k prasad wrote:This sort of a comparison is not correct... in a war, even a 2% improvement will leap you over the enemy... and this is what every single development programme aims for. Its like a classroom, with a large number of student's bunched in the 80-90 range. But only a rare one may vault over to get to 93-94, which gets him selected. In a war, that is the advantage that you need.
The better analysis would be how many gripens u need to do the same job as one rafale - gripen has half the payload capability, and inferior EW suite. That gripen:rafale number would probably be greater than 2:1, so buying rafale may still make sense.
Gripen NG has much more than half the payload and the EW-suite would by all accounts be equal or better. The radar clearly would be better. Rafale offers abit more in a2g but nothing else. not at that price.