- Aug 19, 2009
Yes but we need to bite the bullet at some point. There is no way that India can afford shelling out $30B overseas for foreign fighters. The blame falls squarely on the IAF brass who failed to see the clouds gathering on the horizon and has led India to this point. 8 years ago, IAF should have stood up and told GoI either get the Rafales in 126 units and pay $30 billion or proceed ahead with TEDBF full speed to get a 2 engine fighter online the next decade instead of wasting $8 billion dollars.You didn't get the point yet. The issue is not about design. The issue is the time after first flight to operational deployment. Even the Tejas in Mark 2 form will have first flight by 2023, then another 4 years for development, testing and certification (as per ADA itself) and then it needs to get into the hands of IAF TPs, TACDE and then operational deployment. That is atleast by 2029 if everything goes by plan.
TEDBF is an even more radical design step up. It will have to do the entire IOC, FOC from scratch. From a projected first flight(again as per the designers itself) in 2026, it is not coming anytime sooner