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Indian Air Force Bound To Reject Gripen Fighter Jets After SAAB’ Secretive Military Deal With Pakistan?

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Having been ruled out of the race for Indian Air Force’s (IAF) procurement of modern fighters for their depleted squadrons under the first Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA 1.0) competition, Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab, has repeatedly pitched its Gripen jets to New Delhi.

The aerospace giants, who are based out of Stockholm in Sweden, are one of the frontrunners for the MMRCA 2.0 to cater to IAF’s need for an additional 114 fighters, having offered the Gripen E jets to provide an extra attacking impetus against the likes of China and Pakistan.
However, with reports of potential collaboration in jeopardy due to supply chain problems in the production of the fighters, there were reports that the Swedish corporation had also offered a lucrative deal for its Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) to India’s fiercest rivals, Pakistan.
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AWACS, also known as “Eye in the Sky”, are key systems of modern warfare as they can detect and track incoming fighters, cruise missiles and drones much before ground-based radars and direct friendly fighters during air combat with enemy jets. They also keep tabs on enemy troop build-ups and movement of warships.

According to a statement released by the company, it had secured a deal worth 165 million dollars to supply an undisclosed number of Saab 2000 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system aircraft.
“The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.” as per the statement released by Saab.
With a cloud surrounding the revelation of the buying nation, it has become highly probable that the country is none other than Pakistan, who have over the years enjoyed a prosperous relationship with the firm over recent years.

Following India’s airstrike at Balakot in Pakistan under the directions of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the crucial aircraft deployed by Pakistan were the Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system, supplied to them by Saab.
According to reports, Pakistan is understood to possess at least six Saab 2000 AWACS along with Saudi Arabia, which has two of the systems.

India had last year, protested against Sweden’s role in equipping Pakistan with AWACS, stating that the Pakistani Air Force had used the systems “extensively “in the February 27 aerial battle to direct and control 25 fighter jets towards Indian targets”.
As per a report by Jane’s Defence Weekly, a weekly magazine reporting on military and corporate affairs, “Saab delivered three sets of radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force Base Nur Khan (Chaklala) on April 9”, last year.
Saab 340 AEW&C - Wikipedia

Saab 340 AEW&C – Wikipedia
According to Saab, the Erieye AWACS boast the ability to fulfil multiple roles such as air and sea surveillance, intelligence gathering and command and control functions, with their active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system detecting targets up to 450km away.
A defence expert, Anand SG, stated that Pakistan equipped themselves with the significant piece of machinery from right under India’s noses.
“SAAB has quietly delivered without much fanfare three more Saab 2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in April to Pakistani Airforce, which comes after crucial dogfight episode with Indian Airforce in Kashmir, where both sides were actively using AWACS Aircraft to monitor airspace intrusion and also guide fighter formations,”

IAF due to the larger size of its fighter fleet will require a minimum of 20 AWACS fleet of aircraft to fight a full-fledged two-front war with China and Pakistan, but the slow pace of decision making in Government of India and also IAF’s obsession with early-warning radar systems mounted on heavy-lift aircraft over mini-AWACS like NETRA makes its AWACS fleet highly vulnerable against a combined fleet of 40 AWACS fleet which both China and Pakistan operate at present.”

According to reports, the deliveries of the AWACS are scheduled to run from a period between 2020 and 2023. Moreover, as disclosed under Pakistan military’s yearbook for 2017-2018, Islamabad also obtained three baseline Saab 2000s for a total cost of $9.3 million.
 

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For a long time, India has played this game and this was bound to happen. India blackmailed foreign vendors into denying Pakistan any critical technology by threatening to "blacklist" them for the Indian military procurements.

This strategy of using Indian defence purchases as a mean to starve Pakistan of the same is finally backfiring. India cannot possibly keep all defence manufacturers happy by promising them hefty business deals and not delivering on these promises. Some of them are bound to look towards Pakistan eventually, and I am glad SAAB did, just like the Italians before them.

I hope more "Gripen" technology trickle down into thunder and project AZM especially the EW capabilities Saab has to offer.
 

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Pakistani defense beaurucracy desrve praise for good work, not much fanfare, only work and delivery.

Also Good for Sweden that they learned things or two about bharatis after literally trying their asses off for Gripen deal. i hope they will be much happier with Pakistani way of dealing.
 

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India had last year, protested against Sweden’s role in equipping Pakistan with AWACS, stating that the Pakistani Air Force had used the systems “extensively “in the February 27 aerial battle to direct and control 25 fighter jets towards Indian targets”.
What kind of delusional world these Indians live in? We aren't suppose to use the weapons we buy? Crying to the Americans, Crying to Russians and Europeans.
 

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Considering the order value is for a mere $165M it sounds more like a spare part deals.
Don’t know the price of the EriEye / SAAB 2000, but the next generation GlobalEye is $600M a piece.
 

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Considering the order value is for a mere $165M it sounds more like a spare part deals.
Don’t know the price of the EriEye / SAAB 2000, but the next generation GlobalEye is $600M a piece.
Last order of Saab 2000 AWACS cost us 96 mill per AWAC. Radar and Aircraft were bought separately and assembled. MODP yearly report mentioned purchase of awas system not the aircraft which was mentioned separately.
 

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India tried but failed, no problem.
We must try 100% to block all high tech military deals for the Pakistani military.
There should only be one vendor for Pakistan that is China...Period..!
 

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India had last year, protested against Sweden’s role in equipping Pakistan with AWACS, stating that the Pakistani Air Force had used the systems “extensively “in the February 27 aerial battle to direct and control 25 fighter jets towards Indian targets”.
What kind of stupid logic is this? Of course these were sold to be used and not for some fancy decoration. This whining kind of rhymes with Armenians who were crying infront of Israel after they got their arses handed to them bcz of weapons supplied to Azerbaijan. Pakistan at present has a fleet of 10 AWACS with 3 more coming soon giving Pakistan eye in the sky with round the clock surveillance. There are also reports that Pakistan is planning to upgrade ZDK 03 AWACS with a Chinese analogue of eyrie or global eye. It is already too late to whine about it now.
India tried but failed, no problem.
We must try 100% to block all high tech military deals for the Pakistani military.
There should only be one vendor for Pakistan that is China...Period..!
Unless you are planning to buy Military hardware from every single vendor on planet all this randi rona will do you no good. You blocked our French deals and Italians opened their arms to us. You blocked our US made AWACS deal swedes offered us erieye. You tried to block RD 93 engine sale to Pakistan and fell flat faced. Countries manufacture these equipment to earn revenue and they wont drop sales for a country which is not even interested in their stuff.
 
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Even if India agrees to buy Gripen and starts the process today, it wont be in the time of current generation that this agreement will bear any fruits, but only when the world is flying 7th generation fighters.
 

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Pakistan is a small country with small pocket but still has a pocket. Eventually this Indian clout on foreign vendors is going to go away because you cannot blackmail someone for this long without buying in return.
 

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India couldn't convince Russia not to sell RD93 engines, their supposedly biggest defense partner, what chance did they have with SAAB, whom they havent placed any order and was rejected over Rafale.
 

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Even if Grippen is considered it will fall flat where heavy weights are contending.

I don't see reason why they are participating in the bidding when they have nothing to match Russian, French and US offerings.

Get lost Grippen...
 

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