What's perplexing is we didn't buy r-27 EM and EA . Both of them have ranges of 130km and 170 km and they would be enough to make our flankers dangerous but we instead bought T1 and ET1 and ER.Few years back, there were some rumours about Leonardo Skyward-NG IRST pods for Tejas MK1A. Lets see if we go for it or not!
Astra-IR is unfortunately 4/5 years minimum away from induction. Astra 2 and 3 should become operational soon. Anyways, we are going for ASRAAM Block-6 which is a kickass WVR missile that has near BVR speed and range. Until Astra IR(actually I want twin-pulse version of this) becomes operational both MKI and MK1A will use it as their primary WVR missile. Also with LOAL capability they should be able to engage targets using passive cuing from at least 50kms away which is very good.
R-27T/ET despite all the hype are LOBL missiles. Which means their seeker first needs to acquire the target to get the firing permission. It is totally obsolete now.
We right now need more of these
Astra mk 2
Right now. Hopefully some American fight gets inducted so that we can get our hands on the aim 120d too.