Better to die on your feet than live on your knees
- Nov 22, 2020
I think if any current retired AC from USA has to offer to India if it cost 15 billion with F 18 fighter jet and maintance cost India should take it because USA aircraft are cost effective than your both AC combined because they are nuke power need one refueling for next 20 yrs no fuel cost add up and they are proven and come up with catapult launch system so you can add up fixed wing E 2D Hawk eye system better than K 31 Aewc which u are using and can carry more jet reliable even cost is 20 billion which u pay once for next 20 yrsAnd why US will grant us that (condition-free)?
Let's face it: how much leverage we are, or we have, to US?
As said, I give current GoI credit for best geopolitical decision - esp such a strategic one which is of the most important ones since our independence (NOT just about a weapon system). Nevertheless, I believe it will need extreme effort, and price, perhaps ever-seen in history, to get that.
5 or 6 Growlers wont make much difference although a very potent asset.If we in the end acquire FA-18 SH from US than we should also try and see if the US will provide us with the EW Variant of FA-18 Known as ."Growler".
Here is some official INFO about it from Boeing :
The EA-18G Growler aircraft is an advanced version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Credit: Boeing. The aircraft can support electronic missions and carry weapons for conventional strikes.
As of now, only Australia and US Operate EA-18G Growler
FA-18 is Superior to the Rafale-M and far better than it. Here see what @Wisemarko had written, I will Copypaste it here for you.25 ... Rafale M F4 should be the choice no point adding legacy american fighters when they dont want to share F35s.
F-18 has nothing over Rafale nothing
F4 config will come with Gan based aesa and Rafale is more poised for passive detection.FA-18 is Superior to the Rafale-M and far better than it. Here see what @Wisemarko had written, I will Copypaste it here for you.
Three significant advantages of F-18E/F block III
1. GaN based AN/APG-79 radar with unmatched performance. (More peak power, more TRM, newer generation than RBE-AA)
2. Twin seater deck capacity: allows seamless F-18 training from AC and not some land based facility. Rafale-M is single seat only and its twin seater version will only be based on shore.
3. High level data exchange/ integration with P-8I/MH-60/ Sea Guardian drones. That's because they all are US made and currently used by USN in that configuration.
Additionally, lower price, folding wings, NATO weapons compatibility, dedicated EW (Growler) option, anti-radiation missiles - do not exist on Rafale.
Growler needs whole americqn eco system to work like it works for USAF.Why just 5-6 Growlers only? We could buy a whole squadron of these for the Indian Airforce. Such EW assets would be very useful against PAF and PLAAF.
I don't understand this much love for Rafale-M! The standard air-force version is great that I agree but Rafale-M is no where near SH.This will be a disaster. The Navy should be pressured to buy Rafales-Ms. We will have parts commonality with existing Rafales of IAF. Buying SH will only create a new logistical challenge.
We need to teach our forces the advantages of logistical efficiency. This concept of having a zoo has only been a mess.
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