Garry, India is being built up by both Russia and the U.S. as a bulwark against the rising power of China. Everyone seems to be afraid and more like stunned by the insatiable Chinese appetite for growth and development.
First of all I agree that the US is certainly trying to use India against China, they have a history of that... they used China against the Soviet Union not so long ago.
The real problem is the Americans have infected the Chinese with consumerism.
It was bad enough when 300 million people were consuming at a rate comparable to hundreds of people from other countries like the US was, but as that culture spreads the question posed is can the Earth handle it when 1.5 billion Chinese act like 300 million Americans?
It seems that the US's solution of doing the same to India will make everything even worse.
I remember watching a documentary where a woman was interviewing a guy that worked for some American car maker and the guy, who was sitting next to a window pointed out at all the cars in a Chinese city and said when he arrived 10 years before it was wall to wall bicycles and he was showing the wall to wall cars as being progress for China. He said he still had a long way to go because most of the cars are in the cities and they (car makers) haven't made a dent in the rural population.
Little wonder the price of oil got so high.
The bottom dollar is making money, nothing else matters.
If the US is "helping" India at the moment it is for a reason, and that reason will have nothing to do with what is best for the people of India and everything to do with what is best for American big business.
...And ofcourse India's emerging 300 mil strong middle class wants blue jeans, soap, washing machines and I-phones too. The good news being that this new Indian middle class are a paying customer for western multi-national conglomerates with lots of future business potential.
I am old enough to recognise the pattern.
When I was a kid the cheap crap that broke not long after you got it because it was poorly made or poorly designed came from Japan. Then it came from Taiwan. Malaysia. Indonesia. Now China. The pattern has been the west finds a place where labour is incredibly cheap and they set up factories to make stuff at rock bottom prices. Pretty soon however the wages mean the standard of living increases and higher wages are sought and locals start getting a bit of money and soon it is not so cheap so they move somewhere else. The only solution for the locals is to go high tech or luxury items. Sometimes they make it (Japan and Taiwan) and sometimes they dont.
Now things bought from Japan are usually high quality, as are products from Taiwan.
What I am trying to say is that perhaps the US is trying to shift the "Made in China" to "Made in India".
So far only Putin has offered full TOT with the Mig-29OVT/ 35/ MRCA package. This is the only package on offer which has no strings attached as Russia seems confident that these new mig-29's offer India the best bang for the buck, which neither the U.S. nor the Euro-crats can manage.
Actually there are strings attached to the Russian deal... while India is such a close ally the Russians will not sell their best stuff to China or any military stuff to Pakistan.
I also agree that 300 upgraded mig-29's with Bars and RVV-AE capability and the all the MFD technology from Sextant Avionique, Indian databuss and mission computers and EW systems from Elta et al, just like the Su-30MKI package, is what will have India rolling along just fine.
The point is to make them slightly worse than the LCA so as not to compromise its development. When the LCA becomes available you can keep best standard Migs in service and use the extras in storage for attrition spares for wartime or airfield hacks.
P.S. As far as the F-14 goes....despite the IRIAF's good tomcat record against the Iraf, the Tomcat was a terrible warplane. I happened to know a former Tomcat RIO from my Plastic Scale modeling chapter back in Chicago (IPMS Mcinstry). He told me things that you can't even imagine about the F-14........It was just a shit of an aircraft period.
It is strange that some seem to idolise it and others feel the opposite way.
The Iranian model (F-14A) did have bad engines and its main missile (early model Phoenix) left something to be desired with regard to use against a serious opponent.
...a lot of what they state in published literature and hyped combat capabilities of 'Western combat systems' is really what it is......It is all trumped up hype and largely bullshit!
I very much agree. The F-16 might take a 7 ton payload and fly at mach 2 and have an airframe life of x thousand hours and be able to pull 9 g, but not all at once.
If you fly in peacetime you don't pull more than 5 gs or it reduces airframe life by 60%. You can get airborne with 7 tons of weapons but you wont be going very far.
Look forward to discussing things with you lulldapull...