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Barack Obama tried very hard but he's lost out on India's biggest defense deal. Despite Obama writing a letter in favor of US fighters the Indian Air Force has short listed France's Rafale and Eurofighter's Typhoon for the 10 billon dollar deal.
Earlier this year on his visit to India Obama said, "The United States Government is offering India two of the most advanced multi mission combat aircraft in the world-the Boeing F/A-181N and the Lockheed Martin F-16IN. Let me assure you the US is a willing capable & reliable defense partner to India. High technology defense sales are increasingly a cornerstone of our strategic partnership. This type of technology is only provided to our closest allies and partners."
Despite Obama's offer, the US President has lost out on the more than 10 billion dollar deal that he was pushing for, the US fighters F16 and F18 are out of contention in India's biggest defense deal.
The available evidence demonstrates at this time that a mature production PAK-FA design has the potential to compete with the F-22A Raptor in VLO performance from key aspects, and will outperform the F-22A Raptor aerodynamically and kinematically. Therefore, from a technological strategy perspective, the PAK-FA renders all legacy US fighter aircraft, and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, strategically irrelevant and non-viable after the PAK-FA achieves IOC in 2015.