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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 10:45 p.m. PST

…Stealth Fighter.

"In 2008, India's Aeronautical Development Agency began developing a multi-role fighter to replace its large fleet of aging Jaguar, Mirage and MiG-23 fighters. The new project was tentatively dubbed the Medium Combat Aircraft later revised to the Advanced MCA, or AMCA to be produced domestically by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Shortly afterwards, the Indian Air Force put in a serious addendum to the program they wanted AMCA to be a stealth fighter, too.

For a while the AMCA project slowed down, as India invested $5 USD billion in the Russian Sukhoi PAK FA stealth fighter, intending to produce its own version called the FGFA. But then the PAK FA program began to suffer major setback, eliciting numerous complaints from the Indian military…"
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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

The bane of weapons development projects seems to be an institutional or political proclivity to want a Machine That Can Do Everything, even if it can't do anything particularly well or becomes staggeringly unaffordable or impractical.

The countervailing notion of building more but simpler weapons that can do some specialized things very well, and use these in tandem with others, doesn't seem to carry as much clout.

Lion in the Stars21 Aug 2017 9:52 p.m. PST

The counter-counter-argument is that having one type of 80% capable aircraft means that you never have the wrong plane in the wrong place.

kabrank22 Aug 2017 2:29 a.m. PST

With the cost and complexity of multirole then than becomes the one plane in the wrong place [hangar!]

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