Not even close to being true.
Today's jet is nothing like the jet a few years ago, let alone 10-yrs ago.
Corruption runs rampant in india. Dog bites man news, I know, but come on. . .india is no better than the third-world it is.
No, actually, it is true. We are trying to pass off some dusty old F16's and F18's.
Not state of the art, you know.
American planes are the worlds most advanced, no doubt about that but the fighters that were on offer were seriously inferior. Super hornets were found to be underpowered and and both American fighters failed the trials. The Typhoons and Rafale were found to be streets ahead of the American fighters. And this MMRCA deal was by far the cleanest and the most transparent deals that ever happened in India. Probably the only deal where bribery and politics had very little role to play and the fighter platform were purely chosen on merit.
Hmm, at least the planes we’d offered were too old fashioned.
Aviation experts apprehend that this procedural lacuna could be exploited by one of the politically influential vendors (read Boeing and Lockheed Martin) to re-enter contention. Senior IAF officers, however, emphatically rule out selecting either American fighter. Says an IAF officer involved in the selection: The US companies, which flaunt their technological leadership, are feigning hurt that their fighters were found technologically unsuitable. But it was their misjudgement to offer the IAF fighters like the F-16 and the F-18 that are decades old. It is arrogance to claim these have been modernised and are good enough for a country like India. If they wanted to argue technology, they should have fielded the F-35.