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by Kartik
19 Apr 2019 03:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Good interview with Gripen pilot on Hushkit. I found the following responses to be truly enlightening in terms of the movement towards BVR combat and moving away from guns. He mentions that the one feature he would want most on the Gripen is MAWS and the AESA as well as the AI algorithms that would ...
by Kartik
17 Apr 2019 02:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 15983

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Yes and couldn't find the original from Trishul blog either. Have posted it from another hosting site. Open in a new browser to see it in full size. CFD images give a good idea of what it will really look like. Such a pity that there is very little info on this extremely interesting LCA variant. Ind...
by Kartik
17 Apr 2019 00:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 15983

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019

Hadn't seen this image of the LCA Navy Mk2 from Aero India 2019 previously. https://defence.pk/pdf/proxy.php?image=https%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-Iz50uWTkE14%2FXKKv3ZbdH2I%2FAAAAAAAARA8%2FsOniQDp6sZQSbizoCN8Gh_z9eXqYZV5LwCLcBGAs%2Fs1600%2FLCA%252BNavy%252BMk.2%252BPoster.jpg&hash=9d6395afb97...
by Kartik
16 Apr 2019 04:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 726
Views: 183874

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Mihir wrote:My expert assessment of publicly available imagery from the Nirbhay missile trial shows evidence of a spectacular failure.


You do realise Mihir, that not everyone understands sarcasm and that a lot of madrassa grads and Lahori Logic users will actually fall for it hook line and sinker?
by Kartik
16 Apr 2019 02:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 674
Views: 163520

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Saab delivers radar equipment to Paki AF Defence and security company Saab delivered three sets of radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan (Chaklala) on 9 April, according to the information provided by the Pakistan Import Export Trade Database. Although not specified by the websi...
by Kartik
11 Apr 2019 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Evaluations begin on Swiss fighter contenders Switzerland has started the latest phase of its Air2030 fighter aircraft procurement programme after it began flight and ground tests on the five bidders’ platforms on 8 April. The test programme will involve the aircraft conducting eight missions with ...
by Kartik
11 Apr 2019 02:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 240
Views: 50370

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

From Janes Indian Army receives first 6 of 114 Dhanush howitzers The Indian Army (IA) has taken delivery of the first six of 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers ordered from the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Officials said the OFB's Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at Jabalpur, centr...
by Kartik
11 Apr 2019 02:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

Found this image on ADA's website from Aero India 2019. The canopy severance system has been modified it appears, with the new explosive cord embedded not just on the top of the canopy but also all along the sides. https://www.ada.gov.in/images/ai%202019/data1/images/ssm_3717.jpg
by Kartik
10 Apr 2019 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2132
Views: 320360

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

Having said that, one aircraft that IAF was very very impressed with for DPSA role was the Blackbuck Buccaneer. It had phenomenal low-level, high subsonic/transonic performance with required range. But it was denied possibly because English/French were pushing for Jaguar and Buccaneer also had a nu...
by Kartik
10 Apr 2019 23:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST..I'd keep a close eye on this BVRAAM. Expect the Pakistanis to take a keen interest in it, as their Chinese platforms that will not have access to AMRAAM or any European missile and only have Chinese BVRAAMs as current options. They already have the Mectron MAR-1 anti-radiation missil...
by Kartik
10 Apr 2019 00:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1612
Views: 233969

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Further improved Su-25SM3 redeploys to Syria After almost a year-long absence from the theater, caused by the combat loss on February 3, 2018 of Su-25SM registration RF-95486 and the type’s subsequent withdrawal for rework, the Sukhoi armored attack aircraft has returned to Syria to take part in th...
by Kartik
10 Apr 2019 00:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1612
Views: 233969

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Russian Mi-26T2V completes preliminary flight tests https://www.ainonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/ain30_fullwidth_large/public/uploads/2019/04/webe7340076e53a94729a843778ff00a6ad.jpg?itok=EszHmuoe&timestamp=1554387722 Russian Helicopters has successfully completed preliminary flight test...
by Kartik
10 Apr 2019 00:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2851
Views: 532764

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Given the urgent need for AEW&C and AWACS for the IAF, does it make sense that DRDO is retaining the 3rd Netra platform with themselves? At lease eventually the IAF needs that third Netra to be delivered to it to allow for at least 1 Netra to be available 24/7. Even that is grossly inadequate. N...
by Kartik
06 Apr 2019 00:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516246

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

So some MiG-21 pilot played the role of a F-16 "aggressor" in an exercise and hence they came up with some patch that showed the MiG-21 Fishbed instead of F-16 Fighting Falcon. Big deal. Patches are personal, designed by people involved in squadrons, depending on a host of factors. And yes...
by Kartik
06 Apr 2019 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

The same video also has the minimum radius turn from 6:19 to 6:40 for a 21 second 360 degree turn. Works out to a similar 17.14 deg/s STR.
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 23:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

Its BS. Big time. Gripen's STR is 29 deg/s? lol. What a load of BS!
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 23:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

A video which captures the max rate turns at Lima very well. The 22-23 second 360 turns appear to be faster than what the F-18 demonstrated in the same conditions. This seems more like 20-21 seconds 360 degree turn Indeed. The max rate turn begins at 0:33 and it ends up at the same spot at 0:54, fo...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 23:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

^^ As per aero india, estimated development time 3 years post signing of the contract. The optimistic timeline is 2022. Don't know if they will create a new LSP / modify an existing LSP. Modify an existing LSP to the Mk1A standard. No major structural changes involved, so it shouldn't require a ded...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 23:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516246

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

Another MiG-29 Fulcrum patch worn by F-16 Aggressor pilots. Plain lazy as well I suppose. link Hello Jon ! Yes it is exactly what you said - the patch of the USAFE 527th squadron (they had an agressor role). Used when they were flying from RAF Bentwaters in the late 80s (1988-1991 I think, Meathook ...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 23:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516246

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

Not at all! The officer must have participated in an exercise with the USAF against USAF pilots flying F-16s. And they came up with that patch almost tongue in cheek. Having known how things work I would go with my perception ; besides there is nothing tongue in cheek there . Of course there is. F-...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516246

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

The youngest MiG-21bis is 32 years old. The bis production ended at HAL in 1987. Those MiG-21 squadrons that remained as bis were probably not worth upgrading. But the question remains, why are they still flying then? Rakesh, MiG21 had 2400 hrs of Airframe life. It was planned to be increased by 16...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516246

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

It's most probably a case of lack of creativity ; someone must have googled for patch designs and generally Massan stuff comes first must have simply lifted the concept from there. Not at all! The officer must have participated in an exercise with the USAF against USAF pilots flying F-16s. And they...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 22:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 2600
Views: 516246

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

There are aldready 272 (-8 attrition) Su-30 MKI + 18 more MKIs will be delivered by next year. Why 272 Aircraft will make only 12 squadrons? Each one of these Birds bring a lot of capability. I don't see more than 18 to a squadron. Wiki still has MiG-21Bis for Squadron 21 and MiG-27ML for Squadron ...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 05:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 126
Views: 19309

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

Surprisingly little coverage was received by the Jaguar MAX concept proposed by HAL at AI-2019. Expect all that is being proposed for the Jaguar MAX to be standard equipment on the Medium Weight Fighter Mk2. From Janes HAL showcases Jaguar MAX combat jet https://www.janes.com/images/assets/852/86852...
by Kartik
05 Apr 2019 03:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

LIMA 2019- Russia set to clear Sukhoi Su-57 for export The Russian government is set to grant authorisation for the export of the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft, a senior Russian defence industry official has revealed. Viktor Kladov, the director for international co-operatio...
by Kartik
04 Apr 2019 22:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Lol US General dismisses "low quality" Chinese kit in Africa The Chinese military equipment being acquired by African countries is not of a high quality, according to the US Army general nominated as the next commander of the US military's Africa Command (AFRICOM). "Chinese engagement...
by Kartik
04 Apr 2019 22:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

I think that our S-400 deal will also safely rule out any possible F-35 sales to us in the future. From AW&ST The Pentagon has decided to halt Lockheed Martin F-35 equipment delivery to Turkey after a bipartisan Senate bill called for the transfer delay until it is certain the nation will not pu...
by Kartik
04 Apr 2019 22:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 674
Views: 163520

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Basically, Pakistan is now at, where we were somewhere around mid to late 1980s, in terms of setting up the infrastructure and agencies to design and develop a fighter jet and its systems. They'll look to sign JVs with Chinese, Ukranian and Turkish institutes, companies and public sector firms like ...
by Kartik
04 Apr 2019 02:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST Boeing’s two-seat F-15EX aircraft will be flown with an empty back seat by squadrons now flying single-seat F-15Cs, the U.S. Air Force confirms to Aerospace DAILY. Although derived from an international version of the two-seat F-15E, the Air Force plans to acquire at least 144 F-15EX ...
by Kartik
04 Apr 2019 02:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 719
Views: 105989

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

BTW, this is heartening news. The MH-60R is by far the most capable ship borne ASW helicopter out there and with upgrades available via the USN's roadmap, it should be supportable and upgradeable well into the future. One of the single most needed platforms for the Indian Navy, should be a game chan...
by Kartik
04 Apr 2019 02:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 719
Views: 105989

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Karan M wrote:Are those limited number of Hellfires for Diwali celebrations? Because sure as heck, 10 won't do much for any war fighting effort.


Perhaps evaluation purposes? Before a much larger order is placed? See the number of inert training Naval Strike Missiles that have been ordered as well.
by Kartik
02 Apr 2019 02:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 70
Views: 14422

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

From LIMA 2019

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by Kartik
30 Mar 2019 04:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

Tejas team has no sense of PR. The FB team is one person who dons at least 3 hats, including that of a test engineer! They hired a small group for a year. The group basically did it more out of their passion for the desi program than the renumerations. That was stopped as well. They believe the pro...
by Kartik
29 Mar 2019 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST Saab will intensify the flight test effort for its Gripen E/F fighter program. 1 additional prototype to join the flight testing and the earlier Gripen NG twin seater demo airplane will be modified and brought into the test program as well. 24 a/c to be produced per year, similar to w...
by Kartik
28 Mar 2019 04:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

She is a beauty for sure! Love the head on view around 3 minutes into the video. I can imagine the puff of smoke as a missile is launched. 8) You won't even see a puff of smoke if the missile being launched is the Astra BVRAAM. That is one sneaky missile that will leave no trace whatsoever thanks t...
by Kartik
28 Mar 2019 00:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

Very energetic performance by Grp Cpt Samarth "Danny" Dhankar. What a roll rate! and the minimum radius turn, the loop are all done in what appears to be as good a time if not better than the BIAL performance. This would be one deadly bird close in, with that level of agility combined with...
by Kartik
27 Mar 2019 04:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1018
Views: 140890

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Morocco approved for F-16V procurement and upgrades for existing fighters link Morocco will become the latest customer for the Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon, with the US government announcing its approval for a procurement on 25 March. The US State Department approval, disclosed ...
by Kartik
27 Mar 2019 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 593
Views: 137502

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

If the LCA SPORT concept is proven out, with a working prototype, I'm pretty certain that the OFTU type unit will come back into existence. The best way to train rookies to become proficient in a host of skills that the Hawk AJT cannot teach them. For instance as Grp Cpt (Retd) HV Thakur mentioned, ...

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