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by enaiel
19 Sep 2018 04:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

The truth is that even if HAL solved their issues which led them to producing only 6 LCA last FY, they still wouldn't be able to deliver their promised 12 LCA this FY because the SoP for LCA FOC SP-21 has not been finalized. And after they're through that hurdle, they will still not be able to deliv...
by enaiel
18 Sep 2018 23:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

A quick internet search would prove you wrong: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/india-s-local-aircraft-maker-enhances-jet-production-capacity The Modi government approved an 13.81 billion rupee ($210 million) plan on March 15, 2017 to ramp up production of the Tejas jets at HAL fro...
by enaiel
18 Sep 2018 22:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

Are you saying that the only way to make sure HAL produces 16 aircraft a year, is to pay them for 24 aircraft a year :shock:
by enaiel
18 Sep 2018 22:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

The current production is being done on two lines. 5+3 for a total of 8 per year capacity. What needs to be done urgently is to increase to 16 from 8 the new production line that is being set at HAL. About 1,380 crores have been sanctioned for this. Increase the outlay by another 50% and maybe we m...
by enaiel
15 Sep 2018 01:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

Does anyone know when HAL actually received the funds for the second line? I'm guessing it was sometime in 2017.
Also, we might see a delay in getting SP-21 because FOC SoP is not frozen yet.
by enaiel
14 Sep 2018 23:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

The only reliable targets published by HAL are probably from here: https://twitter.com/writetake/status/827122637327314944?lang=en Here's #Tejas SP schedule at HAL for all those pinged me today, post my piece. 16-17: 5; 17-18: 8, 18-19: 12, 19-20: 16. HAL goes by Fiscal Year (April to March). Lets s...
by enaiel
11 Sep 2018 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

I got that list from here: https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/india/tejas-inches-closer-to-foc-crucial-trials-coming-up-final-operational-clearance-1.1629819 “In the air-to-air role, we have already fired the R-73 and it is the turn of Derby in guided mode now. In the air-to-ground phase, differen...
by enaiel
11 Sep 2018 00:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 2640
Views: 483395

Re: AEW&C News & Discussion

Maybe Netra can be handed over to IN for 24 hour coastal surveillance for: 1. Detection of small air and water craft to prevent future Mumbai style attacks. 2. Detection of drones and cruise missiles. 3. Range support during missile tests and ISRO rocket launches similar to https://www.ainonline.com...
by enaiel
10 Sep 2018 21:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2807
Views: 581962

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

Great news! What's left for FOC?

1. BVR [In progress, Derby test fired 2018]
2. In-Flight Refueling [In progress, Wet test completed 2018]
3. Gun Trials [In progress, Ground firing completed 2015?]

Rest everything is completed AFAIK. Anything I'm missing?
by enaiel
30 Nov 2017 10:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

4. IN gets F-18? And no PAK-FA, no new imported twin engine fighter for IAF, and no more Rafales cause surely we can't afford them on top of the others? But maybe some AWACS, Refuelers, and other force-multipliers? Here is my worry. This is not based on my chai pe charcha. Just my gut feeling. The &...
by enaiel
17 Nov 2017 22:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA: News & Discussion - June 2014
Replies: 2649
Views: 261036

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

X-Post from AMCA Thread: Not sure if this was posted before: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indian-air-force-127-fifth-generation-fighter-aircraft-russia/1/1039202.html It seems that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is not in favour of acquiring the 127 fifth-generation fighter aircraft from Russia du...
by enaiel
17 Nov 2017 22:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3226
Views: 374442

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

Not sure if this was posted before: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indian-air-force-127-fifth-generation-fighter-aircraft-russia/1/1039202.html It seems that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is not in favour of acquiring the 127 fifth-generation fighter aircraft from Russia due to the "very high ...
by enaiel
17 Oct 2017 01:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I am not KaranM, but MK1A was always supposed to use a foreign AESA radar while MK2 was supposed to use Uttam. Last we heard Uttam was undergoing ground trials on LSP2 for MK2 development. So the question should be: is Tejas MK2 stillborn?
by enaiel
16 Oct 2017 23:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Not sure why everyone is so surprised: http://www.janes.com/article/66425/india-issues-global-tender-for-aesa-radar-and-ew-suites-to-equip-tejas-lca HAL issued on 14 December a request for quotation (RFQ) for AESA radars to Israel Aerospace Industries/Elta (Israel), Raytheon (United States), Rosobor...
by enaiel
11 Oct 2017 22:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

While it is an interesting idea, I have a few questions. Would the private industry be okay with trickle funding and piecemeal orders? Would the SE fighter line be able to produce F-16s for the same amount of money that HAL was given to produce Tejas? Would Dassault team up with a private company to...
by enaiel
10 Oct 2017 20:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2210
Views: 381261

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

A note on Ghatak's status from ADA's 2015-2016 annual report: Way Forward: At the moment no GHATAK aircraft program has been sanctioned to ADA and only funds for developing advanced Technologies have been sanctioned. Using these funds some of the critical technologies will be developed within the co...
by enaiel
10 Oct 2017 18:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: AMCA News and Discussions
Replies: 3226
Views: 374442

Re: AMCA News and Discussions

If anyone is under the impression that AMCA is moving ahead quickly, please see this note on the AMCA from ADA's 2015-2016 annual report: Way Forward: Permission may be given to initiate next phase of activities. In-principle approval for submission of CCS papers and Lead-in project has been sought....
by enaiel
06 Oct 2017 00:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

It's not that we don't have faith that 83 Mk1As will be ordered - it's just that they were supposed to have been ordered in late 2015 - and yet two years later they have not been ordered. It will take a few years after funding is received before MK1A can be produced in quantity and people on this ve...
by enaiel
06 Oct 2017 00:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

So for all intents and purposes, Indranil was right. Only 40 Tejas Mk1 have actually been ordered. MoD/IAF have yet to order 83 Tejas Mk1A. Very depressing.
by enaiel
05 Oct 2017 21:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I'm confused. So MoD/IAF has sanctioned the development of Mk1A (which MoF is yet to provide funding), but not the production of 83 Mk1A? And after production is sanctioned, then MoF will again need to provide funding? And then preparation for production can start. And then 4 years later HAL will be...
by enaiel
05 Oct 2017 00:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Thank you so much for that very informative but at the same time very depressing post. So while neither MoD,IAF,ADA or HAL are blameless in this Tejas saga, they have all finally managed to jump over their respective hurdles in getting Tejas across the finish line, only to be stumped by issues in ou...
by enaiel
04 Oct 2017 22:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

So 83 Mk1A are sanctioned by MoD/IAF, but funds have not yet been approved by MoF? Is there anyway to speed up this approval? I read the links provided by Vidur ji but did not fully understand the MoF approval process :( The problem is that it will take at least 1 year to develop, test and certify t...
by enaiel
04 Oct 2017 01:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Mk1A is not even sanctioned? Then what's the talk about "we'll accept them as soon as HAL can make them"? How is HAL going to make any Mk1A if it is not sanctioned yet? Things are much much worse than I thought :(
by enaiel
03 Oct 2017 20:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

The approval to setup the infrastructure to increase production to 16 a year was only given by MoD in 2016. That work is completed as per the video. But, it takes 11 months to assemble a LCA, so even if there are 16 jigs now, you will only see the increased rate of production in 2018.
by enaiel
03 Oct 2017 20:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

PS:The CMan of HAL was presumably referring to the 40MK-1s on order which could be finished before 2020 and not the 83+ MK-1As also approved by the govt. The reporter may have got his facts wrong.12 X 3 years equals 36 plus the few that have been built so far,= 40! In the video the HAL Chairman cle...
by enaiel
03 Oct 2017 08:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I thought that LSP2 was undergoing ground integration with Uttam radar for Mk2 preparation, while Mk1A is supposed to use Elta's 2052 radar.
by enaiel
03 Oct 2017 02:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 510706

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Another thing mentioned in the video was that the first version of MK1A will fly in December 2017! If that's the case, then they should have already started upgrading an LSP plane to MK1A standards. Anyone heard that this has started? I thought that MK1A would be delayed because FOC is delayed and w...
by enaiel
09 Mar 2017 03:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 686347

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Aeromag Cdr.(retd.) Balaji's interview HAL has drawn the following likely delivery schedules for 20 aircraft in LCA AF Mk1 (IOC) configuration, 20 aircraft in LCA AF Mk1 (FOC) configuration and 83 aircraft in LCA AF Mk-1A configuration. Production Schedule is like this: 20 aircraft IOC Standard &am...
by enaiel
05 Mar 2017 02:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 686347

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Cybaru wrote:Small correction.

20 IOC
20 FOC
83 MK1A
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123


If you watch any of the recent interviews, there is no mention of FOC SoP. I could be wrong, but I don't believe any Mk1 FOC will be manufactured.
by enaiel
05 Mar 2017 02:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 686347

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

How do they hope to export any of these planes if they can't even produce it fast enough for domestic needs by a long shot. Absorb at least 500 of these planes domestically. Where are the domestic orders for 500? As it stands, the orders are for 20 Mk1 IOC and 80 Mk1A. Based on Hal's current manufa...
by enaiel
04 Mar 2017 03:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 686347

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Not sure if this was posted before: "The making of IAF's Tejas LCA- NEWS9"
by enaiel
16 Feb 2017 19:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 686347

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

For me, this was the best pic from AeroIndia2017

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Chethan Kumar ‏@ChethanKumarTOI #AeroIndia2017 Day 3: This baby knows what mummy wants him to be. (Syed Asif)
by enaiel
27 Oct 2016 22:42
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 540373

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

If any order was actually placed by either ADA or HAL, GE would have sent out a press release. I am sorry, but I don't believe the reports :)
by enaiel
27 Oct 2016 22:36
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 540373

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

HAL did not place the order for 99 F414. They were "selected" by ADA.

India's Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has selected 99 F414 GE fighter jet engines to power the Mk II version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force.
by enaiel
27 Oct 2016 22:25
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: 'Make in India' Single engined fighter
Replies: 5425
Views: 540373

Re: Indian Single Engined Multi Role Fighter with Transfer of Manufacturing Technology

IIRC we have ordered only 40 GE F 404s, but there are 99 F414s coming after that - and that might be this mysterious Mk II with its "will be there/won't be there" fuselage plug". Have all the formalities been completed as far as ordering the 99 F414's are concerned? I always found it...
by enaiel
18 Oct 2016 17:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 686347

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

The proposal was accepted and became the new SOP. Karan saar, would you know when the SOP was finalized. Basically one would expect 30 months lead time for HAL to produce the item from that date (assuming the funding was also approved at the same time). SoP-18 was finalized on Sep 23rd 2015, as per...
by enaiel
07 Oct 2016 23:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 234825

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Some interesting points from that ndtv program:
1. Tandem pylons have just been tested on Tejas.
2. AMCA has only just completed feasibility studies. Sanction for Full Scale Development will only be given after a few technical gap filling studies are done.
by enaiel
29 Sep 2016 00:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3174
Views: 576040

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

IMVHO onlee... ULV as a replacement for PSLV and GSLV 1/2/3 seems to be on the backburner. ULV as the building blocks to build HLV seems to be what's being focussed on. PSLV and GSLV Mk 3 will continue to be used for many many more years. PSLV generally taking the commercial LEO/SSO market while GSL...

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