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by KSingh
17 Oct 2020 19:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Future helicopter fleet of IAF LUH: 125 Dhruv: 60 Rudra: 16 Apache: 22 LCH: 65 Chinook: 15 Mi26: 3 Mi17: 220+ ( In future 200 IMRH) Total: 526 By 2040 combined Mi17/IMRH fleet may be 320+ and total fleet 620+ As AAC expands the justification for the IAF having such a large helicopter fleet is becom...
by KSingh
16 Oct 2020 20:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

the other thing HAL needs to do is to work with Army HQ and establish the Dhruv as a replacement for the BMP-2 like the Huey in Vietnam and Mi-8/17 in Afghanistan. 1. The Dhruv goes places where the BMP-2 cant 2. The Dhruv can shuttle multiple sections like the Meghna Lift in 1971 in multiple trips...
by KSingh
16 Oct 2020 20:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

^^^ I was referring to the production helos. You may recollect DM Rajnath visiting them sometime back during his visit to HAL. That's not strictly true either, HAL has gone ahead and began finalising the LSP airframes we recently just saw the first LSP airframe have its ground run so it should be f...
by KSingh
15 Oct 2020 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3472
Views: 722837

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

https://idrw.org/iaf-planning-to-procure-more-erj-145-based-netra-aewcs/ Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in a recent webinar confirmed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to procure more Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control System developed by DRDO to beef up its Indigenous AWACS fleet c...
by KSingh
15 Oct 2020 21:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

It looks like HAL is looking for specific Navy input (some big and obvious things like - folding blades, but mostly small, not so obvious things like flat top, or better grip to go up to the engine and the likes). The later cannot be found in any book or publication. Hire as contractor, ex-Navy Hel...
by KSingh
14 Oct 2020 22:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

‘Indian Navy Ignoring Crucial Advantages Of Dhruv As NUH’ https://www.livefistdefence.com/2020/10/indian-navy-ignoring-crucial-advantages-of-dhruv-as-nuh.html Superb article and just what was needed I genuinely think that the days of the buy and make NUH tender are now numbered. It will either be s...
by KSingh
09 Oct 2020 16:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

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 KSingh
09 Oct 2020 16:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

IA/IAF version with 300 nos requirement. IN navy is still not on board for naval version of IMRH. They can't wait for a decade. They want NMRH 123 nos order asap. The 123 NMRH deal hasn’t even gone to RFP yet, with trails, evaluations, negotiations and the typical MoD 3-4 year delays factored in th...
by KSingh
05 Oct 2020 16:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2234
Views: 334364

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

X-post https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1313022199624679425?s=19 "Important: IAF chief indicates deliberations still on to decide whether to buy more Rafales or pursue separate 114 MRFA. Decisions to be taken in the next few months, he indicates. " With recent release of DAP the writin...
by KSingh
03 Oct 2020 19:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 117498

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

private partner will have a majority stake in the JV and will be given the option to utilise existing @HALHQBLR /govt facilities An incredibly attractive offer for the major private entities Some more interesting tidbits- - as seen in case of LUH, prototypes will be made at @HALHQBLR BLR but produc...
by KSingh
02 Oct 2020 20:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 117498

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

India likely to produce next generation fighter jets in a private sector-led joint venture Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/india-likely-to-produce-next-generation-fighter-jets-in-a-pvt-sector-led-jv/articleshow/78439692.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium...
by KSingh
02 Oct 2020 20:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Cases where red-tape has been cut through (quite justifiably): 1) SIG-Sauer rifles 2) Rafale G2G deal It should be far easier to do it with Indian PSU agencies, given that its the left hand talking to the right hand. Just like "emergency procurement" & "no approval required from ...
by KSingh
30 Sep 2020 21:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Congratulations, Hari Nair, on the first ground run of LCH LSP! Its amazing creating history with every new step. A couple of questions - 1. Given that hingeless rotors are not technically compatible to the Naval folding rotor requirement, why doesnt HAL develop a rotor system specifically for the ...
by KSingh
29 Sep 2020 23:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3615
Views: 1013876

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1645092 Under the Buy Indian (IDDM) category, the DAC approved ... Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW). .... The Smart Anti Airfield Weapon being procured at an approx. cost of Rs. 970 crore will add to the fire power of Navy and Airforce. Just like Astr...
by KSingh
29 Sep 2020 23:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3472
Views: 722837

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Anyway Netra or no Netra doesn’t really interest me. I want to know why CCS is still yet to give their clearance to DRDO to buy the A330 platform for AWACS(I). Money (or rather a lack of it) is the most likely culprit in this. Same reason the A330 MRTT acquisition went nowhere as well. Of course, i...
by KSingh
29 Sep 2020 23:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3472
Views: 722837

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

So apparently more Netra are on the anvil but obviously the EMB blacklisting remains another poisoned chalice from the UPA so it remains to be seen how they get around that Although the C295W is not a suitable option (even though thee have been models of that- likely for export customers), a jet can...
by KSingh
29 Sep 2020 21:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

The LCH lsp has also had its ground run . A great day for HAL- congrats to them. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjEpFN7U0AEtQaF?format=jpg&name=small Best news of the week for me! But what an utterly pathetic state of affairs- HAL has gone above and beyond what any other OEM on this planet would d...
by KSingh
27 Sep 2020 11:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

And all this while a war is afoot!! and enemy is at the door. Truly mindboggling. Need a revolution in the bureaucracy. Where is the CAG audit of these practices? Where is the accountability? Perhaps a twitter campaign to convince the powers that this state of affairs is what needs to change. Give ...
by KSingh
27 Sep 2020 05:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3623
Views: 1082913

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

So, are trainers fully weapons capable & usable during a conflict? Trainer versions of all modern aircraft are fully combat capable. Last one in IAF service to have a "trainer-only" version was the Mig-29UB (which had no radar). The Russians even fixed that in the Mig-29KUB. So our na...
by KSingh
27 Sep 2020 05:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

In the tarmaak video , the HAL boss says 2 years for production order from IOC , including AON , RFP , Another set of evaluation , Price Negotiation and son on. Production facility is almost ready and can deliver upto 60 helicopters a year. Must be same story for LCH. Still waiting for funds for IM...
by KSingh
27 Sep 2020 05:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

So to sign a contract by MoD with a MoD owned company it is going to take 3 years. Another 1.5-2 years to start deliveries. While our pilots fly in outdated junk and numerous news articles screaming the need to replacement. What a joke. It is not as if IAF/IA didn't know it was coming. You come up ...
by KSingh
18 Sep 2020 18:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

India is actually paying billions to be worse off, words fail me. Did you listen to French Foreign Minister in Ambala saying France will support India's bid for permanent membership for UNSC? Most deals are QPQ for similar reasons. The rush to buy Naval Seahawk was such that no competition was held...
by KSingh
17 Sep 2020 21:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Hari Nair thanks a lot. The big picture is need to have second source aerospace industry to HAL. . That would be nice except Russian helicopters has signed a MoU with HAL to assemble the KA-226 at the same facility (Tumkur) as the LUH This deal would sting less had RH tied up with TASL or Mahindra ...
by KSingh
17 Sep 2020 21:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

All the current ALH subvariants have a similar intake and exhaust layout. But the IMRH seems to have a very different intake/exhaust layout. Is it because the designers are making a provision for the same engines as the MI-17 (in case our current engines fall short) or is it because such a layout i...
by KSingh
17 Sep 2020 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Vivek Ahuja, The 6 Apaches is on.top of the 22 Apaches. While it looks pathetic these are for Paki Armored brigades. Now we find them.flying in Ladakh. And all don't fret about the 15 LCH. They and more will be bought in December. I like the idea of integrating the Hellfire on LCH as early capabili...
by KSingh
17 Sep 2020 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3623
Views: 1082913

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

More DASH-IV helmets arriving for LCA Tejas flyers, IAF trialing head gears for Jaguar pilots https://www.spansen.com/2020/08/more-dash-iv-helmets-arriving-for-lca-tejas-aircraft-pilots.html 28 August 2020 Must be for the MK1 IOC+FOC jets, ive noticed they aren’t being flown with HMDS by operationa...
by KSingh
13 Sep 2020 00:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3623
Views: 1082913

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

Rafale and LCA did solo displays- future of the IAF Can’t deny how high energy that Rafale display was, haven’t seen anything close to that from any other IAF display + can anyone give any updates on LCA SP production? 6 months since the last one was flown (SP-17) and I don’t believe she’s ever been...
by KSingh
03 Sep 2020 17:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

IA will have fleet of 39 Apache (3 units) 97 LCH (9 units) 78 Rudras (7 units) While IAF will have a fleet of 22 Apache (2 sq) 65 LCH (6 sq) 16 Rudras (1 sq) :eek: Where will these Army Av Corp Apaches (39 Nos Qty) come from ? The army’s plan has always been to have 1 AH-64 squadron/unit Of 13 bird...
by KSingh
03 Sep 2020 17:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

IA will have fleet of 39 Apache (3 units) 97 LCH (9 units) 78 Rudras (7 units) While IAF will have a fleet of 22 Apache (2 sq) 65 LCH (6 sq) 16 Rudras (1 sq) Rudra numbers for IA and IAF will be substantially higher than this. Afaik the IA has over 80 Rudras in order as of now with 3-4 HUs already ...
by KSingh
03 Sep 2020 17:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 236670

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

TEDBF is being explicitly designed to fit into the footprint of the MIG-29K so their ability to fit on the lifts is a given TEDBF design is in a preliminary stage. With 2 F414 engines and an unavoidably larger wingspan than the Tejas Mk1, plus adequate space for internal fuel it is impossible for t...
by KSingh
28 Aug 2020 20:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 236670

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

TEDBF is being explicitly designed to fit into the footprint of the MIG-29K so their ability to fit on the lifts is a given Omniously reminds me of the performance limitations on Tejas due to its dimensions being limited to MiG 21s. Would be happy if found to be wrong. That was a strange requiremen...
by KSingh
28 Aug 2020 19:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1298982007779635201 First photo just in of an LUH prototype on its current final trial run in Ladakh, seen here at a make-shift forward helipad in northern Ladakh. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Egbo32NU0AULK9i?format=jpg&name=large It hurts my heart that this b...
by KSingh
28 Aug 2020 19:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 236670

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

+ does anyone have the definitive dimensions of the lifts? The lifts can currently carry the MiG-29K and the Tejas Mk1. Boeing has confirmed that the F-18 will fit on the lifts. The Rafale M cannot fit on the lifts. Dassault is suggesting detachable wingtips. F-35B and F-35C will not fit either. I ...
by KSingh
24 Aug 2020 13:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 236670

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

... It’s a fair point but I would argue that those 2 examples have faced more technical issues hence the delays- GF class is at the cutting edge and has been hampered by EMALS QE’s delays were largely political, she was designed as a STOVL carrier which was scrapped mid way through (2010 SDR) and t...
by KSingh
24 Aug 2020 07:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 236670

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Basin trails complete, next up harbour trails followed up by sea trails. Commissioning 2023. This is an utterly beautiful and cutting edge ship but the time taken to build her and get her into service is utterly indefensible,2018 was a decent target, I don’t understand how they slipped by FIVE years...
by KSingh
20 Aug 2020 20:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5148
Views: 1044741

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Raven, Dhruv is now in mark 4 release. Can we stop discussing issues proped up for dhruv prototypes of early 2000s . Seconded. Many of the opinions being shared in ‘analyst’ circles are based on experiences and issues faced on MK1 LSP from 15++ years ago It’s like they want to ignore that MK.3 exis...
by KSingh
20 Aug 2020 20:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1135
Views: 315948

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Bharat Forge artillery gun in final trials before sale to Indian Army One of four artillery guns developed by Bharat Forge is learnt to have reached the final stage of testing with the Indian Army. During a recent analyst call after the announcement of the Pune-based company’s June quarter financia...
by KSingh
15 Aug 2020 06:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 259
Views: 54398

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

Same story with Arjun and the army, I have never seen the kind of hatred towards defence products as I have seen directed towards some DRDO/HAL products and it’s explicitly becuase of the armed forces community and their selective leaking Imagine the economic benefits of the Arjun and future payoff...
by KSingh
15 Aug 2020 06:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Light Combat Helicopter: News & Discussion: 10 August 2020
Replies: 141
Views: 31018

Re: Light Combat Helicopter: News & Discussion: 10 August 2020

So where does ATGM come into this picture? For PLA in the area they are located in tents and driving soft skin vehicles, even if they do deploy their light tanks the 20mm cannon or 70mm rockets will slice through anything PLA has in the area like a hot knife through butter. Yes, and no. Cannon can ...
by KSingh
15 Aug 2020 01:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 259
Views: 54398

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

I will say this IAF tried everything at that time to kill HTT-40! We can't run away from that fact. Same story with Arjun and the army, I have never seen the kind of hatred towards defence products as I have seen directed towards some DRDO/HAL products and it’s explicitly becuase of the armed force...

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