인도의 전투기 사업이 갈수록 점입가경이 되어가고 있습니다.
JAS-39, F-16, F-18E/F, Mirage-2000, MIG-35(MIG-29 OVT)에 이어서 유러파이터와 라팔까지 출사표를 던진 상태인데, 지금까지는 비교적 조용히 있던 스웨덴이 나름대로의 승부수를 던졌네요.
인도가 그리펜을 구매하면 100억 달러(9.5조원)짜리 선물(옵셋=금융지원 또는 투자)을 준다고 합니다.
126대의 전투기를 구매하는데 필요한 예산을 80~90억 달러 정도로 잡고 있는점을 감안하면 상당히 파격적인 옵셋인 것으로 보입니다.
그리펜의 정확한 가격은 알 수 없지만 없지만 F-16 블럭 52+ 기체가격이 3,500~4,000만 달러 수준이라는걸 감안하면 그리펜기체가격은 대략 3,000~ 3,400만 달러 수준이 될겁니다.
이런저런 옵션을 한다고 해도 6,000~7,000만 달러 수준에서 구매할 수 있는걸 감안하면 약 110~130% 의 옵셋 입니다.
인도가 관심있어하는 F-18E/F는 미 해군에서 판매를 허가할지가 불분명한 상태에서 나온 얘기라서 더 흥미있네요.
전투기 수출하려면 돈도 많이 있어야할것 같습니다...
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Swedish firm eyes Indian jet fighter order
By Amit Mukherjee, New Delhi: Though the Indian government is yet to float a global tender for purchasing 126 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, aircraft majors have already started pushing their latest mean machines at the defence exposition here.
While Boeing, though not sure what the US Navy might allow it to sell to India have made presentations on the F-18 superhornets, Swedish fighter jet manufacturer Gripen is agressively pitching itself to bag the estimated $10 billion deal.
"We have 30 years of future to offer to India through our product," Bob Kemp, the company's vice president (international marketing and sales), said Wednesday at the four-day Defexpo that began here Jan 31.
Gripen however has already been seen as a potential jet by India along with Lockhedmartin's F-16, Boeing FA-18 Hornet, the French-built Mirage 2000-(V), the Russian MIG 29 M/M2 and MIG 35.
But amidst concerns as to whether Washington would allow US firms to make the sale to New Delhi, Gripen has taken the opportunity to showcase its jets - "the true new generation fighters".
"While some of the aircraft offered are outdated and already being phased out in various parts of the world, many are not even sure what they can offer to India," Kemp told IANS.
Kemp markets his product as a multi-role easy operational aircraft, which is flexible in terms of manoeuvrability as well as for carrying arms.
"It can even land on a road moving away from high risk bases and can take off within 600 metres in 10 minutes after touching down and arming itself," he said.
"It can carry weapons of your choice irrespective of who manufactures them, really simple and yet sophisticated."
Observing that India already has a wide variety in its inventory, Kemp said: "Gripen can offer a perfect force mix to complement the existing IAF (Indian Air Force) Sukhoi fleet."
Gripen has been keenly observing the requirements of the Indian fleet and its problems. "While our fighters operate at least at 50 percent low operational cost than nearest rivals, our contracts would also ensure a steady supply of spares," Kemp asserted.