India wants 8-10 Meteor AAMs delivered together with first 4 Rafales
News reports from India says Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has told France that New Delhi wants 8-10 Meteor air-to-air missiles delivered with the four Rafale fighters that are scheduled to reach home in May next year.
The contract for the jets and weapons had stipulated that the missiles were to be delivered several months after the jets are delivered home.
From the fighting back in February, I think they've noticed the capability gap between the AIM-120C + SD-10 and their R-77s. Astra is not fielded with IAF yet and who knows how it will compare to modern MRAAMs. For the Su-30s and Mig-29s, they may well go with upgraded R-77s and new R-37s. Meteor with the newest R-37 and R-77 are going to even up the playing field with Pakistan and then some. Americans are probably not going to sell AIM-120D anytime soon and JF-17 can't carry PL-21 or PL-xx, any of the modern long range Chinese missiles. PL-15 isn't even a certainty yet.