- Jun 23, 2020
I am not saying That Tejas is bigger or Heavier than RafalesBro, all of us love the Tejas but let not our love cloud reality.
The Tejas mk1 version was visualised as a replacement for the Mig-21 and our good experience with the small Gnat shaped our thinking to a certain extent.
The Rafales is a much bigger and heavier twin engine plane.
Comparing them is like comparing oranges and apples. It is also not fair to the Tejas mk1. The Tejas mk1 has met its expectations to a very large extent and surpasses the Mig21. So it is a success. Let us not degrade its success by expecting it to match a twin engine medium heavy fighter.
We know you mean well but even the far bigger Tejas mk2 will have a hard time equalling the Rafale. Our proposed twin engine Omni Role Combat Aircraft based on the TEDBF will be in the same class as the Rafale.
One cardinal truth we must not overlook is that a single engine fighter is less reliable than a twin engine fighter. The assumption being that even if one engine fails in a twin engine fighter the remaining working engine can enable the fighter to return to base for a safe landing. There are many other advantages of a twin engine heavier fighter as increased payload capability, more on board power for use etc
Both single engine and twin engine planes have their own role to play and one cannot replace the other.
Both are different aircrafts meant for different purpose (Tejas is made for point defence)
but i am asking what exceptional capabilities does Rafales have which Tejas doesn’t have ?
Because Tejas also has AESA Radars, quadriplex digital fly by wire system Israeli jamming pods etc