The question is not if "it will be done'. The question is if it will be used (against India).
The question is if it can be done then it will be used ( or unused ) will depend on the whims and wishes of US , reminds me of the old proverb which says Intentions can change over night if capability exist.
True. I gave the example of Pakistan above.
(And, since Indo-US strategic interests are converging and in my estimation will continue and remain so for about 20-30 years, I believe that India does not need to fear as much. In fact India IMHO is far better placed than the UK/Germany/Japan (Aussies do not even exist on my radar) were. India has geo location that none of them have.)
A question that I would ask is if Indian Defence Community is comfortable with such snooping capability that comes built in with sophisticated systems , for US allies or for nations that further US interest or sustains it this snooping capability is no big deal.
With the IAF purchase of C-160J, the IN purchase of the P-8 and the potential purchase of the C-17 (BTW, there is a brand new C-17 out there ............ real quite for sure), is a decent indicator. Of course it does not mean that the same amount of "tolerance" would apply to a fighter air craft.
I feel that this capability IS a big deal. No self respecting AF would like it. The question is what risk it carries and can such a risk be mitigated or tolerated (perhaps during non-combat times, what happens during combat is debatable).
Also, IF we assume that the F-18 is selected, for sure, the IAF will lean on the USN (!!! yeah) to teach it some dog tricks to start of. I would think that if the F-18 came into existence in the IAF, say, in 2017is, that the IAF would take some 3-5 years to learn the ropes of this air craft. Outside of the MiG-35 (???) the rest will need some hand holding for 3-5 years. It is, in my estimation, only AFTER those years will the "snooping" devices have any real impact (from gathering Intel).
(And, if and when the new engine comes, perhaps the USN and the IAF would learn together.)
Just BTW, if the US wants to snoop, IAF can get the Rafale and the snooping will occur. It is silly to think that the US needs to sell a F-18 to gather Intel about the IAF. It would become that much more easier, granted. In fact, IF at all, the US has helped India with snooping capabilities. Frankly, the more I think, the more I am convinced that people (BRites?) are very badly underestimating US capabilities to "snoop".