Fair points again.Both F-15EX and Rafale are great fighters but which is better depends on the mission at hand.
If IAF planners were great they would get both F-15EX (as part of MMRCA/MRFA) and Rafales (two follow-on squadrons) to cover all missions and bases.
Only F-15EX + Rafale will give a fighting chance for IAF to defend against PAF + PLAAF.
Russians will support China over India.
Indian SU-30MKIs + MIG-29UPG will be no match to joint Sino-Pak assault along LAC & LOC.
But I am confident that IAF planners will make a mistake. They have always been bad planners. Penny wise pound foolish.
And rest assured, we have an uneducated, narcissistic and egoist tea seller in Modi to ensure that India will make a grave mistake.
The F15EX is state-of-the-art strike platform and would be COSTLY to induct in numbers coupled with necessary infrastructure to build and munitions to procure as a long-term feature. The Americans will also have a say in how to manage and operate this stuff in the mix. This is something new and too sophisticated for Indian tastes in the present.
IAF is rather set in its old ways and does not have sufficient political will to commit to radical transformation in its doctrines and procurement considerations anytime soon. Indians are comfortable working with the Russians and the French, and they are more into domestic experiments lately.
Americans can certainly help transform Indian war-machine into a very potent regional force but they will demand concessions which Indians might not be willing to give anytime soon.
Good for Pakistan, and I have nothing to complain.
On the flip side, costly arms race are not beneficial to regional players with struggling economies and poor socioeconomics and also at the expense of sovereignty on top. Good countries should strive for lasting peace and not feed military industrial complexes which thrive on conflict and chaos.