO weapons or Israeli ones also!
 
India will eventually scrap the MRFA as soon as Tejas MK2 will have its first flight like we did in the single engine contract. The MRFA will cost around $20-25 billion and we can't manufacture that jet and our own very large indigenous order book of Tejas MK1A and MK2, AMCA, Prachand, UCAV Ghatak, Dhruv, LUH, swarm drones, armed drones, SAM, radars, basic trainer, intermediate trainer, Apache helicopters, USA drones etc etc. We need to get the private sector to start manufacturing our large requirements or buy anything that they have produced if it meets our requirements.
If MRFA get scrapped then IAF launches Stealth-MMRFA for stealth jets purchases since HAL will deliver MK1-AMCA only by 2060 year...
 
335 millions usd per Rafale F4.2 jet on make in India by Dassault-DRAL BUT, it's coming with 100% re-export licenses then... And DRAL-HAL can do modifications also to fit ANY DRDO weapons or Israeli ones also!
Problem is Dassault wanted to buy 100% stake of DRAL and do it all alone itself, the main condition of MRFA is for the foreign OEM to partner with a local entity and transfer the knowledge.
 
Rafale!!!! in which dream you are living iaf has 18 billion dollar budget uae 80 rafale of 19 billion usd with no tot and no local manufacturing if we are going to buy 114 rafale with tot and local manufacturing & maintainance facility it will cost 30+ billion usd.
Only option is of su35 it will cost half the price of rafale with almost equivalent capabilities further years of experience of integrating Indian techs and weapons on Russian platform is also added advantage & on top we didn’t required any investment for manufacturing facility and maintaince facility as we already have one for Sukhois.
IAF is not gonna buy another kind of jet that too Russian. Because now if they don't choose Rafael, it'll be even more ridiculous. It's logistical nightmare having another kind of jet.

And iaf budget is not written in stone. Lot more ways to finance that, and no one on this page have knowledge about price. Just speculations.
 
What will change?

They will never allow Russian/Indian weopon package to install on their platform even if Chintu from pahadganj becomes US president.
IAF is not gonna buy another kind of jet that too Russian. Because now if they don't choose Rafael, it'll be even more ridiculous. It's logistical nightmare having another kind of jet.

And iaf budget is not written in stone. Lot more ways to finance that.
 
IAF is not gonna buy another kind of jet that too Russian. Because now if they don't choose Rafael, it'll be even more ridiculous. It's logistical nightmare having another kind of jet.

And iaf budget is not written in stone. Lot more ways to finance that.
Spending $40Bln for IAF alone is also equally ridiculous, Navy and Army also require a lot of critical items, IAF needs 114 jets and immediately within 3-5 years which is practically impossible considering the Extremely high cost and backlogs.
 

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