International arms deals are NOT all about technology and economics. They are political as well.
For years, when India was a major member of the “non-aligned” movement, she made “friends” with Russia, instead of the U.S., as her counter to China; at a time when aligning with the U.S. could have aligned Russia with China vis-a-vis India.
After the Soviet Empire collapsed, India began to warm more to the U.S.; and trade and policy agreements have grown.
But now, instead of playing to her hottest pursuers, Russia and the U.S., she leaves them both in a mood of needing to try harder to curry favor with her some other way, by this time giving EU firms this arms deal.
Its politics, not aeronautics.
Totally wrong. Read my post.