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by srai
07 Jul 2020 10:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

Ok. Somehow I knew this was coming. If you look at all the DDMs like Ayer Mitra, that’s what they are doing to put forward their contender like the F-21.

Anyways, will take a break for a while :)
by srai
07 Jul 2020 08:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

I infer that IAF definitely don't want more nos. of either Light Category Tejas Mk1/1A or Heavy category Su30 MKI... Then why is iaf allowing grippen to take part in mrca? Why heavy f15XE, Su 35, f-18 are allowed to compete in mrca? It seems "get us anything foreign grippen/f15/f18 but not Kha...
by srai
07 Jul 2020 05:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

^^^
One of the tactics being employed is to make Su-30MKI look bad in order to justify the desire for a “superior” Rafale acquisition.
by srai
07 Jul 2020 05:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

To come to think about it, in the place of 6 MMRCA squadrons the current GoI instead purchased 2 Rafale and 4 LCA Mk1A squadrons. Now for the “additional” 6 squadrons desired in MMRCA-3, looks like a MiG-29 squadron is being added. Let’s see how the GoI fills rest of the needs instead. GoI appointee...
by srai
06 Jul 2020 15:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206635

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^^^ DRDO has couple of concepts floating around: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcS23jB5zaMkawX10NGFvpB_GXmzuqAZ8Cb2PQ&usqp=CAU http://fullafterburner.weebly.com/uploads/8/4/8/6/84869598/screenshot-2017-07-23-18-57-53_orig.png https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tb...
by srai
06 Jul 2020 13:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

^^^ From GoI perspective, the original MMRCA deal was unworkable due to high costs. It would have easily cost around $30 billion with every thing that was being asked for. As a compromise, PM Modi got the G2G deal for what the budget could afford, which was for 36 units. The IAF response was thank y...
by srai
06 Jul 2020 06:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206635

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

^^^ It’s not just the thickness of armor that protects armored vehicles. There have been a great deal of advancements in countermeasures, such as thermal camouflage, laser detection and jamming, smoke screens against thermal/IR/laser. Other advancements include modular add-on armor, networked situat...
by srai
06 Jul 2020 05:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

^^^ It is possible that most of the changes could be done at the airbase itself. It may be as easy as taking out an LRU; installing a new software update, or if hardware then replace the LRU; and putting it back in. Reboot the system; run diagnostics; and it’s ready to go. After all, LRUs are suppos...
by srai
06 Jul 2020 04:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

... Even if we put that aside, the jets that will be up for retirement by 2030 are Mirages, Jaguars and MIG 29s... ... Given where things are today, the retirement dates will be pushed back to post 2030s. Slow decade long phase out will be likely. By 2040, all will be retired. Non-Darin-3 Jaguars w...
by srai
05 Jul 2020 19:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

^^^

These are evidence that IOC are getting FOC upgrades (possibly as when available). We are seeing BVR Derby and Cobham radome on IOC squadron LCAs.
by srai
05 Jul 2020 19:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

^^^ All these talk of advanced 4.5Gen MMRCA, but see a comment made by former Deputy Chief of Air Staff. IAF to get Rafales by July-end https://www.indiatoday.in/india-today-insight/story/iaf-to-get-rafales-by-july-end-1695311-2020-06-30 30 June 2020 The 10-ton Rafale can carry also a 14-ton payload...
by srai
05 Jul 2020 13:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741968

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

Su-30MKI w/ SPICE https://scontent-bos3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/79355885_2612109175491232_8328013677970063360_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_oc=AQknnNWUuWGbgxrir1VL2tL63zGDLi1yyilgvSekGpvt_WGjxY5TUlskzdwJuD5gWos&_nc_ht=scontent-bos3-1.xx&oh=eca6705dee1ae7a0ed30912acc37c10f&...
by srai
05 Jul 2020 10:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

^^^
Yes, but causes long delays in the Indian setup. Procurement process is really long. Small orders, Industry can’t fully scale up. Long lead times of 24-36 months to first lot deliveries. In the meanwhile, force numbers dwindling.
by srai
04 Jul 2020 23:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

... And rather than wait for Mk1A to arrive, can they not just continue production of the Mk1? They can upgrade them to the Mk1A standard later. Why talk of inducting any other plane....when you have two Tejas production lines in India and a third one in the works. The Mk1 is better than the MiG-21...
by srai
04 Jul 2020 23:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030735

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

No Jaguars will not be retiring in 2023. It will be closer to 2030 when older lots start getting number plated. Depends on how new fleet acquisitions go.

All MiG-21s will be retired by 2025. Their airframe life will be up.
by srai
04 Jul 2020 10:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

^^^
I-Derby ER supposed to be same externally to the current Derby. Uses the same interfaces as well. Interchangeable.
by srai
04 Jul 2020 10:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837029

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

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by srai
03 Jul 2020 05:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 545235

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

^^^
I think they are approving design and development proposal for it.
by srai
02 Jul 2020 22:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Discussion on Indian Special Forces
Replies: 4170
Views: 810251

Re: Discussion on Indian Special Forces

^^^

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by srai
02 Jul 2020 19:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 545235

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Because of some 13 steps to the defense procurement process, things tend to get reported multiple times over the years as the file moves a step. All of what are being reported now have been sitting in the procurement pipeline for a while. File moved one step up. Nothing new.
by srai
02 Jul 2020 19:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

MeshaVishwas wrote:So we are "upg-ing" the UPG birds?!
And why just 59?
IIRC, we have 64/65 birds yes?
But the best info yet is the Astra acquisition for the Navy!
So Baaz and Astra is game!

Probably talking about the upgrade of those new 21 “old” MiG-29 airframes to the same IAF UPG standard.
by srai
02 Jul 2020 07:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

Hopefully. Need to see an Elta ELL-8222 SPJ as well and then the fleet should be at a point where No.45 Squadron can move to a forward air base or at least detachments can be sent out. I don’t think SPJ would dictate forward deployments. Historically, most IAF fighter types didn’t have SPJs. Even t...
by srai
02 Jul 2020 04:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3682
Views: 691876

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

^^^
...says Air Marshal Nirdosh Tyagi, former Deputy Chief of Air Staff. “These are special mission aircraft—they are not the type that will be used for close air support or point defence.”...


Sounds like there is a need for a lot more LCA Mk1/A to fill in the CAS and point defence roles!
by srai
02 Jul 2020 04:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

^^^
Nice!

So that would mean IOC aircraft are already getting FOC upgrades incorporated.
by srai
01 Jul 2020 18:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335872

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

Su-35 Not going to happen. IAF has already invested in 13/14 squadrons of Su-30MKI in the heavy category. 1/3 of planned 42 squadrons. No plans for buying more in this category. Desired growth area is in the medium category segment where the bulk of the fleet will be made up of. 13/14 squadrons are ...
by srai
01 Jul 2020 16:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion
Replies: 822
Views: 206635

Re: Armoured Vehicles: News & Discussion

Let’s see if these engine license production results in the capability to build indigenous ones (or even much improved variants). That’s when India will turn a corner.
by srai
01 Jul 2020 10:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3682
Views: 691876

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

^^^
Mastery will take more time yet, especially for regular line pilots. Initial operationalization would be by very experienced pilots with qualifications such as Fighter Combat Leader, Fighter Strike Leader, Qualified Flying Instructor, etc
by srai
01 Jul 2020 08:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837029

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Traditional remedies and other “alternative” treatments can succeed if they follow the following general guidelines: ⋅ clever marketing ⋅ high profile sponsorship ⋅ stay within legal framework ⋅ * claims (if not validated) ⋅ historical background and...
by srai
30 Jun 2020 13:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215351

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

Rakesh wrote:The IAF’s diversified AAM inventory
https://www.vayuaerospace.in/article/29 ... -inventory
04 Sept 2019

Not accurate on the part about Python-4 and 5.
by srai
30 Jun 2020 13:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335872

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

If some money ($7-8 billion) available in a few years, 114 will distill to 36-44 Rafale G-2-G. As is, money is tight. So it may just boil down to only purchasing some more Rafale reserves of say 10 units like it was done with the Mirage-2000 in the late 90s. Why is money tight? India sits on more f...
by srai
30 Jun 2020 11:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3682
Views: 691876

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

:rotfl:

To maximize goodnesss of “savior” from distant shores, let them be attached two per MKI squadron. Don’t go to a fight without one of them chaperoning with their extra long stick :twisted:
by srai
30 Jun 2020 06:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335872

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

If some money ($7-8 billion) available in a few years, 114 will distill to 36-44 Rafale G-2-G.

As is, money is tight. So it may just boil down to only purchasing some more Rafale reserves of say 10 units like it was done with the Mirage-2000 in the late 90s.
by srai
29 Jun 2020 07:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4311
Views: 742884

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

^^^
Don’t know why they are waiting till AMCA to do this? They can start right now with LCA Mk.1/A and MWF in the near future. Volume orders are required though. Can’t do it with token orders of 20 or 40 or 80 units.
by srai
29 Jun 2020 07:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

Anyone know what ADA has been working on for the continued incremental updates/upgrades on LCA MK.1 FOC (beyond the baseline qualification)?

New weapon integration?
Aerodynamic refinements?
etc ...

Is there a roadmap?
by srai
29 Jun 2020 06:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

Since it’s so time consuming to confirm orders (even indigenous ones), larger quantities need to be negotiated and signed for. 40 units or 80 units are not sufficient. Order 10-years worth of production at one go.
by srai
28 Jun 2020 12:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

Barath,

What’s the point of getting to the combat area if you can’t carry anything :wink:
by srai
28 Jun 2020 08:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086819

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

^^^
Even a Hawk AJT can go supersonic in a shallow dive.

“Super cruise” doesn’t mean a thing unless it can used in a combat mode.

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