That is where I have been bemoaning the focus to be on AMCA instead of making the Tejas a do it all.I like the idea of using RAM-jet for longer range. This missile is sort of pale for attacking AWACS or refuelling tankers due to its limited range. That being said, it sort confirms the rumors that India is seeking to develop a Brahmos-variant ( actually a ramjet powered missile) for long range OCA. It still needs more range and ability of being guided by AWACS instead of aircraft that fired it.
Ideally, a stealthy fighter should fire it in vicinity of a refueller and get the hell out without turning on its radar and let a AWACS guide in mid-course and let seeker handle terminal phase.
Is it possible in IAF @Joe Shearer?
HVAA’s in most environments will be targets for low observable assets. Or in the subcontinent a combination of long range SAMs and stand off long range weapons.