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by Indranil
29 Mar 2020 20:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1547
Views: 291159

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

I have seen official ADA renditions with 4 and 6 BVR weapons. India is also moving to a MLRAAMs rather than CCMs. A version of Astra with a IIR seeker is rumored to be in the making.
by Indranil
29 Mar 2020 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

^^ I don't understand, why wouldn't they carry those Missiles? The F-22, Su-57, and the J-20 can carry CCM's internally in addition to the BVRAAM's. The F-35 and other 5th gen concepts can do that, at the moment, externally and the AIM-9 replacement will be an MRAAM ranged missile which is IWB comp...
by Indranil
29 Mar 2020 10:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

https://twitter.com/hvtiaf/status/1242862323238195202?s=20 ---> All stealth aircraft carry 4 x BVRAAMs. F-22, F-35, Su-57 & J-20. That's their intended air combat payload. That is enough as per their combat experience. AMCA is also planned with 4 BVRAAMs. F-22A carries 6 BVR Missiles. I believe...
by Indranil
29 Mar 2020 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Brochuritis, BRF lingo is spreading. I first heard it being used by hakeem!
by Indranil
28 Mar 2020 11:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1547
Views: 291159

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Expecting about a 1000 T-7 of different variants to be sold is not unfounded at all.
by Indranil
28 Mar 2020 11:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Okay, okay! Let's stop discussing my thoughts which have zero chances of coming to life. Nachiket, all I was saying is that manufacturing a well established airframe is much faster designing, testing and certifying a completely new aircraft. So if a quick decision is made, we could have started inte...
by Indranil
27 Mar 2020 21:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 2625
Views: 610910

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Such a beautiful airframe! What China did and we did not is reverse engineer these airframes with modern engines. It is easy to imagine a modern version of IL-18 being our first RTA! Here, we are in 2020, still discussing an NCAD where we will reinvent the wheel for 5% more efficiency.
by Indranil
27 Mar 2020 21:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

You say that about Indranil??? :shock: Holly crap ... no. It is on the line of thinking, nothing personal. That's all fine guys. Thank you Sachin sahab and Kumar sahab. Made me smile. Kumar sahab, all I am saying is khayali pulao. I am not advocating buying second hand maal. IAF is not buying secon...
by Indranil
27 Mar 2020 12:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

MWF and AMCA prototypes are not going to be ready for avionics/radar testing till 2025 and 2030 AT LEAST. If airframes were present today, we could start integrating and testing these LRUs from tomorrow.
by Indranil
27 Mar 2020 08:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

This makes no sense to me. Why not use that money to build more Tejas Mk1A's (or even better Mk2's if they can come soon enough). The Mig-35 would be inferior to the Mk1A in BVR, operational and maintenance cost and their only real advantage would be some extra payload and range (but nowhere close ...
by Indranil
27 Mar 2020 04:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Mig-29 UPGs are the most upgraded classical Mig29s. Very good value for money. And very very ferocious A2A platforms. Imagine the legendary aerial prowess of the Mig29As with no longer the problem of short legs and updated avionics. Very very good value for money. A part of me says let the Mig-35s w...
by Indranil
27 Mar 2020 01:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The pictures from the blog post (I think we are both speaking of the same pictures) are from 29Ks and 29Ms.

If these were Ms Mikoyan would have sold them by now. So these most probably are from the classic series, but which one? Most likely to be As to be upgraded to UPG standard
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 05:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 66662

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

You've raised an interesting possibility of the NLCA --> LiFT role ! Interesting. I do recall you advocating for a clean sheet AJT/HAwk-scale LIFT design as well, right ? Are you thinking we may end up having 2 different LIFT candidates - separate one for IAF and IN ? 1. IN doesn't have a trainer t...
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 05:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3980
Views: 613554

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

HAL cannot do anything if the country does not have the will to buy desi products on priority. Money has to be made available for Apaches first. Not in parallel, but first for Apache. After that if money remains, then may be more Apaches, otherwise may be some LCH. If you leave the lip service aside...
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 04:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 66662

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Hmm... there are incompetent Private companies too - they get run out quickly, so don't see my note as a push to hand this over to a private agency. And my grey hair have been witness to many accounts of Services playing fast-n-loose as well. That's not the issue. My point is simply this: Taking on...
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 04:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3980
Views: 613554

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Agupta ji, I am going to bite this time. 1. Last time you insinuated that LCH must have some deficiencies and that is why no orders are being placed. I asked you to name one and got no reply. Could you find a problem? Because I talked to Rudra pilots and forget having problems, they love it! LCH is ...
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 66662

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Gupta sahab, it is easy to blame HAL and say if only it was for another company (preferably private) things would be rosier. I guarantee you, paisa phenko tamasha dekho. Double the orders, and one more line will come up magically. On the contrary, if you don't pay the dues to a company, to the the p...
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 66662

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

I don't want to go to NLCA production. There are no orders and IN is not keen on it. It is on TEDBF, and work is going fast on that. I can tell you a few number of internal reviews with IN has been completed. IN considering the NLCA Mk1 as LIFT. It is mighty pleased with NLCA Mk1 tests. The test res...
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 03:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4083
Views: 941759

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Does anybody know of what standard those mothballed Mig29s that IAF is trying to get originally were?
by Indranil
26 Mar 2020 03:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Will that be done by NFTC test pilots on a LSP prototype? I don't know. But that would be my guess. Last couple of test points (along with the gun) to be cleared in this detachment. Ramana sir, they don't need to find the pattern on target. They know the gun. Among other things, they know the toler...
by Indranil
25 Mar 2020 21:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Airborne gun firing tests shortly. Most probably in next detachment.
by Indranil
24 Mar 2020 21:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 66662

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Ramana sir,

Think of LCA has 3 fuselage parts: front, middle and rear; the wing and the fin. The front fuselage section, wing and fins are identical. A lot of the LRUs are identical. So, I can't imagine why NLCAs cannot be buid from the same assembly line.
by Indranil
23 Mar 2020 11:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

That is actually not a joke. Even Mk1 has a few auto recovery modes for speed, altitude, etc. In MWF, they are going to augment it further with autopilot and waypoint navigation. In the case that the plane senses an incapacitated pilot, it will take over control, contact the controller and try to ge...
by Indranil
23 Mar 2020 11:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 382
Views: 66662

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

No, it is the vents for the ECS systems. It keeps the canopy at the same temperature as the cockpit. IT is there even in the Tejas. It is painted black there and hence gets camouflaged into the canopy frame.
by Indranil
20 Mar 2020 03:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

https://twitter.com/KSingh84856557/status/1240600051447201793?s=20 ---> Oh and don’t forget the 11 C-130J-30 the IAF have with AAR probes. It doesn’t seem like the IAF has any plans to have more than 6-12 tankers for the foreseeable future but they’ll be adding 100s more fighters in the not too dis...
by Indranil
20 Mar 2020 03:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3293
Views: 647200

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

In this case, it looks more like a Boeing 777 than an A330
by Indranil
20 Mar 2020 00:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

I don't know if this was posted before but Sameer Joshi (@joe_sameer) just posted a video of the Tejas performing an inflight refueling. Pretty smooth approach to the drogue - that FCS setting for IFR doing its thing. https://twitter.com/joe_sameer/status/1240650137900175360 Commentators in the thr...
by Indranil
19 Mar 2020 00:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Both Mk1 and Mk1A do not have on board oxign generator at present. Right? Correct. OBOGS will only come with the MWF. 10 hours worth of LOX in cylinders as of now. Primary issue with LOX cylinders being logistics apparently. OBOGS, once flight qualified, will be retrofitted back to Mk1 and Mk1A. Sa...
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Karan, what is the development plan for RWR/RWJ for Mk1A. I thought Mk1s already come with digital RWR/RWJ, isn't it?
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 21:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Why would you waste the space inside the fuselage and wings? Well you don't. Inside of having fuel tanks, you place lrus. Specially in the fuselage. There might be space in wings, where you cannot place kit. Those can be filled with fuel. However even in case of wings, it would be more useful to ha...
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 19:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Thanks Gyan. That link is basically a readout of the EPS diagrams of the three aircrafts. Tejas EPS is confidential. But based on the Bahrain show you can infer some things. ITR of Tejas is better than Mirage. Minimum radius is also shorter. STR of Tejas is in between that of Mirage and F16. But, th...
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 11:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

IR and other gurus two questions. I presume the gun hasnt been fired till date in air, true/false? Second, in one of the LSPs the small little hole on the spine(pardon my terminology) close to the vertical stabilizer was have a rounded clam shape however, nowadays they have gone back and made it re...
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 04:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Is it worth while to consider a design, where a minimal(or no) internal fuel tank, but only CFT(large as required). This will allow you to create a very aero refined design and add a large CFT as well. I cannot make sense of that. Why would you design an aircraft with CFTs (and small internal tank)...
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 04:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

I did not answer the question of why the LCA wing is being carried over to MWF. LCA's wing is really good and very well understood by its designers. They also know its shortcomings. So although you see MWF taking the wing in general, you can see the tweaks to overcome its weaknesses. The canard is a...
by Indranil
18 Mar 2020 04:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Gyan, AMCA is not aerodynamically more efficient or more versatile than MWF. Actually, AMCA pays the price of aerodynamic efficiency to gain stealth. The loss in efficiency is being overcome using brute power. By the way, it is not all about the the layout. For example, AMCA designers can design mor...
by Indranil
17 Mar 2020 22:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3980
Views: 613554

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

I had spoken about this before. I don't know about paying dividends. But I know this is true for internal RnD. They are taking loans to continue R&D projects. HAL turnover to cross Rs 20,000 crore; but unpaid IAF dues of Rs 17,000 crore means HAL needs bank loans to pay employee salaries By Ajai...
by Indranil
17 Mar 2020 21:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 2264
Views: 656599

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

I don't understand that. F-16, F-15s, Mirages, Mig29, Su-30s: none of them are cheap throwayas. All were exported subject to export restrictions.

Having said, we should develop the modern day f5 E/F. It will be our AJT and a fighter airforces with smaller means.
by Indranil
17 Mar 2020 06:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 712
Views: 197838

Re: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

I have always been perplexed by the big complicated wing chosen by the LCA designers. There does not seem to be any obvious reason for it especially in view of the fact that LCA MKI does not match Mirage 2000 performance. LCA MK-2 = MWF was a good opportunity to simply the wing or even make it smal...

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