Karan M wrote:We need to up our CSAR capability & invest more in disproportionate aids - would the F-16s even have pressed their attack home if there were 2-3 Prowler type aircraft behind the IAF CAP jamming their FCRs etc.
The IAF is an offensive AF & casualties are given but we owe it to them to give them as many advanced munitions & stand off EW support platforms as possible.
You are spot on Karan. I will say even if have S-400 placed somewhere in Northern Punjab/Kashmir, TSPAF will not be able to fly even CAP missions inside their own border as well. Forget about attacking us ...
We do need both stand off and escort jamming capability. EW is expensive game TSP will be pressed very hard to match that. MKI squadron can be converted into dedicated growler aircraft. Long time back when I mentioned about this on BRF we dismissed this because it was too expensive.
We should work with Israel on this project. Chinese IADs will proliferate into their neighborhood and will probably be fielded by their adversaries. In 10+ years time TSP may field them as well and at that time we will need integrated approach to defeat the threat -- Stand off/Escort jammers + Stand off Decoys + Long range Supersonic ARMs