Karan M wrote:
Group Captain Thakur is definitely the real deal, given he is the HAL CTP (Chief Test Pilot). You can see him here:
Very impressive. Knowledgeable and articulate. Probably the best spokesperson HAL could have. They should keep him on as a spokesperson even after he finishes his flying days.
But that aside, the Su-30 mission computer from DARE will definitely replace the original ones.. but also, regarding the engine - this thread has got caught up so much in yackety yack, it misses important developments. Such as:
Russia has signed a deal for its Su-30 SM fleet to be upgraded to Su-30 SM1 standard. These will include variants of the AL-41F1 engines currently used in the Su-35 and also the N035 Irbis-E radar from the Su-35. The news report explicitly stated one of the aims of this mod is to market it to the IAF.
With the usual Russian BS in terms of delivery vs advertised promise, I would imagine that one is looking at 12-15 years from today when the last upgrade is finished to SM1 standards for the entire 270+ fleet if a decision is made to go ahead. Also it looks like the 2 significant upgrades are the AL-41P engine and the NO35 Irbis-E radar. What would it take for say an Uttam-2 to be ready in 5 years with the same peak power or at least similar performance? The engine upgrade is desirable but not essential? But a desi radar will open up the possibility of being transparent about integrating other vendor's AAM/precision A2G weapons on this platform.