nirav wrote:Further, what really is the objective of re equipment of the IAF ?
Ensure 500 LCAs to fight a two front war.
Ensure IAF has a well balanced mix to fight a two front war.
Btw the Raffle is at 2 squadrons only for now not 4.
Its very likely to be 4 squadrons (the follow-on 3rd one is a certainty). Hence the two bases.Contrary to some previous indications, India is considering an additional 36 Dassault Rafales, a senior Ministry of Defence official said. The contract is likely to be signed in 2019 with deliveries to start by 2022, when the existing $8.8 billion order for 36 Rafales is completed, AIN has learned from sources close to the long-running procurement process.http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/ ... ill-likely
@ the F35, maybe IAF and Sh.Partikar are in the know wrt progress on FGFA or PAKFA and have chosen to not go in for the F35 at this stage ?
Why is this possibility being discounted ?
The FGFA acquisition is stalled with the MoD doing a deep rethink on the scope of the program. Bottom-line - we're not getting any before 2025. First squadron will probably FOC close to 2030.Govt to set up panel for assessing viability of building stealth fighter with RussiaA multi-billion dollar Indian programme to co-develop a stealth fighter with Russia faces an uncertain fate with the government deciding to set up a committee to examine what the country gains from the project.
A top government source said the panel, to be headed by a three-star officer, would look into different aspects of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project and the technology it brings into the country to meet the air force’s future requirements.
Squadron strength can't be treated like just a number.
7 MMRCA squadrons combat capability is way higher than 7 squadrons of LCA.
2 Rafale sqdn + 5 solah sqdn also offer significantly higher combat capability than 7 LCA sqdns.
Spot on. The solution is to find a balance between numbers and capability. Neither can be taken in isolation.
To develop on that -
The F-16 is no doubt a more capable aircraft than the Tejas. Better radar, better EW gear, better payload & better range. All the same, the difference is still incremental despite there being a significant cost difference between the two. The Tejas Mk1A will have a decent AESA (hopefully the RBE-2AA), decent EW gear which coupling with off-board support from Su-30s & AWACS will allow it to more than hold its own in BVR, even against the PAF Blk 52s. At WVR, with high snap turn capability and the DASH-Python 5 combo it can go toe-to-toe with the best.
The difference between the F-16 and F-35 isn't incremental, its generational. They are not in the same league. F-15s & F-16s from USAF aggressor squadrons are getting stomped on against the F-35 in training exercises. The difference is just as stark in air-to-ground missions. F-35 Dominates At Red Flag With 15:1 Kill Rate
The real kicker is that the difference in cost b/w the two types isn't that great - maybe $15-20 mil flyaway ($65M v. $85M). At best. Maybe less. Probably
So what you really ought to be comparing is -
5 F-16 units versus
4 F-35 units (maybe with enough change left over for 1 Tejas Mk1A unit)