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Rafale Fighters India is Buying Can’t Match Chinese Fighters

The French Rafale Fighter aircraft that India is planning to buy, in
what is being billed as the largest defence purchase by the country –
“will be swatted like mosquitos in an August night,” says Russian
Ambassador to India
Alexander Kadakin.

Mr Kadadin also claimed
that Sukhoi-27 –  aircraft manufactured in Russia that are supplied to
China’s People’s Liberation Army (Air Force )
– are far more capable and
advanced than the Rafale fighters.

Incidentally, Russian-made
MiG- 35, as well as US-made F-16s & F- 18, Swedish-made SAAB Gripin
and French-made Rafale were the key competitors for the defence
contract. After a long and detailed evaluation, the IAF had selected the
French-made Rafale Fighter jets to replace its ageing and depleting
fleet. The deal is likely to cost India a whopping $23 billion.

Going
on to question India’s strategic forays with the Unites States and the
erstwhile ‘Western Bloc’, the Russian Ambassador said the US has
“transferred zero technology to India”.
 
He
cited the BrahMos Missile, a supersonic cruise missile jointly
developed and produced by India and Russia, the Sukhoi-30MKi that is now
being licensed and produced in India, and the Kudankulam Nuclear Power
Plant
as examples of critical technology transferred by Russia to India.

Russia,
historically, has been a key strategic partner of India and the main
supplier of weapon systems. But, in the last decade, India has
increasingly looked towards Israel and US to meet its defence
requirements. The shift, no doubt, has peeved Russia.
 
These
issues are likely to dominate the summit-level talks between Russian
President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President
Putin is scheduled to visit India on December 11.

Russia is
expected to push India to source conventional submarines from them.
Submarines are key to the strategy of “Sea Denial” – preventing warships
of adversaries from accessing specific areas in the sea. India has only
eight functional conventional submarines.