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Dec 6, 2009

India has issued a request for information for new naval fighters, which will be capable of operating on two indigenous aircraft carriers projected to be in service by the end of the next decade. Boeing, Dassault and Lockheed Martin received the RFI, according to industry sources. This did not indicate the number of aircraft required, and asked only for information on available technologies and capabilities with their respective F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Rafale and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter designs. But a request for proposals is still some time away, the sources add. "We are currently reviewing the Indian navy's request," says Boeing, which received the RFI via the US Navy. The request comes as the navy's first RSK MiG-29K carrier-borne fighters are being delivered, and as delays plague the development of a naval variant of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft, six of which were ordered earlier this year. Dec 2, 2009

Malaysia's air force has invited companies to discuss a long-standing airborne early warning requirement, although industry sources say budget constraints mean any decision is not likely until 2012 at the earliest. "We know the Malaysians are keen on the airborne early warning capability, but there remain serious questions about Kuala Lumpur's ability to fund the procurement," says an industry source. A funding request was made, and rejected, earlier this decade. The Royal Malaysian Air Force is likely to seek funding for eight AEW aircraft under the 2011-15 10th Malaysia plan, but there are doubts over whether this will be approved, the sources say. The Northrop Grumman E-2D and Saab 2000 Erieye are the main contenders for the contract, with officials from both companies likely to hold talks with the defence ministry in coming weeks. An...

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