@Luxtor^^^ Not worried about Rafales to the Pakis they want free stuff. It's the Chinese I'd worry about. The French are pressing the EU to lift the PRC arms embargo.
Just curious, what 'strategic benefits' do you think the EU might bring to the table?
Some food for thought:
1. France, Italy are defense suppliers to Pak. France is vigorously fighting/lobbying to lift the weapons embargo on China by EU.
2. Coz of lot of annoyance within EU due to french selling to Russians(Mistral), there is a ongoing discussion that the defense policy should be mandated to the EU commission, which is currently independently handled by each EU country. If this succeeds, then we will have the entire EU block to contend with. And in-case even a handful can be bought over (read China), who knows what problems it has on the typhoon's supplyies etc. Rt now, there is no EUMA. TOT or partial TOT or whatever, India is not going to built factories for each and every part of the plane's, they will be sourced from existing plants purely for economics purpose and so the possible annoyance to keep every EU nation happy.
3. Germany is a strong contender to the UN security council seat and in an event of a tie between India and Germany for a single seat, the typhoon might just come handy.
4. Rich EU blocks are themselves introducing restrictions on poorer one's for restricting people movement, god knows what strategic benefits they will give us.
In one way, the entire EU block really thanks US for saving them from the Nazi's. So, to me it makes sense to have to deal with one single country in US rather than so many in EU.
Indians have played a important and visible role in US economy and continue to do so. India with the kind of investments its making in US, in terms of showcasing factual reports on how Indian companies are investing more in US and creating jobs in US etc, thus trying to win over the hearts and minds of the US people. This strategy to me is remarkable in a way that by directly creating a "Feel Good about India" feeling across the US landscape, we are trying to negate the need based American politics which is purely use-and-throw.
Now, some logic based theory of mine:
1. We all remember that only 2 of the 6 AC's were successful in the Leh trials. And for sure the Gripen succeeded (I can get the article if someone wants, but that's not a direct quote but to=be-inferred kind of). So, coz of the similarity in engine, could be that SH also succeeded.
2. SH and Gripen both require short runways, Gripen can land in even paved roads, so in an event of a missile strike on airbases, the gripen can still be 100% operational.
3. Gripen NG has a cost of 45-51MUSD piece (as per wiki), with full TOT & the source code (a very BIG THING) transfer, gives us ability to scale the deal to 150-170 AC's which the other contenders cant (ruling Mig35 out of this discussion).
So, my take would be the GRIPEN NG.