Indranil wrote: Kartik wrote:
As a strike platform, it had the best scores at Exercise Gagan Shakti, as per AM Nambiar in an article.
Saurav Jha had also mentioned this on TwitterTwitter link
They have swept everything since then. Why do you think IAF is ready to let the Jaguars slip away with just the Darin III updates? Mk1 can do everything that a Jaguar can do and better. IAF knows this now.
A2A is equivalent to Mirage 2000, with both Derby and R-73E.
Tejas always faced a mindset problem. At the onset of development, the then crop of pilots grew up on Gnats/MiG-21s and wanted Mirage 2000 capabilities in the size of a MiG-21. With the present set of pilots growing up on Su-30MKI, they want a Sukhoi sized fighter, hence ORCA/AMCA scope creep.
Ergonomics of Tejas is better than everything else other than Rafale & Mirage 2000, so we should see Mk1A orders exceeding 83.
Dileep wrote:5.Total re-layout of the innards. Much more orderly and interchangeability/maintenance friendly. LRUs move. Cable loom organized. Piping is order of magnitude better.
This is the most important change in Mk1A and what IAF wanted for years. Lack of this was basis for the 3 legged cheetah statement.
This is extremely important operationally for faster turn around between sorties and ease of maintenance.