From my very detached perspective, I feel that the Indian defense planning, procurement and development arms aren't super coordinated. What might seem logical to outside observers based on the geopolitics/economics is only sometimes the direction the Indian defense establishment moves in. I think this is the product of the various institutions and groups not having the full picture on the activities of the others, and so are not really able to plan in accordance. Internal politics also plays a part in it. From the very thread you linked you were talking about major publications on the mk2 that were a out of date by over a year...Here's a very interesting thread. From post 4 to 26. All posts made nearly a year before the final version of the LCA Mk2 was released to the world.
The Mk II project is in the detail design stage, it will be easier for HAL to manufacture it as ADA is making a production-friendly design for the aircraft. belong to the Medium weight class. It will be a bigger aircraft with a higher capacity engine, higher range and payload capacity, improved...www.strategicfront.org
This is the level of quality I have to deal with.
Definitely read post 58 in the end as well. It comes back full circle.
Post 60 is the funniest. Ah, karma.
What do you think?
The point being, anybody who is able to make sense on the inner workings of India's defense planning and procurement spends a lot of time thinking about what is feasible from whatever data is available, publicly or otherwise.
what is the reason Athos is being considered when there are so many domestic options on the table? This feels like the LUH/Ka-226 debacle again, where a domestic option will be ready to be procured in the same timeline as a similar import is made.