Indranil wrote:As I said before my thoughts make no sense because nothing in India moves fast. And yes, a decision like this will take the same time to arrive at as the development of MWF.
But why do you think Mig35 would be inferior to Mk1A/MWF in BVR if both have the same radar and avionics package. In fact, the Mig35 airframe can take a bigger radar too. In my khayali pullao we will be fielding, testing optimizing the AMCA's Uttam-based radar on the Mig35.
On paper, the Mig-35 is the strongest. Only if - we can make any changes we want in future, we get knowledge of every aspect of the design, have access to all the test data, able to source components/spares from local suppliers, get enough access to the avionics to replace the radar whenever Uttam got ready, and replace the smoky (the new ones also smoke a bit, IMO) engines with Kaveri or any similar class new engine we make, ability to integrate any missile we want - and that's only the technical aspects. And no SKD/CKD business - we get to build as many as we want, maybe 36, maybe 126, whatever.
And then, we want Russians to be sincere about it and not pull an FGFA on us. And we need to sign it quickly.
And we needed this to happen 10 years ago.
Now, with Tejas Mk2 moving to MWF category, and TEDBF/AMCA on the cards and every deal with Russians taking a few years to negotiate, does it still make sense ?