VinodTK wrote: India wants fighter jets – but without American baggage
If Govt of India and the IAF know that they will not be able to get US aircraft with the required configuration, I wonder as to why F16 and F18 were even considered as contenders? Waste of time and money.
It is a way to create a lobby. The lobby will get message that they are still significant.
If the reason for including them was to put pressure on on other manufacturers, I do not think it will work. Because the French and euro fighter manufacturers will find out the reason for the inclusion of US manufacturers and will not budge on the price. I feel we are missing something, in all our discussions.
Geo political picture is the missing picture.
It is for the eyes of the Chini that India has to create a perception that India will be militarily aligned with US mil. This is dominant geo political perception that has to be created soon and the anti china block should be seen as solid and firm. This is the only way PRC will start making changes in - currency and trade practice, regional relationship and internal social changes.