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by Sancho
16 Feb 2015 06:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3979
Views: 223472

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Woah! That LCA Navy Mk2 is a big surprise for me! But they have removed the compromises of converting an AF fighter to a naval fighter. Not really, since the NLCA will remain to be based on the AF trainer and even most of the MK2 changes, that infact are mainly required by IN (navalised engine with...
by Sancho
27 Oct 2014 19:27
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3310
Views: 515200

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

By then,the medium multi-role aircraft in the IAF's inventory,the entire fleet of Jaguars will need replacing,plus the upgraded M-2000s,MIG-29UGs will have to be replaced sometime in the '30s. All those were meant to be replaced by FGFA in numbers, while MMRCA and LCA will take over their operation...
by Sancho
27 Oct 2014 19:05
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3310
Views: 515200

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

That's the funny part on the AMCA development, they (ADA / DRDO) are doing the same mistake again , although they realized now with N-LCA how difficult it is to navalize a fighter What makes you make that statement? Wondering. Their own statements: I will not hesitate to say today that deriving a n...
by Sancho
27 Oct 2014 00:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3788
Views: 392835

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Looks like Airbus has bitten the bullet and is going with Tata group to manufacture C295 for Avro replacement. A poor article that is mixing up a lot of unrelated things, but if the team up finally happened, it't not Airbus that but Tata that has moved, since the issue was that the Indian privat in...
by Sancho
27 Oct 2014 00:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

It would be great to see "max" bomb load configurations being carried by the LCAs! For guided bombs which is the standard today,the number of weapons that can be carried is far lower. LCA has realistically only 3 weapon stations for LGBs/PGMs, but LCA test pilot Suneet Krishna once stated...
by Sancho
25 Oct 2014 17:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1913212_729486297145821_1356527991229583370_o.jpg Any idea of the origins of the 500lb LGB being carried? The fins etc look rather huge, which might make it difficult to dual stack them. As said by others, it seems to be the Israeli Gri...
by Sancho
25 Oct 2014 05:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

The first set of pics with 500lb LGB as it seems, but not with the sometimes reported twin launchers so far. Does anybody have further infos on them or when further weapon trials might happen?
by Sancho
25 Oct 2014 04:51
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3310
Views: 515200

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

I remember the ADA chairman making a statement quite a few years back that it was a mistake designing the naval variant after the air force one, and that for AMCA, they will try to go in for N version first. Not sure if that is still the case. That's the funny part on the AMCA development, they (AD...
by Sancho
01 Sep 2014 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2766
Views: 376580

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

The MCA has been talked about since the late 90s. The AMCA research started around 2005ish. Exactly, a lot of talk and premature concept studies of ADA and DRDO, that now are begging IAF for requirements and the governments for funds. But as said, there is a big difference in what IAF wants and wha...
by Sancho
01 Sep 2014 22:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2766
Views: 376580

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

So, you agree that there are sides... Of course there are sides of reporting, but official quotes are the important parts and our officials haven't change the content so far. All that has changed in their statements, was the order and the config / seats of the version, not that it is meant to have ...
by Sancho
01 Sep 2014 21:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2766
Views: 376580

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

The AMCA team was assigned to the LCA and was supposed to go back to their efforts once the LCA attained IOC. So, there should be no conflicts as far as resources are concerned. Of course there is a conflict, since that team could be used more efficiently to further develop LCA to MK2 and beyond, t...
by Sancho
01 Sep 2014 21:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2766
Views: 376580

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Like I said, we have no clear idea of what is going on, but there is an apparent loss of communications. From what the Russians have published (their quotes) they seem to be imposing some ideas on India - this new contract being the latest. Right there in quotes. ????? Not necessarily, it depends o...
by Sancho
01 Sep 2014 20:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2766
Views: 376580

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

why dont we cancel the AMCA and focus on the PAK FA? Coz we need both , Note the DRDO statements and operating radius of both. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yv3-Nw0dZcg/T-gUA63MDJI/AAAAAAAAQl4/UJB13FyAvU8/s1600/1111.jpg PAK-FA is equivalent to what Su-30 is today and AMCA is what M2K/Mig-29/Jag is for ...
by Sancho
08 Jun 2014 22:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Absolutely agree. The Russians have designed the pakfa according to what works best for them. My reference was to the Pakfa MKI which we are buying (FGFA) Which then is dependent on the operational requirements of IAF, if they think they need an integrated LDP, they can go with the Israelis as usua...
by Sancho
08 Jun 2014 22:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

What is so difficult to understand in that? The statement was from the IAF. Nothing but the fact that the statement was issued several years back, BEFORE the decisions were taken to go for a later version of Pak Fa / FGFA and not just the early version that the Russians want to induct by 2016! Just...
by Sancho
08 Jun 2014 21:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

things like IRST bulges and a podded FLIR don't make much sense. The IRST of the T50 is bulging out of the airframe, the same way as the EOTS does at the F35, the only difference is, that the EOTS has shaped windows and if that isn't a requirement for the Russians currently at their early version, ...
by Sancho
08 Jun 2014 21:03
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Remember YF-23 lost out to YF-22 not because both didnt meet RCS requirement of USAF but because YF-22 met the production goal requirement of USAF and similarly the X-32 did not loose to X-35 because it did not meet its RCS goals and infact used a combination of blockers to reduce RCS over classic ...
by Sancho
27 Apr 2014 08:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3788
Views: 392835

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Not sure if this is the right section, but can anybody tell me what happend to the selection of medium class transport aircraft of BSF? It was reported that the Airbus C295 won the competition, but due to issues with some contracts, in need to be re-started. That was in 2011/12, since then not much ...
by Sancho
14 Jan 2014 20:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Septimus P. wrote:IAF also has begun integrated CBU-97/105 SFW serious cans of whoop ass on these birds.


Is there any official source that confirms the integration to the Jags?
by Sancho
14 Jan 2014 20:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

as I feel it will arrive too late and offer too little around 2025 when we will need an aircraft with capabilities of a naval FGFA instead. That's a crucial point that IN and many people ignore in favour for "indigenous" developments. N-LCA is dependent on the MK2 upgrade, so unless that ...
by Sancho
14 Jan 2014 19:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

The only fly in the ointment is the pace of development of MK-2,the vulnerability of the entire programme because of US engines,etc.,no alternatives planned for,and the rate of production. The Kaveri engine is still planned as an alternative to replace US engines in LCA, during later upgrades, the ...
by Sancho
14 Jan 2014 18:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

please don't discount mk-2 range that also comes with deep penetration specific refuelers. i am pretty positive about a squadron of LCA either with couple of sukhois and refuler or an AWACS system with refueler can pretty much clean up a deep strike op. again think mk-2 specs, and considerable impr...
by Sancho
14 Jan 2014 18:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013
Replies: 3957
Views: 221810

Re: LCA News and Discussions, 22-Oct-2013

Nope LCA Mk2 is not the ideal fighter for aircraft carriers. IN has itself said so (IIRC they named the ideal plane as Rafale). The twin engine fighters have sufficient TWR when loaded with meaningful payloads to take off and land on an AC with adequate safety margins. IN actually wants AMCA. But i...
by Sancho
09 Nov 2013 12:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013
Replies: 3929
Views: 213584

Re: Indian Military Aviation- September 29 2013

Can anybody tell me since when the IAF Mirage 2000s, had the rear fuselage hardpoints and what weapons IAF could use at them so far?
by Sancho
09 Nov 2013 12:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion
Replies: 3952
Views: 903418

Re: Su-30: News and Discussion

Hopefully we also acquire the latest variant of anti-ship variant of that type Kh-31AD , though not an absolute necessaity for Mig-29 as IAF wont employ these in anti-ship role but for Su-30MKI it would make sense. The Mig 29UPGs will get Kh35 anti ship missiles, as could be seen in various pics du...
by Sancho
09 Nov 2013 12:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

abhik wrote:We should be looking at UAE's 60+ M2ks too.


Their decision will take even longer than ours and might end up with high ammount of customisation too, so that is not a fast option for IAF.
by Sancho
09 Nov 2013 12:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3310
Views: 515200

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

I think it is a terrible idea. Co-development with anyone is not good, certainly not with Brazil. Because? Embraer for example would be experienced partners in the aero sector, which are even ahead of our industry. The work on DRDO AWACS with them turned out to simple and easy as it seems. And as I...
by Sancho
09 Nov 2013 10:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

Gust: Qatar before India? These guys seem to be clutching at straws. That actually wouldn't be that bad for IAF, which still could benefit from the Qatari decision, by buying their M2K-5s which IAF wanted for a long time anyway. If the cost now would be reasonable, not only the number of crashed M2...
by Sancho
09 Nov 2013 10:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread
Replies: 3908
Views: 780098

Re: LCH and other Helicopters Discussion Thread

John Apache is for the IAF and in our country s ervices themselves have their own turf wars (IAF's and IA's tussle on issue of operating attack choppers is well known), I won't be surprised if IA wanted a different missile just for that reason . Otherwise AGM Hellfire has pretty much similar specs ...
by Sancho
30 Oct 2013 20:54
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3310
Views: 515200

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Is Partnering with SoKo on 5th Gen Fighter Project Possible ? KAI Proposes Smaller KF-X Design It would be smart to team up with other countries, but S. Korea and the KFX is a difficult issue. They are changing their requirement as often as we do in our fighter programs and it's not clear if they w...
by Sancho
30 Oct 2013 20:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

The FGFA planned to carry upto 3 BMos missiles ,apart from the Super (upgraded) Sukhois,would be able to deliver devastating stand-off strikes deep into enemy territory unmatched by our two traditional enemies. I share your point on the importance of Brahmos as a missile and a JV, but only the MKI ...
by Sancho
30 Oct 2013 19:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

I see no reason why F-22 would just use 22 % composite by weight when B-2 built earlier has more than 30 % composite by weight and JSF has 50 % by weight. The size of the B2 for example, that logically means higher weight which can be reduced by more composites. Or the much higher load they carry, ...
by Sancho
25 Oct 2013 14:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

The risk is not in their technologies, but in their financials. By that logic, we could only buy German arms today, since they are the only western country without big financial problems and we shouldn't go for US arms at all don't you think? On the other side we see Dassault, Thales, or EADS makin...
by Sancho
25 Oct 2013 14:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

I wouldn't have expressed dissent at this stage, had we awarded the contract to Saab. By most measures, Gripen is good value for money. The Rafale on the other hand, is painfully expensive and, as is becoming increasingly clear, its prices will only rise given the French state's flagging commitment...
by Sancho
24 Oct 2013 19:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

Are you sure Rafale and EF have 70 % composite by weight ? ( we are talking by weight not by surface area ) No of the surface area of course, but still 30 to 40% by mass, which is more than what you said about F22 and Pak Fa. Moreover, the heat during high speeds mainly effects the surface material...
by Sancho
24 Oct 2013 17:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread
Replies: 4001
Views: 720201

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread

need to modify the PAK-FA with more composites. Why would Russia not build a plane with more composites? For the same reason F-22 does not have more composite ....higher top speed PAK-FA can do Mach 2 plus and can sustain higher supercruise speed that generates enormous amount of heat which needs u...
by Sancho
24 Oct 2013 17:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

The Su-30MKI complements every fighter aircraft out there, not just the Rafale. One of the advantages of being a gargantuan mini-AWACS. You could combine the MKI's long range radar with the Tejas (which has a low RCS of its own) and achieve a near comparable result. Not really, since the long range...
by Sancho
23 Oct 2013 20:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

max internal fuel - 2.27mt http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6658:fact-file-saab-gripen-c-a-d-advanced-light-fighter&catid=79:fact-files&Itemid=159 that is 2270kg much less than 2400 kg as mentioned by SAAB in their brochures as below - Saab of...
by Sancho
23 Oct 2013 19:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions
Replies: 5222
Views: 284709

Re: Raffy wins - Go Katrina!

It was claimed that the Rafale is a splendid option since it provide first rate air defence while covered by the Su-30MKI. Hardly a recommendation; you pair up a Tejas with the Sukhoi and you get the long range and low RCS combination. Heck, even the Sea Harrier becomes a highly potent air defence ...
by Sancho
24 Jul 2013 08:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Transport Aircraft for IAF
Replies: 3788
Views: 392835

Re: Transport Aircraft for IAF

Alenia and ATK to display MC-27J at Dubai Air Show. The MC-27J gunship is a useful variant of the C-27J..one advantage for the C-27J over the C-295. mc-27j-partners-set-sights-on-dubai-air-show-appearance Similar varients are on offer by EADS based on the C295 as well as the A400M in future too: ht...

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