Airpower is the most capital-intensive means of war. A modern fighter jet now could cost several hundred crores of rupees and the prices India’s first seem to be rising exponentially. The 36 Rafale deal is now estimated to be $9 billion or over ₹65,000 crores or about ₹1,500 crore each.
While the Dassault Rafale will undoubtedly give us a formidable leading edge, it is its trail we must worry about. Besides, why do we want to buy the Rafale? It is somewhat closer to the Su-30MKI in class but almost four times more expensive than what is arguably the most capable and versatile of the world’s 4+ Gen fighters. It is eight times more expensive than Tejas.
The first lot of MIG-21s in 1961 cost us less than ₹20 lakh each. A brand new and latest MIG-21 variant will cost about one hundred times more. A SU30MKI costs about ₹360 crore each. Read More