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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Chief of state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited R Madhavan speaking to ” Business-standard” has confirmed that India officially has offered its LCA-Tejas Mk1A Jets to Argentina. Last month, Infodefensa, a South American military news, interviewed Brigadier Xavier Julian Isaac, the chief of the Argentine Air Force where he had confirmed receiving a letter of intention from HAL to Participate in the tender for 12 jets that Argentina is looking to procure.

Madhavan also said that HAL has offered to replace major components like British-supplied Cobham Inflight-refueling Probe, quartz nose cone, and Martin-Baker Ejection seats with other alternatives. In total 50 small and big components will be replaced if Argentina selects LCA-Tejas Mk1A that has been offered to them and also HAL assured that jets will be supplied after due certifications of new equipment and components replaced within the agreed timeframe between two parties at the time of contract.

Madhavan added that the official pricing of the jet will be shared with Argentina by end of this month after considering the cost of re-equipment of 50 components and the supply of alternative systems and components from other suppliers. Argentine Air Force will decide by the “first quarter of next year” which aircraft they will procure. Argentina has received offers for the supply of the JF-17 from China and the MiG-29 and MiG-35 from Russia.

Chinese are offering their JF-17 jets with Locally made Ejection seats rather than Martin-Baker Ejection seats that are presently installed on the jets that are operational with Pakistan and Nigeria. idrw.org was told that American re-export orders for the GE-supplied F-404 engines won’t be an issue since Americans don’t have such a Weapons embargo on them as Argentinean Air Force continues to operate American-made Douglas A-4 Skyhawk subsonic carrier-capable light attack aircraft fleet without any issue.

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