posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 02:47 PM
Originally posted by skippytjc
Why spend effort, time, and money developing "old" style tech? Just buy an F16 or a MiG and save yourself the effort.
This is part of the "catch-up" process. If you don't build your own gear - or don't even make an effort at it for that matter - then you'll never
be able to advance further than what's already available. Having the expertise and experience of building aircraft will be extremely useful in the
long run when the time comes to begin innovating or designing indigenous aircraft.
Furthermore, simply buying aircraft - even if it's customized to your liking, as is the case with India (Su-30 MKI, for example) - develops a
dependability on the exporting country. If indeed these developing countries (mainly China and India) are seeking power, then the first and primary
objective should be to gain independence. Machiavelli stated that dependence is where power becomes limited and ultimately collapses. Never depend on
others, and it seems that the bureaucrats over at Communist China have already realized that - adding to their ever increasing threat.