DSA 2018: Gripen in pole position after re-issuance of IAF fighter RFI

20 April 2018

Key Points

  • The Saab JAS 39 Gripen E seems to be leading the IAF's latest fighter contest
  • The requirement stipulating use of GaN-based TRMs in the aircraft's AESA radar seems to be a major discerning factor

Despite the decision in February to broaden the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) latest fighter competition to allow twin- as well as single-engined aircraft to bid, the Saab JAS 39 Gripen E is still likely to remain the favoured choice, according to industry sources familiar with the contest’s request for information (RFI) who spoke to Jane’s at Malaysia’s Defence Services Asia (DSA) exposition this month.

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