Sumeet wrote:parshu wrote: basically its difficult to classify one fighter against the other in short excercises. The envelope is so big that for a realistic analysis, both aircraft would have to fly 300 or maybe more sorties together for any sort of real evaluation.
Well do you think when jets are being evaluated for purchase they have to fly 300 or more sorties for being selected as the winner ? Do you seriously think IAF will make MRCA bidders fly 300 sorties each to evaluate which one is the best ?
You are right, i realised that even as I made the post. I guess the fighter procurement process, no matter how throrough, is a satta. After all, we could choose the MiG-35, for instance and find the Pakistanis have picked the F-16/52 or Gripen which may ( for argument's sake only) be better. The only safe choice seems to be the rafael or EFT, (or JSF!)with nothing better than them but they're too costly.