See the following article in The Pioneer newspaper:http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/real-problem-lies-elsewhere.html
The fact today is our IAF have yet to get the Su-30 working properly. It has an abysmal availability rate of less than 50 per cent. Its radar keeps failing, its expensive Israeli jamming pods have failed to integrate with the aircraft.
One defense analyst told me that while India has spent huge amount of money in 'MKIsing', IAF is not able to get 'MKI' to perform what it was intended for. He said Chinese have taken the base Sukhoi model and developed on it and it is a working aircraft for Chinese. He went on to say that one of the reason behind IAF's decision for MMRCA is because of the SU-30 unavailability.
What is the opinion of the experts of BRF on availability, integration, radar etc?
The writer of this article, has a long history of writing nonsense which has been documented repeatedly on the forum. He belongs to the "think tank" Observer Research Foundation of Ambani.
Other gems from this individual in the past from New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/opini ... .html?_r=0
Forum members should do basic research before posting the opinions of all and sundry, think for yourself not what others are saying, doing etc., better still no need to post at all. This fellow is everywhere, Sandia, Los Alamos, etc etc.
He also thinks the Nuclear posture of India is bad. He does not want India to raise conventional forces as it hardens the nuclear posture of TSP. On the other hand he does not say it but leaves to the reader to guess that he wants India to openly declare withdrawal of NFU. The decision is already foregone no, with Arihant soon to go on operational patrol. Will they keep things de-mated now and ask a DRDO team to be on board all SSBN's to do the mating? This NFU is just a red herring nonsense, means diddly squat. Sorry OT but I wanted to just point out what drivel this Abhijit Iyer-Mitra writes.