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by Kartik
16 Jan 2019 17:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1696
Views: 250363

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

X-Post from the International Aerospace Discussion thread. France orders upgraded Rafale warplanes for $2.3 billion https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2019/01/14/france-orders-upgraded-rafale-warplanes-for-23-billion/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Socialflow+D...
by Kartik
12 Jan 2019 03:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

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by Kartik
12 Jan 2019 03:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

LSP-4 with 725 liter centerline drop tank
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LSP-7 with 2 X High Speed Low Drag bombs

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by Kartik
12 Jan 2019 03:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

LSP-5 and LSP-8 during trials http://i.imgur.com/V4bIFw6.jpg http://i.imgur.com/TT3vT9C.jpg http://i.imgur.com/VtQnJcH.jpg http://i.imgur.com/jFvld8Y.jpg LSP-5 and LSP-7 during Iron Fist http://i.imgur.com/vgK0kBZ.jpg http://i.imgur.com/r034NGX.jpg http://i.imgur.com/hDME0HP.jpg
by Kartik
12 Jan 2019 01:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1696
Views: 250363

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

Didn't we have LCA parts make to some 10 micron standard? Aren't we there already? no, not 10 micron tolerance, but rather 80 micron tolerance link to article .. The HAL plans to take the production rate to 16 aircraft per year from 2017 onwards. The facility will be upgraded to a major manufacturi...
by Kartik
12 Jan 2019 00:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Looks like the Israeli-Croatian deal for 12 used but upgraded F-16 Baraks has fallen through thanks to the US not granting permission for the sale to go through.

Israel fighter jet sale to Croatia falls through after US objections
by Kartik
11 Jan 2019 05:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST A newly-launched prototyping program could lead to a fleet-wide electronic warfare upgrade for the U.S. Air Force’s more than 900 F-16s. The proposed upgrades could include a full suite of passive and active systems, including a digital radar warning receiver, self-protection jammer a...
by Kartik
11 Jan 2019 01:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1696
Views: 250363

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

From AW&ST Dassault Aviation delivered 12 Rafale fighter jets in 2018, including three jets delivered to France and nine elsewhere, compared to nine deliveries in 2017, the company reports. In 2018, Dassault took orders for 12 Rafale jets as Qatar took options for the aircraft. Dassault’s backlo...
by Kartik
10 Jan 2019 07:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

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Pic courtesy: Deb Rana
by Kartik
10 Jan 2019 05:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Don't get carried away with this report. the RMAF requirement is for a Lead-In Fighter Trainer which can also double as a light fighter..and while the Tejas has a trainer variant, there is a LOT of work to be done to make it reach the T-50 level or the M-346 level for the trainer role, in the simula...
by Kartik
10 Jan 2019 02:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread
Replies: 10
Views: 3380

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 picture thread

Tejas Mk1 prototype LSP-4 (KH-2014) with 4 X 1000 lb dumb bombs, 2 drop tanks and 2 R-73 missiles and Litening LDP https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/49292625_2087756104635767_8684517442669510656_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=d95125fff3d6f67043050dfc986eff09&o...
by Kartik
09 Jan 2019 03:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST RCAF finalises deal to acquire 25 used Boeing F/A-18 A/Bs from the RAAF The Royal Canadian Air Force has finalized a deal to acquire 25 used BoeingF/A-18s from Australia to serve as a stopgap until Ottawa chooses a long-term replacement for its similarly vintaged CF-18 fleet. The Aust...
by Kartik
02 Jan 2019 04:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

What is not clear is whether the Mk1A prototypes will be new builds or one of the later LSP variants. I don’t see a reason for a new build LCA Mk1A when the structural differences are likely to be not that significant. Wiring, LRUs etc. the innards can all be redone but the wings and fuselage assemb...
by Kartik
01 Jan 2019 06:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

So its confirmed! Great news! Congratulations to ADA, DRDO for all the effort that was put in and to the MoD for having followed up the program to this point. It will be a really big day for aviation in India when this milestone is achieved. :)
by Kartik
31 Dec 2018 03:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Are you not aware that HAL has already started putting together parts for SP-21 and SP-22? And that FOC is just around the corner?
by Kartik
22 Dec 2018 09:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

First flight of Tejas Mk1A prototype? How is that possible with no prototype even having been assembled?
by Kartik
21 Dec 2018 13:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Another rubbish article by Mohan Guruswamy. Best ignored.
by Kartik
20 Dec 2018 04:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST Japan to buy additional 105 F-35s, including 63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs, for a total fleet of 147 F-35s..they'll be the largest F-35 operator outside of the USA. Japan is adding 105 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings to its fighter acquisition program, while also upgrading Boeing F-15s and ...
by Kartik
20 Dec 2018 02:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

12 more days to go and SP-13 and SP-15 should hopefully fly before the end of the year (as per Anantha Krishnan's report a month or so ago)
by Kartik
19 Dec 2018 02:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Was just reading the AESA RFQ documents from HAL (on Trishul blog, hence not linking it here) and it is clear that : 1) HAL clearly states that the EW suite (Digital RWR, podded jammer) must be compatible with the AESA radar being supplied. Hence, the choice of the EW suite is more dependant on the ...
by Kartik
18 Dec 2018 12:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3834
Views: 528127

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Another good image of LUH's 3rd prototype PT3. Looks good!

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by Kartik
15 Dec 2018 00:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1696
Views: 250363

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

Shameless Congi anti-nationals will try to come up with some new lies to counter the Supreme Court's decision. They will not let this go since it is the only issue they have been trying to malign the NDA govt. and specifically PM Modi with.
by Kartik
15 Dec 2018 00:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Our target should be that LCA must be better than Indian upgraded Mig21s & Chinese copy of Mig21s, Rest is bonus. What is the point of such posts? :roll: The Tejas is way beyond what the Bison or J-7s are capability wise, that there is no point discussing how much of an improvement it is over t...
by Kartik
14 Dec 2018 03:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 988269

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017

Livefist twitter link had this first time ever shot of a Derby SAM fired by an IA SpyDer battery.

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Great shots of Akash & SpyDer systems in action at an @IAF_MCC guided weapon firing exercise at the Suryalanka base on the Andhra Pradesh coast.
by Kartik
14 Dec 2018 03:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1696
Views: 250363

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

The Media's Supreme Court Judge has already given his verdict.... :lol: https://twitter.com/ajaishukla/status/1073195561392721920 ----> Judgment Day tomorrow on the Rafale. The Supreme Court will pronounce its order on Friday on the Rafale petitions. Many will have sleepless nights tonight. But my ...
by Kartik
14 Dec 2018 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1696
Views: 250363

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

Rakesh wrote:https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1073243289082576896 ----> This photo just landed — RB008, the Indian Air Force’s 1st Rafale presses on with flight test at Istres, France.


^ Such a beauty !
by Kartik
13 Dec 2018 05:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Yes in this case it is a bit complicated from what I gather. There could be many underlying things to this around both the technical process of how you dispose off or sell equipment sold to you under FMS, or given as Military Aid but also around IP. Israel gets special concessions not afforded to m...
by Kartik
13 Dec 2018 04:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

100 more F-35s for Japan? Possibly so! from AW&ST BEIJING—Japan’s imminent five-year defense plan will include the purchase of 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings, to be followed by a further 50, the Mainichi newspaper says. A committee of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has approved replacem...
by Kartik
13 Dec 2018 00:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Thanks for the insights Brar. Wasn't aware of these details. AW&ST had this article but it didn't go anywhere near the details you provided. AW&ST TEL AVIV—The U.S. and Israel are hashing out last-minute differences over the sale of secondhand F-16 fighter aircraft to Croatia. Israel was amo...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 04:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Next time someone talks about the radius of fighter jets, here is a data point that cannot be refuted- E/A-18G Growler has a threshold radius of action of 370 nautical miles (685 kms) as can be figured out from the NGJ-MB's drag profile. A 4% variance in drag was stated and at the lower end of that ...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 03:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 618
Views: 92114

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Was this posted earlier? Alpha Design offers to upgrade Navy's Ka-28 ASW helis partnering with Adani Defence With the Navy embarking on an upgrade programme of a fleet of anti-submarine helicopters, Bengaluru-based defence equipment manufacturer Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd has offered "it...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 01:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 451
Views: 110235

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Pakistan has received all 4 Mi-35 gunships from Russia. Twitter link Pakistan army has received all four Mil Mi 35 M gunships from Russia. Pakistan has placed order of batch of five more units of Mi35M. Overall Pakistan is looking to raise fleet of 20 units. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dtlri3OXgAEyW...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 01:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 618
Views: 92114

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

No additional purchase. it will be one of the 2 INAS squadrons that will be relocated.
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 01:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST Japan reveals future fighter AESA radar http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2018/12/df-aesa1bradleyperrett-awstpromo.jpg For a few years, Japan’s defense ministry has allowed glimpses of the technology it has been preparing for its proposed Future Fighter...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST LONDON—A German think tank has suggested Berlin could go down the route of a split buy of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and Eurofighters as the country mulls replacing its Panavia Tornado fleet. The German Association for Foreign Policy’s (DGAP) study on the Tornado’s suc...
by Kartik
12 Dec 2018 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 774
Views: 93687

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

US refuses to allow Israel to sell 12 F-16s to Croatia. Totally unbelievable reason offered for why the sale couldn't go ahead! :roll: US blocks sale of used Israeli F-16 fighters to Croatia Israeli media reported on Thursday night that US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has not allowed Israel to ...
by Kartik
11 Dec 2018 20:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3467
Views: 730449

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Nope no Meteor for Mirages, not even in French service. Anyway the RDY-3 would not have been able to exploit the full range of the Meteor.
by Kartik
11 Dec 2018 03:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 451
Views: 110235

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

This had to happen, especially with the S-400 deal going through for India. Paki Army seeks to procure Chinese FD-2000 long range SAM systems- report Pakistan is studying the feasibility of procuring three or four FD-2000 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from China to fulfill its long...

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