sepheronx wrote:until there is official word from Russian Rosobornexport (SP?) I will wait to see it to believe it if it ever comes to be.
why would this deal happen of a strategic and balance shifting for India i fail to understand. This will cause both Russia and India to loose on many fronts
What is funny, is that no one else in Russia are talking about it.
It seems to be either Pakistan, Indian or American news talking about it. Even in the article it says it is way too early to tell.
The question will be, will Modi ask about it during his visit?
Su-35S is getting no foreign sales, and Knaapo maybe trying to gain some. But we all know it will be curtailed, especially if India chooses PAK FA and Su-30MKI upgrades (actually, since PAK FA is KNAAPO project, they would lose significantly more in long run by short sale to Pakistan when sales to India would be significantly larger).
I have a feeling no one is even talking about it and it was a possibility but nothing more. If it does happen, then well, Russia would have no one else to blame but themselves. And I imagine with loss of sales afterwards, there would be political fallout in Russia. I mean, Medvedev lost significant popularity at home after Libya ordeal.
Lets face it, it is all just talk. Russian's are not stupid people. that is clearly evident. They know that a $2 - 3B deal with Pakistan cannot outweigh potential $10+ B with India through KnaAPO (sale of Su-35S to pakiland vs PAK FA to India). As well, everyone knows it was butt kissing from Ryubakov or whatever his name is. Everyone knows that Russia has crap relations with Pakistan with almost no investments. Russia invests in Pakistan and Pakistan bought a total of a couple of helicopters. India has purchased significantly more and they know this.
I don't know what the purpose of this talk is. Is it to scare India? Is it funneling of money from knaapo to certain people? is it to promote Su-35S to other countries that have ties to Pakistan?
I don't know. But what I do know, it will end up like the Su-35S sales to China - none existent and wont happen. If it does, it is probably due to India turning away from Russia as it is. But us forumers know that Pakistan's $7B defense budget cannot even touch India's $40B a year budget. Not to mention India's ridiculous amount of purchases of weaponry.