Mon, Jan 10, 2005
It's A VERY International Competition
If you lined them all up in a single room, it would be a rogue's
gallery of military aerospace contractors: Dassault, CASA, SAAB,
Embraer, Antonov, Ilyushin, Dornier, Bombardier and Lockheed
Martin. Now France's ATR has joined this august crowd, all hoping
to sell India a couple of maritime surveillance aircraft.
At this point, Boeing seems to be the only major player not in
the loop, according to Indian media reports.
"The two surveillance aircraft will be used by the Coast Guard
for patrolling the territorial waters surrounding the Indian
coastline," said CEO Filippo Bagnato, head of Avions de Transport
Regional (ATR), in an interview with India's IANS.
What's India looking for on this contract? IANS quoted sources
in New Delhi as saying, "The criteria for short-listing the
surveillance aircraft will be the airworthiness of the twin-engine
plane and its sub-systems in a tropical weather that prevails in
the sub-continent round the year," sources said.
India's new maritime surveillance aircraft must also have an
STOL capability, have a range of 2,000 NM and cruise at
approximately 180 KTS.
A decision on a supplier is expected from New Delhi later this
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