NRao wrote:Unfortunately India has financial space for only one aircraft: The Rafale or the FGFA. I think the latter will survive.
I agree. I would much rather see the money for the Rafale being spent on serious ramp-up of the LCA production line. When the original MRCA deal was put forward, the Tejas was essentially a paper tiger. The MKIs were only entering service in decent numbers and the economy was sound with money available.
If the Rafale had come in the last few years, then we could say "fair enough" and move to increase its numbers in our arsenal.
Its been a decade since the MRCA fiasco and not one aircraft has been delivered. In the meantime, the LCA has been nicely chugging along towards its essential acceptance and series production. The MKI has become the dominant fighter in the IAF in its hundreds and the economy has gone down so that the Rafale deal now seems painful.
So my question is why are we still unable to change with the ground realities and put our eggs in the "jugaad" basket until such a time as other projects come on line (AMCA, UCAVs and FGFA)?