-Gripen integrates critical components fromvarious countries which will not be transferred to brazil (AESA, FSO, MAWS, engines etc...) while for instance India will manufacture&assemble close to 100% of the rafale locally, including critical elements like AESA radar.
-Brazil will build only some parts of the gripen like the wings, the rest will be manufactured by SAAB. India is supposed to manufacture almost everything France does for the rafale.
-Most of Gripen E development is done with prototypes under construction due to fly in 2015, cooperation with AKAER or Embraer is thus quite limited now.
-India beneficiates from decades of rafale program R&D and will be free to add new capabilities on its own without France permission which is unlikely with the Gripen due to complex international layout with US/UK/Italian and Israeli components.
150M$ a Gripen for Brazil makes the MMRCA deal look cheap especially considering :
-The rafale is a bigger aircraft with more reach and more punch than the Gripen.
-The scope of the MMRCA deal goes far beyond the Brazilian deal with full manufacturing&assembly of rafale aircrafts with associated intellectual property vs limited development remaining, limited manufacturing for Brazil gripens as well as open questions regarding ToT of critical elements of the Gripen.
You are trying to cut the deal as per your wishes.
- You are mixing ToT and R&D knowledge transfer. It takes 5-7 years before prototypes are real fighting machines and Brazil will be learning and having access to the R&D data from SAAB. There is nothing that sort of will happen for us.
- One of the main reason for this deal was to get access to western production technology for LCA production line. And this is not required anymore.
- There is a big difference between 5.4 vs 20 billion. By the value it self, we can expect to get 4x more technology transfer.
- All know this deal gonna cost us 30-40 billion in the end including support infrastructure, maintenance depots, training, simulators, armament and the list goes on ... there will be n additional contracts which are not foreseen or being told to keep the initial contract costs down.
- There is no R&D knowledge handover for the engines or ASEA beside the code.
- I don't believe in adding capabilities without French help except integrating newer missiles.
To be honest, I don't trust French on this deal as they are blowing hot and cold air over technology sharing from the day Rafale was selected as L1. Personally, I am all for cancelling this deal. If this deal is signed at the end, either IAF wants it or IAF wants it.
In either case it will take another 4-5 years before Rafale is fit to fight for India.