India is going to receive some Meteors and can scarcely afford to have 36 Rafales armed with Meteors as it already is! It's not about underestimating, it's being realistic. Amassing Rafales and Meteors is never going to happen because IAF simply cannot afford this like the average Indian couldn't afford a brand new Mercedes. They're spending well above their means with 36 supported Rafales already and the MKI upgrade is already taking delay after delay as an expense of Rafale induction. The rest of their airforce is in desperate need of upgrades and costly foreign dependent maintenance and parts.Don’t ever underestimate your adversary. The Rafael will be equipped with the Meteor, and Hammer.
Yes. The Rafael with its radar and the meteor missile is a major upgrade. No doubt about that. We can’t underestimate the range and accuracy of that middle once Indian amass sufficient quantities of it.
While India is receiving Meteors and Rafales, China's had PL-15 for about half a decade already and has PL-15 on J-10C, J-11B, J-16, and J-20. PLAAF also has had long range A2A missiles like the PL-21 or whatever the thin, long ballistic one is designated as, and will probably soon be fielding PL-xx ramjet powered missile/s if they haven't already.
Indian fanboys underestimate China more than anyone else. Indian military outwardly shows confidence but scurries around hiding their deficiencies between surrendering and not fighting. Indian government knows what China's capable of. Does the CCP underestimate India? Who knows. Am I? I don't think so. In fact we often give India way too much credit. The genuinely deluded ones are the morons thinking 5 Rafales are going to make an iota of difference to any IAF vs PLAAF outcome. PLAAF is geared towards fighting around 50 F-22s (or whatever the number is on the Asian hemisphere) and hundreds of F-35s supported by F-15s, F-18s, F-16s, AWACs, AEWC, and more sophisticated EW platforms India can currently dream of. 5 Rafales with unlimited Meteors doesn't weigh much against that sort of force.