The IAF knows fully well how good or reliable Russian engines were or are. PAF's experience with them is nothing compared to what the IAF has with the RD-33 or other Russian engines.He was criticising Russian Engines..... you don't need to be a genius to understand....what engines are your MiG-21s.....MiG-29s and SU-30s are equipped with.....now is that too difficult to understand.
And this is the fact - they're a generation behind Western engines in design philosophy and there's a reason why the GE-404 was chosen for the LCA and GE-414 for the Tejas Mk2, even with RD-33 being available since 1980s to Indian designers.
Now, since Pakistan and China had no option but to go for RD-93 since F-404 was not available to the Chinese, you're making a virtue out of this engine. fact remains, RD-33 series is not nearly as reliable, has far far lower MTBO and MTBF and also lower overall life. One plus point is it's cheaper, but I know what any pilot would much rather powers his fighter if it were single engine. And it's not RD-33 series engines.
IAF paid the price for less reliable engines on the MiG-23 and MiG-27 engines which had massive thrust but were not reliable enough and the MiG-23MF, BN and MiG-27 had the worst attrition rate in the IAF. They won't make the mistake of powering a single engine fighter with Russian engines ever again. PAF will discover this as those RD-93s start to age and begin failing prematurely.
Now getting back to the Tejas and trolls trying to derail this thread..
Pretty effective color scheme on the Tejas..I couldn't spot it for a bit initially when I saw the pic. Tejas Mk1 FOC fighter taking off from Bangalore's HAL Airport.
Less Visible, the better