Yes, we're going to use this new age RAM on all our fighters. As per some sources, it has 90% dB absorption properties. While none would be true stealth, but if we can drop radar detection even by 50%, it would enhance survivability of all our fighters IMO.Yes, but it's all relative, not absolute. For example, the Flanker RCS won't drop below the Rafale or LCA. And the same treatment can be applied to other small RCS aircraft and then the relative difference will still stay big.
This RAM is supposed to use just as external paint with ease of maintenance. As the report said, IAF is impressed with its usage on Mig-29UPG. So nothing like drilling holes on frame.Another problem is the added expense, higher maintenance requirements, addition to weight, increased drag and so on. So it depends on how much the IAF will sacrifice in terms of performance to get other benefits when they don't even want slightly larger holes on the MKI for MAWS.
Two straight tales would spike RCS from side angle. Russians want to drop frontal RCS by using a radar blocker and other stuff. They're not going to make Su-35SM all-aspect VLO like Su-57, but just more difficult to detect/track from frontal aspect(LO/RO) to give it BVR advantage.That's physically impossible. It would require a significant redesign, like the F-15 Silent Eagle. Meaning it can't be applied on existing aircraft.
If we use this particular RAM on vertical tail too, even side RCS would significantly reduce. But point is to reduce frontal RCS to delay detection/tracking as long as possible for BVR combat. For penetrating mission, we would use Rafale now and the combo of AMCA and Ghatak in future.As long as those vertical fins exist, it's impossible. And unlike more modern jets, both Flankers and Eagles have all metal fins.
Don't trust the Russian sources for now, they are trying to market their Flankers due to the delays in Su-57 and the coming end of their export business. It's also why Putin has been pushing for large defense deals with China. They are doing what Boeing did a decade ago with the Silent Eagle, just hype.
Another thing about the J-16 is it's a relatively new design compared to the MKI. It's not completely an all-metal aircraft. More importantly, it's gonna work in tandem with the J-20, like what the Americans are doing with the F-22 and F-15EX combo. We don't have that option. So what the other two are doing don't apply to us at this time. We were supposed to be using the FGFA alongside the MKI from this year onwards to create the same effect. We now have to do what the French and Swedes are doing, but with significantly fewer jets compared to requirements. Our goal over the last 2 decades has disappeared, and we have pushed it back by nearly 15 years now.
The IAF currently is just trying to maintain the country's morale by blatantly lying while the IA is creating alternative capabilities to bridge the gap, a condition where the IAF can possibly become toothless. So the prognosis for the next 10 years is not good.