May 07, 2010


Being an honest, patriotic, God-fearing (or, may be not so God-fearing), heterosexual Indian, I think it's my onerous duty to choose the best medium multi-role combat aircraft for the 75-year-old plus Indian Air Force.

Although, since India became independent only in 1947, it beats me how the IAF can be older than 75 but that's a different story.

As to the present contract for 126 of the MMRCAs, the contenders in the fray are these:

  • F-16
  • F/A-18
  • MIG-35
  • Gripen
  • Rafale
  • Typhoon
So, which one would I choose out of these six?

To me, the choice is obvious — MIG-35.

Of course, I don't have the advantage of user trials and other evaluation techniquies that the IAF has. But the MIG-35 seems to be the most modern of the lot while the F-16 and the F/A-18 have been around forever.

Cost-wise too, the Russian MIG-35 should be on the cheaper side if not the cheapest.

I am holding my breath for Mr. Antony to take a final decision then.

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