Yes, they seemed to have woken up from their sleep. Having said that, currently the European(with Meteor), Chinese(with PL-15/21) and the Russians(with R-77M & R-37M) are ahead of the US in air to air BVR missiles.Check out the F-35 thread where Paddy has linked a video on futuristic US missile development. We were discussing why the US was lagging in this area some time ago.
Hell, our Astra 1 is as good as any AMRAAM. With Astra 2 and Astra 3 becoming operational soon(within next few years), even India would nose ahead of the US. Never thought such a time would ever come, damn!