We will require more than 200+ mwf in futureLca numbers also got me thinking why UK is so keen to find a way to get meteor to India.
123 lca + 100mwf ( for now estimate) = 223 jets.
That's bigger then most airforces in the world.
Even France ( a p5) has only 200 fighter jets currently!!
It's too huge a fleet to not sell weaponry.
Every missile maker will salivate at the chance to arm this fleet. Israel already offering derby ER , USA won't hesitate to sell aim120D once aim260 starts coming.
Russia would offer anything it could offer . If mbda doesn't sell meteor it's a huge loss for UK as UK funded 40% of meteor program.
I'm pretty sure once mk1 starts flying mbda will find a loophole to export meteor for lca otherwise USA and Israeli will jump on it like there is no tommorow.
And Astra mk2 starts flying it's game over for missile import.