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    On one hand it does not make sense to fly just 36 jets. So common sense states buy 36 more for the infrastructure created and push AMCA.
    On the other hand the imported stuff is expensive.
    But I guess if you look at the amount of money govt is pumping into PSBs to handle NPA, we should be having money.

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      Common sense should come with pocket sense. We need development than fighter aircraft. It is more cost effective to develop our own then buy others products. Since it is more cost effective to develop and need for the progress of the country. We have 2.6 million graduates a year in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics stream. They are some of the most sought-after talents in the world. Billions spent for aircraft that are not in service yet does not make sense. For the pittance, we spend on ISRO and DRDO and other organization we still have world-class achievements in every field. Any decision of this type should be after acquiring significant numbers above six aircraft that we are able to evaluate performance and cost of maintenance and capabilities. Further seeing first the development of our nation as a leader in many fields. We should think to export aircraft instead of being a buyer of aircraft.

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    If one considers facts as they prevail on the ground; a stable template agreement is in place between the governments of India and France for purchase of Rafale aircraft. Provisions for follow-on orders, announcement of a deal are matters of political expediency and not germane to the decision to purchase additional Rafale.

    The matters that will in fact result in follow-on orders for Rafale is how the Safran Consultancy offset delivers for Kaveri Jet Engine and how Dassault facilitates increased use of indigenous components into future Rafale assemblies.

    Even as the IAF’s aircraft strength dwindles, no aircraft manufacturer except Dassault has secured a settled contract. And Dassault, on its part, is yet to score a win with nations (almost all of them are US allies) in the market for a buy. That makes follow-on orders for Rafale by GoI a matter of when; not if!

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    It is very nice talking about development but we must remember that economic development happens only within secure borders.


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