Cain Marko wrote:A. Providing a western fighter to the iaf, which it had wanted for ages for diversification purpose
B. Creating competition to Hal and setting up India as a manufacturing hub for top end technology
Ç. Hedging against further delays in the LCA development and production which would screw IAF strength levels.
D. Possibly provide quick inductions via some direct purchases from oem
On Point A, I think you are largely mistaken Sir
From 1947 to 2022, on a pure numbers basis, the IAF has operated a near equal, if not more
"Western" fighters than it has "Russian" fighters.The first jet fighter that the IAF operated was a Western one
The de Havilland Vampire was the first jet fighter to join the IAF - in 1948. That was followed by the Dassault Ouragan in 1953. That was followed by the Dassault Mystère IV which came in 1957. That was followed by the English Electric Canberra, also in 1957. That was followed by the Gnat in 1958. That was followed by the Hawker Hunter in 1959. That was followed by the HAL Ajeet (an improved Gnat) in 1977. That was followed by the SEPECAT Jaguar in 1979. That was followed by the Mirage 2000 in 1984. And soon to join Rafale in 2019.
361 de Havilland Vampires of various types, 104 Dassault Ouragans, 104 Dassault Mystère IVs, 150 Canberras, x Gnats, 89 Ajeets (license built by HAL), 262 Hunters of various types, 160 Jaguars (of which 120 were licensed built by HAL), 51 Mirage 2000s and 36 Rafales. Not including the Gnat, the TOTAL
number of Western jet fighters that the IAF has operated is 1,317.
Now lets look at Russian fighters. 650 MiG-21s (the first Russian jet fighter - the MiG-21 - joined the IAF only in the early 60s...by then the IAF already inducted six Western jet fighters), 154 Su-7s, 150 MiG-23s of the BN, UB and MF variants, 8 MiG-25s in RBK and RU variants, 165 MiG-27s, ~ 70 MiG-29s, 272 Su-30MKIs. That total is 1,469 aircraft. Please note, I do not know how many Gnats were inducted...but you get the idea. Please take this notion that the IAF needs a western fighter for ages for diversification purposes
out your mind Moral of the Story
: The IAF has operated (and licensed produced) Russian and Western fighters for 70 years. We learned NOTHING of value these past 70 years from doing screwdrivergiri. And we will learn NOTHING from doing screwdrivergiri of F-Solah or Gripen E.
We have all heard this before, but it is apt considering the discussion at hand...Definition of Insanity
: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.