Lockheed Martin designed and builds the F-22... they're not exactly hurting for cash, but they were talking of shutting down the plant that manufactures the F-16. They also won the competition to build the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF / F-35). But corporations never do stop hungering for that next deal, do they? So, perhaps this is just about money... This deal is giving me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I'm not sure why.
Just looking at it... the Indian Air Force flies all Russian and European-built aircraft. Now, the Americans F-15s were recently beaten solidly by the Indian Air Force when the Americans didn't have AWACS to help them out... both countries have nuclear capability... maybe this is a way for them to start up something (bad) between the two countries. If India and Pakistan were to start warring again, I don't doubt that China would take more than a passing interest in it. That puts all three countries, which are the fastest growing economic segment of the world into a distracted position... especially if nuclear weapons become involved. F-16s are capable of dropping nuclear bombs. Pakistan wouldn't stand a chance against India's air force, I'll tell you that.... but a nuclear war is good for nobody. Though, it might make a US use of nuclear weapons a bit less taboo, wouldn't it?
India, however, insists that by selling F-16s to Pakistan, the United States was disturbing the current military balance in the Subcontinent.Washington has rejected the charge.Maybe this is enough provocation for India to make a pre-emptive strike on Pakistan? They are still working on a fragile peace in the Kashmir region... I don't like it.
Lots of questions here... gonna have to do some more research.