cannibalz3
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Licensing And Competition?

Sat May 05, 2007 5:14 am

Inspired by the thread about Iraq's COIN aircraft bids,

In military aircraft it is common that one company licenses another to build essentially the same aircraft. Why then are these clones competing in the same contests? The Raytheon T-6, for example, is based off the Pilatus PC-9 - but they are both up for the same contract. Same for Boeing's T-45 and the BAe Hawk.

Can anyone shed light on this for me?
 
Stealthz
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RE: Licensing And Competition?

Sat May 05, 2007 4:08 pm

Quoting CannibalZ3 (Thread starter):
The Raytheon T-6, for example, is based off the Pilatus PC-9

Based off the PC-9 is the key word here the final T-6 is substantial redesigned and in some ways quite different to the PC-9 it was based on. The same applies to the T-45, I read once that the US spent more on "modifying" the Hawk into the T-45 than the British spent developing it in the first place... not sure how true that is.

That makes the situation quite different to a pure license building situation, which would often have restrictions placed on competitive sales situations.

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