1. What new shiny toys do we get
2. Does it lead to improvement in Indian MIC?
Wrong question to ask. Modern military power is about a system, not about any shiny toy. It will definitely lead to improvement in Indian MIC. We can fabricate and system integrate at an international level now. This step will allow us to plug into the best possible electronics in the world now and this will lead to a step change in the competitiveness of Indian weapon systems.
Shiny toys are front ends and are visible, perhaps I shoudl have been more clear. That said, all the intelligence and systems are not of great use if one doesnt have hammer to hit opponents with.
3. What impact does it have on our long-term relationships with russia? Will it mean India eventually moves out of Russian camp to the US camp?
sudeepj wrote:Wrong question again. How can India, an economy of 2.5 trillion dollars, with a population of 1.3 Billion people, a democracy, a rising international power be in the Russian camp - a shrinking economy of 1.3 trillion dollars, heavily based on oil/resources, that is sanctioned internationally? Within 10-20 years, I see India being a part of the G-3 as one of the poles in the world. Russia and Little Britain will likely fall off the high table.
Try crossing russian interests. We would know it. They still have leverage over us with Akula, Su and T90. Try screwing them, we will pay more than what pukis have paid to Uncle.
4. How much does it impact our "strategic autonomy"
Signing COMCASA and aligning with the international top dog, being able to interoperate with the best fighting military in the world (except the Indian Army ofcourse
) is in itself strategic autonomy. If any thing restricts Indian hard power options today, it is Chinese coercion and unreliability of Russian systems. As long as we dont take risks that can 'break the world', we have the full range of options open to us.
Seriously, you must be joking. Unless we go puki and dont care about our image or sanctions, they will have a lot of ways to arm twist us, esp in the case of war. Imagine predators not being available during war or at worse operational details compromised. Obviously there will be ruse from Indian side, but how many 10. The fact that they can see our actions and intent itself will be a big challenge. If you think Russia is falling away from high table, well what can I say. Russia may not be big(economicall) but they have everything that it takes to fight.
5. What impact does it have on our immediate neighbourhood, e.g., China/Pakistan
sudeepj wrote:Brown pants.
Ignorance is bliss, like pakis have learnt. In a way its a signal to China. Where we are headed to
5. Is it a trap for us, because the fine print does not mean more than the sale deed of WTC
A nation the size of India will outgrow any trap people lay out for us. Onward into the future with confidence!
Bharat mata ki jai!
Long live the USA!
Time and again, people assumed size is final word have had nasty surprises await them, in the case of war. Our size will grow, but growth of our economy is not guaranteed. They may have many levers to pull.