Buying the Rafale fighter jets will not fix IAF’s problems

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

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