Fair enough, I can commiserate with you on this aspect but then again I would be a hypocrite If i didn't admit to my own faults here on PDF in the past (just a little-bit about me incase you were curious). Truth be told (and ask anyone here) I used to be the Iranian PDF sections "attack dog" of sorts lol. Until I one-day grew up and realized "I'm an adult, arguing with nameless, faceless people on a niché forum" so I let that go and just engaged in cordial honest discussions about Iranian related affairs.Thank you Blue.
I am not offended personally, he does not know me, nor do I know him, nor wish to after his bluster.
I DO NOT WANT this forum, as little as we Iranians have to reach each other and share perspectives, to be convoluted into a mindless stage of ignorance and conceit, with ego and arrogance bashing people senselessly. Sometimes I read replies, and all I can think of is ... "did that person read the post carefully? cause it doesn't seem to me the reply is anything to do with what the post was really trying to say".
I would like everyone here to be respectful of each other, and come together and stand together and share knowledge and help elevate each other. Otherwise, I have much better things to do than to be part of yet another Iranian-bashing feast by anger-tantrum ADHD characters.
I do agree with you absolutely though. This forum needs more professional and courteous discussions without the interjection of baseless vitriol, jingoism and hostility brought on by pride, arrogance, ignorance and the like. Although given the very nature of the forum, it's almost entirely impossible to avoid it (I would know, I used to be a severe offender of this lol).
Anyways, what's your personal thoughts on the deal? To me it really does feel like a pipe-dream because the more I think about the wholistic issues, the less likely it is that it'll be followed through. Russia and Iran do not exist in a vacuum and Russia has more to lose (way more) than Iran does if they over extended their hand too much. Which would lead to any actual deal being rather....how does one say... lackluster. The consequences facing the Russian Federation range from minuscule to severe if the deal is viewed as too "Iranian forgiving". Can't imagine the Russians would willingly let go of tens-of-billions of dollars in economic deals over the sale of some 1-3 billion in jets to Iran.
Iran needs large quantities of fighters to replace its museum fleet. Acquiring meager batches and paltry numbers overall will only hamper the IRIAF as they now will have to service their older planes and the newer ones since they don't have enough new to offset the old-ones. Further compounding the already besieged air-force that is barely limping along.
Whatever this deal is or isn't, Iran needs to push for something worthwhile. Money and time is the biggest problems facing Iran when it comes to big-ticket weapon systems like this. Iran can ill-afford to spend billions of dollars, possibly stumbling into yet another S-300-esque fiasco. It would be very damaging.