I support the rafale style of mounting the central MFD higher up just below the HUD - thats the venue for both ground map moving and probably A2A/A2G attack mode as well...makes sense to place it where the pilot can minimize his look downs.
I dunno why the "switch panels" beneath the HUD in Tejas is given so much prominence and importance...its not as if they unlock and fire the DeathStar weapon in the general direction of the enemy.
the Rafale cockpit seems to have 75% LESS switches than Tejas..yet it flies and flies well. look at it there's almost nothinghttp://forum.keypublishing.com/attachme ... 1309021329
tejas cockpit.http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p_wkBUXCRHE/T ... 8%2529.jpg
imo in Mk2 Tejas they should
- minimize or get rid of that protuding panel below the HUD
- get a frameless EF style much bigger HUD in
make the side MFDs larger and engulf whatever the triangular panels both sides of the HUD are doing presently
- generally declutter the busy look of the cockpit...it has a lot of knobs and switches for sure...like any 4th gen fighter
EF also hsa a fairly old style cockpit. given the Rafale is 10 yrs behind the JSF in time, the french designers did a superb job imo in predicting where the future was - giant MFDs and touchscreens and backing it as a big bet. perhaps having sextant avionique as a national resource helps them predict better...perhaps they are just Mahdi's followers in keeping things simple and clean