it is fairly another matter that a subsequent order for LCA MK2+ isn’t just possible, but very possible and that is apparent to anyone who has even just a little understanding of how IAF works. however let’s ignore that for the second. In air to air, I’d take the Rafale over the Gripen NG as well, given its system maturity particularly its onboard passive sensors, after ATLC. Given it was designed to deal with the French deterrence, it could make a greater striker as nicely. Hornet – sorry way more funded & with more mature methods than the Gripen has.
F-35 is looking extraordinarily unlikely , It could take large catastrophe , setbacks or outright cancelation of the T-50 for it to occur which is extraordinarily unlikely. Given they use the MKI and have a stake within the Russian Fifth gen development it signifies that the MKI will work in tandem with the t-50 and finally will probably be changed by it. To exchange the LCA and the MRCA i suppose india desires to develop the MCA and it is fairly potential that having learned lessons from the LCA the development of the MCA is perhaps smooth sufficient and free from a few of the delays which the LCA saught to have a easy transition into service.
That leaves the three European contenders: the Eurofighter (from a 4-country consortium), the Dasault Rafale (from france) and the Saab Gripen (Sweden). Each of them put up a superb show of excessive-pace aerobatics, performing loops, barrel rolls, and spells of inverted flying that clearly pushed the boundaries of the aircrafts’ flight envelopes. Actually he stated that LCA MK1 will not be but a 4th gen fighter, however that will probably be one when it gets FOC, when all remaining points will be solved. But as I stated earlier, apart from of particular techs and weapons, the bottom specs are very comparable between LCA and Gripen, however with an apparent hole to Rafale.
It seems to me that Gripen is sensible solely in the context of an “all in” strategic partnership between Sweden and India for future development of LCA, Gripen and AMCA. The LCA did not meet all the IAF necessities in its current kind. Even for the IOC IAF made certain concessions (Based on ACM Naik). The reality is that if the MK1 was ok there would be no want for an MK2. Total, the numbers of Tejas Mk1 and Mk2 within the IAF will a minimum of match if not exceed that of the MRCA. Even when comply with-on orders for the MRCA are to be positioned, they will not be arriving too quickly. They are going to be produced only after 2020-23 or so.
They’re NOT defending any kids by taking web sites offline. In the event that they really wanted to protect the kids, they’d be arresting the people who put these web sites online. My suggestion: get Tejas Mk2 sorted as quickly as attainable (preferably with an acceptable JV engine) and get some small export orders. There will likely be assist problems to kind out. Use 2 or three small orders to discover ways to assist a fast jet made in India but operated by air forces hundreds of miles away. When all the Mig-29K have exceeded its service life, there shall be other Navy aircraft to select from beond the pricey F-35C.