Su 30 MKI Did have Inferior Missiles on Feb 27 , that has been accepted
But the BARS Radar was not inferior to that on PAF Block 52
The Su 30 Could not have maintained a Radar Lock with such a Altitude Difference
Infact we should do the Same Exercise with Rafale and see whether a RAFALE
can get a Firing Solution at a plane which is 15 to 20 K feet Higher than itself
@randomradio What is your opinion about Rafale' s Look Up -- Shoot up capabilities
Getting a lock on and firing solution using a radar is not a problem. The only problem is the missile range will be less.
During Balakot, the F-16s are said to have fired from Dmax, which is the maximum range of the missile's NEZ. So it's impossible for the R-77 to compete when it has a lower range than the C5 even at co-altitude, never mind from a lower altitude. Otoh, the Meteor can easily compete.
However, I don't think the Rafales would have fired back either, since a basic tactic for evading a missile fired at Dmax is to go cold so the missile is outranged. And in case the Meteor was used, it would need to be guided by another radar, be it AWACS or another Rafale. But I suppose both wouldn't have been options at the time. The Meteor wouldn't have been integrated with the AWACS and there were only two jets around.
There's no point in speculating the tactics used. All we know is whatever the MKIs did succeeded in fending off the enemy even when outnumbered and equipped with an inferior missile.