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Which fighter would be better for IAF?

Discussion in 'Defence Analysis' started by Sancho, Aug 17, 2017.

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Which fighter would be better for IAF?

  1. LCA MK1A

  2. Mig 35-I

  3. Rafale F3R

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  1. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    That's why the question was, which one you prefer, not what IAF prefers. :mrgreen: No relation to any tender, no role specification.
    So if you had the choice between LCA with the mentioned specifics and Rafale, would you still choose Rafale? And why is the Mig out directly?
     
  2. Abingdonboy

    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    Still bro, it's apples and oranges. It's like asking would you prefer a Ferrari or 7 seater Range Rover for a family of 6?

    Sometimes one will be more useful, sometimes the other.

    It's another Russian pipe dream that they don't even want.
     
  3. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    There is your specification, that actuality rules out the Ferrari. Preference doesn't necessarily mean, the one with the best performance, since everyone puts the criterias for his preference in a different way. That's why I not only gave 3 different options based on performance alone.

    It's not about Russia either, but about a Mig in a specific configuration. Do you just rule it out, because it is a Mig, or do you think the config is not good for IAF?
     
  4. Scotlander

    Scotlander Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Rafale F3R! :angel:
     
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  5. Abingdonboy

    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    Well the Ferrari would have its uses on occasion (for an induvidual drive) and the family car for other times.


    Both :p

    India's experience with the MiG-29 family has been less than steller, I think it is time to close that chapter not think about adding another one.
     
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  6. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Bad experience over possible benefits, that's a fair point. But although I know your preference for Rafale, with your recent statements for LCA, I thought you might opt for the indigenous fighter.
     
  7. Angel Eyes

    Angel Eyes 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    If only one is to be chosen then I will choose rafales because it is best among the three..
     
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  8. anant_s

    anant_s Encyclopedia Technical Analyst

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    @Sancho
    I think in place of LCA Gripen E should be an option. The three options aren't necessarily in same weight and range category.
    I've voted for Rafale as it is getting clearer by the day that a single platform won't be able to replace all MiG legacy fighters in cost effective manner.
    So maybe LCA Mark 1, 1A and later 2 for smaller range point defence functions, Rafale for Medium range multi mission role, Su 30 MKI for heavier and more complex missions and limited number of Gen V fighters to match what China would be able to field in its western theater.
    Anything else would be duplication of efforts.
     
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  9. Golden_Rule

    Golden_Rule Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    I would go for a Mig 35-I with full ToT because the key critical component engine and radar are Indian and these being common across the three platforms,
    - Litening G4 LDP
    - Dash HMS
    - integrated RWR, MAWS, LWR and SPJ
    an optimized range and payload along with cost would be the right thing for IAF.
     
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  10. Abingdonboy

    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    I can't like both?

    Like I said, a certain product for a certain role, I like the LCA in the air defence role and hope to see hundreds of them in the IAF to release the "heavies" to prosecute targets in enemy airspace and I like the Rafale in the strike/DPSA role.

    Just as I would like a Mercedes S-class for long journeys but a A45 AMG for an every day driver around town.
     
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  11. sunstersun

    sunstersun Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    I doubt India purchases any more Russian aircraft with the exception of the PAKFA/FGFA.
     
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  12. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    If my aim would had been, to compare just medium class fighters, I would have kept LCA out of course, but that wasn't the case. For now, I'm just collecting votes and opinions.


    Of course, just thought you would vote for LCA in this case, out of preference too. I thought you were convicted that the LCA progress, makes other fighters unnecessary.
     
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  13. Abingdonboy

    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    LCA's progress makes a purchase of F-16/Gripen by India unnecessary BUT the Rafale is very much needed in the hundreds and the LCA will compliment it.
     
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  14. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Hehe, as I thought. :mrgreen:
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    FOC....:biggthumpup:
    Get it done to shut me up.
     

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