Rahul M wrote:>> read on IRDW
That's your first mistake. Second is to discuss it on brf. Idrw is not kosher on brf. Please don't link to it or post/discuss stuff from it.
mody, the engine thing might not be entirely khayali pulao. Not the epe but as I posted in the Mk2 thread, we are in discussions on licence manufacturing the 414. As per Gp. Capt. Thakur.
Rahul, the khayali pulao was mostly for getting the GE-F414 engines on the Mig-29s. The size and weight of the engine is almost comparable with the RD-33 engines. Imagine getting the GE engines on the Fulcrums. The performance would be out of the world. The thrust to weight ratio would be unreal. Especially if matted on the newer lighter airframes. For us if we can get them on the Mig-29Ks, then it would solve some of the issues that we are facing. The engines are much more reliable and the maintenance requirement would be much lower. The engines have been used with the F-18s on carriers for a long time. Plus the extra thrust would solve the issue of payload when taking off from carriers. Also, the GE engine is more frugal as compared to the RD-33s and hence the on station time would also be improved. For the IAF Mig-29UPG, with the humpback design, the internal fuel capacity has already been increased. With a less fuel guzzling engine, the range or on station time would not remain a limitation for the Mig-29s. That pretty much takes care of most of the short comings of the Mig-29s.
The only question is, if this khayali pulao, can ever become a reality.