Originally posted by Sanjay:
Harry, out of curiousity, how come we never see MiG-27s carrying air-to-surface missiles ?
I saw your post on the HAL upgrade at the AFM forum but will the upgrade include radar ?
Well, acc. to them, the whole issue of the IAF's air to surface missile inventory is sensitive. But even Su-30Ks are said to be fully ASM capable.
Nevertheless, there's a Kh-25MP w/ MiG-27 pic on BR itself.
I really have'nt seen any references to the podded Komar radar for the MiG-27ML since Aero-India 1996. I frankly feel that would be waste since the MiG-27ML is a low level mudmover that absolutely needs the centerline tank for any meaningful range.
However, the first PGM equipped IAF aircraft were the MiG-21 MFs which were supplied with an upgraded export version of the Kh-23 - the X-66 missile.
The Zvezda Kh-23 Grom has probably been phased out now. It was actually supposed to be used by MiG-23BNs and MiG-27s so it's news to me that MiG-21MFs had them. It used radio command guidance so's not exactly a PGM.
What is the purpose of that wave shaped wall? (behind the Kiran?)
Jet blast deflector.
Most pictures look very 'hazy'...any idea why?
There are upto 5 hours of gap between some photos. Big deal. I personally like that fog feel.
The Bison is carrying one though not visible. (You'll eventually get to see it at BR) A 'mini' KAB-500Kr has been placed in front of the Bison.
What's so great about them? We've seen too much of that already.
No Su-30MKI (but 015 is also good!)
Too much MKI as well. The Ks and MKs will be gone soon!
Also, whats that LDP on the Mirage? Looks like a Atlis to me.
If you have not put the serial number in the report, can we assume that you also dont know it (Do-228, Avro visitor, Chetak vic formation etc) I am especially eager to know the grey Avro number.
Do-228 is HM-671. Chetaks are Z488,Z440 and Z79x.
Will add these and make the corrections. However, I'm 90% sure that it's KB309 and not KB3109.