Neshant wrote:I'm talking about A2A weapons cleared for use on Tejas.
France will not allow Meteor to be used on Tejas, only on its Rafael. Not sure if they will let Mica be used on anything other than their Mirage.
France doesn't own the Meteor line. The MICA is already been pitched as a Barak-1 replacement. They to no reason to block further sales of their own product. That the IAF has passed over the MICA (in favour of the Python 5) is a different matter.
If Israel stops its supply at any time of Python & Derby, the only weapons Tejas will have are Astra (assuming it works) for medium to long range AR engagements assuming Russia does not stop the supply of its seeker.
Getting short range IR missiles from suppliers is not a problem. But longer range AR missiles is as only a few countries supply them.
Stocks of all weaponry are built up in peacetime. There's not much scope for ordering in wartime (the build cycle is too long) unless the vendor country cannabalizes its own war reserves.
There are number of countries producing BVR AtA missiles - US, Russia, UK/Germany, France, Israel, Japan, Ukraine, South Africa. And India.
However, the Tejas' primary BVR weapon is to be the Astra. The Mk1 has already been cleared for production. The Mk2 will come in due time. There is no need for further supplements outside of the Derby stocks acquired as a stop-gap.
Its not a priority but if the Tejas is deployed in large numbers, the R-77 (or its successor the K-77) should be integrated. The latter will be used on the PAK-FA as its main medium range air-to-air missile.
The R-77 has long been a problematic acquisition for the IAF, resulting in substantial R-27 orders. The IAF may also pass over the the K-77 in favour of the Meteor and Astra for the FGFA project. To be followed by the integration of a domestic SFDR-based missile.