NRao wrote:Do not be surprised if the choice is between the Rafale and FGFA - AWST.
Good pick I would say. Drop the Rafale and pick the FGFA. (A new CAS would not hurt either.)
Yes, we simply don't have the space to have and develop so many fighter types, seriously, as well as rationalize costs.
At a time when the biggest daddy of them all is making ONE fighter design, mass produced for all 3 of its armed forces that currently possess warplanes...India, with a much smaller budget, is supposed to successfully develop and deploy, the LCA, the Su30MKI, the FGFA and the AMCA, not to mention the legacy aircraft of different types.
It's not rational to add another fighter type, let alone the expensive Rafale to this mix, really, from the 30,000 ft. view.
The LCA and AMCA are ours and have to be encouraged through hell or high water. The FGFA is close to our own with the level of tech transfer. The Rafale is not close to either, and I don't see ourselves paying for expensive French labour.
If the French want to sell their wares abroad, better get off their collective, pretty little , perfectly shaped , peachy bottoms, and work more than 35 hours a week. It'll make their products cheaper and more competitive and get their youth off the streets and into more productive activities. They can literally grow their way out of high youth under-employment, and general mood of hopelessness that is prevalent .