My point too , what do they bring on table for JV .France is already busy with NEUron drone. They are experienced but I don't think so that they'd be free enough to consider this option. Israel is a wise partner and fits the bill big time. They've made Lavi at a time when other countries had their 4th gen fighters with bigger capital. We've made Tejas now. So I think Israel alone will suffice. Brazil doesn't need a 5th gen jet as it is already powerful enough to deal with anyone around (except maybe the MKV armed Venezuela).
Composites, CAD drawings , Eng brains , Professionalism , Manufacturing . We are fully capable of doing everything .
I had same doubts before but the way LCH programe was handled .
I have complete faith in our Defence Labs , we can do it without Brazil as effectively as with Brazil .