Rahul M wrote:khukri ji, LCA ASR has not stayed still. the LCA today is not the same one that was envisaged back in 80's.
Well Rahul, the implication of that argument is that the evolving ASR's for the LCA have been set at a higher level than those for the MRCA
, which is supposed to be an aircraft for the future, and that would seem to absurd?
sorry I don't see how there is any such peculiar leap in logic. If I say I'm more intelligent than I was in the 80's, it does not imply that I'm more intelligent than einstein.
what vina ji said was that gripen C/D might not satisfy LCA ASR, he said nothing about MRCA.
now, please keep in mind that
>> gripen C/D is not a MRCA contender, gripen NG is
>> the MRCA entry bar has been kept quite low which allows all the fighters to easily pass it. this has been commented upon time and again. in fact, AFAIK MRCA entry requirements are much less specific than LCA ASR, understandable since the IAF would prefer to push the birds to their limit and check which is the best.
>> aircraft for the future etc rhetorical argument is a little meaningless, MRCA is a number filler program that has gone on and turned itself into a circus. LCA and MRCA are being inducted around the same time, a little earlier for LCA in fact. so how is the MRCA "aircraft for the future" while LCA is not and why would IAF accept anything in the LCA that is not future-proof ?
qualitatively, perhaps other than in range/payload, the MRCA requirements are comparable to the other 4gen fighters IAF operates, including the LCA. LCA Mk2 will definitely be comparable to the lightest of the MRCA contenders, the gripen NG.
Perhaps you can illustrate how these ASR's have evolved, I.e. What the previous ASR was and what the now evolved one is?
well since the ASR's haven't been released to the public, what we can do is piece together the changes in LCA Mk1 from what was originally envisaged to get a rudimentary idea. that ranges from carrying newer CCMs to OBOGs and internal EW suite. go through the last few pages of this thread and you'll get more details. I might have done it for some more polite individual but someone who comes to an argument thinking he knows everything there is to know should be allowed a chance for due diligence, don't you think ?