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by angad84
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 19158

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Amongst the other reasonably standard suite of weapons that South Korea is looking to integrate onto the KF-X is this new air to surface missile. Interesting that they are going for supersonic speed which is in contrast to current western offerings on the international market and perhaps may give t...

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by angad84
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: 'Reverse vignetting'
Replies: 10
Views: 838

Re: 'Reverse vignetting'

over-corrected vignetting can lead to reverse vignetting. as far as the photographers being driven away, I think that ship has mostly sailed.

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by angad84
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 4913

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Everyone seems to forget my favourite underdog, the P-1. Loaded with all the disadvantages that have been discussed threadbare here and in other threads, but it's just so damn cool.

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by angad84
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3585

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

bikerthai wrote:
The large dome near the main landing gear. The P-8I config looks taller and different shape form.

Stop teasing!

The P-8I has a Telephonics OceanEye rader in the ventral dome, which the P-8As do not. That is what BT is referring to when he says aft radar.

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by angad84
Sat May 30, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24318

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

How many iterations of price haggling did this contract go through? Our experience with out India subcontractors is that initially, they low ball the estimate. After one contract they found that it was more difficult then they realized, then they highball the next. After a couple of iterations of n...

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by angad84
Fri May 29, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24318

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Order placed for 83 tejas mk1 at a total cost of 37000 cr , approximately 5 b usd. So each plane coming in at 60 m usd. Pretty expensive for a home designed and home assembled plane. Major Imported components are, engine ge 404 at 6 m usd each , 7 missiles at total of 5 m , radar at 3 m usd , eject...

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by angad84
Fri May 29, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24318

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

Order placed for 83 tejas mk1 at a total cost of 37000 cr , approximately 5 b usd. So each plane coming in at 60 m usd. Pretty expensive for a home designed and home assembled plane. Major Imported components are, engine ge 404 at 6 m usd each , 7 missiles at total of 5 m , radar at 3 m usd , eject...

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by angad84
Thu May 28, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?
Replies: 19
Views: 1975

Re: wide-angle images no longer acceptable?

There's definitely banding, and possibly borderline "inverse vignetting" (lens correction?) but no more offensive that many, many other shots, as Karl has pointed out. Not just the Phuket ones, but many others have snuck through, I can't imagine nitpicking this. Honestly never noticed the ...

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by angad84
Fri May 22, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7830

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

India, who also have both P-8A and C-17 will also want a larger tanker as well. India will be happy with really any additional tanking capability at this point! Unlikely to go boom for a number of reasons: 1. New manpower pipeline for a tiny fleet costs $$$ 2. No Navy patrol aircraft have ever tank...

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by angad84
Mon May 18, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement
Replies: 43
Views: 4102

Re: USN Begins Process to Select New Jet Trainer/T-45 Replacement

Re: the T-7A, it looks like the MLG would foul with the doors if it slammed down too hard (i.e. FCLP, trap)

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by angad84
Mon May 18, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Surrey Rarities
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: Surrey Rarities

I hope this belongs here - today was a rather unusual day here in Surrey in that we had a Bangladeshi Air Force Hercules C130J en route from Cambridge to ?, and a Kuwait Air Force C17 en route from Newcastle to ? overflying. Perhaps these are not so rare but stood out owing to the dearth of other f...

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by angad84
Wed May 13, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories
Replies: 21
Views: 11698

Re: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories

Sikorsky. The Wessex, being turbine engined from the start, came a bit later, early 60's with the RN and RAN in the ASW role. thanks! Once she entered she spotted a kind of funnel with a pipe connected to it, just in front of the entrance door behind the captain’a seat. Without asking, she took thi...

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by angad84
Tue May 12, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories
Replies: 21
Views: 11698

Re: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-49773399

The Dutch carrier operated as an ASW vessel toward the end of its life, with S-2 Trackers and Wessex/SH-34 ASW helicopters (I forget whether the latter were Westland or Sikorsky)
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GDB wrote:
Here's one new to me, S-2 Trackers, Dutch Navy, 1960's;
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-49773399

The Dutch carrier operated as an ASW vessel toward the end of its life, with S-2 Trackers and Wessex/SH-34 ASW helicopters (I forget whether the latter were Westland or Sikorsky)

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by angad84
Tue May 12, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ejection seat guide rail
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Ejection seat guide rail

proof of concept or certifiable?
assuming the former, just about any rail system will work. clip the ends off kitchen drawer slides so they can pull free at the end of the stroke? just a thought.

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by angad84
Thu May 07, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer
Replies: 46
Views: 3127

Re: Sweden invites tenders for new phase 1 trainer

I can't imagine the Swedes want a jet-BTA. My money is on Embraer or Pilatus.

There's a preference for side-by-side seating, but only the Grob 120TP comes close to offering enough performance with this configuration (and even then doesn't meet the reqs outright).

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by angad84
Tue May 05, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 19158

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

AMCA moving towards design freeze I wonder how much this will be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. http://idrw.org/amca-final-design-freeze-soon-dsi-intakes-rcs-reduction-measures-to-make-it-first-5-5-gen-fighter/ NB The source is highly chauvinistic so may not be objective in reporting Indian avia...

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by angad84
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 134
Views: 27343

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

mmo wrote:
The RR is almost 1000 lbs heavier than the TF33.

Got a link for that? I was under the impression both were in the 4000-lb range. Admittedly not following this very closely.

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by angad84
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?
Replies: 134
Views: 27343

Re: New advertisement: B-52 re-engine back in the mix?

The only problem with the RR is they are 1,000 lbs heavier than the others and that will have a fairly large effect on the CG. Surely the closer an engine is to the weight of the original TF33, the better from an integration/CG perspective? More thrust/efficiency at similar weights will probably be...

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by angad84
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Favourite World War Two heavy Bomber?
Replies: 32
Views: 2545

Re: Favourite World War Two heavy Bomber?

Like Ozair, I have a family connection. My great-grandfather was one of a handful of Indian pilots in Europe during the war, and among an even smaller subset of those who flew nearly all types of aircraft/missions in the war -- starting with bombers then on to tac-R and fighters. So for me, it will ...

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by angad84
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 1644

Re: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt

Ha! That sounds about right. Re: the brakes, I don't know if it's because the brakes are so good or because the motors are so anemic. All my experiences tell me Tornado engines are not the epitome of power. At least when >FL180... This is a good point, and reminds me that I've seen it before with o...

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by angad84
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 1644

Re: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt

I'm just impressed the Tonka's brakes can hold it with one engine at max wet and the other at (presumably) max dry!

But this also reminded me of a joke I heard in the UK a few years ago...
Q: "What's a Tornado four-ship?"
A: "Four brief, three start, two taxi, one takes off!"

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by angad84
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 306
Views: 121817

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!

There has been some changes to acceptance criteria recently which explains some of the said shots being accepted. A couple of the items considered were if the posers were posing for the photographer or just part of the background of a common scene for the location. In the case of Phuket, it seems t...

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by angad84
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Rafale Ejection Incident March 20 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 2490

Re: French Rafale Ejection Incident March 20 2019

Switchable in most operational planes, either individually or when one seat is initiated the other fires. They’d be sequenced in any case, so the back seat goes first, protecting the rear seater from jet blast of the front seat. A lot of Navy back seaters survived while the pilot was killed during ...

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by angad84
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: First UK P-8A delivery
Replies: 12
Views: 4523

Re: First UK P-8A delivery

Congratulations to the RAF. Seems a bit early to be declaring IOC when the RAF only has two aircraft but they state they are using them and have sufficient personnel to crew and maintain them so I guess ready to go. I expect the large numbers of RAF posted to US units over the last few years has si...

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by angad84
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207550

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I still don't get it. If you're going to pay NRC (and I get that they're not quite in the same ballpark) wouldn't it be better to pick 30 of any aircraft already certified for B61, and spend the NRE on a Typhoon ECR? If we went on the technicality of it the only US fighter aircraft in production an...

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by angad84
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1483
Views: 207550

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Hi there! The German Airforce is said to split its Tornado replacement order three ways... 90 Eurofighters for the fighter/bomber role, Recce and as a repalcement for the Tranche 1 Eurofighters. 30 Boeing F-18 Super Hornets for the 33rd TFW in Buechel to be able to carry the special ordnance stored...

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by angad84
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India accepts first Rafale
Replies: 22
Views: 10836

Re: India accepts first Rafale

No surprise that delays to Dassault’s production of the Rafale due to COVID-19 may impact India as an export customer. I’m not sure how “adversely” it would impact delivery though and the IAF were still going to have MiG-21s flying after all 36 Rafales had been delivered. Delivery of Rafale fighter...

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by angad84
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 306
Views: 121817

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!



Just, WOW!

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by angad84
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FARA US Army Proposals Thread
Replies: 70
Views: 17609

Re: FARA US Army Proposals Thread

OK this is the FARA thread but there is no FLRAA thread. But today the Army did the down select to 2 - the Bell V-280 and the Boeing/ Sikorsky SB>1 are getting contracts to develop the design and bid for the final contract in around 2 years. All other bidders are out. "Bell’s V-280 advanced ti...

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by angad84
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing offers India F-15X
Replies: 17
Views: 1821

Re: Boeing offers India F-15X

Do you see the F-15X as being competitive though? The F-15's biggest competition in India is the Flanker, not Rafale. Someone will have to justify why a second "heavy" fighter type instead of more "light" or "medium" because we buy planes like we buy vegetables -- by w...

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by angad84
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Trump 757 to india
Replies: 19
Views: 2932

Re: Trump 757 to india

dtw2hyd wrote:
He took VC25A to AMD, C32 to AGR and to DEL. I am sure VC25A is positioned at DEL.

Yup.

E-4B is at Maldives, I think positioned for contingency.

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by angad84
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sikorsky wins contract to build six more VH-92A ‘Marine One’ helicopters
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

Re: Sikorsky wins contract to build six more VH-92A ‘Marine One’ helicopters

Kiwirob wrote:
Just a quick question why do the Marines need 23 helicopters to transport one man?

Need multiple ac for decoys, and availability at multiple locations.

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by angad84
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing offers India F-15X
Replies: 17
Views: 1821

Re: Boeing offers India F-15X

India does not want to be caught again like in 1999 , when usa switched off the GPS during the kargil conflict. Uh, what? Would be bad if the Americans leaked technical information to our adversaries during time of conflict. Uh, what? A 5 b usd order has been just placed for the homegrown tejas , 8...

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by angad84
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing offers India F-15X
Replies: 17
Views: 1821

Re: Boeing offers India F-15X

Perhaps Boeing is getting a vibe from the Indian Air Force that they would prefer something not designed for the Navy? Perceptive, and correct. Boeing need to drive the cost if the F-15 down to make it more palatable for foreign sale. India FA of the plane may do that. Indian FA will likely add to ...

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by angad84
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 23793

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Interesting to note that the wingtip vortices are only visible on the clean aircraft and not on those equipped with the AAM pylons. Perhaps as with the F-16 the wing is more stable with that outside weight or the AoA is changed enough to alter the interaction? I'm interested if anyone has thoughts/...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 23793

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The F-35 will be present at the airshow associated with DEFexpo this year. Apparnetly will cause a stir though as local meat shops have bene closed to ensure that there are not too many birds in the areas for when the airshow occurs. DefExpo 2020 Update: Lucknow, brace yourselves for the first-ever...

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by angad84
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 23793

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

The F-35 will be present at the airshow associated with DEFexpo this year. Apparnetly will cause a stir though as local meat shops have bene closed to ensure that there are not too many birds in the areas for when the airshow occurs. DefExpo 2020 Update: Lucknow, brace yourselves for the first-ever...

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by angad84
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 19158

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

No, they are asking DRDO to pick a foreign collaborator to customise a high-thrust engine for the AMCA. They want DRDO to start building on an existing engine or existing technology, neither of which exist in India, so by default foreign input is a given. If DRDO succeeds in convincing (read: lying...

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by angad84
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

I am coming to see that is the case but that is disappointing to me. Why so? The LCA-N cannot justify a production run larger than a few dozen frames, and it will then tie up the Navy's capex/opex -- preventing a new type from being acquired for a couple of decades at least. Also, a new training/lo...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 19158

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

India now has pretensions of developing its own engine for the AMCA... The Indian air force is likely to insist on a clause for development of an indigenous aero engine when it clears a multi-billion dollar programme to go ahead with the next generation Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) by ...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

In the context of the direction the Indian Navy is taking to develop a new twin engined naval fighter it is interesting to see that the LCA Naval landed for the first time on an Indian Carrier. I wonder if a single engined LCA Naval will end up being operated by India once cost, time and perhaps ev...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers Major Fire
Replies: 20
Views: 5146

Re: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers Major Fire

The Kuznetsov has got to be long in the tooth as they were part of my tactical training when I was a P3 Flight engineer. and I got out of the Navy in 1977. At the time? I believe the USSR had 2 operational carriers the Kuznetsov and the Sverdlov, At the time? Their Premier NucleI've seen and talked...

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by angad84
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 82
Views: 13511

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

Ozair wrote:
You would think if it was going to happen it would have been announced by now though.

Exactly, hence my skepticism. That said, my Arabic and Swedish are both poor, and there's a lot of good political/defence reporting happening in native languages that we english-speakers tend to miss out on

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by angad84
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition
Replies: 82
Views: 13511

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

You can see the Gripen is grossly underpowered, especially when you consider the air policing and DCA mission set that seems the priority for the Swiss and this matches with the 2008/2015 assessments conducted. Yes there is more to a fighter selection than capability but the Gripen isn’t an order o...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

Flight trials on land for CTOL jets are essentially free (i.e. the vendor pays for the cost of eval). There is, however, no mechanism to allow a foreign vendor to first certify at an Indian facility (the SBTF in Goa), without which STOBAR cannot be trialled. A lot of rules will have to be rewritten ...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

Why on Earth would the Indian Navy order, pay and accept carriers with lifts too small for all modern and future aircraft? And why after they made that mistake I stead of fixing it by changing or enlarging the lifts they are thinking about launching a 15 year long process of developing an aircraft ...

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by angad84
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The first Gripen E for Swedish AF in the air
Replies: 7
Views: 1601

Re: The first Gripen E for Swedish AF in the air

I hope to hell that scheme is the new standard. but it could also be a one off, even Brazil got a special scheme for their first jet.

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by angad84
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

There is a process that is leading to a tender. The RFI has been issued, the RFP is expected soon which will be followed by a tender. Boeing is proposing... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-airshow-india-defence/indian-navy-air-force-fighter-jet-contests-to-heat-up-in-2019-executives-id...

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by angad84
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

Sounds like they could use something like a navalised Tejas Mk1A with a more powerful engine. That was always the plan, but too many penalties have already been paid in adapting a land based light single for the deck -- a tailless delta is probably the absolute worst layout you could pick for carri...

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by angad84
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4773

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

It is unlikely we would get an specific numbers for either the Rafale or the SH for Ski Jump operation and you won’t see a ski jump test until one of them wins the contract. If the Indian Navy had been smarter they would have required this as a test for the tender. There is no tender, so how can a ...

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