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by b_patel
06 Dec 2010 04:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

M2K upgrade at such a high price is waste of money. If Israelis have cheaper solution, then it is a better idea. For Navy requirement, India should go for Rafale integrated with Kaveri, this can be used for the strategic command as well. 40-50 that France is offering on the fast track basis. For MR...
by b_patel
29 Nov 2010 23:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

We can certainly reserve a single squadron of an F-35 like aircraft to perform the stealthy SEAD role in the early hours and days of a war. Even that squadron is likely to see some attrition. I agree every plane is going to see attrition during peacetime, look at the raptor its had its share of cra...
by b_patel
29 Nov 2010 02:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

What targets deep inside China do you anticipate would need to be hit in case or war? This is a serious question and I am usually on the offensive when I ask such a question. An answer that says "Oh just about anything" is not, in my view, good enough, because it indicates a lack of insig...
by b_patel
29 Nov 2010 01:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 914592

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

I very well understand the logic my friend but was looking for a verifiable source. I will only be too pleased with the development.. Here's the only verifiable source i could find. Its a report from janes, so its at least legit. I found it on Key Pubs. I don't have any report comparing it to the l...
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 14:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 829249

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

I wonder if the MLU Su-30's would use the RAM coatings from the SU-35BM or PAK-FA/FGFA? That's assuming the MLU would included new RAM, which i hope it does. I guess it would come down to how expensive the PAK-FA/FGFA RAM is. Also would the upgraded Su-30's get a new munitions package?
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 14:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 644726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Why exactly are they in big trouble? And how does this prove that the a/c does not have curvature from inlet to engine compressor face? Obvious it proves nothing. I just meant that if those drawings are real (they probably aren't) russia still has a lot of work cut out for it. Hopefully, some sort ...
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 14:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

So while the AtA performance of the Typhoon will be certainly very good I think it has real shortcomings in the deep strike role, especially against distant targets with a strategic value. I don't think the SU30mki would be as survivable for the deep strike role against defended targets than most o...
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 14:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 914592

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Whats your source mate? I should have worded that better. I don't have a legit source but its pretty obvious the Israeli AESA radars are for the Kolkata Class destroyers. Here's why: The new destroyers were going to have an AESA radar that's a given. Why use PESA/Mech radars for the newest destroye...
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 14:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3315
Views: 444174

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Does DRDO plan on developing the FBL indigenously? Or are they planning on a JV for it? The FBL is obviously a smart decision but it could seriously delay the AMCA if its not delivered on time. They should rope in EADS or SAAB to help with the AMCA, (that would actually be an interesting way to fulf...
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 14:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

So, the best way forward is - Go with EADS, become part of their supply chain, become a partner on "equal terms" (Germans, Italians (Sonia), Spain, France will definitely support, though UK will cry for any engagement on "equal terms". EADS partnership will definitely see manufa...
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 13:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4159
Views: 682933

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

How many arihant class vessels are planned?
by b_patel
28 Nov 2010 13:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 914592

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

IAI sells MF-STAR Naval AESA to an "undisclosed foreign customer". Some unsubstantiated reports online sugget that India might be the so called 'foreign customer' for the Kolkata class destroyers. Any truth behind these rumors? Yes, the rumors are true. I don't know why its a rumor though...
by b_patel
23 Nov 2010 10:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

can R77- RVV-SD be a game changer for Mig 35 in the BVR aspect for MMRCA?? No the game changing munition in the MRCA is the Meteor. I wonder how much the munitions packages will play into the decision factor. I doubt the US would clear the Aim-120D most likely the C7 version. Russia to my knowledge...
by b_patel
23 Nov 2010 07:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

whatever efforts gone into Mig35 is not a waste or dead. We have less than 100 a/c for upgrade to Mig35 standards. Mig corp is not failing at all wrt India. This is a given. I'm almost 100% positive that you cannot bring the IAF's Mig-29's to the Mig-35 standard. I'm pretty sure that the airframe w...
by b_patel
23 Nov 2010 06:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

From the discussion of the thread looks like Mig 35 is dead in the competition. I am still unable to see how it lost out to Eurofighter/rafale/f18sh... I was under the impression that the fulcrum was a very agile fighter but by the discussion of all the gurus i read on the thread looks like its goi...
by b_patel
23 Nov 2010 03:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010
Replies: 3205
Views: 573170

Re: MRCA Discussion - October 2, 2010

- The AESA radar is to be retrofitted to all existing Eurofighters since it employs the same back-end as the Captor-M. Worst case scenario - the first squadron of EFs operates the Captor-M before being upgraded to the Captor-E within two years. - Integration is not particularly expensive or arduous...
by b_patel
18 Nov 2010 12:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 644726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Thanks to Otaku from Key pubs. This is the OFFICIAL patent for PAK-FA. I really hope the diagrams for the ducts are wrong b/c this might finally prove that PAK-FA doesn't have serpentine intakes. Hopefully the radar blocker they are working on works as well as they hope, otherwise they are in big tr...
by b_patel
01 Sep 2010 09:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

MMRCA BUZZ: What Makes The IAF Nervous About The Americans Most of the information Shiv posted isn't anything knew. India's apprehensions about choosing a US plane are pretty obvious. This is the most interesting bit. A related aspect is operational flexibility. During Kargil, the IAF reportedly did...
by b_patel
31 Aug 2010 02:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 1074907

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Please accept the fact that we don't have expertise in building nuclear submarines. All the techs that are developed through arihant program is still under testing phase. We still doesn't know the level of capabilities achieved through that program. The program for a SSN would follow the arihant pr...
by b_patel
10 Aug 2010 04:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

If I compare the unit price of MKI , Typhoon , Rafale and Su-35 as given in Wiki Typhoon - €63 million, US$ 83 million Rafale - €64 million, US$84 Su-35 - US$ 65 million Su-30MKI - US$ 45 million Now I am not sure how accurate these prices are but by and large these prices should be what it should ...
by b_patel
08 Aug 2010 08:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 1074907

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Does anyone know if new P-15B destroyers' design has been finalized? Is there a picture of it? Also what will be the range of the improved Barak SAM? 100 km?? And will the Radar be the same? If anyone has any info i would appreciate it, Thanks!
by b_patel
08 Aug 2010 08:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

In a scenario that US loses out, they may 'enhance' their defense co-operation with Pak..hmm, that would be interesting. Pakistan is a double edged sword for the US, they need their help with Afghanistan but they know that they can't give anything top of the line to Pakistan cuz of china. The US ha...
by b_patel
08 Aug 2010 08:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

If Unkil throws in UNSC seat (what if BO announces support for India openly), would India resist temptation? Remains to be seen, esp since BO is to visit India shortly. It is politics pure-play hereon - remains to be seen who plays it better and who gives out most to India - Europe or US? Cameron h...
by b_patel
30 Jul 2010 05:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

You may be correct but unfortunately I am not able verify neither the gripen rcs figure nor the radar blockers in SH intakes. I have searched using google and failed. Could you provide some sources? No one will be able to give you the real RCS figures b/c a select few people at Boeing, LM, Dassault...
by b_patel
01 May 2010 04:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 644726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Quite frankly, I don't see why they keep mention a SRAAM, the bay looks large enough to manage an R-77. I don't know if its long enough to hold an R-77. I would assume they are trying to fit 2 R-73's in there. That way the PAK-FA would have a total of 10 internal missiles. But until we actually see...
by b_patel
30 Apr 2010 10:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 1074907

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Frankly speaking I am not finding any reason for not adding this "super-slayer" Brahmos to the Shivalik(s). I know I might have missed this in the different articles that have been published on Shivalik but doing a re-check on the articles I find no mention of Brahoms. Any Gurus ready to ...
by b_patel
30 Apr 2010 10:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

The leaked summary suggests that the F3-standard Rafale was ranked last because of its high purchase price and operating costs. A related technology transfer package - a key element of the F-X2 selection criteria - was also deemed inadequate, the report says. Embraer is believed to have shown littl...
by b_patel
30 Apr 2010 09:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 644726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

The Flat Nozzle news if true , indicates Russian willingness to develop an all aspect stealth variant of PAK-FA , although 3D nozzle is what we may see for the initial production model. If Saturn/Salyut (whoever finally designs the engines) can get the engine done on time, the flat nozzles would pr...
by b_patel
28 Apr 2010 02:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 829249

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Question for gurus, are there any plans to equip MKI with AESA radar(Irbis) in its MK 3 version ?? No, the MKI currently doesn't have the power to exploit the Irbis to its full potential. So it worthless to upgrade it. The plan is to upgrade it with a BARS AESA, which is the most logical solution. ...
by b_patel
28 Apr 2010 02:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

My preference will obviously be either Rafale or Typhoon...... F16, F18, Saab are prone to sanctions. mig35 may be an economical choice but then we will be completely dependent on one source. I would prefer to induct Tejas in large numbers because that is indigenous. I agree, its too bad that this ...
by b_patel
28 Apr 2010 02:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 644726

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Credit to Medal64 at KeyPub for finding the link! http://www.aviaport.ru/digest/2010/04/27/194329.html Read the full article its about the new PAK FA engines. But the quoted part is the most interesting part! It seems we might actually get a Raptorski in the end! Thankfully Russia has realized how o...
by b_patel
09 Apr 2010 08:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

I am not sure if we can purchase the Taurus. With a range of over 500km, its probably restricted by the MTCR which Germany is a signatory to. Doesn't mean Germany has to adhere to the MTCR, its an informal agreement. Obviously Germany would adhere to it but rumor is France didn't limit the range of...
by b_patel
31 Mar 2010 02:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

The Typhoon should not have "hot" weather problems as it is being bought by the Saudis in large numbers. The Typhoon had extensive trials in the Saudi arabian deserts before the Saudis purchased it. So it won't have any trouble in India. In the 126 aircraft MRCA deal involving operation f...
by b_patel
27 Mar 2010 12:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 1074907

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Does anyone have any information about LM offer for the Aegis system for the Navy's new destroyers? I know the formal presentations were made a while back but Is india actually considering it? Also, would the Aegis SPY radars replace or supplement the planned El/M-2248 radar?
by b_patel
27 Mar 2010 12:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

I'm pretty sure they didn't do too well in Leh else they would have mentioned it in some press releases even if those weren't made to some external magazines. I think the Super Hornet might have been the only one to do well in Leh. The extra thrust it has might have helped compensate for the lack o...
by b_patel
01 Mar 2010 13:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3861
Views: 853371

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

PLZ if any one could help me with this post, I asked it few days back . Waiting for someone to answer to this Your first question: I pretty sure the Su-30 MKI is capable of carrying the Meteor, but the real question is does it need to? If one of the Euro canards gets chosen would the Su-30MKI need ...
by b_patel
22 Jan 2010 10:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 560105

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

Added later: If we buy the F-18 and IF (and its a really big IF) the US offers us the EA-18G Growler, that would be a major force multiplier. It can effectively deal with the SAM systems and enemy AWACS. Who knows who India will eventually buy, hopefuly its the EF but we still have a LONG wait. Ind...
by b_patel
22 Jan 2010 10:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: MRCA News and Discussion
Replies: 3260
Views: 560105

Re: MRCA News and Discussion

How do the latest versions of Chinki S-300 and S-400 systems, designed with the explicit intent to shoot down F-teen planes impact the tender? IMHO it would mean that none of the F-teen birds can even be based off Leh/Ladakh, there wopuld be scores of S-400 batteries waiting just across the LAC. Ar...
by b_patel
05 Jan 2010 06:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: The Indo Russian PAK-FA Project
Replies: 1200
Views: 422832

Re: The Indo Russian PAK-FA Project

I hope and pray the officer was mistaken. A RCS of 0.5m would put the T-50s stealth at par with the Rafale and Eurofighter. The F-22 and F-35 are in a completely different league. Whatever other capabilities the PAKFA project brings to the table, stealth remains the most crucial factor defining a f...
by b_patel
05 Jan 2010 06:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA news and discussion
Replies: 2899
Views: 761511

Re: LCA news and discussion

Eurojet Bolsters Engine Offer for Indian LCA
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4441913&c=ASI&s=AIR
EADS is doing whatever it takes to win this engine order it seems.
Wonder if the offer of the single crystal turbine blade is enough to overcome the EJ2000's price Tag?

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