wrdos wrote:Therefore India is at a better basis of development, with open access to all available western opponents and subsystems, not like China that is sanctioned almost always.
India too was under sanctions , until very recently. The program that was most affected by sanctions was the LCA and hence the most delays. The J-10 was much further along (after all, it is an Israeli Lavi with the Chinese rubber stamp on it and a few modifications..), with most of the development already complete elsewhere (Israel) and still you guys botched it.
Doing real engineering from grounds up requires lot of trial, engineering and most importantly testing. Your ejection seat on the JF-17 , didn't work as advertised for example. There is a price that is always paid for short cuts.
Talking of which, look at the work the Indians did on this, along with actual pictures of canopy severing and a dummy ejecting (I got this from Googling from trying to find out what they have done in terms of infra and testing on this). If they are still looking to refine it and work out the kinks at this stage, just shows how painstaking it is.
There is a big difference between open societies such as India and US etc and China. You can read all about how the F-22's canopy wouldn't open and how they had to take a chains saw and cut open a couple of 100,000 dollars worth of gold plated canopy (literally) to get the pilot out. What do we know from China. Nothing. Other than rah-rah fan boy rants.