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by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 06:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

So, it appears that the daunting issue with Tejas integration with Meteor would be its exorbitant cost. For now, they will need to integrate Astra on it first.
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 05:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

^^ What's the point in spending money, time & effort in qualifying a missile and not able to use it to full range? In that case, use Astra or Derby. The Swedes developed new Hardware & Software - in essence a whole new radar to match the missile. http://saabgroup.com/Media/news-press/news/2...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 05:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Just as a datapoint- the AIM-9M costs $107,000 per missile, whereas the AIM-9X costs $172,000 per missile. The End Item URF on the Aim-9X (BII) for the combined USDOD Program of record (USAF and DON purchase) covering 6000 missiles through 2026/2028 is roughly $450,000 in 2011 constant dollars as p...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 05:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Qatar goes ahead and signs up for 24 Typhoons, worth $8 billion within days of signing for 12 Rafales. Unheard of, truly. Qatar inks deal for 24 Typhoon jets with UK LONDON — Britain has signed a deal with Qatar to supply 24 Typhoon fighters as well as a weapons and training package — the biggest ex...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 03:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Kartik, when did Vishnu post that? Reason I ask is to figure out whether the LCA he flew on had the new Cobham radome or not. It had the older radome. He flew in the trainer at Aero India 2017. the Cobham radome only featured on LSP-3 in August 2016 and till this year, the trainers will still flyin...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 03:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Both the radars should be able to exploit the Meteor at shorter ranges than its full performance, which is what I guess tsarkar means (can exploit but sub-optimally). Its RMax seems to be 150km per Parrikars statements. NEZ guessing for a ramjet is a mugs game, so I will not even attempt to try. SA...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 02:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

No Sparrow but AMRAAM Not during Kargil. During Kargil, they were only equipped with the AIM-9Ls. They bought 310 AIM-9Ms (including 10 captive training rounds) in 2005, which they upgraded to AIM-9M-9 configuration before the order was realised. link to AIM-9M purchase details link to AIM-9M-9 upg...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 02:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

They should have said user trials but instead used developmental trials and final, and ready for production. Hopefully, that means these were combined user + developmental trials. Lets see. we both quoted the same article, upon seeing the same point made by Fanne, separately! lol. Yes, it does look...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 02:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

[ Gurus there are allegations that Qatar paid only 110 million dollars per piece for the same Rafale India will be buying for 220 million. I am sure there are differences in there deal. Would be grateful if the main points can be summarised as this allegation needs to be countered asap. Sorry for as...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

That is the ideas - isn't it. Where R-77 fails (from its advertised capability), Astra steps in to give us the edge again against TSPAF. Though Astra is by no means ready for induction. It is ready for induction. It has passed the final development trials. One of DRDO's big achievements this year. ...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 01:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Lca is being integrated with the I-Derby ER which has a range of 100km. Guess who sees first first and shoots first? :) And nothing prevents the Tejas Mk1/Mk1A from being integrated with the Meteor either. If the Gripen C/D can be integrated with the Meteor and use it, so can the Tejas Mk1. If some...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 00:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Bah!! While some 'brass' diss the 'maintainability' of Tejas, the 'iron' (aka airmen) who actually work on her are in fact happy about the current birds, and EXCITED that they can actually make suggestions and requests to the designer to make their life easy. Like the pilots who flew her, the airme...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2017 00:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

LCA SP is suppose to have allowances in the magnitude of 50- 75 microns, each part will be interchangeable. It maybe first for HAL (how about SU30MKI and the new English trainer?) I'm sure it's a result of the technology transfer for the licensed production. I mean, does AM Bhojwani think that Sovi...
by Kartik
09 Dec 2017 04:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 12199

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Fiscal constraints hits Pakistani's production of Al-Khalid tanks Pakistan’s land systems specialist Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) is producing Al-Khalid-I main battle tanks (MBTs) at a rate far below capacity due to budgetary constraints, the Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Product...
by Kartik
09 Dec 2017 03:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 2810
Views: 232961

Re: International Military Discussion

Sticker price shock! Poland surprised by high price tag for its long await Patroit purchase WASHINGTON — Poland has been pushing toward a purchase of a medium-range air-and-missile defense system for many years, settling on an unprecedented configuration of the Patriot system, but was surprised by t...
by Kartik
09 Dec 2017 03:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Thank you IR. SP7 to follow soon after as well? There are just 22 days left in December and they have to deliver these 2 jets before the year end. Otherwise they'll slip on their target to deliver 11 SPs to the IAF before end March 2018.
by Kartik
09 Dec 2017 02:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Yes the Mirages was removable but not just between sortees- It was always a planned event for a plane. The funny thing is, from what I recall, the original Mirages were supposed to have the inflight refueling probes, but the IAF paid Dassault to have them removed, but keeping the internal plumbing ...
by Kartik
09 Dec 2017 02:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Where exactly is the position of the refuelling probe. Will it interfere with pilot's view? I cannot seem to find any images that show the view from the pilot's side. I think some front views may have been posted in this thread. The probe was moved to a better position based on pilot feedback. ADA ...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 06:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2299
Views: 172524

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

Even Israeli much touted Derby AAMs were woefully below promised performance (CAG) when supplied to us and used by IN Sea Harriers. In fact the JV for the B-8 is alleged to be almost totally Israeli with a miniscule input from our side. So was the R-77. Many turned out to be duds, which is partly t...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 05:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

Maybe the IAF should look at buying the Qatar Emiri Air Force's 12 Mirage-2000-5s now that they're going to have their hands full with Rafales and F-15QAs entering service in the next few years. Dassault is apparently close to a handover ceremony for the first Qatari Rafales. Those Mirage-2000-5s co...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 04:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

From AW&ST TEL AVIV—Israel wants more Israeli-developed weapon and electronic warfare systems on its Lockheed Martin F-35 Adir stealth fighters. The nine aircraft already delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) were declared fully operational by the force commander, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, on ...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 03:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

This is why they want these - http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis/naval-technology/2692-turkish-navy-future-lhd-model-showcased-with-f-35b-stovl-aircraft-at-idef-2015.html Remains to be seen if and when they actually do field this capability. Getting into the carrier business ev...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 03:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Man, these Qataris are in a hurry! They've already gone ahead and signed up for 12 additional Rafales with an option for 36 more, taking their total ordered to 36 and 36 options. The build up in the size of the QEAF is simply staggering. My guess is a lot of expats will be looking to secure lucrativ...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 01:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1021
Views: 164730

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

This should have been resolved earlier, and not let the contract lapse. The title of the article is sensationalist, as one can expect from a journo like Vivek Raghuvanshi, but I'm pretty certain it'll be resolved with someone having to pay. Going through the contract between the IAF and HAL will tel...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 00:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Can't fathom why Turkey would want STOVL fighters. They haven't operated any earlier, and with the current pilot pool shortage afflicting them after that tyrant purged the Air Force of people believed to have been involved in the coup attempt, it won't be easy to get pilots to fly these either. Turk...
by Kartik
08 Dec 2017 00:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 4796
Views: 425152

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

Truly hard to understand, except to justify it as currying favor and buying influence via defence deals. 3 different fighter types, all expensive, all twin engine multi-role types, within the last 3 years, while they still have 10-11 Mirage-2000s. https://www.flightglobal.com/assets/getasset.aspx?it...
by Kartik
07 Dec 2017 01:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

The IAF would go bankrupt with OPEX if they have a PBL type arrangement for fleet strength in 100's , its not practically possible unless we are dealing with dozen or 2 of them and they too comes with very high cost. The IAF may have low servicibility for a type during normal operations but that do...
by Kartik
01 Dec 2017 13:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

Just before Rafale deal, govt passed over option to buy €59 mln/unit cheaper Eurofighter Well, by that time, the MRCA deal was scrapped anyway. The GoI went with the IAF's selection, which was the Rafale. Whether the Typhoon would have been cheaper had a 36 unit order been pursued or not, is disput...
by Kartik
01 Dec 2017 12:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

UAE just signed up a contract to upgrade their Mirage 2000 - 9 ultra modern aircraft with the french. Wonder what is the latest bag of tricks unfolding for this very capable single engine aircraft. Here are the details UAE Mirage-2000-9 upgrade to include RDY-3 radar During Dubai Airshow 2017, held...
by Kartik
01 Dec 2017 11:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 431930

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

So the Bahrain deal has been finally signed. 16 F-16Vs for $2.3 billion

Twitter link

#Bahrain signs a deal worth over $2.3 billion to purchase 16 new F-16 fighter jets for the #RBAF


That's $143.75 per jet. Details are not clear as to what all was included in this price.
by Kartik
30 Nov 2017 05:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 431930

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Fairly interesting video of how pilots experience G forces. This is on a Gripen C. Do watch... This Video Shows A Gripen Test Pilot Flying The Jet’s Full Display Programme And Pulling 9g https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/29/this-video-shows-a-gripen-test-pilot-flying-the-jets-full-display-programm...
by Kartik
30 Nov 2017 04:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 468
Views: 66316

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

IR, it makes perfect sense to go in for more Rafale squadrons (at least two more). Silence the Congress criticism or otherwise let them come up with hard evidence that the BJP Govt actually did something wrong. All evidence so far is only heresay and theories. On another note - I could be wrong - b...
by Kartik
30 Nov 2017 01:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2225
Views: 346576

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

IAF test fires air launched Brahmos missile .. The Indian air force completed software modifications to the Su-30MKI and Hindustan Aeronautics made the required electrical and mechanical changes to the aircraft. The most difficult modification was optimising the transfer alignment of the inertial s...
by Kartik
30 Nov 2017 01:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5104
Views: 431930

Re: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter

Last Fort Worth built F-16 leaves LM factory Lockheed Martin’s last F-16 produced at its Fort Worth, Texas facility rolled out the door on 14 November, marking the end of a 40-year era for the single-engined fighter. The last Texas-made F-16 will fly with the Iraqi air force, but over the last four...
by Kartik
29 Nov 2017 04:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I don't know if this was posted here earlier or not- the next Tejas Mk1 squadron will be No.18 'Flying Bullets'. An honor for team Tejas. From Tejas LCA's FB page Tejas, on her journey, would find another home in the Form of No. 18 Squadron of the Indian Air Force also known as 'The Flying Bullets' ...
by Kartik
28 Nov 2017 03:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Can you post the pic, if possible..? I checked again, might not be in IOC 2 brochure, but I definitely have seen in, unless my memory is playing tricks on me. That sort of twin-rack for 2X500 lb LGBs on the twin under-fuselage hardpoints is seen on the Gripen E brochures, but I've never seen it on ...
by Kartik
28 Nov 2017 03:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Indranil wrote:Already plumbed. In maximum bomb config, it can carry 7 1000 lb bombs or 5 LGBs.


5 LBGs would mean centerline hardpoint to carry 1 LGB? AFAIK, 2 LGBs cannot be fitted on the tandem stores pylon, due to their additional length.
by Kartik
28 Nov 2017 03:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 2232
Views: 267186

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Surely IAF is still hung up with FOC if we take what HAL CMD says at face value - IAF has not given a go ahead for metal cutting of second batch of 20 jets still. I don't have to explain what does that mean to deliveries. Its rather surprising that the metal cutting for 20 FOC birds not started yet...
by Kartik
23 Nov 2017 01:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 2225
Views: 346576

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

F**k yeah!! Now that is one heck of a macho fighter! Just look at the length of that thing between its intakes! https://forum.keypublishing.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=257189&d=1511349458 https://forum.keypublishing.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=257190&d=1511349481

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