- Sep 26, 2019
There was no such clause initially we opted for 16 of Mig29 k and their improved performance made IN opt for more of those for second carrier too.With Admiral Gorshkov (INS Vikramadatya) deal we were forced to buy Russian jet. That was a clause for the deal and one of the reason why they initially charged us less for the ship.
Neither Russia nor US will allow F-35B on INS Vikramadatya.
USAF itself is not getting more F-22s.
But the second carrier got delayed and the issues popped up with the airframe of mig 29 k and also the exposure to American system made IN realise how far behind the jet is in avionics and modern weaponry. Though it was upgraded but still fall short in comparison to a SH or Rafale.