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by angad84
Thu Jun 30, 2022 6:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Saab Receives Order for Two GlobalEye for Sweden
Replies: 1
Views: 542

Re: Saab Receives Order for Two GlobalEye for Sweden

Glad to see more of these flying around!

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by angad84
Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Effectiveness of simple drones against tanks, targets, long term consequences
Replies: 17
Views: 1990

Re: Effectiveness of simple drones against tanks, targets, long term consequences

Because of the simple bomb dropping process, the tanks being hit are static. And drones have simple IR for night. Tanks can't move forever. There also a clip of an MTB first missed by a few meters, seeing the danger, quickly starting the engine & moving, just a second too late.. Some MTB's now ...

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by angad84
Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 110
Views: 14899

Re: Boeing KC-46 News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2022

I would guess some nations would be sitting on the fence, waiting to see if the KC-46 problems will be worked out. A lot of the KC-46 problems are not major concerns for export customers. Some customers will not be so demanding, others may not be using RVS/boom, etc etc. I'm not surprised Boeing is...

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by angad84
Thu May 19, 2022 7:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 300
Views: 86689

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

India will not get closer to China, but you're right that DC makes it harder, not easier, for New Delhi to make the right choices. Quite silly, really... US political party in power should not drive India away. Both political party have prominent politicians with India ties. Who else India will be ...

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by angad84
Tue May 17, 2022 11:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 300
Views: 86689

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

The Democratic Party has done an excellent job of bringing Russia and Saudi Arabia closer to China. Let's see if they have the same success with Brazil and India. India will not get closer to China, but you're right that DC makes it harder, not easier, for New Delhi to make the right choices. Quite...

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by angad84
Wed Mar 23, 2022 10:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 161
Views: 19528

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Interestingly OneWeb are using SpaceX even though they are the competition with Starlink. But I guess there aren't many rides in town! Gwynne Shotwell is on record as saying SpaceX will launch a payload for any customer at list price, regardless if they are a competitor. Good policy. Eye on the pri...

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by angad84
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?
Replies: 54
Views: 4382

Re: Is there a need for a Saab and Airbus partnership on MPAs and AWACS?

bikerthai wrote:
... and IDF (India) have taken advantage of the subsequent upgrades that were developed by the USN.

Not quite. The P-8I doesn't get most of the USN upgrades. Bit of an orphan variant in the lineup.

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by angad84
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New J-20 Variant: A Two Seat Stealth Fighter
Replies: 30
Views: 6348

Re: New J-20 Variant: A Two Seat Stealth Fighter

tphuang wrote:
Think distributed AEW&C as something that you can have with this that F-35 is just not capable of.

I'd think twice about this sentence.

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by angad84
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pakistan to buy J-10 form China
Replies: 35
Views: 5652

Re: Pakistan to buy J-10 form China

tphuang wrote:
Pakistan will eventually probably buy 70 to 100 J-10s to replace the F-16s in its current role.

J-10s and JF-17s will replace Mirages and F-7s. F-16s will remain the tip of the spear as long as the PAF is able to sustain them.

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by angad84
Thu Dec 09, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF F-35 crash
Replies: 21
Views: 6480

Re: RAF F-35 crash

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... iterranean

seems to have been recovered.
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Aesma wrote:
Is it still on the bottom ?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... iterranean

seems to have been recovered.

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by angad84
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 77
Views: 7591

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

Why not stick the F414 in the thing? IIRC the dimensions are the same or almost the same as the F404. What we found with the Tejas (and Saab did with the Gripen C - to - E) was that F404 to F414 is not a straightforward swap. That said, given Saab's involvement with the T-7, this programme has the ...

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by angad84
Mon Oct 04, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft
Replies: 69
Views: 8901

Re: KC-46 now cleared to operationally refuel some aircraft

The RAAF and JASDF have declared their tankers fully operational. The USAF simply wants their tankers to work in worse conditions that is beyond the existing Boeing or Airbus systems. Bingo. Textbook example: neither MRTT nor the KC-767 can survive in a nuclear or chemical environment, whereas the ...

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by angad84
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 51
Views: 2838

Re: Best multi-national program

Of the ones you've listed, it would have to be FREMM, I think. Jaguar did not get much love from the French, esp after Dassault took over. Eurofighter... LOL NOPE But how's this for one - Airbus? The original multinational idea resulted in a spectacular company that has serious staying power and is ...

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by angad84
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 4558

Re: IAF buys 56 C-295 transport aircraft

A line engineer with 5 years experience will live in an apartment in Seattle. A manager will live in their own house with servants in Bangalore. bt You're ignoring QOL and a host of other factors in this comparison... the guy in BLR will have to work his hands to the bone. Cost of living in India i...

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by angad84
Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 367
Views: 62247

Re: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets

I always thought SAAB would have been better off just putting the F414 on the Gripen C. It might require a bit of intake modification but the engine is the same physical dimensions as the F404. THAT would be an improved aircraft. I can tell you from the Indian experience, this would not work out we...

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by angad84
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 140
Views: 30100

Re: Boeing MQ-25 News and Discussion Thread

bikerthai wrote:
If you get additional customers, and get the rate up, to one a month, you should be able to drive the price down further.

Unfortunately the only other country in the CATOBAR game is France. Pity India didn't leapfrog directly to CATOBAR, and doesn't look likely to for decades yet.

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by angad84
Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5453

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

Laser welding in space may be doable. Titanium would be easiest to laser weld. At least you do not need to use inert gas. How do you keep the melted material from floating away though? You can also do resistance welding. But those joints are not strong. bt maybe they wouldn't need to weld at all? S...

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by angad84
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 11718

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

tj1230 wrote:
Does anyone else think that the withdrawl could have been planned a bit better?

I think pretty much the whole world agrees on that.

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by angad84
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 367
Views: 62247

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

SeamanBeaumont wrote:
I read the other day Saab agreed the aircraft wasn't good enough and why it is bigger and heavier but just as average.

I'd love a source for this, because that sounds wildly out of character for an on the record Saab statement.

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by angad84
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 15634

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

They're that person that change their clothes 3 times a day, but wear the same underwear for days. Thanks, I'm definitely stealing this! It feels like this is what the Russians did with this fighter, just made a smaller SU-57 relative rather than completely reinventing the wheel. Subtract an engine...

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by angad84
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 15634

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Old news. Not quite. CAATSA is a very serious issue that constantly threatens to derail the bilateral relationship, and two successive US admins (Trump-R, Biden-D) have done sweet nothing to allay any concerns India has regarding the legislation. Even if it ends up resolved to everyone's satisfacti...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 15634

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

I see no reason they couldn't have had the opportunity. China has bought, and produced a lot of Russian hardware. J-15 for example. The reasons is obvious. The Chinese believe they can design and build a better airplane. And for the other country who had experienced in building Russian fighter thro...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 15634

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Surprised at the intake location given how FOD sensitive Russian engines are. You'd think a clean sheet would give them a chance to locate them up high. Oh well, at least it's not sucking in debris kicked up by the nosewheel this time... New pictures confirm side mounted intakes high off the ground...

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by angad84
Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 15634

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Surprised at the intake location given how FOD sensitive Russian engines are. You'd think a clean sheet would give them a chance to locate them up high.

Oh well, at least it's not sucking in debris kicked up by the nosewheel this time...

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by angad84
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Russian Fighter Jet
Replies: 120
Views: 15634

Re: New Russian Fighter Jet

Per Popular Mechanics, a new Russian fighter will makes it's debut July 20, the first day of the MAKS-2021 airshow: https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a37014981/russia-new-fighter-jet-teaser/ Let the speculation begin..... It's clear the pitch is aimed at securing foreign funding. T...

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by angad84
Sat Jul 10, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 5604

Re: Stealth is very important

But please explain how expensive Stealth aircraft can help in the India v China context. As in any context — look first, shoot first. do the Chinese investments and developments in AI warfare technology neutralise any advantages of Stealth? Defense Experts like Ajai Shukla and Praveen Sawhney have ...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 17440

Re: F-35 News and Discussion Thread - 2021

A google search turns interesting results. For example India was assured that the US could disable Pakistani AMRAAMs : http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/201127/us-assured-india-it-could-remotely-disable-pakistan%E2%80%99s-amraam-missiles%3A-report.html Poor interpretation of a p...

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by angad84
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stealth is very important
Replies: 56
Views: 5604

Re: Stealth is very important

Indian air Force will find it impossible to act in this sector without first neutralizing these Radars. Stealth is not useful in this specific context. Uhmm, no? SEAD/DEAD is exactly the kind of scenario where stealth brings disproportionate advantages to the mission, all else being equal. What cou...

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by angad84
Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 367
Views: 62247

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

No links/sources I'm afraid, but... ... from conversations I've had in India and Europe, the varying configurations of Eurofighters in service all over the world actually hurt the type when it comes to O&S costs versus a generally more stable Rafale product line. The difference was not readily ...

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by angad84
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Switzerland deciding to buy F-35A fighter jets
Replies: 367
Views: 62247

Re: Switzerland Restarting Fighter Competition

They definitely are throwing everything at this. But I'm not sure they could bring the operating cost of the Typhoon down far enough to be competitive. Is there any dependable source on the operating and ownership economics, as well as performance, of modern western fighters? I feel as though most ...

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by angad84
Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines
Replies: 21
Views: 4334

Re: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines

China's behaviour shapes that of countries and corporations that engage with China. It might be easier to hold companies accountable, but let's not give China a free pass shall we? You did write it isn't "the fault of China per-se" — except it absolutely is, as long as censorship is in for...

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by angad84
Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines
Replies: 21
Views: 4334

Re: Chinese Y-20 transport finally flies with upgraded engines

I don't quite see how this aspect would be the fault of China per-se. Are you... not familiar with the concept of censorship? Because this comes off as fabulously naive. Come to Asia, literally anywhere in Asia, we'll be happy to show and tell you all about it. It's totally par for the course here....

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by angad84
Sun May 30, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2
Replies: 93
Views: 16077

Re: Russian Military Crashes Discussion Thread - Part 2

Russian AF accident in Saki, Crimea, Ukraine (territory temporarily occupied by Russia), May 22: Su-30SM, both pilots ejected on the ground, both survived. A ground technician suffered burns, reportedly he was on the cockpit ladder at that moment. A second ground technician apparently was stunned, ...

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by angad84
Wed May 26, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 165
Views: 37940

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

That's a good point. We don't deploy the same way so the comparison is moot. FWIW, anecdotally, the P-8I's ability to self-deploy to other bases within India and/or nearby is also light years ahead of the Tu-142 and Il-38. I've seen it with my own eyes. And during MH370, the first IN asset tasked wa...

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by angad84
Tue May 25, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 165
Views: 37940

Re: Boeing P-8 Poseidon News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

Interesting read. Not all is rosy with the P-8A mission capability. https://news.usni.org/2021/05/25/pentagon-report-on-p-8a-readiness-for-anti-submarine-warfare-mission While the tech performance is excellent. Mission readiness is low because of of all things, lack of bolts and O rings. bt One pre...

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by angad84
Wed May 12, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Germany signs order for Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Replies: 248
Views: 32227

Re: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

One other interesting thing to consider is if Germany delay their decision, they may lose the line position as India is wrangling for more P-8s. If India gets in first, Germany may not get their first P-8s until 2024. https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing/india-approved-to-buy-six-more-p-8i-marit...

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by angad84
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030
Replies: 156
Views: 20848

Re: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030

keesje wrote:
It seems the P1 has a superior (4 antenna) 360 AESA radar.

I keep reading this, but I've seen the P-1 up close, and photographed it extensively, and I cannot for the life of me spot the 4th array. I expect it has wider coverage than the P-8A courtesy the cheek arrays, but I doubt it's a full 360.

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by angad84
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

But the Indian government is actually paying $6.5B for 85 planes, and that's $76M each. Come on man. Contract value is not the same as URF. URF cost before taxes is ~42M URF after (domestic) tax is ~50M Since export customers do not pay domestic taxes, the export price is the base URF. The rest of ...

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by angad84
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Tejas economics question: Wikipedia says (and has lots of citations) ₹162 crore (equivalent to ₹208 crore or US$29 million in 2019) for IOC Mk. 1 (2014) ₹299.45 crore (equivalent to ₹541 crore or US$76 million in 2019) for FOC Mk. 1 (2010) ₹303 crore (US$42 million) for Mk. 1A and ₹309 crore (US$43...

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by angad84
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

If what you wrote above makes sense to you then maybe we should just stop talking. Agreed. If you're going to tell *me* what the IAF is thinking, and quote Franz-Stefan Gady, who in all likelihood has never interacted with an IAF officer outside of an embassy party, then this discussion is indeed q...

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by angad84
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Over the years I formed the impression that the environment in which this aircraft was being developed was not a healthy environment for decent project management. Sir, I tip my hat to you. It will be interesting to see if India can run the Mk1A project substantially better than Mk1 was run. I woul...

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by angad84
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

If what you wrote above makes sense to you then maybe we should just stop talking. Agreed. If you're going to tell *me* what the IAF is thinking, and quote Franz-Stefan Gady, who in all likelihood has never interacted with an IAF officer outside of an embassy party, then this discussion is indeed q...

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by angad84
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Development was started in 1985 (36 years ago). First flight was in 2001 (20 years ago). They have delivered zero planes the military actually wants. I think that's long enough. More than long enough. Way too long. You can choose between 1987 (project definition) and 1993 (first actual development ...

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by angad84
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 38956

Re: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread

LM thought it was 'shockingly low' at the time One way to measure whether Boeing underbid is whether they can deliver the frames in time. Cost over run escalate exponentially with schedule delay. So if they can deliver on schedule, then their bid would be spot on. bt yep. flight test appears to be ...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

What's special about S. Asian geopolitics? Compare it to (say) the Gulf Region or ASEAN? I can't tell if this is sarcastic or not. Three nuclear powers in a constant state of friction qualifies as pretty dicey in my book. There are no treaty alliances in S.Asia, so no one coming to help if it prope...

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by angad84
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Most other countries of this size simply consider it foolish to invest this much money just to replicate products that they can buy off the shelf from a friend. Especially when your 'homegrown' fighter depends on parts from said friends. Correct. And most other countries aren't affected by the uniq...

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by angad84
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

I would wonder if $1B spent the Pakistani way is worth the same development as $3B spent the Indian way. The Tejas program really seems to be inefficiently run. The JF-17 has fighters in operation and the Tejas is a development program. This is a great way to distill the essence of the question dow...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Not sure I agree that the Tejas is a better aircraft though. The Chinese have had a long time to mature and develop the JF-17. They have had AESA radars in service on aircraft for almost 18 years, and 3 years for fighter based arrays. Missile technology is likely way ahead of any homegrown Indian m...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17
Replies: 76
Views: 9869

Re: Comparing Programs: Tejas vs JF-17

Oh good. Another thread that's going to destroy my productivity. You will excuse me if I don my patriotic hat for this one, although I will try and be as objective as possible. I like the Tejas and think it is technically a better aircraft than the JF-17 although it is hard to deny the time differen...

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