Comparison of Aircrafts in Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition

The Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) Competition, commonly known as the MRCA Tender, is an ongoing competition to supply the Indian Air Force with 126 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft.

The Defence Ministry has allocated  42,000 crore (US$9.28 billion) for the purchase of these aircraft.

Six aircraft were bid for this multi-billion dollar contract, which has been touted as India’s single largest defence deal ever. These represent some of the latest combat aircraft being developed or fielded today.

So I thought of seeing what’s the technical merit of all these aircrafts. Which is the best?

Taking the data available in public domain, i tried analysing which aircraft will make it.

Here’s the data and graphs 

Aircraft: Rafale Eurofighter Typhoon Fighting Falcon Super Hornet JAS 39 NG(IN) Fulcrum-F
Dry Thrust: (kN)

50

60

84

62.3

62.3

53

Maximum payload: (kg)

9500

7500

7800

8050

7200

6000

Max Speed (mach)

1.8

2

2.05

1.8

2

2.25

Thrust/weight:

1.13

1.18

0.93

1.06

1.1

Service ceiling (m)

17000

19812

15239

15000

17000

17500

unit cost (US $ million)

67.2

91.2

50

58

48

38.5

Max takeoff weight (MTOW):

24500

23500

21800

29900

16500

29000

Wingspan:

10.8

10.95

10

13.62

8.4

15

Country of origin:

France Germany/Italy?spain/UK United States United States Sweden Russia

 

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