nash wrote:By 2022 combo of 400+ fighter of 4.5+ generation (EF + MKI) IAF will be an force to reckon.... would be enough for Two-Front war.
Yeah, but what if it happens 10 years earlier?
Singha wrote:i wonder if in a2a role, 4x amraamD (semi conformal) , 4x astra1(amraamC7 for now) and 2 asraam/aim9x/Python5 will be the eventual stable config for us? I have my doubts we will ever go for the expensive meteor ....
combined with the swatchplate captor-E , it will be a formidable a2a force for sure.
Whats the point of having a super radar if you don't have missiles to take advantage of its reach? I think we'll see the meteor as the VLRAAM (minimal quantities), Astra as the MRAAM (max qty), and Asraam as SRAAM (medium qties).
It looks to be a perfect setup by the MoD.
Remember how the contract for 10 C-17s plus 6 options and 4 more P8I were signed along with hints of follow on order for 6 more C-130Js just before the F-18 and F-16 were eliminated from the MRCA competition. Then for the Russians, MoD signed the huge $35 billion (potential) 216+48 PAK-FA/FGFA JV and intent deal along with additional 29 MiG-29Ks and 40 more Su-30MKIs (plus hints of super MKI upgrades). Now with the $4 billion upgrade of the 51 Mirage-2000s w/ 450 MICAs being signed recently with France plus hints of 3 more Scorpene SSK, the setup is perfect for announcing the EF as the winner of the MMRCA competition. Every major player goes home "happy" with something in the bag (although not as big as the winner)
Yup! I'll buy this argument - Eurofitter it is! It was sealed the day the M2k deal went through, no wonder it took so bloody long to get the M2k upg. deal going, and yes the increased nos of scorpene means Fra won't whine. Afterall, iirc, even the Indian Ambassador to Italy had confirmed this months back.
Chalo, Eurofritter hi sahi; no complaints from me although Rafale has it on all round capabilities and looks. I think the Fritter has certain advantages - we can expect 18-20 to join the AF in double quick time, which will certainly help stem the numbers freefall. Even if they come with the Captor M, and limited A2G capabilities, they'll be worth their price in gold if the **** hits the fan in a 2 front war in the short term. Right now BVR, there is simply nothing to equal the EF2K a2a with either the Chinese or TSP. The EF is well suited to QRA and interception missions, where the IAF lacks a bit. What I'd really like to see is a team of IAF pilots be sent to the UK for training on RAF Tiffies within a few months of signature. Deliveries of the first 18 should start within 6 months of signature with well trained aircrews bringing the birds home from the UK/Ger.
Execution and deliveries should be pronto quick, I have a feeling we'll need 'em.