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by Kartik
20 Feb 2018 23:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2992
Views: 291484

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

AMCA looks more and more like a "Science Project" , Since the time it was called MCA there has been not much progress beyond CGI or Scale Model , Every AI we see some changes in AMCA model compared to previous AI model displayed but by and large the stastics remains the same since the fin...
by Kartik
20 Feb 2018 05:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 10950

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

From AW&ST Switzerland has temporarily grounded its fleet of F/A-18 Hornet fighters following the discovery of a crack in the hinge of an aircraft’s landing flap. The Swiss Air Force ordered the grounding on Jan. 31 after the issue was detected on a single-seat F/A-18 after a training flight. In...
by Kartik
20 Feb 2018 01:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2992
Views: 291484

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Just for the sake of looking at it whenever I read this thread again.

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Does look beautiful, doesn't she?!
by Kartik
20 Feb 2018 01:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2992
Views: 291484

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Hoot!!!! This made my say. And on top of that they chose my favorite looking model :D I think they are going to sacrifice RCS on strike missions anyhow, so an external Litening pod does not bother me. Which one out of these? Personally speaking, I loved the 3B-03 model the most. But I couldn't say ...
by Kartik
20 Feb 2018 01:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2992
Views: 291484

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

https://www.ada.gov.in/currentdocs/EOI%20for%20Manufacture%20of%20NGTD.pdf ADA/COM/IND/EOI/NGTD/2017-2018/SU Date: 16/02/2018 Aeronautical Development Agency is an autonomous Body setup under Ministry of Defence, Governmentof India for research and development of Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (L...
by Kartik
18 Feb 2018 02:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 96
Views: 18719

Re: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Kartik, No trainers with the squadrons. They borrow from ADA whenever required. Thanks for clarifying IR. I did have another question- will the Tejas Mk1A prototypes be modified LSP prototypes? Would make more sense than dedicating resources and using up production and assembly slots on the existin...
by Kartik
15 Feb 2018 02:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion
Replies: 3837
Views: 600868

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

This event seems to have been done with an eye towards some of the F-414 manufacturing being shifted to India, as part of whatever offsets will be needed if the Tejas Mk2 comes about and uses the F-414. GE & TASL develop engine manufacturing facility General Electric (GE) and Tata Advanced Syste...
by Kartik
15 Feb 2018 01:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3270
Views: 347758

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

I hope it gets a quiet burial when LUH gets IOC by the end of this year. To me this sounds like a death wish for a part of our army that are supplied by helicopters With the Ka-226T's deal not yet having been signed, no assembly and manufacturing facility setup work having been started, one can saf...
by Kartik
13 Feb 2018 05:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 96
Views: 18719

Re: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

No, none has been delivered after the second trainer. But, one apparently is pretty much in service with No.45 now. Perhaps your sources could confirm.
by Kartik
13 Feb 2018 04:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3270
Views: 347758

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Interesting that there is no mention of assembling Ka-226Ts at this new helicopter manufacturing facility at Tumkur.
by Kartik
13 Feb 2018 04:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 96
Views: 18719

Re: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

IR, from what I had gathered looking at earlier programs on No.45, it seems that one of the trainers was actually in service with the squadron. Even the induction ceremony had 2 single seater SPs and 1 trainer PV. Had also read it somewhere in an article.
by Kartik
10 Feb 2018 12:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas: News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 96
Views: 18719

Re: Tejas : News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Series production birds are registered starting with LA, not LH
by Kartik
10 Feb 2018 04:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2014
Views: 299758

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Chinese Su-35s now fully operational Any lingering doubts over China’s plans to introduce Russian-made Su-35 multi-role fighters have been removed, with recent confirmation that the jet is now fully operational. Photos of the aircraft were published showing it participating in a joint combat exerci...
by Kartik
10 Feb 2018 00:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 632
Views: 88760

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

Just one data point- the man hours for the HAL assembled Rafales were apparently 2.4 times higher than those for Dassault assembled Rafales. That estimation remained a point of contention till the very end of the MRCA contest. Also one must remember that way before the demise of the MRCA deal, Dassa...
by Kartik
10 Feb 2018 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 632
Views: 88760

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

Very good article Mihir! Please pass it along to other publications as well. Firstpost, Swarajya and others if possible. More people need to read it. The whole farce of a forced "scam" where none exists is too much for bear, especially coming from the Congress party, which ran the entire M...
by Kartik
09 Feb 2018 23:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462162

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Rakesh, it was Ashishvikas who had posted it on BRF. And I agree, we need to maintain a running tally of the number of SP fighters joining No.45 Squadron and with their first flight dates preferably. It's the only way to be accurately tell how the production line ramps up. Ashish had posted this ear...
by Kartik
09 Feb 2018 23:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462162

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Glad to hear that SP-5 finally flew. Once handed over to No.45 squadron, that'll be 7 SPs plus 1 trainer in service. Can someone find the number that HAL had said would be delivered by 2017 fiscal year end, which is March 2018 and less than 2 months away now? Was it 11 airframes? IR, will SP8 and 9 ...
by Kartik
07 Feb 2018 03:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2014
Views: 299758

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Fighter quandry bugs new Chinese carrier In November 2017, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and several PRC defense industry officials made a number of claims about the next-generation of Beijing’s aircraft carriers. Currently, the PLAN operates one carrier, the CV-16 Liaoning, which was or...
by Kartik
06 Feb 2018 06:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 10950

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

RAF to scrap twin seat Typhoons Clearly, the RAF is having a really tough time with budgets, if they're having to scrap and then cannibalise their twin seaters to keep sustainment costs lower on the rest of the single seater fleet The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to scrap 16 UK Eurofighter Typhoons ...
by Kartik
06 Feb 2018 00:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 172
Views: 32091

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

No, there is no video of the SD-10 being fired from the JF-17 that I know of. And it is indeed strange that they didn't show the video of the firing and separation from the JF-17.
by Kartik
06 Feb 2018 00:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 462162

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

link to FG 05 February, 2018 SOURCE: Flight International BY: Murdo Morrison Tel Aviv India and Australia are among the Asia-Pacific nations that Rafael has firmly in its sights with its current and in-development weapons and targeting systems. The company is “in the final stages” of developing the...
by Kartik
02 Feb 2018 03:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 10950

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Just putting these figures out to benchmark against the HTT-40's schedule performance, from program start (not contract signature, since the IAF was busy putting up fake excuses to not begin HTT-40 development) to first flight and now from first flight to actual delivery. Average time from contract ...
by Kartik
02 Feb 2018 03:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 10950

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Program started around 2012. The A version is a trainer. The B is light attack. They are hawking this for export already. Turkey’s MIC is up and coming. They run very efficient projects with fast timelines. Interested to see how their TFX fair against the Korean KFX and our AMCA in coming years. Th...
by Kartik
02 Feb 2018 03:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 10950

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Hurkus-B seems to have winglets, I have seen only few basic trainer aircraft having winglets. Popular PC-21 (expanded envelope) is one of them. Any particular reason of not having then, no harm in including them ... the Hurkus looks very similar to the PC-21 with some minor differences. Perhaps not...
by Kartik
02 Feb 2018 00:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

The data available on the RFI says that 2 engines only, but did it say that only 2 man crew without operator? I will have to bow out of this bizarre semantic jugglery where one has to interpret that what has not been said can be cited as a requirement on the basis of the argument that a boom operat...
by Kartik
02 Feb 2018 00:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

One is mystified by the only 2 engine req.It should be the fuel economics of operating the engines, maintenance cycle and more importantly the overall capability of the aircraft and its cost-effectiveness in the long term ,plus initial capital cost for a cash strapped IAF.This is the wretched SEF s...
by Kartik
01 Feb 2018 04:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread
Replies: 172
Views: 32091

Re: Pakistan Armed Forces: News & Discussion Thread

Pakistan evaluating new attack helicopter The Pakistan Army is looking at procuring a new attack helicopter type to enhance its current capabilities as part of a wider modernisation of its rotary-winged assault capabilities. The Turkish T-129 is one of a number of attack helicopter types that Pakis...
by Kartik
01 Feb 2018 03:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

I am "basically" saying nothing more than indicated by the data available to both you and me. News reports say that the IAF has released an RFI for a tanker that is "twin engine" and with "two crew" members (for cost considerations as per the reports on the previous pa...
by Kartik
01 Feb 2018 03:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Answered that question a few posts above. They had an average of 80,000 hours of airframe life left in them. They are currently flying 350 hours a year.The age of the airfame is not the problem here. How long have the B-52s been flying? They are supposed to fly till 2040! Making IAF agree was a pro...
by Kartik
01 Feb 2018 03:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Don't forget thtat the Avro was the ill-fated AEW platform that took not just the crew but the cream of the team working on the desi AEW aircraft.The airframe was supposedly found to be too weak for the radome in the investigation. No it wasn't the airframe's issue. It was the fault of the brackets...
by Kartik
01 Feb 2018 03:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mig-21 Showdown begins in 2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3740

Re: Mig-21 Showdown begins in 2014

Those MiG-21Ms will be gone by this year as well, along with the MiG-21Bis variant.

So will that leave just 126 Bison or 126+50 Bison?
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 05:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 690
Views: 72439

Re: Project 75I - It Begins

https://twitter.com/SJha1618/status/923947447566475269 ---> Japan's counter-OBOR (One Belt, One Road) proposition needs to be examined carefully. But it must fully reflect Indian strategic sensitivities. Japan to propose strategic dialogue with US, India and Australia: Report https://economictimes....
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 05:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mig-21 Showdown begins in 2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3740

Re: Mig-21 Showdown begins in 2014

One question for those who may know about this- the IAF had gone in for 126 MiG-21 Bison upgrade kits, with an option for 50 more. Does anyone know if those 50 options were converted to firm orders? Considering that there are MiG-21Bis still flying today and the MiG-21Bis will finally be retired fro...
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 05:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mig-21 Showdown begins in 2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3740

Re: Mig-21 Showdown begins in 2014

The MiG-21M also featured a RWR, and so did the MiG-21Bis. The big difference came with the Bison that had a digital Tarang RWR.
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 01:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Better to have it and not need it rather than to need it and not have it. It doesn't stop the aircraft from regular hose-and-drogue refueling. Having it and not needing it would be a ludicrous waste like a man buying tampons for himself.That probe on the C-130J would be as much a waste as a 100% us...
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 01:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

So an IAF tanker will be capable of refueling a C-17 or P-8 with its boom and a Su-30/Tejas/Rafale through its hose. The C-130 & conceived SEF might be able to use either. You mean a hose/basket will get attached to the end of a boom for the C-130. I'll believe that if and when I see a flying b...
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 01:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015
Replies: 3752
Views: 273091

Re: Indian Military Aviation - 21 Sept 2015

Probe and drogue and flying boom are different systems. Boom is rigid and gives high flow rates - but only 1 a/c can be refuelled at at a time. Probe and drogue is a hose, lower flow rate, can feed multiple aircraft and can be adapted for buddy-buddy refuelling. I don't see India changing over to f...
by Kartik
31 Jan 2018 01:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 2992
Views: 291484

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

There are already some GE-414 delivered if I am not mistaken :) That assumes GE-414 has already been selected for AMCA! For all practical purposes, it has been selected as the engine for the first stage of the program, which is till the 4th prototype. They will need to then collaborate with the eng...
by Kartik
30 Jan 2018 06:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2014
Views: 299758

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

None would have survived that crash. It's well nigh next to impossible to bail out of such jets. Here's a link showing satellite imagery of air bases near Doklam on both Indian and Chinese side of the border. Significant fighter, heli and UAV assets were placed at Shigatse by the Chinese, in additio...

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