flamming_python wrote:I agree selling the Su-35 to Pakistan is stupid.
Unless of course India itself OKs it but I can't imagine any way that would happen, and I can't imagine any way such a sale won't harm Russian-Indian ties.
Maybe the fatcats in the Russian government and Rosoboronexport should sober themselves up a bit before commiting to some foolishness.
This isn't like selling everything in the catalogue to Azerbaijan and thereby screwing over allied Armenia who has no-one else to turn to anyway.
India is a strong independent country, has plenty of alternatives and won't stand for such actions from Russia; a country with whom they are basically undeclared allies.
Indian public and Indian govt sees Russia as an ally regardless of our non-alignment policy. our deals with US like C-130J or Apache etc are not our front line weapons... we are aware of Kill switch (sanctions) comes along with US weapons... recently our DM clarified same thing, Russia will be our Major partner in defence deals... 45 Mig 29K(navy)
Frigates(more deals to come)
272 Su 30MKI(to be upgraded soon into Super standards)+ there are chances to Induct more
50+ Mig 29 upgrade(MLU)
20B$ worth FGFA, PAK-FA
200 Ka helicopters+ 3B $ worth 48 MI helicopter deal
Brahmos regiments(3rd regiment to be raised more to come)
Recently DM said, There are plenty other deals under pipeline. which civilians are not aware.... these are only few deals i mentioned.. now compare this with India purchasing from other side... We are aware of US, we are not fools to fall in their trap.... let me remind one thing.. pakistan armed forces taking US aid for their defence deals... they are non NATO ally with US..