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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby JTull » 26 Aug 2008 21:31

Someone had posted parts of this before. For sake of completeness, all three parts are below. If you subscribe to UPI then you can also see the articles at Andrei Chang

Analysis: India's air buildup -- Part 1


By ANDREI CHANG
HONG KONG, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Within the next four months, a first batch of eight Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters will be positioned at India's Tezpur Air Base in the state of Assam, near the border with China, an Indian navy source has revealed.

This is almost six months ahead of the timeline reported some time ago in the Indian media.

This will be the first time for Su-30MKI fighters to be deployed so close to the Indian-Chinese border. The deployment of two squadrons of Su-30MKI fighters at Tezpur Air Base in the eastern part of the country will greatly enhance India's capability to launch aerial precision attacks on China.
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI's 932-mile combat radius is enough to cover all the major cities in southwest China, including Kunming, Chengdu and Chongqing. India plans to outfit the fighters with the latest BrahMos air-to-ground supersonic missiles, which have a 180-mile range. India's aerial refueling capability will greatly extend the combat radius of the aircraft. The BrahMos is co-produced by India and Russia.

Along the Indian-Chinese border, air power has been shifting in favor of India. First of all, India has quite a number of airports in Assam and the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh, making troop maneuvers easier. In the Tibet region, China has only the Kang-ko Airport in eastern Tibet, the Gongka Airport in Lhasa and one more known as the Hidden Airport. Fighter aircraft are not normally stationed at any of these airports.

China has sent Sukhoi Su-27SK fighters to this area for airport transfer training on the plateau. Troops who took part in this training reportedly faced difficulties in logistic support and supply. In the nearby Chengdu Military Region, the only air force units with decent combat strength are one J-10A regiment under the PLA Air Force's No. 44 Division and one Su-27 regiment under the No. 33 Division.

The Diqing and Zhongdian airports in Yunnan province could be used for operations against India, but these are small civilian airports. India has built a number of airports in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, including seven military airports. The small Teju New Airport, located close to the border with China, has only one runway and is mainly used for rapid transport by helicopter. It could be used as a runway for MiG-21 fighters to take off and land.

There is another similar airport in Machuka, again close to the border. A small airport at Sookerating has one runway, while the Along Airport is also available for fast landing and takeoff of helicopters, indicating that the Indian air force attaches great importance to fast reaction capability.

Other small front-line airport facilities include the Jorhat Airport and Lilabari Airport. The Chabua Airport can field not only An-32 light transport aircraft but also Mi-8/17 helicopters, and is the pivotal airport for the Indian air force to quickly deliver troops in the region. Two runways have been built at this airport.

To the south of Arunachal Pradesh is Assam, where Tezpur is the largest military airport. Tezpur Airport, now preparing to receive the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, is no more than 300 miles from the practical line of control at the China-India border. The Indian Air Defense Force No. 30 Squadron is stationed there, armed with 16 MiG-21FL fighters, all of which are now anchored in mound-structured hangars.

Two other small airports have been built in Assam, the Dimapir and Kumbhirgram dual-use airports. The Indian air force also has the Lengpui, Barapani and Guwahati airports in the area.


Analysis: India's air buildup -- Part 2


By ANDREI CHANG
HONG KONG, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- In the strategic direction of Bhutan and central Nepal, the Indian air force has built three major military airports, sufficient to provide deterrence over the central part of Tibet.

These airports include the Bagdogra -- Avantipur -- Air Base, where at least 16 MiG-21FL fighters and An-32 transport aircraft are based. The airport is equipped with mound-structured hangars, each accommodating two MiG-21 fighters. The Bagdogra Airport is also only 310 miles from the border with China and is the home base of the Indian air force No. 8 Squadron.

In this region, the Hashimara Air Base is one of the better-equipped military airports with large, full-fledged facilities. There are 18 MiG-27ML attackers based here, and during a confrontation with China, these could hit targets deep in Tibet through the Bhutan-Nepal corridor. The No. 22 Squadron of the Indian air force is stationed at this airport. In addition, a simple runway also has been built at Cooch Behar.

India and China have been following very similar paths in the construction of airport facilities and SAM-2 ground-to-air missile positions, as they are the students of the same Soviet Union professor. Nonetheless, the Chinese air force is ahead of the Indian air force in the construction of underground airport facilities. All along its western border with China, especially in the area north of New Delhi, India has been building a series of airports and military bases in an obvious effort to strengthen its defenses against its increasingly powerful neighbor.

There are three military airports in the central part of the border area, two of which are large air bases. Along the western part of the border there are 11 airports that could lend support to the Indian air force in the event of an attack upon Tibet. These include airports at Patna, Bihta, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Bareilly and Adampur.

At the Bakshi-Ka-Talab Air Base near Bareilly, observers have spotted nine Su-30K fighter aircraft. Under normal circumstances, three or more MiG-25R aircraft are stationed here, for use by the No. 102 Reconnaissance Squadron in operations along India's western border with China. This airport, which belongs to the Indian air force's No. 35 and No. 102 squadrons, has extensive facilities including reinforced aircraft hangars and is located no more than 370 miles from the Indian-Chinese border.

There is another large air base not far away at Ambala, with 35 reinforced aircraft hangars. Less than 250 miles from the border with China, it is the closest attack base to Tibet. The Indian Air Defense Force's No. 5 Squadron is based here, with a fleet of Jaguar attackers. There are also at least two SAM-2/3 surface-to-air missile positions at this base.

At nearby Chandigarh, at least 13 reinforced aircraft hangars and one SAM-3 missile position have been built. This is an airport primarily for military transport aircraft as well as Mi-17/Mi-8 helicopters belonging to the No. 3 Air Base warehouse. There are at least two IL-76 transport aircraft, 13 AN-32 transport planes and one heavy-lift Mi-26 helicopter fielded at this airport.

This deployment suggests the Indian military is highly aware of the need to airlift troops to the Tibet region should a conflict erupt between the two countries.


Analysis: India's air buildup -- Part 3


By ANDREI CHANG
HONG KONG, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- In the event of a conflict with China, Indian military units stationed along the eastern part of the Indian-Chinese border could make full use of the 13 military and civilian airports in the frontier region.

Helicopters and transport planes could quickly deliver troops to the scene of the conflict, and fighter aircraft could use these airports for take-off and landing.

Among all these airport facilities, the Tezpur Airport has the most modern, full-fledged installations. It is here that eight Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters of the Indian air force are due to be positioned in the next few months. The Amritsar Air Base is very close to the Indian-Pakistani border, but it is also adjacent to the western part of the Indian-Chinese border. A total of 29 reinforced aircraft hangars have been built at this airport.

The Gwalior Airport south of India's capital, New Delhi, is the gateway for the Indian air force's strategic bombers. The No. 1 and No. 7 Nuclear Attack Squadrons -- armed with French-built Dassault Mirage 2000H/TH fighters -- are stationed at this air base. Several Jaguar attack aircraft also have been seen fielded at this airport, which has very sturdy aircraft hangars.

The Gwalior Air Base is less than 340 miles from the Indian-Tibetan border and about 310 miles from the Indian-Pakistani border. This indicates that India pays equal attention to China and Pakistan in deploying its nuclear attack power.

The No. 24 and No. 20 Squadrons, stationed at the Lohegaon Air Base near Pune, are armed with Sukhoi Su-30K and Su-30MKI fighters. The No. 20 Squadron received its first Su-30MKI fighters between 2000 and 2004. The earlier model Su-30K fighters, received from Russia in 1997 and 1998, are scheduled to be returned to Russia in exchange for a new batch of 18 Su-30MKIs.

The two squadrons are now equipped with 39 Sukhoi Su-30MKI Phase I/II fighters. It looks as if the Su-30MKI fighters, soon to be deployed at the Tezpur Air Base, will also be Phase II Su-30MKIs assembled in India.

The No. 20 Squadron is the best fighter unit of the Indian air force, equivalent to the 9th Regiment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army air force's No. 3 Division. It is based in the southern part of the region, apparently positioned as the air force's strategic reserve unit.

Yet oddly, no reinforced aircraft hangars have been built for the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs at this airport. Instead, the aircraft are stationed on an open apron. Considering the hot weather conditions in southern India, the reason for this is unclear. There are also several Jaguar attack aircraft based here.

The extensive buildup of airports in the border region, the performance features of the aircraft deployed there and the capability to quickly project troops in the area show that New Delhi's apprehensions about a threat from the north are quite strong. Still, India now has a clear advantage over China in terms of preparedness for a conflict in this region.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 26 Aug 2008 22:18

seriously misinformed articles, not at all what you expect from andrei chang. makes out IAF's build up to be many times more formidable than it actually is. something tells me it is intentional.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Paul » 26 Aug 2008 22:56

Those Andrei Chang articles should be in the psy-ops section.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby SaiK » 27 Aug 2008 00:19

Yet oddly, no reinforced aircraft hangars have been built for the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs at this airport. Instead, the aircraft are stationed on an open apron. Considering the hot weather conditions in southern India, the reason for this is unclear. There are also several Jaguar attack aircraft based here.


interesting after we know very well about LTTE's capability in firing heat seekers from their shoulder points.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby HariC » 27 Aug 2008 01:08

SaiK wrote:
Yet oddly, no reinforced aircraft hangars have been built for the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs at this airport. Instead, the aircraft are stationed on an open apron. Considering the hot weather conditions in southern India, the reason for this is unclear. There are also several Jaguar attack aircraft based here.


interesting after we know very well about LTTE's capability in firing heat seekers from their shoulder points.


whats the point with mentioning LTTE here?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby SaiK » 27 Aug 2008 02:18

advanced large area protection system? take every problem into a future opportunity. learn from israel and russia.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby andy B » 27 Aug 2008 04:20

Rahul M wrote:seriously misinformed articles, not at all what you expect from andrei chang. makes out IAF's build up to be many times more formidable than it actually is. something tells me it is intentional.


Maybe we should all just stop posting dear Mr. Chang's :evil: articles, they end up creating more confusion and unncecessary discussions.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Vick » 27 Aug 2008 05:16

The VVIPs will be traveling in maha ishtyle...

From DN
AgustaWestland Wins India VIP Helo Battle
By vivek raghuvanshi
Published: 26 Aug 16:11 EDT (20:11 GMT)

NEW DELHI - AgustaWestland's EH101 is the final contestant for the Indian Air Force's $300 million contract for 12 VIP helicopters after Sikorsky's S-92 was judged lacking.

In trials that began earlier this year, the S-92 could not fulfill the Air Force's rate-of-climb requirement and engine and technical specifications, a senior Indian Defence Ministry official said.

Air Force officials said the EH101, also called the AW101, is fully compliant. Price negotiations are expected to take about a year.

The Italian helicopter also has a larger volume and higher tail boom, which would allow VIP cars to park near the stairs, the official said.

The trials were also evaluated by participants from the Special Protection Group (SPG), the special force that protects VIPs.

Eight of the medium-lift helicopters are to be used for the president, prime minister and other Indian VIPs. The eight VIP helicopters will carry 10 passengers; the non-VIP helicopters, 30.

The VIP helicopters will have state-of-the-art, open-architecture communications suites that can provide secure access to the leadership network.

The helicopter should be low-vibration, low-noise aircraft that can fly at night and in bad weather and carry modern sensors and jammers and protection against missiles and nuclear, biological and chemical threats. The helicopter should be able to fly at 200 kilometers per hour and serve for 30 years.

In September 2006, India invited bids from Sikorsky, AgustaWestland and Kamov of Russia. Kamov was technically disqualified and Sikorsky and AgustaWestland were asked to carry out trials on a no-cost, no-commitment basis.

The copters will replace Russian Mi-8 helicopters at Palam Airport on the outskirts of New Delhi. The 12-ton aircraft were purchased in 1982 by the Indian Air Force for search and rescue, and later converted for VIP transport.

The Air Force operates about 400 helicopters, including the Russian-made Mi-8/17, Mi-24/35 and Mi-26s. The aircraft also include the indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter and the Chetak and Cheetah helicopters, built by Hindustan Aeronautics under license from France.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby hnair » 27 Aug 2008 06:57

The EH101 seems to have near monopoly of the VVIP transport market. They seem to have shutout the VH92 completely out of that lucrative business.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby negi » 27 Aug 2008 11:10

So Babooze exhibit Godspeed when it comes to buying a VIP chopper.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby shetty » 27 Aug 2008 18:35

Pune plans tech upgrade for soldiers

City-based Armament research and development establishment (ARDE) is developing technology which it hopes will turn the future soldier into a “system in himself”.

From computer-monitored body suits conveying details of the soldier’s health to the nearest post to shoes that generate charge as he walks for batteries in the equipment he’ll carry, the future infantry soldier as a system (F-INSAS) project aims to accomplish much more.

Surendra Kumar, director of ARDE, told reporters on Tuesday that the programme will integrate a miniature computer system with the soldier.

While the current cost of indegeniously developing the technology is pegged between Rs 75 and Rs 100 crore, it would cost the country around Rs 500 crore to import the same, said Kumar.

“Currently, the capacity of a soldier on the border is limited to the equipment he carries. We seek to empower him with multi-purpose weapons that will help him through every possible situation,” said Kumar.

The ARDE is working on ‘round the corner combat’ weapons that will help locate the exact position of the enemy and communicate that to the soldier. “The new weapons will have long range and high accuracy,” said Kumar.

Giving details of the body suit the ARDE is developing, Kumar said it will have nodes monitoring the soldier’s health while he is out on the field. In the event of him being hit or injured, his condition will be auto-communicated to the nearest post.

Kumar said that while the weapon prototypes “have been realised”, the ARDE will discuss the designs with the Army. “It will take three years to roll out the state-of-the-art weapons and five years for the entire concept of F-INSAS. We make it a point to involve the ultimate users right from the concept stage,” said Kumar.

‘Invisible’ vehicle The ultimate protection for the soldier is the proposed infantry combat vehicle (F-ICV) containing special armaments. “Key highlight of the vehicle is that certain protruding instruments will automatically change colour according to the surroundings, such that they are invisible to the naked eye,” said Kumar.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby HariC » 27 Aug 2008 19:19

SaiK wrote:advanced large area protection system? take every problem into a future opportunity. learn from israel and russia.


again, i cant make out what you mean - can you explain? whats this statement got to do with the LTTE?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 27 Aug 2008 19:50

HariC, it is a trap, look before you leap !

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Malay » 28 Aug 2008 21:59

Rahul M wrote:Malay, I believe it is in the pak acquisition thread.

Mate, could you please give me a link. I would be obliged.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 28 Aug 2008 23:22

c'mon, it's in the same forum you are reading this post from. look around !

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby ASPuar » 29 Aug 2008 03:25

Vick wrote:The VVIPs will be traveling in maha ishtyle...

From DN
AgustaWestland Wins India VIP Helo Battle


Lot of Italian maal being purchased isnt there? ADS contract goes to finacantieri, helo contract goes to Augusta...

Pressure from "High Command", or is it the coterie trying to keep up with the Joneses in doing what is imagined to please "High Command"?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby ranganathan » 29 Aug 2008 08:42

Why? NAL has a proposal for RTA why not go with it? Or are they talking about the same a/c.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Vick » 29 Aug 2008 08:49

I believe it's the same project as NAL's RTA. In order to cut short the development times and share risk, partnerships are being sought.

HAL was chosen as the builder of the Saras as no private company showed it has the capability to build the composite portions with any sort of quality control.

TAAL tried to serially produce Hansa and botched it up to the point where one aircraft's weight was 100kg different from another "identical" aircraft from the same line. Right now, NAL is trying serial manufacturing of Hansa.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby sum » 29 Aug 2008 09:13

TAAL=?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby ranganathan » 29 Aug 2008 09:46

Taneja aeronautics and aviation limited

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby jamwal » 29 Aug 2008 13:45

Hello people. Can anybody post some information about why Jammu IAF base has no fighter planes, only helicopters. If Srnagar can have planes stationed, theny why can't Jammu.
I wish to calrify that am not playing Jammu Vs Srinagar card here. Just curious.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 29 Aug 2008 13:55

I'm not very knowledgeable about the geography of the jammu AB. is it closer to the border than srinagar ? in that case it is a forward air base meant to be used in wartime.
of course, the real answer could be just economics !

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby namit k » 29 Aug 2008 16:54

jamwal wrote:Hello people. Can anybody post some information about why Jammu IAF base has no fighter planes, only helicopters. If Srnagar can have planes stationed, theny why can't Jammu.
I wish to calrify that am not playing Jammu Vs Srinagar card here. Just curious.

loc is on jammu borders, therefore fighter squadron is not there but one could find a SAM system nearby,just go to google earth, i wish images are available :|

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby jamwal » 29 Aug 2008 21:57

Pardon my ignorance, but how does proximity to border afects deployment of aircraft in an airfbase? Range of artillery or some international law?
I studied in Air Force School, Jammu and school building was very near the air strip. We were taken couple of time for a lookee at choppers and chat with pilots and technicians there.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=32.69097 ... &t=h&hl=en

Here is the air strip on Google Map. Some choppers, a white twin engined aircraft visible. No idea about SAMs
About a year ago, we heard drones flying almost daily. Those things were VERY noisy. I wonder if they were always like that or flied too low to make that much noise.One drone crashed during landing near one of my friends house. Now they are conspicuous by their absence. I wonder what made them stop. Only choppers fly now, that too very rarely. Frequency has decreased.
Could it be something to do with civilian airport sharing the same strip?

The airport was expanded sometime ago. They bought lots of lands(empty fields in the south ). Many families were forced to shift abandon their houses and shift elsewhere.

I hope this kind of information is allowed on this forum. If it is not, my apologies.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 29 Aug 2008 22:26

jamwal, rest easy. I don't think you have revealed anything that any lay person in your area couldn't have discovered. which means IAF doesn't think it is that necessary to hide.
Pardon my ignorance, but how does proximity to border afects deployment of aircraft in an airfbase? Range of artillery or some international law?

not laws but common sense. if you put your main bases close to the borders in peacetime, the enemy can take them out in a surprise attack, whether aerial or as you suggested, artillery, dealing a body blow to your forces.
the practice was (still is, if you discount the AARs) to base the aerial strike and interceptor assets deep inside your territory in peacetime to prevent surprise strikes by your enemy.(that also automatically puts the short-legged aircrafts of the enemy out of the game)
then, in case of hostilities, you base your aircrafts in forward air bases to take advantage of the basing area being nearer to the theater of conflict.
that a)increases range of a/c to operate in enemy territory and b) enables much quicker reaction times to respond to emergencies around the border, which is after all where you expect to fight a war !
moreover, due to heightened alert levels during wars, the chances of enemy a/c achieving surprise is much lower and well worth the risk, given the advantages.
btw, I don't think TSP has the arty means to target an air base inside India, even a forward one.
Not unless it is within 30-35 kms of the border. how far is the border from the jammu air base, do you know ?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby jamwal » 29 Aug 2008 22:32

Thanks for the gyaan Rahul sahib
Distance of airrfield from border is nearly 17KM (according to Google Earth). I thought it was 20-25KM :shock:

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 29 Aug 2008 22:40

that puts it at the very edge of TSP engagement envelope, roughly speaking. with around 25 km range, their guns also need to be a bit inside you know, so that they are not taken out by mortars and such ! :P

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby sanjaychoudhry » 30 Aug 2008 13:15

MRF develops tyres for defence aircraft

MRF Ltd on Thursday announced that it has become the first domestic company to introduce tyres for helicopters and aircraft targeted particularly at the defence sector. The defence ministry has been importing these tyres so far, said KM Mammen, chairman, MRF. The tyre-maker seeks to garner a sizeable chunk of the Union defence ministry’s expenditure on tyres for helicopters and aircraft.

“We had been asked by the defence ministry to develop a unique tyre for aircraft and helicopters. It took us three years to come out ‘Aero Muscle’,” he said, adding that the new tyre has undergone rigorous testing under international standards. MRF has also received approval from CEMILAC (Centre for Military Airworthiness Certification) and RCMA (Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness) for supply of tyres to defence services.

“We are in talks with HAL, Air Force, the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and a host of defence services for supply contracts,” said Mammen. “We are planning to set up a new production facility at our existing plant in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh at a cost ranging Rs 150-250 crore,” he informed.

He also said that since the project is approved by defence authorities and will help save foreign exchange, MRF will seek part-financing for the new plant from the Union government.

“As against the imported price of 240 pounds a tyre, MRF will offer the product at a competitive rate ,” he added.

“We expect these tyres to contribute 2 to 3% of our overall turnover in due course of time,” said Koshy Varghese, executive vice president (sales and marketing). MRF will also commercialise the product and export it to global markets.

www.financialexpress.com/news/MRF-devel ... ft/354770/

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby sum » 30 Aug 2008 13:45

MRF develops tyres for defence aircraft

Small bread and butter things like these go a long way in indigenisation and cost savings...

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Vipul » 30 Aug 2008 16:13

MRF may be the first Indian company to manufacture these tyres.Earlier Dunlop India claimed to be the sole aero tyre manufacturing company.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/200 ... 590300.htm

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby sanjaychoudhry » 31 Aug 2008 12:25

India to carry out test flight of LCH soon

India's first indigenously-developed Light Combat Helicopter will be test flown later this year, in a major step aimed at giving a boost to the country's fighting capabilities in the Himalayas. State-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has completed development of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and it will test fly the chopper by the year-end.

If the test flight goes smoothly, the LCH, built on the platform of a Cheetah body would be the second big feather in HAL's cap after the Advanced Light Helicopter. The LCH is expected to fill vital gaps in India's security as the armed forces lack a helicopter gunship which can operate in extreme high altitude above 9,000 feet.

The indigenous development of such a helicopter comes as IAF has recently floated international tenders for the purchase of 22 advanced helicopter gunships. Besides Eurocopter which is part of the defence and aviation consortium EADS, the other major contenders for this competition are Boeing's AH-54D, Augusta Westland's AW-129 Mangustu and Russia's MI-28N NightHunters.

Top HAL officials said work on the project was going on as per schedule. The aerospace major had taken five years to design the Advanced Light Helicopter 'Dhruv' but it completed the design of the LCH within 16-17 months. The helicopter will be equipped with helmet-mounted targeting systems, electronic warfare systems and advanced weapons systems.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/New ... 427451.cms

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Kartik » 31 Aug 2008 12:38

LCH built on the platform of a Cheetah body ?! what on earth is that report crowing about !?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Rahul M » 31 Aug 2008 12:41

DDM, it's undoubtedly the LCH.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby vishals » 01 Sep 2008 16:03

MiG-29 crashes near Jamnagar

http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/sep/01mig.htm

A MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashed near Jamnagar on Monday during a training sortie but the pilot ejected safely....

Thank God Pilot's life saved. IAF needs to expedite Mig-29 MLU.

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby sum » 01 Sep 2008 16:52

Whats a Mig-29 doing in jamnagar?
Arent only Jags situated there? Or did it fly there all the way from adampur?

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby Lalmohan » 01 Sep 2008 16:53

i am begining to think that the answer to high altitude CAS is probably UCAVs with dedicated missiles - possibly tele guided, maybe even fidayeen swarm type applications

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby rakall » 01 Sep 2008 17:00

sum wrote:Whats a Mig-29 doing in jamnagar?
Arent only Jags situated there? Or did it fly there all the way from adampur?


What?

There has always been Mig29 (28sqn, first supersonics) at Jamnanagar (and two sqns at Adampur).. Specific wartime duties will be CAP over Jamnagar refinery.. you can see the BR Mig29 Album -- there is a shot of Mig29 flying past the Jamnagar refinery.

I believe Mig29's have not relocated from Jamnagar even after recent relocation of Jags to Jamnagar... MKI's have only been to Jamnagar temporarily for a few days and will certainly go back to Lohegaon.. Mig29 will probably continue the AirDefense duties, while Jags will take maritime patrol -- out of Jamnagar.
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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby gauravjkale » 01 Sep 2008 17:04

One mig 29 crashed today near jamnagar, pilot ejects.

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080063698

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Re: Indian Military Aviation

Postby sum » 01 Sep 2008 21:21

There has always been Mig29 (28sqn, first supersonics) at Jamnanagar (and two sqns at Adampur)

:oops:

This "latest" info uploaded into the grey matter after some googling...Thanks, Rakall ji.


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