Corsair wrote:Majorpain wrote:Rafale may well be a good fighter, but the costs have inflated a fair amount...During the Congress party’s rule the Indian government did not blink at the prospective bill for the Rafale, which more than doubled from $10 billion in 2009 to some $22 billion today, and which figure realistically will exceed $30 billion, or $238 million per aircraft, at a minimum.
The biggest benefit for India is all that nice shiny new technology to update its aerospace industry, it certaintly doesn't look like good value for money.
What other aircraft would be a serious concurrent for the Rafale then ? Do you have any clear data on their price and on their deal's conditions (transfer of technology, etc..) ?
Well, thats what i said. France is desperate for an export customer to keep production costs down so is unlikely to be too stringent about what technology is included as part of the deal.
Su34 looks like an absolute bargain at $34m, hope the comrades haven't been skimping on the avionics??!!