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by Kartik
16 Apr 2021 18:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk2 Medium Weight Fighter: News & Discussion - 23 February 2019
Replies: 1099
Views: 353281

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

Tejas Mk2 loadout..with 6 Astra and 2 ASRAAM plus 2 large Rafale like drop tanks with the pinched waist and bulbous nose.

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by Kartik
16 Apr 2021 16:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF): News & Discussion
Replies: 573
Views: 151463

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

:shock: I would've thought wind tunnel testing would have been completed before they fixed on the model and displayed it publicly. Then you weren't aware of the updates that were given at Aero India 2021..that the model was still in development, with more changes expected as wind tunnel testing was...
by Kartik
16 Apr 2021 11:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Tejas carries Derby-ER AFAIK, it is using existing IN Derby BVRAAM stocks that were transferred to the IAF after the retirement of LUSH Sea Harriers. We have not yet placed any order for Derby-ER although IAI advertises that if a fighter is certified to carry and use the Derby, it can use the Derby...
by Kartik
12 Apr 2021 11:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019
Replies: 588
Views: 178907

Re: Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft: News & Discussion - 30 August 2019

Dileep wrote:Thanks Andy. Things looks great currently.


Heartening to hear that Dileep! Is your team also involved in the Tejas Mk2 program? If so, how are things on that front?
by Kartik
01 Apr 2021 16:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Is that a Python V that's being carried instead of the R-73E?

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by Kartik
31 Mar 2021 18:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 254
Views: 70933

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

Beautiful newly upgraded Jaguar DARIN 3 in primer..one of the clearest shots of this elusive big cat. [url=https://twitter.com/gaur_av_iation/status/1377198742151917569[/url] https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExzK8FVUUAAAc3z?format=jpg&name=large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ExzK8FUVoAId3bd?format=jpg&...
by Kartik
31 Mar 2021 18:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3723
Views: 819114

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Beautiful shot of Netra AEW&C

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pic credit Raghav Kidambi
by Kartik
31 Mar 2021 16:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

I am fairly confident that more Mk1 orders will come once IAF gets a taste of FOC jets and HAL streamlines the production. They will not let the production line go idle. The LCA IOC & FOC variants will always be viewed as WIP (work-in-progress) aircraft in the IAF ORBAT. So the right thing to d...
by Kartik
31 Mar 2021 16:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

I hope at least they'll integrate I-Derby ER quickly. IAI claimed that all operators and types integrated with Derby could use the I-Derby ER as the weight, interfaces and external shape are the same for both missiles. All changes are internal. But even with that, there may well be some qualificati...
by Kartik
30 Mar 2021 17:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Supposedly, Astra integration with Tejas Mk1 is going on. They are planning to finish qualifications with Mk1A qualifications. But the Mk1A is at least 3 years away from being produced. Is there any timeframe that you are aware of for Astra integration? And correct me if I’m wrong, but Mk1A gets a ...
by Kartik
29 Mar 2021 18:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Supposedly, Astra integration with Tejas Mk1 is going on.
by Kartik
29 Mar 2021 16:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 51786

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

Lovely shot of LA-5017 (SP-21). Image courtesy Deb Rana

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by Kartik
29 Mar 2021 16:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

^^^ What is the difference between the darker yellow and the yellow composite parts? Let me give a shot. The yellow parts are actually aluminum sheets, riveted on top on the composites. Take the wings. It is entirely made of composites. Without the aluminum sheet, it looks like grey plastic. Howeve...
by Kartik
28 Mar 2021 17:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

@Rakesh you have the best handle on confusing patterns of naming. Can you clarify please I am getting old Admiral ;-) (SP/LA-50XX) 01 to 16= 1st Squadron of LCA tejas all single seater(IOC II standard) (SP/LA-50XX) 17, 18 onwards till 32= 2nd Squadron of LCA tejas all single seater (FOC standard) S...
by Kartik
27 Mar 2021 11:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 51786

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

putnanja wrote:
Indranil wrote:Left out an artifact, if you look closely ;-)


The landing gear bay door has 12 on it, KH2012??


Ah looks like it may be SP12? LA 5012..

Build quality looks a lot better than it did on the LSPs.
by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 16:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 74346

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

That's just a fixed ventral fin for lateral stability at higher speeds. May also help with spin recovery, though I'm not sure of that. It's common in a lot of fighters, including the F-16, which has 2 which were added for improved lateral stability at supersonic speeds. Bandar has 2 as well. MiG-23 ...
by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 16:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 254
Views: 70933

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

Nah, not in my opinion..the LCA is a looker no doubt, but the Mirage-2000 is simply the most beautiful of all, IMO. The proportions are simply perfect and the curves..one couldn't do it better. That image you posted actually got me thinking..now that there are so many digital artists out there with ...
by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 13:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 74346

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

HTT-40 coming in to land. Image credit - Gaur.aviation Gurus, could someone please educate me as to what the doors on the bottom rear of the plane are ? ... appears to be some kind of bay... In the last few weeks, so many beautiful pics of the HTT-40 have been posted - and in most of these pics, th...
by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019
Replies: 254
Views: 70933

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 06 March 2019

The very definition of elegance and beauty..

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Image credit - Gaur.aviation
by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 11:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 51786

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

Tejas Mk1 with 2 wing drop tanks.

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by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 11:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 4003
Views: 849462

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

https://twitter.com/AviationWall/status/1374369896402874373?s=20 ---> You can’t blend in when you are born to stand out. The Aviators of the Indian Air Force with their bird Su-30MKI. What's the pod/device hanging off the outer pylon on the starboard wing? ACMI pod with a cover on it? Litening LDP
by Kartik
26 Mar 2021 11:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Can someone please throw some light on iconography? Yellow rescue arrow, white-red double triangle and 3 legged arrow on intakes. What are the parameters that decides size and color of those symbols? On western jets we mostly see those grey shades - almost blended into shade of the jet. So why they...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Light Utility Helicopter: News & Discussion: 06 Feb 2021
Replies: 32
Views: 6408

Re: Light Utility Helicopter: News & Discussion: 06 Feb 2021

Good view of the LUH with the modified skids that were apparently more aerodynamically refined. Not sure whether it'll enter production with this skid design or the earlier one. https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/102370269_273852487296135_825817307105855109_n.jpg?t...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 51786

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

Radome gives it away as one of the older LSPs with the IFR probe fitted and not a new FOC Tejas Mk1 https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/135012252_1267088986997050_8343009411790591262_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Tejas Mk1 with Derby BVRAAMs, R-73Es and 2 drop tanks. This image is dated Sept 2020, so it's been a while..yet to see a No.45 Squadron Tejas flying with the Derby. https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/118966838_156422139418839_1270350837608966005_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 74346

Re: HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft: News & Discussions - 08 September 2019

HTT-40 coming in to land. https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/150824612_894392981385266_4544919356886786120_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=102&_nc_ohc=oq_KU8H4ggYAX-bpi5w&ccb=7-4&oh=35027f4bbac6169c770fe9fd26cf60eb&...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer: News & Discussion - 24 April 2019
Replies: 120
Views: 46066

Re: HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer: News & Discussion - 24 April 2019

Sitara and HTT-40 together https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/145816563_1050138148804397_6839484937051632097_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=8VFtMWdqX98AX8VnCZd&ccb=7-4&oh=783ed0e40c11338b48a41d199a6e3a36&a...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020
Replies: 419
Views: 99506

Re: Naval Tejas Mk1: News & Discussion - 03 January 2020

Love this shot! LCA Navy NP2 https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/137055704_3655427861190285_4998786756124243509_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=E7rbD44R7E0AX8xHtyV&ccb=7-4&oh=174c025b4573e8f62139ca5c857409c9...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 51786

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

Not sure which serial number since it's been erased, but nevertheless a nice pic https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/150871706_337218430985835_1260649437221138364_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=N1xJXf1c6X4AX-pZ-nT&...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer: News & Discussion - 24 April 2019
Replies: 120
Views: 46066

Re: HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer: News & Discussion - 24 April 2019

Beautiful shot of the HJT-36 Sitara https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/155247993_488941595608781_7884322938787756387_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=xe0W4EE-2MYAX_rmIBi&ccb=7-4&oh=aea5f2cc5ed05a4634d4f0b276...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

What a beauty! Not sure which one, but this image appears to be dated earlier than SP-24's first flight, so it could be SP-23 https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/156420272_492274541765460_1209207653641069705_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 4003
Views: 849462

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

Astra Mk1 BVRAAM between the intakes of a Su-30MKI https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/157157345_446834113413147_8944475032378022079_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=KOImhNkzGrYAX9UUI3C&ccb=7-4&oh=c0335b6280a...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Another shot that looks like SP-24, the latest FOC fighter to fly. https://scontent-lax3-2.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/159485689_453259596094602_1995699811725977479_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=AaDuSriZZ6gAX_v_jqg&ccb=7-4&am...
by Kartik
25 Mar 2021 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 716
Views: 193984

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021

Another great shot of the Tejas Mk1 undergoing testing with 2 X Derby BVRAAMs and 2 X R-73Es and 2 drop tanks https://scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/e35/s1080x1080/160024540_313232166813789_4979422762608083637_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=109&...
by Kartik
22 Mar 2021 12:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Light Combat Helicopter: News & Discussion: 10 August 2020
Replies: 203
Views: 58196

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

Indeed, the IAF grey suits the LCH..would've loved the Apache style olive green on the electro optical pod, which I find pretty nice looking.
by Kartik
21 Mar 2021 18:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 3843
Views: 790898

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

IAF Rafale BS014..Pic courtesy Vincent Barriat https://scontent.fpnq10-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/161449703_3890364747691712_1880275159292949000_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=kqmIEbqiLiIAX-zy7zz&_nc_ht=scontent.fpnq10-1.fna&oh=0b50b2c03f6c01adce2845a5e4c04577&...

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