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by srai
20 Oct 2017 07:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Kakkaji wrote:Why aren't we ordering more Su-30 MKIs to top up the numbers in the twin-engine area.
Cybaru wrote:Kakkaji already posted before me.
Do you see any interest from IAF in adding another squadron or two of MKI past the 272?

Even Parrikar asked the same question when he was the DM. Su-30MKI could do the job of MMRCA and cost less to acquire.
by srai
20 Oct 2017 03:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^ Agree. The way I see it these $15 billion+ import acquisitions will keep getting punted to the next administration, who can't say no to the armed forces even though we all know that the defense capital budget is very limited and will be for the foreseeable future. So what the politicians resort ...
by srai
19 Oct 2017 16:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

After 36 jets, Rafale to push for Make In India http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/oct/17/after-36-jets-rafale-to-push-for-make-in-india-1676772.html ... IAF at present operating with 32 squadrons and on the verge of losing out more squadrons as MiG 21 and MiG 27 fleeting is ageing and the...
by srai
19 Oct 2017 16:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 562
Views: 45518

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

... Looks like its going to be between the U214 and the A26. Dont see the IN going in for the scorpene . Nothing much to additionally learn there. Looms like the Russisns will be paid of with the SSN project. Unless the French offer some serious tech for the SSN I think they are out of the running ...
by srai
19 Oct 2017 03:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2963
Views: 395955

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I think Shukla has hit the nail in the head! That is exactly the problem with that said there other major issues as pointed by post above which cause IN to do it. In general we like to buy weapons in small chunks. Su30s were bought in 4-5 different orders. What a deal we could have received if we h...
by srai
17 Oct 2017 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2033
Views: 126599

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Each of the fighter acquisition program of the IAF has become a prolonged mess. MMRCA -> LCA Mk1A -> SE-MII -> PAKFA ...

Under the circumstances, safer bet would be to keep acquiring in-service platforms like the Su-30MKI and LCA Mk1.
by srai
17 Oct 2017 04:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

^^^ Don't see how a new AESA radar is going to be ready (all modes & weapons), integrated and qualified on an LCA in the next two-years. That's true regardless of whether the radar is THALES, ELTA or UTTAM. The production line for Mk.1 will come to an end in little more than 2-years from now. So...
by srai
17 Oct 2017 04:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

https://forums.bharat-rakshak.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7263&p=2131757&hilit=uttam+ready#p2131672 Uttam AESA radar details k49qab0fWDk 1. Each TR module is 10 W working at 1 GHz (X-band). Four TR module per "package" 2. When they went for volume production, components (power amp...
by srai
16 Oct 2017 18:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

+1 JayS ... For manufacturing of even not so high tech stuff, the problem is economical viability of such facility in India, when GOI is the only and a very unreliable customer. The procurement process is terrible, orders when come are in bits and pieces and there is no guarantee of future. ... That...
by srai
15 Oct 2017 13:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3107
Views: 212630

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

CVRDE AARV https://twitter.com/cmdbeml/status/919213606947786753 Arjun Armored Repair & Recovery Vehicle (ARRV) https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTx9yk7KBHa3nkbyLCV-XKCVn4Gd1Q5Nj1ZajWrTmQ13Wx84ohWkqxE8KTc Anyone have good photos from the handover ceremony?
by srai
12 Oct 2017 13:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

These are circular arguments.
by srai
12 Oct 2017 13:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 270
Views: 44200

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

Amman, Jordan to Israeli air space is 45 sec in a fighter jet. All Israeli air bases are < 100 km from surrounding Arab air spaces and they had top of the line F-15s for decades in this scenario. The examples of IAF Rafale given were what would be within LCA capabilities. If they want to sell the v...
by srai
12 Oct 2017 13:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 1341
Views: 238127

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

^^^ Meaning ... no new production ... or production phasing out in favor of the new 500kg one. Don't see advantages of producing both 450kg and 500kg in the long-term. They occupy the same space. Yes, the IAF will have a huge stockpile of 450kg variant and it will continue to be in production for so...
by srai
12 Oct 2017 09:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 1341
Views: 238127

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

New generation ARDE munitions boost IAF firepower I would think 450kg HSLD might be on its way out with the 500kg HSLD GP now available. 500kg version is supposed to be designed for easier mating with LGB/PGM kits. https://i1.wp.com/www.delhidefencereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/250kg-HSLD.j...
by srai
12 Oct 2017 04:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 270
Views: 44200

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

India to Station Rafale Jets Within Strike Range of China and Pakistan https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710031057901855-india-rafale-jets/ India is finalizing the logistical arrangements for its Rafale fighter jet equipped Air Force squadrons to be stationed at two different air bases located at suc...
by srai
12 Oct 2017 04:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 270
Views: 44200

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

As the crow flies , Hasimara airbase is aprrox ~ 80 Km from the Doklam, is the Chinese road building aimed at getting Smerch and other Ballistic Missile artillery as close as possible, we should probably get our artillery ready with Line of Sight and other assets which can target these Chinese rock...
by srai
10 Oct 2017 08:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^ Budget consideration is the key: ... The answer, obviously, is for the IAF to spend more judiciously. Its misguided quest to own all flying machines, including attack helicopters that fight the land battle and should rightly belong to the army, has resulted in the IAF spending some $2 billion on...
by srai
09 Oct 2017 21:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2185
Views: 148723

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

Su-30MKI w/ SPICE 2000
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by srai
09 Oct 2017 09:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^
Don't forget the final negotiation part with the winner on ToT, etc. Add minimum two more years to 2019 date ;)

Other factors to consider, general elections. No signatures of this magnitude happen in the final two years of GoI before elections.
by srai
09 Oct 2017 08:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Well a Mark 1 A has to be demonstrated to the IAF before it can be ordered no? There is no Mk1A right now. Final components are still under testing. Once it is done, the orders should follow. Yes, that is the very problem being pointed out. Lead times (3-5 years) doesn't seem to be factored in for ...
by srai
09 Oct 2017 07:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Raha sir did say that IAF won't let the assembly line go dry. Let's see. Words are one thing but the current order structure and plan creates unnecessary uncertainty. Hopefully, when Raha sir said that he also factored in lead times (of 3-4 years in Indian context) required for production. Why coul...
by srai
09 Oct 2017 04:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

... I am praying for Mk1A production to start from 2019. And for that many stars have to align. MK1A prototype can be started only after funds are sanctioned and a LSP can be made free for HAL. That's not going to happen untill FOC as all LSPs are required for testing till then. That is what I call...
by srai
09 Oct 2017 04:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

The IAF has already called it! The want the Gripen E and they want it so bad , that they used the SKAT team to make a Gripen E shape on the 85th anniversary of the Air Force Day. The IAF will not touch the F-Solah. It has "plague" written all over it. It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the...
by srai
08 Oct 2017 12:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Admiral saab, Don't know who these people involved are trying to fool ... if not themselves only. Any sane individual can see through this farcical but the powers that be continues to prod on obliviously :-? How about increasing the LCA quantities and adding more production lines (private players JV...
by srai
07 Oct 2017 06:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 1341
Views: 238127

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

^^^ 500kg 100km glide bomb - Supposed to be winged-kit version of PG-HSLD: https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3mBNWVtPeNeqXh5Nyo5B-oCuqZrsSFqjF6PloqiMRuCMFEU0IkuDDcCSV https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRoQt-m1nyr3oGznqYc2nozKoD2KD3g5CZJjInkvUObkFZIncl13h23UB33...
by srai
07 Oct 2017 06:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

^^^

For a limited budget that is available, large quantities of cheap LCA makes the most sense to get to that magic 42 squadron number.
by srai
06 Oct 2017 17:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 1341
Views: 238127

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

DRDO SAAW https://twitter.com/Nexoft000/status/916238477510901760 DRDO NGARM https://twitter.com/Nexoft000/status/916224931381239808 Courtsey: @Nexoft000 SAAW https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLcKFyrVYAAn5xt.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLcKG_9VwAAsG_1.jpg NGARM https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLcwEpVVwA...
by srai
06 Oct 2017 16:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

One would think if given acquisition process is painfully long (11-steps), the firm orders placed should be substantial itself (i.e. 200) rather than piecemeal (i.e. 20+20) in nature. When the approval finally comes through, large orders can be executed without bureaucratic interruptions.
by srai
06 Oct 2017 08:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Guys - the IAF is stating it will order 83 MK1As. It will. Have faith in the CAS. The aim should be to progress the Mk2. Not just cap the LCA at 123. The way things are panning out there will likely be production gap occurring between Mk.1 and Mk.1A. Current orders of 20/40 Mk.1 orders are going to...
by srai
06 Oct 2017 07:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^ The IAF pushes for 36 additional Rafale fighters http://quwa.org/2017/08/28/indian-air-force-pushes-additional-36-rafale-fighters/ The Indian Air Force (IAF) is eager to acquire an additional 36 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters to join its 36 fighters already on order (from the $8.8 billion U...
by srai
06 Oct 2017 02:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

^^^
Budget seems to be infinite ;)
by srai
05 Oct 2017 14:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Gagan wrote:Hajar Shukriyas everyone!
Cobham, UK, for Radome
Who does the glass cockpit? Samtel provides the MFDs right?

Do we know if the flaps and the lead slats are done separately and by whom? HAL?


The one you have done is for the five Tier-1 partners. I think that keeps it nice and concise ... and clean.
by srai
05 Oct 2017 09:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

... Uploaded on the Wikipedia Tejas page https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/LCA_Parts_Final.jpg Woohoo! Nice one Gagan! Now we need to disseminate it to rest of the desi media and defense forums. Minor Note: probably would be good to mention HAL as the final system integrator ;)
by srai
05 Oct 2017 03:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

So 83 Mk1A are sanctioned by MoD/IAF, but funds have not yet been approved by MoF? Is there anyway to speed up this approval? I read the links provided by Vidur ji but did not fully understand the MoF approval process :( The problem is that it will take at least 1 year to develop, test and certify ...
by srai
04 Oct 2017 16:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Gagan, Can you do one of your renderings for LCA production partners like this one of EF? ⋅ front fuselage -> Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, Bengaluru ⋅ centre fuselage -> VEM Technologies, Hyderabad ⋅ rear fuselage -> Alpha Tocol, Bengaluru ⋅ wings -> Larsen &am...
by srai
04 Oct 2017 06:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 4693
Views: 378729

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

... Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/acquisition-of-single-engine-fighter-aircraft-a-few-suggestions/ The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has also set the ball rolling by issuing the Request for Information (RFI) to these two ...
by srai
03 Oct 2017 05:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Even I was puzzled by that statement, but didn't pay much attention to it thinking they must've gotten the date wrong. Unless as you said, they're basically upgrading one of the LSP prototypes to become the Mk1A prototype. If true, it would be a good approach to validate the airframe, weight and CG...
by srai
03 Oct 2017 04:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 2672
Views: 249347

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Hakeem, You ask difficult questions. I will take the bait and say something unsavoury which many may not like. Competition is a great way to get the best price, or product, or a combination thereof. But to run a competition, the objective and the upper limit of one's ability to pay should be known....
by srai
03 Oct 2017 04:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 808
Views: 119494

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

MAKE IN INDIA: NEW DEAL FOR DEFENCE- PART 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gXzcwC_m2o&feature=youtu.be MAKE IN INDIA: NEW DEAL FOR DEFENCE- PART 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2FI3RLdRTc&feature=youtu.be Thank you for these links! a lot of very useful data points could be found in tho...

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