The job of TEJAS mk-2 is not to protect the current dilapidated , obsolete MIgs and JAgs of IAf. It can carry out all the roles of MIG-23, 21, 27 and Jags in a stand alone capacity with double the weapon load and more potent flight specs like higher TWR, ITR ,long range BVRs , with state of the art avionics and ASEA radars, which are not present on any of the above obsolete 4th gen fleet of IAF. So it is a joke to say Teajs is only used to escort these junks on suicide mission across the border, as none of the to be junked museum pieces have any capacity to come back in one piece in the event of facing even a JF-17. Do people expect Tejas mk-2 pilots to behave like Taliban suicide bombers flying in between the PAf missiles and MIg-21s, 23s,27s and Jags, since they cannot defend themselves in their individual capacity. If this is the job explicitly specified for any young man joining IAf as Tejas mk-2 pilot, it is a sad day for the country. Saying that updated mig-21, 23, 27s and jags are comparable to Tejas mk-2 is like applying make up to an egyptian mummy and expecting it to come back to life.