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by raghuk
16 Oct 2020 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The engine cowling opens downwards to become a platform for maintenance personnel to stand and work in the field. It is the same for the LUH too, because access to the UCS and TX system is a critical aspect of DI and we cannot expect elaborate facilities in the field, so cowlings are designed to ca...
by raghuk
14 Oct 2020 21:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

.... The engine cowling opens downwards to become a platform for maintenance personnel to stand and work in the field. It is the same for the LUH too, because access to the UCS and TX system is a critical aspect of DI and we cannot expect elaborate facilities in the field, so cowlings are designed ...
by raghuk
09 Oct 2020 00:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Why would you need ATGM launchers for a medium lift helo. This will be approximately in the same weight class as the Mi-17. There is no need for either the IA or the IAF to be arming these with ATGM's when they can easily buy as many LCH and Rudra as they require. The armed Mi-17's of Kargil came a...
by raghuk
26 Sep 2020 22:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Further, the civil authorities are an absolute PIA ;)
by raghuk
13 Sep 2020 09:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Ahuja sir, I have a question. In your analysis, have the blade properties of individual helicopters been considered? I'm not questioning your analysis but was just curious to know the methodology. Thank you and I really loved your analyses.
by raghuk
13 Sep 2020 09:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086518

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

While there may be genuine difficulties, for HAL not to be able to get its act together after 2-3 months of Covid downtime while disappointing is indeed not uncommon. Look at their track record, each and every project even where they have been doing the same things over multiple years is always bey...
by raghuk
12 Jun 2020 06:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1460
Views: 280564

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

I dont think the tender should be cancelled. Let Naval Dhruv also participate and prove itself. If it meets the specs, take it. Eitherway HAL should also be asked to provide a guaranteed uptime and also a safety guarantee (the Naval guys are justifiably upset at their Gen1 machines) and focus shoul...
by raghuk
11 Jun 2020 20:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1460
Views: 280564

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

^^ Very sobering read by the officer and points put across very well without any hyperbolics. Can only hope and pray that the attitude and situation is better now at HAL/PSUs :roll: Sirji All same onleee no change; Father-in-law retired from heli devision and quite a few stories to tell about work ...
by raghuk
10 Jun 2020 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1460
Views: 280564

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Fairly detailed article.... The Truth Hurts, Says Indian Navy’s 1st Dhruv Flight Commander https://www.livefistdefence.com/2020/06/the-truth-hurts-says-indian-navys-1st-dhruv-flight-commander.html 10 June 2020, By Commander YASHODHAN MARATHE (Retd.) This is painful to read. The article lays out the...
by raghuk
27 May 2020 22:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Both CG and IN have taken 32 nos naval Dhruv manual main rotor folding version. If it is not possible to fold at sea why would they take it. The 111 nos NUH tender is for manual folding. To fold 4 blades of LUH takes 10 minutes. To fold just two blades should take 5 minutes. If IN wants they can ha...
by raghuk
20 May 2020 17:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086518

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

It's the same with many foreign helicopters and systems too. They are excellent and unbeatable in brochures
by raghuk
29 Apr 2020 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I have never really understood why these and the Chinooks are flown to & assembled in Hindon AFB. Why are these choppers not first flown to the B'lore HAL helicopter division, assembled, flight-tested and THEN handed over to the IA & IAF? I guess we dont want people of different nationality...
by raghuk
10 Mar 2020 21:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2236
Views: 335382

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

IIRC India and Israel have been working already on a uav cheetah for the Indian Navy since 2008. It's still not flown afaik suggesting that such things are not so easy in combat conditions. As such this does not obviate the need for manned 5 gen fighters. The NRUAV never took off. It has been broug...
by raghuk
08 Feb 2020 07:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2236
Views: 335382

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

Shakti does have HAL designed components. Not significant but it exists nevertheless and with the Shakti experience we are moving ahead with the HTSE 1200. Again I'm not saying that TOT from Shakti has enabled it, but just that the minor design contribution and experience with fixing issues has give...
by raghuk
31 Jan 2020 07:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086518

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

will we export the same version as IAF? Or will there be an export version, that if compromised, will not compromise IAF's LCA More than tech compromises, we should be more worried about the product support mess that HAL will invariably create. We all know what happened with Ecuador. We can live wi...
by raghuk
23 Jan 2020 11:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

You're wrong. ALH can fold all 4 blades but the folded dimensions are higher in this configuration. In a 3 blades folded configuration, the folded dimensions are within the helicopter's width. With 3 blades folded and and the tail boom folded, the dimensions are well within the customer specified d...
by raghuk
22 Jan 2020 07:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

As i said ALH can fold only 3 of it's blades.. NOT the 4th one. It is no use able to fold only 3. It is actually a waste of resources trying to create another heli maker in India. The NUH should be brought off the shelf, if HAL cannot fold the 4th blade. You're wrong. ALH can fold all 4 blades but ...
by raghuk
14 Nov 2019 19:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 259
Views: 54528

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

chola wrote:^^^ Jai hind! Our new air Chief Marshal is already flying an Indian product and a brand new one at that!

So proud of him, the HTT-40 and the country.

You forgot HAL :D
by raghuk
19 Oct 2019 06:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 119843

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

F35 is truly a video game. I am pretty sure, IAF will ask for such lazy flying in AMCA. vGU3noa1PEU ACAH with auto trim is pretty common even in airliners. I frankly don't find the control system that advanced and even the LCA can be flown that way. With respect to the weapons and engagement sequen...
by raghuk
17 Oct 2019 06:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 924
Views: 281370

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

I dont think it is an issue of foreign trips and kickbacks but simply that HAL tries to always go for easy, proven solutions where their development team has it easy. This is a vice or virtue (depending on how you look at it, from indigenization or customer timeline perspective) common to several D...
by raghuk
22 Sep 2019 15:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Cross post from the IN ASW and AEW thread. https://hal-india.co.in/HAL%20Delivers%20Ch/ND__265 It seems the 8 new built chetak are only for utility role and not the Match variant for ASW role. Wasn't there a report saying that HAL did not have sufficient blades to service the existing Cheetah and C...
by raghuk
15 Sep 2019 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

1 and 2, I cannot comment, 3 yes very much, 4 the rotors are not hingeless on the IMRH, 5 BERP is just but one of the tip shapes and our tip shape meets the speed requirement set by the services.
by raghuk
15 Sep 2019 20:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The "why" is the deeper design experience that you can never gain by assembly or building the airframe. It's about why you designed a certain thing in a particular way. Why helps define specs, select and develop materials for a specific application and drives the design of the aircraft. I...
by raghuk
15 Sep 2019 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The main rotors are also smaller in size along with fuselage for naval version with lower altitude ceiling of 4.5 Km optimized for naval operations. The dynamic system(rotor and transmission) is same for both versions barring the blade folding system. The lower altitude ceiling does not mean the he...
by raghuk
15 Sep 2019 19:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The IMRH according to Aero Indoa 2019 Infoboard will have two varients Army/Airforce MTOW 12500 Kg Payload 4000 Kg Range 800 Km Vne 275 Kmph Cruise 250 Kmph Altitude ceiling 6 Km Navy MTOW 11250 Kg Payload 3500 kg Range 800 Km Vne 275 Kmph Cruise 250 Kmph Altitude ceiling 4.5 Km The naval version w...
by raghuk
15 Sep 2019 19:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Please elaborate what this "why" is. Riveting structural components is not making helicopters. I have nothing against anyone who builds them but helicopter Design and development is much more than that and I'm convinced that only HAL has that capability and know how. I am looking forward t...
by raghuk
15 Sep 2019 18:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

A simple Google search on the development cost of a comparable medium lift helicopter would have shown that the development cost of IMRH is very low and the second point here is that IMRH is effectively two helicopters in one project. A dedicated Naval variant which again has 3 sub variants and an A...
by raghuk
13 Aug 2019 13:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086518

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

JTull wrote:Karan M, HAL has 14,000cr cash reserves! And it is earning interest on delayed payments. Nothing is as dire as the bunkum statement by them makes it out to be.

HAL "had" that money, not anymore.
by raghuk
22 Apr 2019 16:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086518

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2

Is the Mk1A worth it at a quoted price of nearly Rs485 Cr? It’s a combination of 4.5 gen avionics, radar, EW and communications with a 3rd generation payload and endurance! Unless HAL figures out a way to drop the cost to around Rs.325/350 Cr doubt the IAF will bite, and they should not! If the MK1...
by raghuk
18 Apr 2019 14:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086518

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

What he means is that there are not rivets or other metallic fasteners used to join the internal structures & skin together. They are joined using adhesive bonding or for some components, they are cured together in an autoclave & hence come out as one. No to very little metallic parts means...
by raghuk
22 Mar 2019 16:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3969
Views: 755487

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

satnav transceivers are quite large and require a lot of power, will not fit in an amraam, doubt it makes practical sense to fit it into a regular F16 the 'kill switch' is basically an unkil agent telling babuloge that 'trust us, they won't do anything, we have their golas in our amritraj like grip...
by raghuk
26 Feb 2019 19:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 924
Views: 281370

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

Does SPORT also qualify for Malaysian bid ? I know I'm getting too much excited after watching this. No because the radar, jammer, HMD and likely even this display HW are Israeli. Display hardware is Indian sir. And the software has been written in 20 days by our guys at the ARDC. The lead develope...
by raghuk
24 Feb 2019 17:51
Forum: Military Expositions Archive
Topic: Aero India 2019
Replies: 243
Views: 60389

Re: Aero India 2019

Anantha Krishnan M is doing an amazing job at his twitter feed, taking 2 min videos of various firms and programs, including some rare birds like the RUAV from HAL. The energy of the youngsters is palpable as is their competence and optimism. https://twitter.com/writetake Rotary UAV RUAV guys are d...
by raghuk
13 Feb 2019 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2236
Views: 335382

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

nam wrote:https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1095648013844992002

Mig 35 met all AQSR parameters


If this is true, our procurement is a funny saga :D

I'm not a russophile but I always felt that the Mig 35 was unjustly ignored.
Cheers!
by raghuk
03 Feb 2019 18:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Flight Safety
Replies: 2622
Views: 387833

Re: Military Flight Safety

A post from one of our guys who was personally involved in the process. I just wanted to put it in here because Twitter is filled with opinionated folks with very little understanding and information. "I feel I owe an apology and clarification to the BoB. Let me explain the process and what hap...
by raghuk
08 Jan 2019 20:26
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3909
Views: 1016501

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Feels like I´m the oldest one here. I remember reading about the LCA in a Jane´s book in the 80´s about future fighters, It feautured a Gripen in a smashing splinter-camoflage alá Viggen, it also had an Israeli fighter called "Kfir" (wich was ¨the name of a fighter in south america but th...
by raghuk
21 Dec 2018 16:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1048987

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

A new MGB is almost a new helicopter. And it really doesn't make economic sense to Design test and operationalize one for minor performance benefits given the numbers. Its better to build a bigger heli optimised for sea level ops which is what the NMRH or the IMRH-Navy is.

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