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by vivek_ahuja
07 Jan 2021 09:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Isn't the MTA still alive, embers flickering? Since I am on a roll making bold claims all over this forum, I will make one more: the MTA is dead and buried . Nothing will come off it. When the time comes to replace the AN-32, it will be something off the shelf. Preferably a type that already exists...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Jan 2021 09:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2477
Views: 569453

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

I guarantee that if the UAV import program suffered from the same restrictions like the ballistic missile program did, we would have deployed the Rustom-II in squadron numbers already. I think it is the other way around. The UAV work at DRDO has taken 15 years and they still do not have anything be...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Jan 2021 01:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

We wanted to walk away from the Russians/Ukranians. But the An132 line was begging for a new home. Saudi Arabia lapped it up. It has not gone smoothly there lately. But, it is not because of the plane. They got the plane out in 2016 and flew it in 2017. Even now, I don't know what we are doing with...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Jan 2021 00:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Vivek, you know there is no way that the C295s can replace the 32s in hot and high performance. C295: MTOW 23,000 kgs, engine power: 2x1972 kW, wing area: 59 m^2. An32: MTOW 27,000 kgs, engine power: 2x3812 kW, wing area: 75 m^2. There is no comparison in hot and high conditions!! I was baiting som...
by vivek_ahuja
07 Jan 2021 00:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

V_Raman wrote:C27J would make more sense given engine commonality with Hercules correct?


It also matters on how much the OEM is willing to partner with Indian manufacturers and do ToT. Perhaps the C-295 makers offered more on that front than the C27J makers did.
by vivek_ahuja
07 Jan 2021 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2477
Views: 569453

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

Searcher and Heron are the birds in hand, while the Rustom is one in the bush. Once it is in hand (it has been in the bush for more than a decade, every time tantalizing close) and as capable as Searcher/Heron, it can and will certainly replace the imported birds. And with that attitude from the cu...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 23:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I would dare say for a pure AEW role operating up north, I sincerely hope we stay with a Jet choice which will be better suited for ingress/egress to station and high altitude performance. This is a given. I very much doubt the IAF using prop-powered AEW for the northern regions. But the Navy has d...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 23:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116839

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

Number plated squadrons will likely be the ones to get assigned the new Tejas Mk1A birds. Being an avid serial number and squadron history watcher, I am eagerly waiting to see which squadrons will get the honour. Is it the IAF process to assign new aircraft to Number-Plated squadrons and then stand...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 05:32
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

One of the parameters that will decide whether the C295 will also start replacing the AN32 later is going to be their hot-and-high performance. If one recalls, the AN26 was the original baseline aircraft that was modified to the AN32 to enable operating from high altitudes with high power requiremen...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 04:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116839

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

rajsunder wrote:The math does not add up. A decrease of 13000 crores decreasing the profit by 50% means the profit should be more than 12%. Because the decrease itself is about 26%.


Read the full writeup: the profit was reduced by 50% AND IAF reduced its spares and support package.
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 03:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129081

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

No orders, I think. Also no decision on the ATGM integration work ...or did I miss that news somewhere? The LCH R&D program is being nicely handled by HAL. The production program is gathering rust in the files of MoD and IAF/IA. Maybe another surprise event for Aero India 2021 is the signing of...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116839

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

As per news articles last year, HAL cut her profits and the IAF reduced the number of spares. The reason for the compromise was reported last year as well. Discussed on the forum Thanks. That's the details I was missing. So the spares and support was reduced...not sure what I feel about that. Hopef...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116839

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

Rakesh wrote:Old News. That price package was agreed to early last year by both parties.


I realize it is old news. What I am wondering about is the compromises made by both parties to achieve this goal.
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3711
Views: 797787

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

A super Netra, able to manage the same range as a Phalcon would be great, and ensure these birds are capable against whatever China will field via Pak as well. This development is not going to be an impossible stretch. An issue of scaling and higher power generation. Exactly. That's why I am starti...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3711
Views: 797787

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

I think that DRDO needs to use the third Netra to tinker around and get the hardware for the A320s 100% ready to meet all deadlines. Too much tweaking that makes them miss deadlines can be costly. Additional capability can be built in through upgrades. Priority should be to get the system operation...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116839

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

India to soon ink two major military aircraft deals worth over Rs 50,000 crore ... “The Tejas contract will be the first to be approved by the CCS. It is likely to be inked in early-February. The C-295 project, with the participation of Tata as the Indian production agency will follow subsequently,...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

asbchakri wrote:Wiki C-295 aircraft specs say it can carry armaments. Will these aircraft we are buying will also have this capabilities


I doubt it. Money for acquiring so many basic transports alone is going to be painful for India to absorb.
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 02:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I think the issue is that IAF is looking for every excuse to move away from HAL. It is not the plane that is the problem. Avros are really old and antiquated. They are airworthy still, and that is all that there is left to say about them. They can be used for training. C295s can and will be used fa...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 01:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

India to sign $2.5-billion contract for 56 transport planes for IAF Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) will jointly execute the project to equip the air force with 56 C-295 transport aircraft under the Make-in-India initiative in the aerospace sector. This is an excel...
by vivek_ahuja
06 Jan 2021 01:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Yes, china's mil development needs to be watched carefully & photos are one of the relatively unbiased ways of doing that. Thus far, we are in agreement. I think the moderators here need to decide between themselves on what they want for this thread. Because another moderator upstream is unabas...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News & Discussion
Replies: 3560
Views: 611646

Re: International Naval News & Discussion

South Korea Officially Starts LPX-II Aircraft Carrier Program Geez. Why? Why does South Korea need a carrier? Their coastline and offshore interests are limited enough? Is this to show a middle finger to China on one hand and Japan on the other? The untermenshen of WW2 Japan overtaking their former...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129081

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

There is still reason for some hope, The current IAF chief has said a lot of good things about both LCA and LCH and is firm in his commitment to HAL's products like none before him... So if he keeps the pressure on MOD then there should be some results I am an impatient man by nature. I want things...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

How would you determine the production number of the PL-15 BVRAAM? Or the J-20? Or the J-31? What would be your source of data? Satellite images of production facilities for the larger tech items like the J-20, Y-20, H-6 etc. Same with naval warships. That's how everyone has been maintaining their ...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Any info on production numbers, dates, schedules & capabilities are released by the ChiCom. Example: PL-15 has a range of 300 km Production numbers. Not performance numbers. The first can be verified open source. The second is mostly propaganda. The number of PL-15 produced is a production numb...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Where is the raw data to post? In the absence of such, one is left with making a number of assumptions based on pictures. And that is what he is doing. Indeed. What raw data exists (and how to separate it from Chinese lies and propaganda)? As discussed, all we know to be relatively true is producti...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 2179
Views: 285633

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

John wrote:
chola wrote:^^^ What?! When the hell did this happen?

It didn’t happen, please let’s not derail the thread with Cold War garbage that is backfire, only combat sortie it ever flew against a competent opponent it got shot down (Georgia knocked down a recon version with outdated SAM),


:rotfl:
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:04
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41843

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

rajsunder wrote:
vivek_ahuja wrote:What a gorgeous bird. The blending between the wing and fuselage gives it the "Mini-Rafale" look from the frontal angles!

the only problem with the above CGI models is the smaller air intake for the APU.


:D I didn't even see that until you pointed it out! I blame you for this now.
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 11:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

There is a difference between a realistic assessment and flights of fantasy, which is what he is doing. Too date, apart from posting pictures, he has been unable to provide a single shred of evidence on the capabilities of the platforms that the lizard is producing. Their EMALS tech is a prime exam...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 41843

Re: LCA Tejas Mk1 Picture Thread

What a gorgeous bird. The blending between the wing and fuselage gives it the "Mini-Rafale" look from the frontal angles!
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 5309
Views: 1347288

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

https://twitter.com/TheWolfpackIN/status/1343972644870361088?s=20 ---> IAF chief: Ayni air base in Tajikistan gives IAF a huge capability in term of being able to operate from there and it has resulted in lot of goodwill and strategic importance and the base is going well. I think the IAF and the G...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018
Replies: 2027
Views: 422989

Re: International Aerospace Discussion - Jan 2018

Don't know if it is just chini-russki BS but if true this is a gamechanger in the Airbus-Boeing duopoly. Even if this thing just takes over the chini market and nowhere else it would still be a big change. none of the western nations are going to supply their commercial aero jets for this plane. Ho...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech
Replies: 2477
Views: 569453

Re: UAVs, Drones, Remote Surveillance Tech

As far as we know, this accomplishment by the Rustom-II is actually the only MALE in Indian service that has a deployed capability like this. I believe the Searcher and Herons have the ability to do this, but were not procured by Indian services with that equipment. So the Rustom-II is breaking new ...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129081

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

This happens every time before Aero India... Everyone starts holding their breath hoping for mega contracts to be signed during it and more often than not it passes by without anything substantial. Thank you for bursting that little bubble of hope I was hanging on to. At what point does HAL say tha...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3711
Views: 797787

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

One part of me says, just don't do anything much. Use the same AAAUs and consoles. Just add an extra tank for more fuel and call it good. The other part says, but this is a bigger platform. What are some low hanging fruits to augment beyond current Netra's capabilities? I actually like this deal qu...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 5266
Views: 1129081

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

No LCH orders still? Any word on what is the latest about the 15 incomplete airframes? No orders, I think. Also no decision on the ATGM integration work...or did I miss that news somewhere? The LCH R&D program is being nicely handled by HAL. The production program is gathering rust in the files...
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 04 January 2021
Replies: 534
Views: 116839

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

Cybaru wrote:Would you know when the actual signing for the 83 MK1A is going to take place?


This close to AI 2021, the signing should be coordinated to match the importance of the event. If AI 2021 goes by and still no signature, then it starts getting embarrassing to continue this wait for signatures.
by vivek_ahuja
05 Jan 2021 10:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

With that I'll take leave of this discussion and this thread. I realize my posts here are inadequately researched and do nothing but lead to dhoti shaking -- and I don't want to contribute to any kind of quaking under the lungi unless it is pleasurable :) I lack the time these days to make meaningf...
by vivek_ahuja
23 Nov 2020 05:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Looks like the Chinese Y-20 flew with four WS-20 engines today to complete the C-17 look and feel: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EnWc3zqXMAMSWzu?format=jpg&name=large https://arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-bonnier.s3.amazonaws.com/public/JFARXNSBUNTIKB5X6WJ33BNWQE.jpg This is where their IL-76-type limi...
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2965
Views: 256105

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Utterly insane to read about the types of conditions and terrain the IA has to fight in. That too in the 1980s!
by vivek_ahuja
14 Sep 2020 07:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 4649
Views: 1110269

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

Misfiring and equipment malfunction happens to everyone and anyone. Let's not draw too many conclusions from this one incident.

Of course, if there are a series of such incidents with a specific system, then the argument changes.

We use the Igla too, I believe.

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