HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31792 posts, RR: 55 Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6869 times:
Why is an Israel radar [Phalcon] radar mounted on a Russian jet [IL76] to be used by India.
Also why does US need to clear the sale.What is the reason.
Why could the IAF not buy the AWACS from US.
Or is it not for sale.
CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6349 times:
The story is on BBC, IAI will buy some used Il76s and send them to Russia for structural mods and new engines, then they'll go to Israel for the radar and avionics before delivery to India. Why the US is permitting these to be sold is anyones guess, my impression was that the US was trying hard to get in pretty tight with Pakistan at the moment. I understand that under Bush, weapons systems (often the same kinds) have been sold to both countries, but a new bid from Pakistan for F-16s was denied, as were previous Israeli attempts to sell Phalcons to India.