yes he does , you are really making a fool of yourself in this tread, read again and again untill it sinks --as solid capability as cheaply as possible, more fuel and some structural changes+ already multimode (multirole) slotted aray radar from mig-29k are cheapest and easiest to implement , it doesnt have aesa , vectored thrust ,rd-33mkm, etc...
No he doesn't.
If he was right and they did just want a cheap gap filler then they could have ordered MiG-29M2s five years ago and had hundreds of them in service by now.
The MiG-29KR is a gap filler... they had Su-33s which they did not spend money on to upgrade to Su-33KUB which would have made them rather capable multirole aircraft. They bought the MiG-29KRs because they were already in production for India and were therefore cheaper to order than any variant of the Flanker because production and tooling were already paid for by the Indian orders.
The Naval Fulcrums are not getting AESA or expensive bits and pieces because in 5 years time they will be making PAK FA naval models for their new carriers.
As the price of AESA radars comes down they might get then added as an upgrade but for the moment the MiG-29KR is already good enough for the job.
For the Air Force they have plenty of money and rather than just going for cheap... ie Su-30M variants, they have been spending on the further upgraded models like the Su-34 and the Su-35 and now they are going to spend on the MiG-35. They could have gone cheap and simple if they wanted to but they did not... just the same with Army Aviation helos... the Mi-28NM and Ka-52 are both being fitted with radars... note the US Army Apaches... only one in five actually have the radar fitted because of the cost....
The idea was a cheap simple Mig-29 and a very good and more expensive Su-27. At the end the reality was that both Aircraft were expensive and the cost of last Mig series were at the price than Sukhois.
There was never any requirement for a smaller cheaper fighter and a large more expensive fighter.
The MiG-29 replaced the MiG-21 in the point defence short to medium range fighter role, while the Su-27 replaced the MiG-23 longer range patrol fighter interceptor. In many ways it also replaced a lot of the old Sukhoi interceptors like the Su-11 and Su-15.
The T-72 was a simplified cheaper tank that was easy to make in large numbers with reasonable armour and a good gun.
There was no equivalent in fighters however... otherwise the MiG would probably have had one engine and have been rather smaller and likely would not have had an IRST.