There's a gorious pic of a MI-26 salvaging a downed US helicopter in Afghanistan,a helo called the ...er...Chinook,supposed to be its contender in the heavylift stakes! Russian manufacturers have assured the IAF/GOI that IL-76MDs earlier acquired for the Phalcons would be replaced by upgraded IL-476s with better avionics,engines,economy,etc.,for the extra 3 Phalcon platforms.The same has been accepted.This ends any doubt as to new IL-476/IL-78 tanker production availablity,plus the new Ukranian govt. is in concert with Russia,streamlining its entire defence industry to mesh with Russia so that there would be no stoppage of earlier Ukranian-Russian joint weapon systems still in demand worldwide.All IAF AN-32 transports are being upgraded in concert with Ukraine/Russia.
PS:Out of contxt here,but since there is a quote about T-90s and the FMS route,the T-90 acquisition was a knee-jerk reflex by the IA/GOI in the wake of Pak's coup of acquiring at low cost hundreds of Ukranian T-80UDs after the collapse of the USSR,dramatically altering the armour qualitative balance in its favour .At that time,no western nation was willing to sell us their wares,even if was possible at exorbitant unafffordable prices.The T-90 deal was thus concluded as Arjun had not matured by then as it had not taken the IA into the loop in its development as was the case with the LCA too.It was only after Arjun matured several years later and was found superior in many respects to the T-90,that extra Arjuns have been ordered and a MK-2 version being developed to rectify/improving Mk-1s shortcomings.Here we must remember an impotant point,the disparity in size and weight between the three-man crewed T-72/90 and the four-man crew of Arjun,making it more difficult to transport Arjun.Arjun also comes in at a greater cost than a T-90 and we must admit,is not entirely indigenous contains a v.high % of foreign components,with some official sources saying that costwise about 70% foreign.One is sure now that Arjun will be ordered in larger numbers in the future especially when Mk-2 arrives with the upgrades that the IA has requested.
Another vital factor to remember that the production rate of Arjuns,T-90s and T-72 upgrades all being done simultaneously by HVF,leaves a lot to be desired,as all programmes are reportedly behind schedule.Perhaps a second HVF establishment should be set up or expansion of the existing facility.