posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 04:25 AM
Funny how the article stresses that no political influences were to be allowed in the decision, then points out that France was the only country not
to censure India following the Pakhora II tests?
I do regard the Typhoon as the (just) superior aircraft and have previously written on here that I thought it would win. I wondered how willing France
would be to the technology transfer, but they seem to be perfectly willing as the article says. I am still puzzled though how the Typhoon was even
short listed in the final two as being, along with Rafale of course, one of the only two that met the technical requirements in every respect?
Given that Typhoon is not, and never was until very recently, designed with carrier ops in mind,how could this be? That is probably why I thought it
would win. It seemed that carrier operation was not that important after all.
However I do regard the Rafale as the best operational carrier based fighter in the world today, all things considered. The US certainly put out some
great technology, and in that field alone they have an obvious lead, but the airframes they are being offered in are old and tired and, in the case of
the F-18 specifically, just not that great. I think when India states it is looking at a 40 year operational life it becomes obvious why the US
offerings did not make it through. If the F-35 hadn't turned out to be such a cash hungry hangar queen it might have been different.
I think Indias next big contract after this one will be when the buy the Sukhoi T-50. While the debates can rage on whether it beats the F-22 or not,
the fact that aircraft is not for sale means India buying second best if they go anywhere else, and I do include my beloved Typhoon and the F-35 in