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by Devesh Rawal
14 May 2011 10:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 587326

Re: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Par

I have a question for the gurus. Can HAL take over a large part of the work done at CASA (Spain) and Alenia (Italy) for the Typhoon? It seems that then we would be left with work from BAE and EADS (Germany) which is not too bad. It seems that the critical components these two are providing are wing ...
by Devesh Rawal
05 May 2011 01:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 236544

Re: Breaking News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan

apologies if this has already been posted: The postponement of talks follow the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in a Pakistani compound on Sunday and authorities' calls for vigilance in case of retaliatory attacks. The IMF mission was to have discussed budget targets for the fiscal...
by Devesh Rawal
02 May 2011 18:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 236544

Re: Breaking News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan

I am no expert but that large horizontal stabilizer looks like Blackhawk. That would be pretty standard for special ops, no?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Pavehawk.750pix.jpg
by Devesh Rawal
30 Apr 2011 19:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon and Rafale for MMRCA shortlist
Replies: 1324
Views: 199876

Re: India selects Typhoon and Rafale for MMRCA shortlist

For all the talk about performance at Leh on this thread, I surmise that was a very important barometer for the IAF to consider. After all, most of the hostile border areas that India has to worry about are not at sea-level. For take-off performance at high altitude, a large delta wing will be way m...
by Devesh Rawal
25 Feb 2011 04:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 661426

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

Here's a bold prediction (that I will probably get flamed for!).. :wink: Since EADS just lost the $35 billion tanker bid for the USAF (because of a 1% cost issue), they will do whatever it takes to secure the MRCA bid for the IAF. That means dropping the price to Super-Hornet levels and Tranche-3, e...
by Devesh Rawal
27 Oct 2010 23:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 661426

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

Choose a top of the line system, and fight a war with the best tools A very sensible and rational post. You are on my respected list! :) Any opinion on the question I asked couple of pages ago about integration of stand-off smart bombs (AGM-154a JSOW) on the MRCA contenders? It seems to be the way ...
by Devesh Rawal
23 Oct 2010 02:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 661426

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

Aussie SH dropping smart bombs: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/10/22/348836/pictures-australian-super-hornets-release-first-jsow-missiles.html Question to the gurus: is this kind of smart munition on offer for the MRCA? and if so, this must be seen as a serious stand off weapon: less expe...
by Devesh Rawal
02 Sep 2010 00:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Have to chime in here, can't keep quiet. Why do we keep fanning the paranoia of everything American being tied with strings. The global order has changed. India is changing - why do we keep harping back on things that are not necessarily a 100% fit for today's scene. I mean the US and India have sim...
by Devesh Rawal
20 Aug 2010 02:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

hmm. I guess I will be happy to see a final showdown between the SH, the EF and the Rafale. It might just come down to which govt pushes the most to GOI w.r.t. these platforms. The US has a very definitive plan for a 5th gen aircraft as we know. This maybe OT, but I don't seem to recall anything fro...
by Devesh Rawal
30 Jul 2010 03:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Perhaps one such link: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dheb/2300/Articles/PG/PGSA.htm The base radar formula used is (RCS1/RCS2)^0.25. So the F-16C reduced RCS is 1.2 m2, standard fighter is 5 m2. (1.2/5)^0.25 = 0.69. Therefore the F-16C can be detected at 69% of radar range as compared with a sta...
by Devesh Rawal
21 Jul 2010 03:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

And more news on the SH from Farnborough: The most visible change is an externally mounted pod mounted on the Super Hornet's centreline hardpoint. The pod is able to carry either a mix of two Mk82-class bombs and two AIM-120 missiles, or four AIM-120 missiles. The external pod would help to reduce t...
by Devesh Rawal
09 Jun 2010 08:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

From ILA 2010, Fligtglobal update on EADS offering on the Typhoon to India: Diehl BGT Defence and EADS are offering Germany's Hope and Hosbo glide weapons to potential buyers, including as part of a proposed Eurofighter Typhoon package for the Indian air force. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2...
by Devesh Rawal
15 May 2010 09:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

I'd expect teething troubles during the first 2-3 years, similar to what we saw for the Hawk. So basically, comparing Boeing's capability to build and deliver Shornets on time to HAL which hasn't built any as yet, is not right IMO. Boeing are the baaps in this business and their Lean practices are ...
by Devesh Rawal
15 May 2010 03:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Breaking news about the SH: US DoD agrees to buy 124 F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18Gs over 4 years http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/05/14/342005/us-dod-agrees-to-buy-124-fa-18efs-and-ea-18gs-over-4.html This article claims "for an undisclosed sum". Note the large % of growlers (58 of 124). ...
by Devesh Rawal
06 May 2010 11:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Saw some news about development in the US for a JAGM (similar concept to the JDAM) to replace Mavericks and other precision ground attack missiles. Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) is a cost-effective, low-risk solution to meet the program needs among the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines Corps in devel...
by Devesh Rawal
26 Mar 2010 01:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Hi guys, from where I'm sitting, the Pak request is not in the same light as a guaranteed delivery by the US. Listening to National Public Radio program yesterday, it did not sound like Clinton caved in to anything yet, other than a). Thanks for all the cooperation of the past few months. We've actu...
by Devesh Rawal
10 Mar 2010 01:55
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 698137

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Shades of Bill Pullman in Independence Day...
:rotfl:

I love it!! Sudhanshuji - please don't stop. Your kahani has a unique "twist" (or two).
by Devesh Rawal
05 Feb 2010 02:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 965850

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

directly buy used super hornets from nations who are replacing them with JSF/raptors. I maybe uninformed here, but there aren't any nations replacing the SH with JSFs (forget Raptors). 60 Growlers if MRCA has to happen and if USA is involved. That is nothing anyone else can supply. That would be a ...
by Devesh Rawal
29 Jan 2010 23:08
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: PAK-FA Thread - First flight
Replies: 495
Views: 191310

Re: PAK-FA Thread - First flight

Wow. I love it! :D To me, its really interesting to compare the shape and size with the chase plane (looks like a Su-35?) Here's what I'm talking about (sorry about the quality): http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/147/pkfa1.jpg http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/5603/pkfa2.jpg
by Devesh Rawal
14 Jan 2010 00:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

IMHO, I see a tactical shift towards strike platforms. The US primary force projection is the Navy - its not that they fly AF jets offshore for postering - they position a battle group in high seas. I believe that GOI/DOD wants to emulate this. In this case then, a carrier groups with JSF for strike...
by Devesh Rawal
13 Jan 2010 10:47
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 698137

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Here you go (google links): Supersonic launch of AIM-9 from F-22 (2002): http://www.f22-raptor.com/about/chronology.html Testing of the AIM-120 AMRAAM (1987): http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/amraam.htm 1971 War account on BR: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/History/1971War/Soni.html
by Devesh Rawal
08 Dec 2009 05:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

So, my friends, it has started - Boeing IDS has awarded work to ECI, HAL and BEL for the P-8I. I guess this is as good a template as any to build towards establishing the MRCA TOT lines in India. Hope this has not been already posted: http://in.biz.yahoo.com/091207/137/baupq8.html On the MRCA deal, ...
by Devesh Rawal
05 Nov 2009 20:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

The Gripen Demo has had its first flight with the AESA radar: Fair use excerpt from Flight global: Saab's Gripen Demo aircraft has made its first test flight since receiving a key technology on offer to potential export customers including Brazil, India and Switzerland. Now equipped with the antenna...
by Devesh Rawal
14 Oct 2009 05:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Now back to MRCA 'NEWS' (this was not news to anyone on BR who has been following the thread). Yeah, in the future, I'll remember that as a newbie, I'm only allowed to post messages about why planes are named in Sanskrit vs Bengali.. and not bother if there's a real development with implications an...
by Devesh Rawal
14 Oct 2009 02:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Is this a surprise to anyone? I do not for a second think this will impact the Indian decision. Not a surprise, but I thought its a relevant recent development - no? I mean the PAF version takes to the skies... We've probably beaten that comparison to death, but it may be naive (maybe I'm the only ...
by Devesh Rawal
14 Oct 2009 01:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Perception = Reality! To me this puts the nail in the coffin for the F-16IN: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/10/13/333408/pictures-lockheed-martin-unveils-first-f-16-block-52-ordered-by-pakistan.html Complete with conformal tanks, and a WO station!! WVR dogfights will be interesting - can ...
by Devesh Rawal
30 Sep 2009 02:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

I hope this is not posted already. Found some of the Rafale's recent pictures in Bangalore, on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbanik/ (Note they are from Sep 22nd)

Thank you, Mr. Banik!

Those roundels are soooo close to being the IAF's. :D
by Devesh Rawal
27 Aug 2009 11:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Hello Avinash - welcome! I hope you have a good supply of hard hats to make the F-15 claim, because the replies are about to come :eek: Repeated ad-nauseum on this thread: the MRCA is not the top line fighter for the IAF. The MKI is. Hopefully the FGFA will take over that role in 10 years. Strategic...
by Devesh Rawal
21 Aug 2009 02:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 654331

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Found a couple of articles on the SH and IRST that might be of interest (apologies if previously posted): "The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Block IIs are just beginning to enter service, with significantly improved AN/APG-79 AESA radars and other electronic upgrades. Recent years have seen another s...
by Devesh Rawal
17 Jul 2009 11:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 317
Views: 26812

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

I don't claim to know anything about the real Indian defence establishment. [speculation on] From the recent noise about the lack of reliability of Russian hardware to the geopolitical French warmth, the most obvious mind setting seems to suggest that two of the perpetrators have jumped into the fro...
by Devesh Rawal
10 Jul 2009 04:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 317
Views: 26812

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

For those interested in the SuperBug:

A cool video from Boeing on the intro of the SH to Australia (how to build a F18 in 3min 32sec)
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2009/07/how-to-build-fa-18f-super-horn.html

:)
by Devesh Rawal
29 Apr 2009 10:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: LCA news and discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 277480

Re: LCA news and discussion

Rahul - Thank you. Some of the links are dead. However the wikipedia article confirmed my curiosity. High AoA seems to be the answer. Pretty clever design, it suggests.

Sam - I think my use of 'canted' :D threw you off. Its not like the F4, Harrier or Corsair.
by Devesh Rawal
28 Apr 2009 21:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: LCA news and discussion
Replies: 398
Views: 277480

Re: LCA news and discussion

I apologize if this has been posted before. Could someone shed some information on the wing design for the Tejas? I've read about the shape itself, being like the Viggen's minus the canards, of course. I am curious about what appears to be a canted wing - leading wing root is high, then slopes rearw...
by Devesh Rawal
24 Apr 2009 04:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 395
Views: 234982

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Kartik, I am a newbee to posting in BR and only sparked by my interest in Aircraft. So no dis-respect to you or anyone else who has inside info. I cannot find the information on the Rafale anymore. Here is the SH lifecycle from a recent post (note that this is for the regular hornet, and the SH shou...
by Devesh Rawal
24 Apr 2009 00:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 395
Views: 234982

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Tired of people bashing up the SH. Yeah I'm biased, maybe because it buzzes over my head every other day. F-16s, Mig-35s and Gripens (they are meant for mass production, cheaply) won't last the number of flying hours a SH or a Rafale will last. If you are sincere in this question of which is the onl...

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