posted on Oct, 1 2007 @ 09:34 PM
Originally posted by vedas
Darkpr0 I disagree with you in this aspect as PAK FA will affect the MRCA deal. India entering in PAK FA just nullifies the F 35 bait of Americans.
Moreover US was never gonna share technology of F 35 with India.
Well, it was pretty obvious that the US would not give them every single technical detail about the aircraft, its capabilities, and the DIY guide to
AESA and stealth. Therefore, the advantages contained therein were never present anyway (For the record, there is AESA in MiG-35 anyway, which would
have put a pretty big dent in one of the big deals, which was procurement of AESA). Also, the IAF would not have received the F-35 off the bat. The
They said if the IAF chose the Lockheed Martin world's best selling fighter F-16 fighting flacons, it could "position India to be ready to
receive advanced technologies incorporated in the F-35's." Lockheed Martin officials said lot of new technologies being tested on F-35 would be
leveraged in the new generation F-16 Block 50 fighters.
Which basically translates as "You'll get the F-35. But it'll just act a lot like, look a lot like, and be a lot like an F-16. But it'll be
shinier". The idea was to leverage India into joining the F-35 program, which I really couldn't say whether they were keen on it or not. But judging
by the F-16's presence within the program it is a possibility. Albeit an unlikely one, since the F-16 is not the most impressive aircraft there. Even
if they would be slated to get the F-35 later, the idea here is NOT to get an aircraft that'll last them forever. The MCA project (Indian 5th
generation medium a/c) is supposed to be the end result with the MRCA plugging the gap in the middle.
If MRCA deal goes for Mig 35 and India already in Joint Collaboration with Russia in MTA, India's balance doesn't seem to be tilting towards america
in near future.
I thought Russia was already India's biggest arms dealer? Even so, cooperation with PAK-FA, purchase of a whole whack of Su-30 MKI's, possible
further buy of the MiG-35's, I'd bet on Russia.
Ultimately, though, the decision to cooperate with PAK-FA does not affect the MRCA. The Indians are looking for an aircraft now
which is why
the future possibility of getting the F-35
is irrelevant. Even though PAK-FA cooperation is generally a big deal, it's not going to change the
competition in any significant way. It's about the fighters involved here and now, what's best, and how much it costs.
Is PAK-FA a big deal? Yep. Is it going to change the way that any of the competitors performs? Nope.