its kinda like paying top dollar for an umm, 7-8 chick after getting a perfect 10 chick-doesnt make much sense.
Oh and did i mention its for sloppy seconds?
Hahahaha... can tell you are only young...
If you are paying for it a 10 will cost you rather more per hour than a 7 or 8... unless she doesn't realise she is a 10.
Getting a 7 and a 10 means you can take 10 out for dinner and everyone will see you with her and think you must be rich because she is way out of your league, but when you get home and it is time to do the dishes and the laundry and cook the meals paying top dollar for a 10 doesn't make sense.
Back to aircraft you don't need a 10 for 70% of missions which will just be flying patrol or investigating an unidentified intruder.
Of course the fundamental problem is that no matter which aircraft you need and use you should not be paying for a 10 when you are getting a 7.
Rafale is France's primary fighter, that's why. It is well developed and funded.
And they have nothing to replace it while it still costs more than a 5th gen fighter...
Russia is buying MiG-35 to support MiG. The plane's development is years behind schedule (as evidence by the latest SMT buy), and does not enjoy nearly the same priority or financial blessing as the Rafale.
Actually the Rafale was years behind schedule and actually started out as requirement in the late 1970s... with the first technology demonstrator being shown in the mid 1980s... it entered service in 2001.
They are certainly peers, but I would not find it hard to believe the Rafale overall maybe a more capable bird.
So much more capable that they are worth twice as much? Would one Rafale really be worth two Mig-35s?
Sorry, but I very much doubt it.
The Rafale is a newer design, even considering the MiG-35s new gen airframe compared to legacy MiG-29s...they still did not start from a clean slate like the French.
Doesn't mean the 35 is uncompetitive, but nonetheless....
The Rafale design is not younger than the Mig-35... the technology demonstrator for the Mig-29M was shown in 1988... two years after the Rafale prototype.
If MiG had the 1/3rd of the T-50s priority, they would have flown that MiG-35 model we saw (bigger wings, tail, more pylons) several years ago and would be producing the bird by now.
The reality is the plane is still not finished.
Which is perfectly logical... if the PAK FA is a priority then there is no need to make a 4++ generation fighter also a priority... if you don't understand that you need to look up the definition of priority.
Like the Su-35 has technology that will form the basis of the first model PAK FAs, the Mig-35 incorporates technology that will form the basis of the PAK-LFS.
And I would be ashamed to compare Dassault's production facilities with the state that MIG has been driven to.
Excellent point... those high tech production facilities in France that will build the first 16 aircraft will make an excellent job I suspect. However that doesn't mean anything for the remaining aircraft to be built in India... of course at the price they are asking they might only end up buying half what they wanted.
i) They are more impressed with performance/combat readiness/ maintenance of M2K over Mig-29.
Made by a company that refused to sell more M2Ks to them, refused to sell manufacturing rights to the M2K to them, and insisted they pay an inflated price for Rafales which before the competition India refused. Now however it seems after wasting every ones time with a clearly pointless competition, they are going to buy the plane they refused to buy before at an even more inflated price.
ii) "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" argument(which is as lame as it sounds, lol).
You do if you have never had any broken eggs in that basket before.
According to some reports IAF is more satisfied with M2K's maintenance friendly and high combat readiness over Mig-29. That also played a part in the final decision.
Makes you think there must be an international conspiracy... why isn't anyone else other than the French buying these planes? There was a time when the Mirage fighter was everywhere... now they move to super plane Rafale and no one wants it...
18 to come in fly-away condition from France and rest to be manufactured locally.
70% locally made... it seems nothing is the same as the original requirements...
Do you think the losses the Migs suffered during the Gulf War by F-15s worked as a bad PR for the entire company and its future? Or it is just that the flankers, especially TVC equipped super-agile flankers made the Mig fighters pretty much redundant?
Do you think a Mig-29 downgraded export model flown by an Iraqi pilot is as good as a Mig-21 flown by an Indian pilot in a air exercise with the US?