Not jump-in in the fine discussion wrt the good prof's blog etc, but a simple mango-punch keeps bothering me:
(frankly, not only in this case, but whenever I see such attempts to compare, most of time based on brochurities, an aircraft operating in indian condition and those that doesn't)
1. How many of these said "aircrafts" will be able to take-off from, say Leh, with say 3 drop tanks and 2 CCMs hanging on it's pylons?
(notwithstanding of course many of the ones mentioned by the good prof wouldn't have that many pylons and even if they have, will struggle to take-off, with taht kind of load, from sada Dilli etc.).
And of course, the related question would be, if they are able to take-off what was the roll-off distance they will require to do so?
Any shiny-brochure that would help me get an answer to this basic puch.
Last time I heard, the big-fancy-TFTA (with technicolour brochures to boot) ones really really struggled to do so, couple of years back (as a part of MMRCA eval).
2. Sorry couldn't resist - another one, how many of these said aircraft would be able to achieve Mach 1 at "sea-level" with the similar loading mentioned above.
LCA just fell short of it, so would be a good chance to run it down and belittle it, again.
Of course, the answer can be pure hand-waiving one like, why does IAF need to have aircraft taking off from Leh, nothing grows there so where is the need to defend these mountainous area (in the rhyme of the utterings of the fine Mantris and Netas of 50s-60s, befitting to the era of this good-prof's "thinkings and utterings"