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by Gilles
06 Dec 2016 23:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Since we're on the subject of retrospectively comparing C-17 to IL-76, could we also look at what are the availability rates for both. That is, what part of each fleet is down at any time (on average) as compared to brochure/promised/contracted rates? Good point. But for the comparison to be fair, ...
by Gilles
06 Dec 2016 22:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

You know this how? The CAG report seems to suggest that the IAF & MoD were aware of the aircraft's PCN specs all along, presumably knew what the upgrades to the runways would cost and therefore made an informed decision while ordering the aircraft. Which is already running a critical air bridge...
by Gilles
06 Dec 2016 04:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Airstrips where the C-17 is expected to operate on a 'routine' basis is being resurfaced and are, for the most part, more than lengthy enough (the runway at Leh for example is over 9000 ft). Some of the infrastructure plans are behind schedule (and that is what the CAG report was alluding to). I wa...
by Gilles
03 Dec 2016 23:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Many will no doubt recall this thread where I claimed that the Pavement Classification of the C-17 would in fact prevent if from going to most runways and that this aircraft was not able to and on 3000 and 3500 foot runways on a routine basis as claimed. https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.p...
by Gilles
12 Jun 2014 23:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Hello everyone, I haven't been following this thread for a long time. It has now been over a year since the IAF inducted the C-17. Have any of them been used in short unpaved runways yet ? Have any of them been used in long unpaved runways yet ? Check out this article : http://www.casr.ca/ft-afac-wa...
by Gilles
11 Oct 2012 00:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

The new production IL-76MD-90A or IL-476, built in Russia, made its maiden flight on Sept 22.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/russia-signs-deal-for-new-generation-il-76-transports-377334/
by Gilles
13 Jun 2012 09:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION, C-17A, T/N 07-7189. FOB SHANK, AFGHANISTAN, 23 JANUARY 2012 A C-17 overruns a 7,425 foot runway which is located at 6,600 MSL. It was considered pilot error since the captain failed to compensate for the fact that the runway was wet at the time of landing. He compute...
by Gilles
16 May 2012 09:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 520627

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

U.S. pressures India to alienate strategic partner Iran


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/us-pressures-india-to-alienate-strategic-partner-iran/article2434001/page1/

Welcome to the club of countries whose Foreign Policy is drawn in Washington......
by Gilles
15 May 2012 22:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 183207

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

Question: Was the IAF IL-78 refueling equipment compatible for Air to Air refueling with that of such western aircraft such as the Mirage 2000 or was some modification made make them compatible ? If they were compatible as is, I find it amazing that Soviet and Western blocks had agreed to a common a...
by Gilles
27 Apr 2012 07:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3957
Views: 864039

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Aussies got Growler. Not true, yet. http://australianaviation.com.au/2012/03/go-for-raaf-growlers/ Here is one author who thinks that Canada could be better off with a combination F/A-18E and EA-18G Growler working as a team than just having the F-35. http://www.casr.ca/mp-northern-growler-daly.htm
by Gilles
14 Apr 2012 08:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 232782

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Being ITAR free has little impact, the fact is UMS has a major design center in the US and so does Thales. Critical tech related to both SPECTRA and other EU made electronics have all been developed in the US. They only are manufactured in the EU in order to make them ITAR free, the knowledge itsel...
by Gilles
18 Feb 2012 05:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5225
Views: 232782

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

already posted, sorry
by Gilles
04 Feb 2012 05:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012
Replies: 4239
Views: 183207

Re: Indian Military Aviation- Jan 10 2012

I think the 1.78 Billion is for 10 C-17s without engines or spares, or training or support. Engines, spare parts, training, support with be the subject of separate contracts.
by Gilles
04 Feb 2012 05:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-confirms-178-billion-contract-for-india-c-17s-367749/ The $1.78 billion contract awarded to Boeing on 2 February completes a three-year negotiation process, but it was not immediately clear if it was the full amount. During US President Barack Obama'...
by Gilles
08 Jan 2012 22:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

The "out of production" Il-76 plant in Tashkent delivers yet another new IL-76 and is due to deliver another in May 2012. http://www.heavyliftpfi.com/content/NewsItem.aspx?id=3747 Fourth modernised IL-76 in service with Volga-Dnepr January 6 – Moscow-based main deck air freight capacity pr...
by Gilles
18 Dec 2011 04:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India selects Typhoon & Rafale for MMRCA shortlist - Part 2
Replies: 3977
Views: 514495

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/aid-to-india-part-of-broad-plan-to-build-trade-and-investment-says-minister-6278373.html The Government's controversial decision to continue giving money to India, a nation that has more billionaires than the UK and an aid programme of its own, is direc...
by Gilles
17 Nov 2011 22:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3285
Views: 637375

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

I hope nobody is presuming that it will be free of Trojans! Yes, it will be full of trojans and you know better than the IAF. Congratulations. Its not like these things are unheard of. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1382116/China-finds-spy-bugs-in-Jiangs-Boeing-jet.html ...
by Gilles
05 Nov 2011 21:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3285
Views: 637375

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

from the June 2011 Take-Off magazine http://www.scribd.com/doc/62882180/Take-Off-June-2011 Nonetheless, the parties are gearing up for making another contract for three more aircraft . In particular, Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Victor Komardin mentioned this at the Bangalore airshow this...
by Gilles
03 Nov 2011 22:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

I could not find the original 2004 article, but this was copied and posted on another Forum. It concerns the Russian Air Force's upgrade of an IL-76MD and gives an insight on what the price of the upgrade might be, or what it was in 2004. First Il-76MD-90 to Be Re-engined at Voronezh Aviation Plant ...
by Gilles
03 Nov 2011 02:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Dumb and un-educated people fall for demagogy, the intelligent and the educated see right through it.
Are we posting here for the dumb and the un-educated, or for the intelligent and the educated ? I know who I write for GeorgeWelch. You..... we'll I'm not too certain.
by Gilles
02 Nov 2011 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

No, you said it COULD NOT go there The only reason I began this, is because that this alleged C-17 short and unpaved runway capability is used as a major selling point and was also mentioned in this thread. It was also advertised as such in Canada, and now that they are purchased, the Canadian Air ...
by Gilles
02 Nov 2011 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

1) About the Australians. They have HUNDREDS of unpaved runways in Australia. Why didn't they simply use a few of those to try out their new C-17 instead of building a "C-17 capable unpaved runway" ? Now who is feigning amnesia? http://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?p=771792#p771...
by Gilles
02 Nov 2011 18:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

If India has to deal with Rosoboronexport and Rosoboronexport is being a problem, how does that give any confidence of supply in the future? You just do not know that. Its pure speculation on your part. Maybe there is am unresolved conflict which may not even involve aircraft (subs or tanks, or AK-...
by Gilles
02 Nov 2011 07:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Here we go again! I'm not feigning amnesia, I don't recall you ever addressing this point before. Of course you've posted a lot, perhaps I've missed it. Perhaps a link back your original post on this would be helpful? Page 7, Posted: 06 Apr 2011 20:01 From the person who went on an on about how Aust...
by Gilles
02 Nov 2011 01:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Will they? You just got through explaining how there are plenty of parts available for legacy Il-76s, yet somehow Russia is withholding them from India.. We covered this subject already. I just hate it when you feign amnesia. A little honesty wouldn't hurt in your posts you know? Or is there too mu...
by Gilles
01 Nov 2011 23:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

However,the situ has now changed with the IL-476s being now all built in Russia and substantial orders for the same by the RuAF. Philip. Please let us work on hard facts. How many IL 476 have been built till date ? How many IL 476 can be built by Russia annually ? How many IL 476 are in service in ...
by Gilles
01 Nov 2011 08:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

I found some interesting info on a Russian Website: http://russianplanes.net/EN/ID36720 In Sept 2010, K-3000, an IAF IL-76MD delivered in March 1988, had a total time of 6470 hours, and 5630 cycles. This means that this aircraft flew an average of 287 hours per year, and that the average flight dura...
by Gilles
01 Nov 2011 00:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

So without having any data to back up similar figures but from experience of such upgrade on other type , we can perhaps conclude that an IL-76 upgrade can add about 15 years of service life or about 1000 more hours of airframe life. The KC-135R I mentioned earlier was re-engined around 1985, when ...
by Gilles
31 Oct 2011 21:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

http://www.defencenow.com/news/206/iaf-ignores-russia-floats-global-tender-for-maintenance-of-ilyushin-aircraft.html Apparently, the nine IAF Ilyushins which will be undergoing overhaul and total life extension at the time the contract is expected to be awarded will not be included. I wonder what t...
by Gilles
31 Oct 2011 19:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Yes, the Il-76 are expected to last 10 years after upgrading, but that's 2000 hours which may not be enough time to recoup the cost plus there is the risk that they WON'T actually last 10 years if the spare situation gets worse or the IAF gets all 20 C-17s and decides it no longer has a need for th...
by Gilles
30 Oct 2011 21:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

regarding 476. Will it be available in the timeline C-17's are supposed to come in. I guess C-17 are coming 2013 onwards. Will 476 complete all certifications and will be in serial production in that timeframe. As they say a bird in hand is better than 2 in the bush. 476 might be a very good transp...
by Gilles
30 Oct 2011 05:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

. As far as I know the upgrades for the IL-76MDs are done. As far as I know, one of the modifications the IAF has been doing on its IL-76s, is removing the tail gunner turret, so any IAF IL-76MD that still has a tail gunner turret installed, such as the one below (March 2011 picture), is one that h...
by Gilles
30 Oct 2011 05:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Here is another related subject:

Squadron Leader Veena Saharan (left)in the cockpit of the IL-76, with Flight Lieutenant Monica Lakshkar.

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by Gilles
30 Oct 2011 01:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

No matter what I would like to see this "happening" taken to the other (International) thread. Neither of these planes belong to this thread. For the time being at least. IF the IAF decides to take a look at the IL-476 then, sure, bring it back to this thread. This thread is called "...
by Gilles
29 Oct 2011 07:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

the production line appears to be in deep freeze - no trace of people, tools, parts, the general look of a place that is in use. seems more like aerospace museum to me...and that too not visited by many...more like a abandoned warehouse. This is not a production line. It is the handcrafted manufact...
by Gilles
29 Oct 2011 07:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

^^^^^ That is NONE. RuAF: None? So all told I could find a grand total of 2 (two) IL-76MFs.:) The plane was offered to the Indian Air Force as recently as 2010. :mrgreen: RIP, MF. Unless Canada wants it. :idea: According to my book, "Ilyushin IL-76, Russia's versatile Airlifter", by Dmitr...
by Gilles
28 Oct 2011 10:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

This is the progress of the IL-476 in July 2011.

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And this is a picture of Jordan's new IL-76MF taken in Germany a few days ago.

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by Gilles
11 Oct 2011 06:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF



I even wanted to write to Christopher Bolkcom, the analyst at the Congressional Research Service, who wrote this piece, to tell him how much his sources had misled him about the C-17, but found out he had passed away in 2009.
by Gilles
08 Oct 2011 02:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

2007 :: Military Airlift: C-17 Aircraft Program It appears that C17 flies daily to multiple forward airstrips in Afghanistan that are described as "nothing but packed dirt runway" and ~3500ft long. ..... C-17s fly directly to forward operating bases in Afghanistan. C-17s fly from Ramstein...
by Gilles
11 Sep 2011 02:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3787
Views: 360963

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

This was explained in the quoted article very clearly so what is the need for making a post on the "size of trasporter 101" again? Large size allows certain low cost transport in certain systems/routes at the cost of loss of flexibility and verstality is a basic concept for any form of tr...

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