Exactly, sadly we live in a reality where perception is what seems to rule the mind of most people and these masses tend to overwhelm voice of reason. So you do have to learn this perception game and how to manipulate it, it's just an integral part of human life. Good news about a powerful airforce is that it ticks both boxes.I hope you are right.....we all hope you are right.....about the "perception"... it matters to those who do not understand technology and that includes the dumb as* politicians that start the wars on "perception"..and then poor military people who know better have to fight that war for them.
Let us wait and see what plans they have for the airforce. The good news here is that as soon as the embargo was lifted, we quickly heard news of airforce deals, so this shows they are fully aware of the airforce's shortcomings. I remember the days when we lamented Iran's air defence and today we're so impressed by it. I look forward to the day this same feeling is extended to the airforce.