Rafal vs. MiG-35: Indians already regretted choosing a French fighter


The contract for India’s acquisition of the French Rafale fighter jet did not seem to justify the buyers ’desire, since the French side was not able to fulfill these obligations. Thus, the arrival of the first batch of aircraft will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely affected France and Europe as a whole, the Indian newspaper The Hindu writes.


In addition, Indian society is discussing possible shady circumstances of the deal with the French. The fact is that the price of one aircraft, as it turned out, is 210 million euros, which is several times higher than the originally declared value.

The United States also previously announced its desire to sell its F-35 fighters to India. However, India refuses to impose on her dear and not too high quality equipment and is interested in the MiG-35 manufactured in Russia. Russian aircraft, according to experts, are cheaper and easier to maintain. In the near future, joint Russian-Indian fighter production is very likely.

Coronavirus does not force all countries to delay the implementation of contracts. So, back in October 2018, a contract was signed in New Delhi between Russia and India for the supply of the latest S-400 missile systems. The contract will be completed on time:

The coronavirus pandemic will not affect the timing of Russian-Indian military contracts, including the supply of S-400 systems.

- said the Ambassador of India to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma.

If Russia ordered MiG-35 fighters instead of the French Rafales, India would receive combat vehicles on time.
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  1. Orange big Offline
    Orange big (Max) April 13 2020 16: 34
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    ... the price of one aircraft, as it turned out, is 210 million euros, which is several times higher than the originally declared value.

    Wow. Two times more expensive than the F-35? It seems that the Indians and the French "found" each other. For this amount, you can buy 5 Mig-35 with AFAR Zhuk-AME. The French decided to row money with a shovel for nothing. Explicitly, someone in India was given a rollback for such an absurd contract.
    1. master3 Offline
      master3 (Vitali) April 14 2020 08: 49
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      For this amount, you can buy 5 Mig-35 with AFAR Zhuk-AME.

      - there is a good saying -

      We are not so rich to buy cheap things.

      They don’t have this scrap.
      1. Fourth Horseman Offline
        Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) April 14 2020 09: 23
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        Yes! It is better to buy metal five times more expensive.
        1. master3 Offline
          master3 (Vitali) April 16 2020 16: 10
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          In addition to purchasing the aircraft itself, there are also service obligations, component prices and their availability, etc. Have you read the contract? Moreover, the Indians have bitter experience in cooperation with the Russian Federation.
      2. sgrabik Offline
        sgrabik (Sergei) April 14 2020 14: 51
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        Rafal has no special advantage compared to the latest version of the MiG-35, for which then there is so much to overpay, corruption in the arms trade does not pass by anyone, so this stupid ridiculous post about scrap metal is completely off topic.
      3. Conn Offline
        Conn (Conn) April 14 2020 20: 05
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        Even the Papuans don't need your litak !!
  2. rotkiv04 Offline
    rotkiv04 (Victor) April 13 2020 17: 17
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    The Indians' dances will never end; in five years they will say that the MIG-35 sucks and primitive.
  3. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker April 13 2020 17: 41
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    But I do not mind the Indians. Russia has always offered them the very best; they themselves did not even have this.

    They are not looking for good from the good.

    They will suffer, maybe they will appreciate Russia more and show off less.
  4. Heroes Heroes Offline
    Heroes Heroes (Sergei) April 13 2020 21: 48
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    In the ass of these insects! Nothing helps them anyway.
  5. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) April 14 2020 11: 54
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    Cooperation with India must not be interrupted. I offer in return for the supply of birch sap. With the flesh!
  6. Vladimir Povarov (Vladimir Povarov) April 15 2020 07: 27
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    The Hindus wanted to expand the circle of suppliers, in case of turmoil in Russia due to the new Cold War with the United States. Rafale price with ammunition and maintenance for the whole term. Since they collect the SU-30, it is part of their service. It turns out that the Indians were convinced that with their volumes, Western weapons are too expensive for them. Countries of the second or third world, not of the golden billion, can only buy decommissioned equipment, with a maximum of capital and modernization.
  7. Ivan Ivanov_2 Offline
    Ivan Ivanov_2 (Ivan Ivanov) April 24 2020 19: 44
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    Hindus, wild people.