Exercise Indradhanush (Rainbow) '07 @ RAF Waddington, UK

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Exercise Indradhanush (Rainbow) '07 @ RAF Waddington, UK

Postby JaiS » 23 Jun 2007 06:25

Please post all news, analysis and photographs from Exercise Indradhanush-2007 in this thread. Thanks. Link to the previously conducted Indrashanush-2006 is given here .

I believe that there will be plenty of photographs because of the active European aviation spotter community.

SU-30 of Rhinos of IAF to participate in joint exercise with RAF
http://www.gujaratglobal.com/nextSub.ph ... ttype=NEWS


Six Su-30 MKI multi-role combat aircraft of the IAF’s Pune based ’30 Squadron’, nicknamed ‘Rhinos’ operating under South Western Air Command (SWAC), will participate in the forthcoming joint air exercise with RAF.

This first ever exercise Indrashanush-07 is slated during July 2-12 over the British Airspace. This is part of the exercise, which began last year with an event in Gwalior in India in October.

The exercise is aimed at fostering closer defence cooperation ties with UK as a process emerging out of the series of Indo-UK Defence Consultative Group (DCG) meetings that began in 1995. The now annually featuring ‘Indradhanush’ series air exercise with RAF aims at enhancing mutual operational understanding of each other’s operational concepts besides familiarization with other aspects of maintenance, procedures and administrative practices. In addition, such exercises will help identify areas of commodity for future joint air exercises.

Preceding the exercise, IAF Su-30 MKIs and the IL-78 refueller aircraft will also participate at the Waddington Air show slated from June 30 to July 1.

After the cessation of the exercise at Waddington, two Su-30 MKI and the IL-78 refuller aircraft will proceed to join the Royal Air Tattoo planned at the RAF airbase of Fair Fort July 16-18.


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Postby Sumeet » 23 Jun 2007 06:31

some more details in this report:

IAF contingent to leave for joint Indo-UK air exercise


PUNE: A 200-member Indian Air Force (IAF) team and six Sukhoi-30 combat jets are set to travel to the UK this month to participate in the first joint air exercise in British airspace aimed at enhancing bilateral defence cooperation.

The IAF contingent, which will set off for the Royal Air Force (RAF) airbase at Waddington on June 24, will take part in the Indradhanush-07 exercise slated to be held from July 2 to July 12.

Besides the Su-30MKI jets of IAF's Pune-based 30 Squadron, nicknamed the Rhinos, one IL-78 mid-air refuellers will also participate in the exercise. Britain and India held their first joint air exercise in Gwalior last year.

The Il-78 will refuel the fighters taking a long ferry route with stopovers at Doha in Qatar and Tangara in Greece. The jets will reach Britain on June 28.

While the IAF will field the Su-30s, the RAF will use its Tornado, Hawk and Typhoon combat jets, VC-10 tankers and AWACS in the exercise.

Air Marshal KD Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command, arrived at the Pune airbase on Friday and addressed the contingent at a parade before its departure on Sunday.

Group Captain Girish Saini is leading the IAF contingent as the exercise director, while Wing Commander A C Chopra is the deputy leader. Wing Commander Bharti will lead the 20 fighter pilots and two navigators, the latter also doubling up as weapon system operators in the Su-30s.

Before the exercise, the Su-30s and the Il-78 will participate in the Waddington Air Show to be held from June 30 to July 1.

After the end of the exercise in Waddington, two Su-30s and the Il-78 will join the Royal Air Tattoo to be held at the RAF airbase in Fairford during July 16-18, a release said.

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Postby JaiS » 23 Jun 2007 06:36

Details from a different report

IAF pilots to Take to British Skies During Ex-Indradhanush


The IL-78 will also participate in the exercise, enhancing and demonstrating the IAF's strategic reach. Besides, two IL-76 transport aircraft will ferry men and materials to UK.

Other members in the contingent include air traffic and fighter controllers, engineers, medical officer, logistics officer, and observers besides officers from the Tactical Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) of the IAF.





Also from

Army chief to visit France and Britain


IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Major will witness the exercise on July 9-15.



And,

India's SU-30s ready for Tornados, Hawks


Air Marshal K D Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command, arrived at the Pune airbase on Friday and addressed the contingent at a parade before its departure on Sunday.


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Some information on RAF Waddington

Postby JaiS » 23 Jun 2007 06:52

Station Name: RAF Waddington


Waddington now fulfills two main roles in the RAF, that of electronic reconnaissance, carried out by the 3 Nimrod R1s of 51 Squadron, Airborne Early Warning, provided by the 6 Sentry AEW1s of Nos 8 and 23 Squadrons and battlefield surveillance with the recently reformed No 5 Squadron and its Sentinel R1 aircraft. Ground and Air Defence of the airfield is provided by No 26 Squadron RAF Regiment with its Rapier FSC Surface-to-Air missiles, and No 2503 (County of Lincoln) RauxAF Field Squadron.




Next, a few Spotter's guides to RAF Waddington

http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk ... ngton.html
http://www.scramble.nl/airports/publish/egxw.htm

Finally, link to the Airshow where IAF Flankers will participate

RAF Waddington International Airshow

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Postby JaiS » 23 Jun 2007 06:59

Something to look out for at Waddington airshow preceding the exercise !

RAF Waddington UK 2007


Here is a list of what should be appearing:

Flying Displays

Typhoon - 29(R) Sqn RAF Coningsby

In-Flight Refuelling Demo(Simulated) - Fly-through by Indian Air Force IL-78 Tanker with 2 Su-30 Fighter

Static Displays

IL-76 Candid - Indian Air Force

2 x SU-30 - Indian Air Force

Typhoon - 17 Sqn RAF Coningsby


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Postby JaiS » 24 Jun 2007 00:23

A few forums to keep checking out !

Airliners.net

Aircraft-Photos.net

Airshows.BE

Simviation Forums

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Postby JCage » 24 Jun 2007 00:42

Two things to note- unless the MKIs recieve E3D cues, they are at an automatic disadvantage. The other con is that they cannot let the true capabilities of the Bars be on display - wonder whether the RAF will similarly open up the Captor. They might not have to, since they will get the E3D cues.

To my mind, the fact that the E3D is included in the exercise goes to show two things, apart from the guess that the IAF might have wanted it that way to learn as much as possible:

- How deeply the use of the E3 is integrated into RAF operational philosophy, when it comes to BVR
- The EF hype apart, the Su-30 MKI is not being taken lightly. No doubt the lessons of the MKI vs the Foxhunter equipped Tornados has kept people thinking.

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Postby Sumeet » 24 Jun 2007 01:37

JCage wrote:Two things to note- unless the MKIs recieve E3D cues, they are at an automatic disadvantage. The other con is that they cannot let the true capabilities of the Bars be on display - wonder whether the RAF will similarly open up the Captor. They might not have to, since they will get the E3D cues.


I think AWACs will give support to both side, otherwise its not a fair contest. Not just that, if the scenario is EF + E3D v/s MKI then to bring it to something close to being equal contest IAF will have to use top end capabilities of BARs. Thats not a good idea. On flip side i feel its better to experience that for the first time in an excercise rather than in a real war. Since pukes have AWACs such scenario is possible.

What i am really interested in is outcome of Captor-M v/s DRFM based ECM suite. Being a mech. scanning radar its likely it won't be as immune to DRFM based deception jamming as a PESA or AESA.

- How deeply the use of the E3 is integrated into RAF operational philosophy, when it comes to BVR


Typhoon is excellent in speed, acceleration & agility [Must for top notch BVR platform]. Its equipped with AMRAAM C-5 & a cutting edge ECM suite. If its backed by E3D then this combo is one of the best for BVR combat out there in the world. Pukes or Chicoms can't throw such package for atleast a decade from today.

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Postby Jagan » 24 Jun 2007 01:46

yeah guys, this would really really be interesting. With no dearth of hardcore aviation fanatics out there in UKland and euroland, we will have enough fotos to savour and satisfy ourselves with :D

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Postby JCage » 24 Jun 2007 01:55

Sumeet wrote:I think AWACs will give support to both side, otherwise its not a fair contest. Not just that, if the scenario is EF + E3D v/s MKI then to bring it to something close to being equal contest IAF will have to use top end capabilities of BARs. Thats not a good idea. On flip side i feel its better to experience that for the first time in an excercise rather than in a real war. Since pukes have AWACs such scenario is possible.


Agree with both.

What i am really interested in is outcome of Captor-M v/s DRFM based ECM suite. Being a mech. scanning radar its likely it won't be as immune to DRFM based deception jamming as a PESA or AESA.


With AWACs and the Captors top end modes under wraps, this will be hard to judge. But the RWRs will get a good workout.

- How deeply the use of the E3 is integrated into RAF operational philosophy, when it comes to BVR


Typhoon is excellent in speed, acceleration & agility [Must for top notch BVR platform]. Its equipped with AMRAAM C-5 & a cutting edge ECM suite. If its backed by E3D then this combo is one of the best for BVR combat out there in the world. Pukes or Chicoms can't throw such package for atleast a decade from today.



I should have been clearer. What I meant was that despite the much tomtommed 1 EF against hajaar Sus propoganda that the EF team has handed out, when push comes to shove, they arent going to stand up without their AWACs in BVR against a top line Flanker. If they were that confident, then this was a beautiful propoganda opportunity to put their money where their claims are.
Also in short sharp BVR arrangements, the EF supercruise will be of limited use. The Flankers fuel status allows it to use reheat, and engage. This is no MiG-21! ;)

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Postby JaiS » 24 Jun 2007 04:37

Jagan wrote:yeah guys, this would really really be interesting. With no dearth of hardcore aviation fanatics out there in UKland and euroland, we will have enough fotos to savour and satisfy ourselves with :D


Additionally, I guess that s/n's and c/n's of all participating aircrafts will be much easier to dig out, because of the European plane spotters.

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Postby JCage » 24 Jun 2007 17:32

Biraders, any more information?

Please to post on dearly beloved RAF E3Ds and Typhoons.

May adminullah bless you all.

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Postby JCage » 24 Jun 2007 17:39

Dear E3D from Londonistan: :oops:


http://www.raf.mod.uk/equipment/sentry.cfm

E-3D Sentry AEW1

SpecificationsEngines: Four CFM 56 2A-3 turbofans Thrust: 24,000lbs Max speed: 460kts Length: 46.68m Max altitude: 35,000ft Span: 44.98m Aircrew: 18 Save to 'Compare aircraft'
Who uses the E-3D Sentry AEW18 Squadron RAF Waddington 23 Squadron RAF Waddington DetailsThe RAF operates seven E-3D Sentry aircraft in the airborne surveillance and command-and-control role. The aircraft are based at RAF Waddington, where they are operated by Nos 8 and 23 Squadrons as the UK’s contribution to the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. The E-3D also forms one arm of the UK Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) triad of Sentinel R1, E-3D and Nimrod R1 aircraft. Whilst primarily procured as an airborne early warning aircraft, the E- 3D has been extensively employed in the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) role. The E-3D Sentry, known to the RAF as the AEW1, is based on the commercial Boeing 707-320B aircraft, which has been extensively modified and updated to accommodate modern mission systems. Mission endurance is approximately 11 hours (over 5000nmls), although this can be extended by air - to- air refuelling. The E-3D is the only aircraft in the RAF’s inventory capable of air-to-air refuelling by both the American ‘flying-boom’ system and the RAF’s ‘probe-and-drogue’ method.
The normal crew complement of 18 comprises four flight-deck crew, three technicians and an 11-man mission crew. The mission crew comprises a tactical director (mission crew commander), a fighter allocator, three weapons controllers, a surveillance controller, two surveillance operators, a data-link manager, a communications operator and an electronic-support- measures operator. The Sentry’s roles include air and sea surveillance, airborne command and control, weapons control and it can also operate as an extensive communications platform.
The aircraft cruises at 30,000ft and 400kts and its Northrop Grumman AN/APY-2 high-performance, multimode lookdown radar, housed in the black radome, is able to separate airborne and maritime targets from ground and sea clutter. One E-3D flying at 30,000ft can scan at distances of over 300nmls; it can detect low-flying targets or maritime surface contacts within 215nmls and it can detect medium-level airborne targets at ranges in excess of 280nmls. The multi-mode radar provides lookdown surveillance to the radar horizon and an electronic vertical scan of the radar beam provides target elevation and beyond-the-horizon operation for long-range surveillance of medium and high-altitude aircraft. These attributes allow it to determine the location, altitude, course and speed of large numbers of airborne targets. The aircraft’s mission systems can separate, manage and display targets individually on situation displays within the aircraft, or it can transmit the information to ground-based and ship-based units using a wide variety of digital data links.

Aircraft recognition - Sentry

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Postby Kapil » 24 Jun 2007 22:24

8)
Sigh.

Let the games begin!

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Image ... radhanush/

Cheers

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Postby Kartik » 24 Jun 2007 23:18

no flying displays at the airshows ! :( lost opportunity to show off our most prized possession..

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Postby JaiS » 25 Jun 2007 00:28

Kartik,

Are you referring to a solo performance by a Flanker ? In that case you are correct. But, it has clearly been stated that there will be a simulated A2A refuelling performance by two IAF Flankers and a Midas, as part of the flying displays.

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Postby JCage » 25 Jun 2007 02:47

Guys, they are going there to "fight", I bet the airshow is a sideshow for them as far as the trip goes and their mental 'tude is concerned.

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Postby Jaeger » 25 Jun 2007 16:46

has anyone noticed the spanking new flight suits? not the usual blue - these are olive/drab and unusual, they'er wearing t-shirts/vests under them... compare with other IAF aircrew shots...

are the IAF boys getting new flight kit? or are these special-issue suits for this ex. alone?

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Postby JaiS » 27 Jun 2007 00:48

X-posting from a different forum

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Posted by: "Del Barrow" delbarrow(at)yahoo(dot)com

Hi

flight plan filed for 1 x IL-76 c/s ASTRA to arrive at Waddo tomorrow 27/6 @ 11:55

Del

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Postby Neela » 27 Jun 2007 01:07

Anyone planning a visit to the Air Tatoo?

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Postby chitre » 27 Jun 2007 14:09

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With thanks to Martin from Cottesmore Aviation Group here is the latest...

Weds 27th June - all times are local
1xIl-76 callsign 'Astra' ETA 11:55

Thurs 28th June - all times are local
Callsign 'Titan' Il-78 & 3xSU-30s approx 08:15
Callsign 'Pluto' Il-78 & 3xSU-30s approx 08:45
Callsign 'Bison' Il-76 10:30

Serials given as:
Il-76MD K2878 'G'
Il-76MD K2663???
Il-78MKI RK3452
Il-78MKI RK3451
Su-30MKI SB041
Su-30MKI SB042
Su-30MKI SB043
Su-30MKI SB044
Su-30MKI-3 SB103
Su-30MKI-3 SB107

One tanker and the Il-76s depart on the Saturday of the airshow, coming back Sat 14th July - All aircraft departing 17th

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Postby JaiS » 27 Jun 2007 19:59

8)

First video from the deployment ... these Plane spotters I tell ya !!

Most likely this is the IL-76 c/s ASTRA which has been pointed out to before in this thread.

IAF Il-76 Landing ( at Waddo ?)

Bringing some of their 300 aircrew for the Indian/RAF Excercise aswell as this weekends airshow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJhP5_QDdWI

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Postby karan_mc » 27 Jun 2007 20:31

heard that 4 are sukhoi su 30 mki-2 and 2 are sukhoi su 30 mki-3

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Postby JaiS » 27 Jun 2007 23:56

X-posting from the AFM forums

The Indian Sukhois make stopover in Tanagra AB, Greece, on their way to England.

Photo Credit © Kostas Pantios


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Postby Ujjal » 28 Jun 2007 04:04

Scramblers will be there in full force? 8)

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Postby JaiS » 28 Jun 2007 10:58

Image Credits TEEJ

IL-76 callsign 'Astra' landing at Waddington

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Postby JaiS » 28 Jun 2007 11:18

X-posting from a different forum,

1. from dazcurtisops-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk


If anyone is interested the Indians are flight-planned as the
following for arrival tomorrow.

"TITAN" flight to arrive at 0905 local
"PLUTO" flight to arrive at 0930 local
"BISON" to arrive at 1125 local (IL76)

Flights are as follows:

TITAN 01 RK-3451
TITAN 02 SB044
TITAN 03 SB103
TITAN 04 SB107

PLUTO 01 RK-3452
PLUTO 02 SB041
PLUTO 03 SB042
PLUTO 04 SB043

"ASTRA" (IL76) arrives today at 1200 local.

B Rgds
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2. posted by "Kevin Strickson" k-dot-strickson-at-ntlworld-dot-com


*** This may change ****

The IL76 transporters may come and depart, but the IL78 tankers will stay.

The SU-30mki will be det at Waddo. to be honest I cannot see them taking to
the air on Ops until Monday afternoon because of the show arrivals &
departures.

I'm going to plug for Tuesday being their first full on Op`s day with
Monday being a familiarization of UK ATC , with Monday either a day at
departures (Not very likely considering what is penciled down for the
show)


Long haired Kev , a local waddo spotter





3. On behalf of Graham Skinner ( sorry, email unknown )


Hi John and all

Checking the flight plans into Tangara today 26 June they had Titan
formation
which consisted of IL76 RK3452 and Su30 SB41, SB42, SB43. This
was followed later by Pluto formation of IL78 RK3451 and Su30 SB44, SB103,
SB107, and bringing up the rear was Bison callsign 1x IL76 K2663.
All
serials were what were posted on the flight plans so obviously are not 100%
confirmed. The only inbound to Waddington when i left work today was the
IL76 already posted but when i get into work tomorrow i will check to see if

anything has been flight planned. Remembering the deployment into Istres in
2005 an Il76 turned up the day before the rest so it looks perhaps to be the

case with Waddington. Afraid cant be any more specific at the moment but if
i do find out more will try and post to the list.

Hope this helps in anyones planning
Best regards
Graham




4. posted by "Hans van Herk - Scramble" hans-dot-van-dot-herk-at-scramble-dot-nl



Those who are in the position to check the c/n ...

The plates in the IL-76/IL-78 are:
The c/n of the Il-76 is to be found in the rear cargo-hold pressure bulkhead which lifts up to the ceiling of the aircraft for loading and unloading and can easily be read off when the cargo doors are open. Some aircraft do not have it painted there, but in those cases, and all others, both doors to the cockpit from the cargo-bay carry a small plate with the last five digits.

Regards,
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Postby Kapil » 28 Jun 2007 18:37

Official Press Release.
Once again-only on BR!! 8)

IAF IL-78 FUEL TANKERS ARRIVE AT RAF WADDINGTON

WITH SIX SU-30 MKI FIGHTERS IN TOW



TORNADOES FROM RAF LEEMING TO ALSO ARRIVE TODAY


RAF Waddington, UK: June 28, 2007



The touchdown by the first Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30 MKI (Flanker-H) air superiority fighter at exactly 0930 hrs local time (0830 hrs GMT) at the Royal Air Force (RAF) airbase Waddington, marks a historic chapter on the 75 th anniversary year of the IAF. It also invigorates the growing defence cooperation between the two air forces.



The fighters arrived in two separate waves trailing the two IL-78 fuel-tankers in a formation of three each, all-along from Tanagra in Greece. The lead IL-78 MKI of the 'Titan' formation was lead by Group Captain K Raghavendra with the three Su-30 MKI's in tow that were captained by Group Captain Girish Saini, Team Leader of the IAF contingent, Wing Commander AK Bharti, Commanding Officer of the No. 30 Squadron and Wing Commander H Assudani. Wing Commander N Kharkar led the second wave 'Pluto' formation that landed 45 minutes later. The Su-30 MKIs in the formation were lead by Wing Commander Asit Kumar, Squadron Leaders S.V. Munje and Nitin Jain.



"This is undoubtedly history in the making", remarked Air Commodore PP Reddy, IAF's Air Attache at the High Commission of India, London. He was present to welcome the IAF contingent, arriving for the first-time ever, at United Kingdom (UK). Among others who were present also included Group Captain Andy Fryer, Station Commander of RAF Waddington, Wing Commander Jobling, Officer Commanding (OC)-Operations at the base and officers of the 'Air Command' Team comprising Wing Commander S Cockbill, Squadron Leader M Cowie, Flight Lieutenant R Middleton and Squadron Leader Richie Dicks, the Project Executive Officer belonging to RAF's No. 25 Squadron and responsible for the planning of the exercise.



"The feeling is very good!" remarked IAF Contingent Leader, Group Captain G Saini immediately after landing. "Except for the terrain being flat as seen from air, the environment is quite similar to that in Pune. And yes, the weather is also good!" he further added.



"It's a good first! A year's planning has been brought into fruition and the sight of the Su-30 MKIs on the tarmac is fantastic", said Wing Commander S Cockbill, representative from RAF's Air Command. "It is a wonderful thing (exercise) to be happening as it will invigorate the relations between the two Air Forces that had seen a slight downswing after the early '60s", he said when interacting with some of the visiting IAF personnel.



"Most importantly the fighters arrived on time and safely", said Group Captain Raghavendra, Commanding Officer of the IL-78 Squadron after the sortie. "And this has been possible (strategic reach for the fighters) ever since the IAF began operating the air-refuellers since the last four years", he further stated.



As such the RAF airbase is already teeming with aviation aficionados in view of the weekend air show, but the arrival of the much talked about Su-30 MKIs kept most enthusiasts scanning the skies awaiting their arrival. The Tornado F3 aircraft belonging to RAF's No. 25 Squadron from the Leeming RAF airbase is also scheduled to arrive at Waddington by late evening today.



A total of 18 Fighter Pilots and two Flight Navigators who will also double-up as Weapon Systems Operator (WSO) will be flying the Su-30 MKI's during the exercise. At the weekend airshow at Waddington, IAF Su-30 MKIs and IL-78 are slated to participate and are major attractions already.



Pics will be put up on the Indradhanush gallery later tonight.

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Postby JaiS » 28 Jun 2007 20:08

X-post again :

Posted by: flyfish(at)xs4all(.)nl


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Postby HariC » 28 Jun 2007 20:17

These Brits are mad!

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Postby Shankar » 28 Jun 2007 21:38

why?

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Postby JaiS » 28 Jun 2007 23:09

Link to PIB's press release :

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=28867

Shankar, I think HariC is referring to kind of details which are made available by the Plane spotters !

( in that case, only the brits are not to blame :P )


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More pretty pictures

Postby sunilUpa » 28 Jun 2007 23:43

LOL, JaiS beat me to it..

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Postby Jagan » 29 Jun 2007 08:33

Plane spotting at its best.

That photo of the spotters below the Sukhoi is great.. I can just imagine the pilot and wso in that ac wondering - who the heck those people are - havent they seen a fighter before? :D

PS added a few Il-76 photos in the indradhanush gallery.


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Postby A Sharma » 29 Jun 2007 08:43

Jagan
The link to indradhanush gallery on home page is pointing to canberra retirement.

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Postby Anurag » 29 Jun 2007 09:43

So all the pictures show no aircraft armed. While I'm not sure if that depends on any policy or understanding with the host country, but would the MKI's been armed at any point during their journery across international airspace?

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Postby Singha » 29 Jun 2007 10:17

Sigh...anyone trying to do this in any IAF military airport is liable to shot at or
chased by a pack of dogs. Yelehanka has a sandbagged tower near the
highway with a sentry who looks keen to try his gun out....its definitely a no
can do there.

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Postby manjgu » 29 Jun 2007 10:33

no reason why they should be armed during transit over friendly countries?


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