Russian weapons malfunctioning is not due to poor maintanance or ageing, the r-77 and r-27 missiles malfunctioned within the first two years of their shelf life which is not even half their shelf life and IAF's maintenance and weapons storage is pretty good . The seekers and sometimes a lot of the launchers were found to be defective and of poor quality. R-77, r-27s suffered this massive quality problem along with KH-31a/p anti rad missiles. Also missiles like Sea Eagle, Popeye-2 have been defective, Harpy too had problems. Over a 2000 r-77s were ordered after Kargil and by 2000, over a 1000 had been delivred and lots of them had quality problems.
Speaking of downsides i dont buy the Senior IAF officer story, they for one should know except for the mig-35 every other contender either uses US weapons or avionics or both. EF, Gripen, Rafale have a lot of primary US weapons and their EU counter parts are atleast 3 times more expensive. EF and Gripen have entire critical systems coming from the US, even the Rafale. so full-tot even on the EF is subject to US permission.
LCA was delayed due to sanctions, but i really doubt even without sanctions we would have gotten far. We have been sanction free for years now and still we're crawling towards the IOC. The two year delay shouldnt have held us back. the sanctions wre as follows:
End all U.S. assistance to India except humanitarian aid. U.S. economic and humanitarian aid amounts to about $142 million a year.
Bar the export of certain defense and technology material.
End U.S. credit and credit guarantees to India.
Require the United States to oppose lending by international financial institutions to India, which borrowed about $1.5 billion from the World Bank last year.
When the sanctions had to do with dealing with US, why didnt we go to Russia for help, why did we go back to US for testing the FBW, why did the NDA govt. end up kissing US butt all over again? Why did they go for a GE 404 enegine when Russian alternative is possible.http://www.airframer.com/aircraft_detai ... ult_Rafale
Rafale has the following US suppliers
Hexcel Composites (US) Carbon Fibre: Carbon fibers, structural adhesives, honeycombs, prepregs, sandwich panels and reinforcement fabrics
Magnolia Plastics, Inc: Synthactic Composites: Adhesives, coatings and syntactics
Orelube: Synthetic Lubricants: Boelube
Rexnord Aerospace : Bearings: Seals & bearings
HiRel Connectors, Inc: Electrical & Electronic Connectors: Connectors, removal crimp and hermetic solder contacts
Avibank Mfg. Inc: Fasteners: Pins, bolts, fasteners & accessories
Ho-Ho-Kus, Inc: Fasteners: Clamps and fasteners, nuts, bolts & screws
Eaton Aerospace Phelps Valve : Pumps, valves, level sensors, pressure switches, refuel/defuel manifolds, and couplings
Rexnord Cartriseal :Mechanical Seals: Contacting & non-contacting face and circumferential seals
Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems : Sensors/Transducers: Pitot probe; ice detectors; air data total air temperature sensors
Technofan: Air Conditioning Equipment: Valves & fans; cockpit air conditioning system
Ducommun Technologies, Inc: Warning Systems/Equipment: Master caution and warning assemblies
Microturbo S.A: Auxiliary Power Units: Rubis 305 APU
Omega Technologies, Inc:Insertion/Removal Tools: Fastener installation & removal tools; hole drilling & preparation tools
Thales North America Inc: Electronic Warfare Systems: SPECTRA integrated electronic warfare system operating in electromagnetic, laser and infra-red domains
EF has the following US suppliershttp://www.airframer.com/aircraft_detai ... er_Typhoon
EF has even more US parts.
If we have to shut out the US entirely from the MRCA we have to pick the mig-35. so unless the IAF decides to go for the mig-35 there isnt really any reason to worry about the US, because they will find their way into our aircraft either through avionics or weapons or both. US paranoia isnt needed, even our Phalcon has US parts in it, for all we know its bugged as well.