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by Kartik
12 Jun 2019 00:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126557

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

Saab flies third Gripen E test aircraft

The pace of testing is increasing as Saab works towards getting the Gripen E into initial service with Swedish and Brazilian Air Forces.
by Kartik
12 Jun 2019 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126557

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

Khalsa wrote:Guys I think there are some non bison Mig21s out there. Not trainers.


Yes there are. The ACM flew in one of them recently. MiG-21 Type 96 is still operated. Not sure as to how many squadrons still operate it or the exact numbers in operation.

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by Kartik
12 Jun 2019 00:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

I am amused. Rafale is our silver bullet, and all we can afford is 36 for our IAF (where apart from being the most frontline aircraft, it will also be used for strategic role - with grand total of 36 planes). Now we will buy 57 of these for IN, to do what exactly? Enforce see blockage of TSP? When ...
by Kartik
07 Jun 2019 00:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

My God! What pictures!! Thank you so much for posting them all. Can’t get over how beautiful the Naval LCA looks in flight. Both single and twin seaters.

I really am looking forward to seeing these testing off of INS Vikramaditya.
by Kartik
06 Jun 2019 23:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1112
Views: 167100

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

First Rafales arrive in Qatar Qatar received its first batch of Dassault Rafale combat aircraft on 5 June, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced. The first five of 36 aircraft ordered for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) were received by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, during ...
by Kartik
02 Jun 2019 06:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 762
Views: 208178

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

Yes Kartik, but the article you posted mention LCAs a hundred times and have me thinking that they have all but decided on the LCA. How can we not be excited? I'm willing to drink a gallon of palm oil if it helps. They’re calling the contest for a LCA class or Light Combat Aircraft, which doesn’t r...
by Kartik
31 May 2019 23:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 762
Views: 208178

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

I would advise people to take this Malaysian contest a little lightly for now. this Malaysian order is some way off from going to the next stage, given that their govt. has not even "approved" the Light Fighter program, far from allocating any budget to it. There is NO money to buy new Lig...
by Kartik
31 May 2019 23:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126557

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

Saab advances Gripen E test program https://www.ainonline.com/sites/default/files/uploads/2019/05/gripen_e_39-8-c-beth_stevenson.jpg Saab has begun run tests of the third Gripen E test aircraft ahead of a pending first flight, as the Swedish company ramps up development of the new fighter to enable...
by Kartik
31 May 2019 22:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4046
Views: 625682

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Hari Nair sir, I had read somewhere that there was a plan to install a Longbow like fire control radar on the LCH. Is that a capability that is actually planned for the LCH?
by Kartik
31 May 2019 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 762
Views: 208178

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

Ok so an older annual report. Was hoping that a newer annual report would be made public.
by Kartik
31 May 2019 10:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Exactly. Without some confirmation from very reliable sources we won’t know for sure which Derby it is that they’re referring to. But if the Su-30MKI does get the ER variant then one can safely assume that the Mk1A and Mk2 too shall get it.
by Kartik
31 May 2019 01:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 271
Views: 64497

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

ATAGS user trials to be concluded in 2 more months time. 2 prototypes, G1 and G2 from Tata Power SED and Kalyani Strategic Systems are being evaluated and the winner will get to build more of the ATAGS (G1 or G2), in a 2:1 ratio. But good to see that both the manufacturers will be rewarded for their...
by Kartik
31 May 2019 01:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

2 launches required before the Brahmos-A is officially inducted into service. Jane's link The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 May against a land target off the country's east coast in the Bay ...
by Kartik
31 May 2019 00:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Kartik interesting (and good news) is that i-Derby ER is standard fit for LCA as well. Any other sources to confirm this? Karan, I had tried to get confirmation on this from the Tejas LCA FB page many months ago, but not received any reply as yet. The problem is that some of these articles ( like t...
by Kartik
30 May 2019 02:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Some more details on the changes that were made to the i-Derby-ER from the original Derby BVRAAM. Range quoted as more than 60 miles which is more than 97 kms. So a 100 km+ range. Rafael unveils long range Derby missile Rafael’s Derby active-radar air-to-air missile has been in service since 1998 an...
by Kartik
30 May 2019 00:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Jane's Rahul Bedi is also confirming the news that Vishnu Som broke. Apparently the deal is "imminent". IAF plans to arm its Su-30MKI fleet with i-Derby-ER BVRAAMs The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to arm its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with the Rafael Advanced Defense...
by Kartik
30 May 2019 00:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

I just don't understand why do we need 2-3 years to qualify desi missiles on our aircraft but accept foreign maal as ready to go. Why aren't there umpteen wind tunnel, integration, carriage, separation and firing tests? Why should IDerby be quicker to qualify on Su-30MKI than Astra, Brahmos-A, NGAR...
by Kartik
30 May 2019 00:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4046
Views: 625682

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Thanks for posting that Snehashis. Hadn't seen that before. But I haven't yet seen any ALH Dhruv with that wire cutter system.
by Kartik
29 May 2019 02:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4046
Views: 625682

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Really ?? Wow..that's a shocker for me. Seems like a requirement that could be very easily met.
by Kartik
29 May 2019 02:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 1278
Views: 293450

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

I wouldn't start shooting the messenger yet. Vishnu's not doing anything but informing people of the likelihood of the I-Derby ER BVRAAM being integrated on the Su-30MKI. We were similarly skeptical of Shiv Aroor's claim on the ASRAAM being integrated with the Tejas and now it that news is confirmed...
by Kartik
29 May 2019 00:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4046
Views: 625682

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

One point I noted upon looking at the closeup of the Mi-17 V5 and the LCH..I don't see a wire-cutter on the LCH or Dhruv ALH. On all other helicopters, you'll find that wire-cutters are mounted, both above and below the cockpit, to mitigate the risk of snagging a power line and catching the rotors w...
by Kartik
24 May 2019 04:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126557

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

From AW&ST Saab Developing Podded EW System Aerospace Daily & Defense Report May 22, 2019 , p. 6 Tony Osborne LINKOPING, Sweden—Saab is preparing to flight test a new jammer pod using the technologies from the electronic warfare system fitted to the new Gripen E fighter. The flight trials ar...
by Kartik
24 May 2019 04:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 997
Views: 126557

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

From AW&ST Saab Ramps Up Gripen E Flight Testing For First Deliveries Aerospace Daily & Defense Report May 22, 2019 , p. 1 Tony Osborne LINKOPING, Sweden—Saab plans to have eight of its new-generation Gripen E combat aircraft flying by the end of this year as it ramps up flight testing. The ...
by Kartik
23 May 2019 02:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1112
Views: 167100

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

An absolute must-read. Gives a good insight into what level of capability the EA-18G Growler brings in. And with a new EA-18G Growler Block II on the anvil, this game changing capability is what makes the Super Hornet a really credible option for both the IAF and IN. From AW&ST. https://aviation...
by Kartik
22 May 2019 12:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

One exception. Nobody who lands on an AC is a rookie :wink: I meant landings on the SBTF. Practiced till the rookie is qualified to do the same on the actual carrier. We were sending rookies to Kingsville in the US for training on Goshawks for carrier landing qualification. That entire training mus...
by Kartik
22 May 2019 02:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1112
Views: 167100

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

An towed system is better when you have the organic EW system that is capable and can do a lot of the computational and ESM work to help develop the jamming solution. The Brite Cloud solution actually allows a lot of this to be incorporated on aircraft that don't necessarily have a highly capable o...
by Kartik
22 May 2019 02:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

Kartik, I heard your proposal is already a consideration within IN! Very glad to hear that all the effort that has been sunk into the program so far may likely bring about some really useful capability for the IN. the N-LCA Mk1 can emerge as the only dedicated supersonic carrier trainer in the worl...
by Kartik
21 May 2019 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4822
Views: 645303

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

Was this posted before? No.51 Squadron issues new patch 'Falcon Slayers' and 'AMRAAM dodgers' https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6df812U8AAFRYa.jpg The Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison Squadron No. 51 has come up with new shoulder patches with title 'Falcon Slayers' to commemorate the shooting down of Pakist...
by Kartik
21 May 2019 21:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces
Replies: 2994
Views: 245781

Re: Miscellaneous Pictures - Indian Armed Forces

New Patch of No.51 Squadron 'Falcon Slayers' :D

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by Kartik
21 May 2019 02:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

The way I see it- the N-LCA Mk1 still has the potential to become a good naval carrier fighter trainer. The Indian Navy could use it like the USN uses its Goshawks, with one key difference being that the N-LCA Mk1 is supersonic. Use the N-LCA Mk1 to learn and master the difficult skill of trapping a...
by Kartik
20 May 2019 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/60546079_2285331114894657_7742719041227194368_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=2e0738d8887b3aa083ff62bde592c280&oe=5D524F79 The Naval LCA continues to undergo the testing. Seen here is the NP-1 during one of the wave-off approa...
by Kartik
20 May 2019 22:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1/Mk2: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 174
Views: 49386

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

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/60591685_2281818515245917_8711978020451123200_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=ab4747fc974483fe9719febeaf962783&oe=5D5AA14E While the Air force Version of Tejas has been the talk of town, the naval version continues with the fl...
by Kartik
18 May 2019 00:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 775
Views: 188987

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

PAF prepares for arrival of final JF-17 Block 2 and JF-17B The final three Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder Block II multirole combat aircraft are set to be delivered to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by late June, the service has told Jane's . The aircraft are part of an order place...
by Kartik
17 May 2019 01:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Russian Weapons & Military Technology
Replies: 1615
Views: 241780

Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Putin may order 76 Su-57 fighters for the Russian Air Force, to be delivered by 2028 Putin calls for additional Su-57s and Mi-28NMs With six Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters providing an escort to the presidential Ilyushin Il-96-300 VVIP transport, Vladimir Putin arrived in style on May 14 at ...
by Kartik
17 May 2019 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1112
Views: 167100

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

IMO, the expendable towed decoy is an absolute must-have piece of equipment for all of the IAF's current and future assets. Haven't yet heard of any such indigenous solution or an Israeli solution that could be integrated. Even the Rafale doesn't have this counter-active AAM feature. Not sure about ...
by Kartik
17 May 2019 00:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 4046
Views: 625682

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

rrao wrote:Boeing photographer is smart!!! Longbow radome is not seen clearly!!!


Nothing of that sort. There are plenty of very clear images that show that the first Apache is one without a Longbow radar. half of the IAF's Apaches are non-Longbow equipped.
by Kartik
16 May 2019 03:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 1112
Views: 167100

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST https://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2019/05/file-108.jpeg PHILADELPHIA—Boeing has completed initial wind-tunnel tests of a compound-helicopter version of the AH-64E Apache, showing potential for increased speed and range. The aircraft has a tail-mounted ...

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