fanne wrote:Naah Rafale can eat multiple F-16 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes they may not be available today, who knows F-16 may not have been either...Rafale is any day a 100 times better deal than F-16. Now F-35, that would be different matter altogether.
It is a question of the price value equation that is adequate to be superior to the PLAAF and PAF as of now. It is not about absolute superiority. Any 4th gen aircraft Rafale included is a stop gap until the IAF gets a true 5th gen stealthy fighter if HAL can deliver the AMCA or some other 5th Gen. It is also a question of delivery when needed. Wars do not wait for the IAF to be ready for them or for Dassault to deliver Rafale to the IAF. As they say perfection is the enemy of the good. Yes, the Rafale is the perfect fighter the IAF always wanted. But today we have war clouds on both horizons. Where is the Rafale?