Yeah we aren't buying Su-57, cant trust the Ruskies anymore they are double crossing us.So what exactly is the deal with the PAK FA now?
Talks seem to have stalled, a lot of development seems far away, and customizations based off Indian concerns seem even farther away, last I heard the Russians weren't even handing over the tech that we paid them to develop and were extorting even more money; all of this would leave us no choice but to go for F-35's (for which we must first buy F-16's) since we'll need to maintain a technological edge over Pak and also need stealth aircraft to deal with China (who are already cranking out their own), but then the PAK FA is kind of still necessary because the F-35 was meant to be a strike fighter paired with the F-22, not an all in one solution. Oh, and did I mention the part where the bloody Russians helped the Chinese develop their stealth plane for money...?
So, where does India go from here? Even if we settle on buying a token amount of Russian T-50's at some point in the future, forget where we'd find the bulk of our stealth force, but would those T-50's even be any good? Or are we just banking on quasi-stealth ultra-upgraded versions of Rafales at this point?
I guess they used one new engine and one old engine. THough I doubt its possible but there are clear visible differences in engine.