What is the time frame for delivery of any perspective Typhoon purchase?Yes excellent point about spending too much money now on new-build fighters that will within a decade of service become obsolete.
I am not in favour of buying new build EFTs as like you say they will be obselete in the world of the 2030s. Unfortunately with the little tidbits of information that are coming out it looks like BD will buy 16 of these jets for its MRCA requirement. Not only are the EFTs expensive to buy but they are also quite expensive to operate and so would really drain the money that the government gives to BAF.
My preference would be 16 second-hand Gripen-Cs now, updated with the plug-in AESA radar that Sweden has developed and new electronics fitted. With Meteor missile these would be substantially better than anything Myanmar has right now and more than a match if they went and brought JF-17 Block 3s as a response - not that they can really afford them but you never know.
Also with the Mig-29BMs being upgraded and looking at the possibility of getting China to look at software modifications on the KLJ-6F radar of F-7BGI for it to fire SD-10As, then this would add to BAF capability on top very cheaply and quickly.
By saving money now, then BAF in the late 2020s can look at buying 2-3 squadrons(32-48 planes) of J-35s which should be excellent for India and then maybe in the early 2030s buying 2-3 squadrons of TF-X from Turkey, provided that programme is successful as a hedge against both Myanmar and India.
Typhoon will be relevant to the 2050s supposedly.
What's good enough for UK and Germany is certainly good enough for Bangladesh.
More than the specifics of what's being bought, I'm just happy BAF is taking the plunge into another level of hardware.
It would have been disappointing to field Chinese or Russian types at this point.
Eurofighter, Rafale, Gripen, Viper, Super Hornet......I will take any of these as it represents a new era for BAF.