"In January 2009, India began a pair of follow-on competitions in order to fill exactly these roles, and now a new competitor has been unveiled at Aero India 2009.
Reports indicate that India's Ministry of Defence has issued an RFP for 6 medium-range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft. They will replace the aging Islander fleet, which may be shifted to a training role, handed over to the cost guard, or even gifted to other countries like the 2 that were given as a gift to the Myanmar junta.
The coast guard's requirements also involve 6 aircraft, but they will require less sophisticated equipment. The aircraft will need to have a range of over 500 nautical miles, and an endurance of around 6 hours.
These are easy criteria to meet, and there are a number of contenders. At least 2 of the rumored Navy contenders participated in India's previous maritime patrol aircraft competition."
"Jan 12/09: Reports surface that India’s Navy and Coast Guard have issued their MRMR solicitations, and rumored candidates are identified in the press."
DID's preliminary assessment of the candidates showed the Embraer P-99 minus the underwing weapons and the Antonov AN-74 with the "coanda effect" engine mounting vice the more conventional underwing position used for their latest delivery to Libya.
Embraer would likely leverage their local E145 tie-up as they promised to keep the C-390 out of the Indian market for as long as the Indo-Russian MTA remains an ongoing proposition. Perhaps it's also the reason we don't read about Ilyushin's 114 being entered.
Quoting PP705 (Reply 23):
They are likely to replace the Russian built maritime surveillance which are presently being used by the Indian Air Force.
The IAF is also looking for medium-range MARPAT aircraft to replace current assets.....
"India is set to begin a competition for six medium-range maritime patrol aircraft, with the fleet to complement the eight Boeing P-8Is that New Delhi ordered earlier this month.
'Our country needs newer aircraft with a bigger range than the Islanders to effectively patrol our long coastline,' says a source close to the Indian defence ministry. 'Several aircraft, both jets and turboprops, could be in contention for this contract.' A request for proposals could come out imminently and a decision should follow within a year, the source adds."
|Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 29):|
Post 26/11....There is likely to be a boost to the Coast guard fleet.
In that regard, I'll correct my post above about Antonov's possible entry.....
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Antonov Will Represent a New Version of AN-74 in India
(Source: Antonov ASTC; issued February 9, 2009)
"For the first time the programme of AN-74 new multi-role maritime patrol aircraft will be represented to a wide aviation community. At present, this version of the aircraft is being studied by experts of MoD of India within the frame of tender on delivery of 6 aircraft of such a class for Navy and Coast Guard of the country.
The new AN-74 is prepared to fulfill with a high efficiency a wide spectrum of military tasks including: aerial and maritime patrolling, support of military ships with the possibility to counteract to an enemy, carrying out search and rescue operations; electronic and radio reconnaissance; determination of pollution of the sea surface."