Rafale is really a capable fighter, PM himself aware about its importance, some random guys in defense forums are bashing rafale for no reason.Sir , you have talked about Gagan Shakti Sorties , But have you also Ever Considered the Losses that IAF would face in the ABSENCE of RAFALE
Rafale , Meteor and Spectra would do for us what Su 30 will otherwise Have to do after suffering losses and Casualties
Rafale would be used for Achieving Complete Air Superiority because it would knock out the AWACS and its Escorts
If we devote 18 Rafales of Ambala against PAF and they manage to down 36 PAF planes on Day 1 , the battle is over
Thereafter These 18 Rafales can also be deployed against China
Between, Rafale cannot take down AWACS easily, since most of the awacs platforms will be well with in the safety homeland airspace and no bvr exist today with ultra engagement range. You need a pair of mig31s to do rhat i beleive. Fly high with immense speed, it can reach near to an awacs immediately and finish it off the job. Mig31s are designed to target such platforms.