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by Kartik
27 Oct 2020 18:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741955

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

Rakesh wrote:I believe one of the LSPs are being converted into a Mk1A test bed. Someone kindly confirm.


Indranil had mentioned the number. As I recall, it was LSP-8. Indranil could confirm it once again.
by Kartik
21 Oct 2020 15:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3698
Views: 1030727

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Was the SANT missile test fired from Rudra or Mi-35 platform? Indian Defence Update on YouTube has claimed that earlier tests of SANT had been carried out from MI-35. About the latest test, there are no details as yet. But a SANT test is great news for the Rudra and LCH. Fired from a ground launcher.
by Kartik
20 Oct 2020 12:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3473
Views: 725172

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

IAF should use the opportunity of airlines going bankrupt to pick up lightly used A330 for refuellers and AEW&C aircraft. Might even save up to two thirds the cost. We've debated this several times on this thread, it's not feasible, nor financially prudent to convert a commercial liner. Just be...
by Kartik
15 Oct 2020 16:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 349
Views: 82525

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Dear Kartik, can you give links to the second article where Cmde Balaji has made the statements? Here you go Why Navy's rejection of Naval LCA is wrong - Cmde Balaji Regarding single engined NLCA (Mk1/2), the range/payload characteristics, while better than Sea Harrier, were not sufficient for evol...
by Kartik
15 Oct 2020 13:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 114
Views: 36850

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

Tejas doesn't do Cobra maneuvers. That's an image of it in a climb.
by Kartik
14 Oct 2020 16:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086810

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

Link :eek: :eek: :eek: Wait ! What !!!! - This is crazy video . Epic angle and climb is super awesome. This was filmed by someone on a lower res camera. Sadly the DD cameraman who was supposed to film it, made a hash of the display regularly interspersing the flying display with generous amounts of...
by Kartik
14 Oct 2020 16:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 349
Views: 82525

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

This article by former ADA Head, Cmde Balaji is also a must read. He revealed some very sad tidbits such as how the Navy's RFI for 57 MRCBF gave easier specs for imported fighters than it did for the LCA Navy. Such as Wind on Deck. In addition he gives great insights into the effort that went into L...
by Kartik
14 Oct 2020 16:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 349
Views: 82525

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

And this is the image of the N-LCA Mk1 that was finalized before the IN torpedoed it due to being single engine. IN didnt torpedo anything. The single engine did not meet the requirements, hence an evolution to twin engines was proposed by ADA. And it was a joint decision by ADA, HAL, IN & Defe...
by Kartik
08 Oct 2020 18:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086810

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

And this one from Angad Singh. The first time I've seen flares from a Tejas during a display.

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by Kartik
05 Oct 2020 16:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335865

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. " My interpretation- couple of more squ...
by Kartik
05 Oct 2020 15:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 349
Views: 82525

Re: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion

Conversation Harsh Vardhan Thakur @hvtiaf TEDBF Navy doesn't want imports. Committed to Atmanirbhar. Old RFI study closed a long time back. Lot of information in the thread . please read. TEDBF is likely to be delta with tail. Twin engine evolution of NLCA mk2 not MWF. Some more of his tweets on th...
by Kartik
05 Oct 2020 11:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215346

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

Looks like work on integrating the Astra on the MiG-29UPG is on.

From Grp Cpt HVT's Twitter

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Fulcrum+Astra
IAF+IN
A crushing combo
by Kartik
04 Oct 2020 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Light Combat Helicopter: News & Discussion: 10 August 2020
Replies: 141
Views: 31081

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

I don't exactly know. Earlier the armor below the side glass was armored. Also the flat glass panels in the front were armored. Now, everything is. Thanks for the info, IR! Very happy to hear that crew protection has been improved with bullet proof glass. Low flying gunships are especially prone to...
by Kartik
02 Oct 2020 17:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1049157

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

HAL has allocated Rs 1800 Crores from its internal resources and has started work on 9 air frames in anticipation of the order for 15 LCH. They intend to hand over 9 LCH as soon as the order is formally placed(expected in December). Commendable by HAL and a real shame that the Indian procurement sy...
by Kartik
01 Oct 2020 09:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086810

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

Video that shows the forward fuselage jig at Dynamatic Technologies' facility in Bangalore. It has delivered the first Tejas forward fuselage module- first article ICY jig clearance. Twitter link @DynamaticTech gets First Article-ICY Jig clearance from @HALHQBLR for #Tejas #LCA Front Fuselage Assemb...
by Kartik
28 Sep 2020 17:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1928
Views: 381013

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

First Brazilian F-39 Gripen takes flight in Brazil https://www.key.aero/sites/keyaero/files/styles/article_body/public/inline-images/50379007717_0e59c47bbb_k.jpg?itok=7r5q4hQ1 https://www.key.aero/sites/keyaero/files/styles/article_body/public/inline-images/50379734381_a9ecfe2206_k.jpg?itok=N43v-_Y...
by Kartik
28 Sep 2020 12:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086810

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

From Grp Cpt HVT's Twitter The reason behind the patchwork of tape on the Tejas' wings. To conduct lightning and protect the aircraft from lightning strikes, given it's carbon fiber composite structure. Also to discharge the static electricity built up during flight on landing. Twitter link Conducti...
by Kartik
24 Sep 2020 17:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741955

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

It is still unclear whether these are the former Algerian SMTs that were returned to Russia or partially built Soviet era MiG-29s. AFM reported it as being the former. Algerian smts were inducted by the vvs iirc Yes they were. But it remained the only VVS unit flying SMTs AFAIK. There is a clear pr...
by Kartik
24 Sep 2020 13:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3682
Views: 691867

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

Rafale has a 9000 hour service life as confirmed by the Dassault offer for Finland document. Structural Design safe-life target of 9000 hours for the Airframe. Rafale for Finland pdf Regarding possible surge usage figures Mature Aircraft, Combat & Support Proven RAFALE is in-service since 2004 i...
by Kartik
23 Sep 2020 16:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335865

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

All things said- the most affordable option that meets the needs has to be the one selected. The question one has to answer is whether the MRFA is intended to fill up numbers or just run forever as an acquisition program on paper. The same mistakes that were made in MRCA 1.0 are being repeated and t...
by Kartik
23 Sep 2020 12:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741955

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

AFAIK, these 21 MIG29s are moth-balled, unused & partially finished airframes... Not the jets delivered to and taken back from Algeria... These airframes will be finished and upgraded before delivery to IAF... It is still unclear whether these are the former Algerian SMTs that were returned to ...
by Kartik
23 Sep 2020 11:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741955

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

I have recently read that these Mig 29 planes are "sparingly used". Apparently, they were bought by Algeria a few years back, then rejected and returned to the Russians due to structural damage in the air frames. The Russians then made a deal to replace these Planes with Sukhoi 30 aircraf...
by Kartik
22 Sep 2020 15:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086810

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

If 8 FOC Single seaters in 2020-21 8 FOC Single seaters 2021-22 then logically 18 FOC trainers will occupy HAl in 2022-23 and FY 2023-24, so single seat MK1A will start from 2024-25 onwards, no wonder HAL-IAF are comfortable in signing the contract by end of CY 20 or end of FY20-21. ..... If Traine...
by Kartik
22 Sep 2020 15:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741955

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

MoD is probably talking about end of fiscal and not calendar year. So contract by March 2021? Unless an aircraft maker has an assembly line open like the Rafale, F-18, and F-35, it will take a minimum of 12 weeks to get parts and supplies ordered and delivered to begin production. It’s not too late...
by Kartik
22 Sep 2020 15:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215346

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

On the centerline pylon, there seems to be a fuel tank as well - rather slender for a fuel tank though - or is it another type of pod? So, 3 external fuel tanks, 4 RF MICA AAMs, and 2 IR MICA AAMs. A loadout for extended CAP probably. Before the upgrade, they would also carry the Remora pod on the ...
by Kartik
22 Sep 2020 15:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 924
Views: 281392

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

:roll: Posting something irrelevant from 2011, when in 2017-18 we have had contracts for Elta 2052 on the Jaguar DARIN-3 itself and the Elta 2052 was chosen over the in-development AESA that Saab offered for the Tejas Mk1A. We were talking about this "The Elta 2052 is NOT dependent on the USA ...
by Kartik
21 Sep 2020 15:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335865

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

Moved over from the Tejas thread.... Buying the plane is the 'give' for the 'take' of technology. They come to us to sell the plane, not to buy parts. The 'technology' I am talking about is not the "ToT" in the normal parlance. It is not anything with the wonderful technical things that m...
by Kartik
21 Sep 2020 15:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 2246
Views: 335865

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

Moved over from the Tejas thread.... LM (and Tata JV and the Tier 1s) had been working with desi suppliers for the past few years. To be brutally honest, it would have brought all of us pvt entities to the next level of being aerospace suppliers. My jingo side is happy that it is scrapped. But my t...
by Kartik
21 Sep 2020 15:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 924
Views: 281392

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

The Elta 2052 is NOT dependent on the USA for export approval. The Tejas has other problems, which it shares with the Gripen and that is the F-404 engine, which is of US origin. As for Uttam being a paper product because it isn't operational on a fighter, that's a bit rich. That's not very differen...
by Kartik
16 Sep 2020 15:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5155
Views: 1049157

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

A pleasure to read your posts, Hari Nair sir!

What are your thoughts on the Ka-226T and why there is still any intent to build it in India when there is the LUH that has crossed all hurdles and is on the verge of a service order?
by Kartik
16 Sep 2020 11:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405345

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

The JF-17 that crashed. Tail number 17-241

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by Kartik
15 Sep 2020 17:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405345

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

3rd confirmed JF17 from Tail Chopper sqd goes down. Probably there are more, PAF hides them. When there is no mention of the type of aircraft involved, you know it is either JF17 or F16. There was fighter crash landed in 2019 in one of the airport..PAF was quiet about it. Today's comment from PAF d...
by Kartik
14 Sep 2020 16:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1928
Views: 381013

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Plenty more details on the Greek decision to go in for 18 Rafales. Apparently, it would include 6 new build Rafales and the remaining 12 will be second-hand Adl'A Rafales F3-O4T that will be donated for free. This was done to reduce the deal price. Not a bad deal at all! Greece officially confirms i...
by Kartik
14 Sep 2020 15:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4971
Views: 1215346

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

cross posting from the International Aerospace discussion thread. Greece announced that it would order 18 Rafales from France and will upgrade 10 of it's surviving Mirage-2000EGMs to the -2000-5 standard. Dassault's press release Saint-Cloud, France, September 12, 2020 – Greece announced today its i...
by Kartik
14 Sep 2020 15:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1928
Views: 381013

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Greece announced that it would order 18 Rafales from France and will upgrade 10 of it's surviving Mirage-2000EGMs to the -2000-5 standard. Dassault's press release Saint-Cloud, France, September 12, 2020 – Greece announced today its intention to acquire 18 Rafales to equip its air force. This announ...
by Kartik
14 Sep 2020 12:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 1305
Views: 405345

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

vivek_ahuja wrote:Come to think of it, the new turbofan engine probably also has lower fuel consumption to give the JF-17 a slightly higher range/endurance as well.


Source for the lower Specific Fuel Consumption figures?
by Kartik
12 Sep 2020 17:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3823
Views: 741955

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

Extremely rare shot of a Su-30MKI with a SAP-514 jammer pod carried on the centerline.

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