Austin wrote:There is no gurantee that US would allow integration of F-35 into any other assest , considering it is not allowing NATO allay Turkey to integrate with S-400 or close allay like UAE to allow it to integrate with Su-35 ......certainly US officials have mentioned that officially now so all bets are off as far as F-35 goes unless US officially mentions it other wise.
The F-35 is not supposed to integrate with the S-400. It'll link with the IACCS via the ODL (functioning in lieu of the Link 16) the same way as the F-16 would. Neither Turkey not UAE have an analogue to the AFNET, they use NATO C4I systems.
Austin wrote:F-35 is not in contention for any of IAF or IN program so it really does not matter either ways.
Maybe, maybe not. The FGFA was a sure thing until a year or two ago, now.. we have to wait and see. And there is an open SEF requirement for the IAF that may have several outcomes. As far BRF is concerned, we discuss what our available options are, in addition to discussing what outcomes are most likely. Hence all the discussion about the Tu-22/Tu-160 for the IN.
Gagan wrote:The F-35 represents one part of an ecosystem of smart weapons and communication tech.
The whole ecosystem will have to be brought in, subject to signing several treaties that for example India is not willing to do.
Not really. In terms of communication, there are four modes employed - Link 16 (long range), MADL (line-of-sight), radio & UHF Satcom. The Israelis are replacing all but the MADL on the F-35I with local analogues. The IAF meanwhile relies on the Operational Data Link developed by IAI, and Software Defined Radios delivered by Rockwell Collins & TATA-SED. Practically speaking, whatever agreements are needed to operationalize the F-16 will be, more or less, sufficient for the F-35 as well.
All of the other stuff that one reads about like integrating it with the USN's Aegis to guide SM-3 or SM-6 to shoot down ballistic missiles and other targets at long range, is all icing on the cake. Its not essential to the basic functioning of the aircraft.