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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: 19
Views: 1487

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: 46
Views: 8460

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: 116
Views: 17144

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: 116
Views: 17144

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: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 221
Views: 20740

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: 18646

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 138
Views: 27340

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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: 7760

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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by angad84
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Determining Factor for JHMCS Wear
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: Determining Factor for JHMCS Wear

F-35 has no HUD. So the pilot always has to wear the HMDS.

Other aircraft, particularly in peacetime, can probably do without it, unless the training for the day specifically requires it.

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by angad84
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 207
Views: 46982

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Well the USAF might still be taking F-15EX then, the French more Rafales on slow production and I doubt Germany will have finished Eurofighter deliveries given their slow production and order timeframe. Given what the IAF needs to replace better to have a cheap 4th gen than see the force significan...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 236
Views: 83607

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Again, I think the only way the Gripen E can be seriously competitive is if it came with the F414EPE. I don't know if that would be enough to motivate GE to produce it though. They will certainly get no help from the USN on that one as they've had at least 12 years to order that engine and haven't ...

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by angad84
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 207
Views: 46982

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

First delivery is planned "by 2024". Build rate unknown, but judging by the past, I do not think they will complete the order before 2028.

Cue the chorus of "why bother with a 4G jet as late as 2028?"

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by angad84
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 15604

Re: Kawasaki C-2 news, prospects and discussion

If the C-2 had a good rough field landing package it would be really useful where I am right now. More range and speed than a C130 but can fit into areas a C17 can't. How many ISU 90s can C2 carry? I am sure there are some Herc people here, but for those who haven't had to experience low crawling o...

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by angad84
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UAE for two more Saab GlobalEye
Replies: 4
Views: 1442

Re: UAE for two more Saab GlobalEye

Clearly the customer is happy.

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by angad84
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hypothetical Scottish Military
Replies: 82
Views: 5730

Re: Hypothetical Scottish Military

I suspect Scotland will privilege EEZ protection first and foremost, then sovereignty, and nil attention to expeditionary. So a strong patrol fleet, light/medium MPA (god, what I wouldn't give for a Do 228 resurgence) and maybe a little later a nascent QRA capability, or they can get a BAP/IAP type ...

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by angad84
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 3944

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Obviously a single seat no external payload aircraft is very different to a fully configured strike aircraft There were multiple configs tested, including with payloads. Interesting and good to know. We had discussed previously about the viability of ski jump testing in India, do you think this is ...

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by angad84
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 3944

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Obviously a single seat no external payload aircraft is very different to a fully configured strike aircraft There were multiple configs tested, including with payloads. This article also suggests that the Indian Navy and Air Force fighter selections may be linked The Navy would love that, but the ...

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by angad84
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 236
Views: 29052

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

bikerthai wrote:
The one study that I am aware of where generating capacity is maxed out is when they try to put both an air search and a ground search radar on the same frame.

bt

Saab has both A2A and A2G on the GlobalEye, although I am not sure both work simultaneously.

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by angad84
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 3944

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Kiwirob wrote:
I went onboard in December 2018, she was a mess, I’ve been onboard a lot of ships under construction but never one as messy as her.

That's just Indian yards! absolute shambles, but clean up quick. it's definitely part of the problem though...

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by angad84
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet
Replies: 19
Views: 3944

Re: India: New Carrier Aircraft, STOBAR...inc Rafale/ Hornet

Yet they just bought more? No they didn't? It will probably be another 10 years before Cochin has finished Vikrant :bigthumbsup: well deserved, but thankfully it looks like we're on the final stretch, at last! Almost certainly missing the (re-re-)re-scheduled service entry date, but not by much thi...

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by angad84
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 57
Views: 6086

Re: A321XLR MRTT

The refueling pods go outboard of the engines to increase receiver separation (among other things) while the range extending tanks go between the engines.

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by angad84
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 57
Views: 6086

Re: A321XLR MRTT

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
It’s an MC-130J provision, I believe, not on the “slicks”.


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by angad84
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A321XLR MRTT
Replies: 57
Views: 6086

Re: A321XLR MRTT

Reddevil556 wrote:
A little off topic, but do C-130J models have the capability to have the underwing tanks attached? I am talking a standard C-130J, not specific mission oriented bird.

Yes

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by angad84
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Lockheed Martin F-16 Contract
Replies: 9
Views: 2163

Re: New Lockheed Martin F-16 Contract

Not all funds will be obligated. 1130 or whatever number it works out to is theoretical. What it does do is help secure the F-16 supply chain and give the programme some visibility.

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by angad84
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 221
Views: 20740

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

Doesn't look like India is satisfied with just a one for one replacement. Aren't they looking to order more than the current 8+4? To expand on existing MDA. The existing 8 provide more coverage than the earlier 13. 12 will take that further, and with more P-8Is planned, we will finally have the sor...

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by angad84
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 221
Views: 20740

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

Interesting that NZ replaced 5x P-3 with 4x P-8. Germany could probably drop 1 frame also if desired and still have more capability than it does now (although I think NZ will add another one later and this was to make it appear like a smaller purchase to the public). Ours weren't P-3s, but we are r...

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by angad84
Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 330
Views: 161310

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

Ryan is killing it with these overheads

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by angad84
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: T-7A Red Hawk News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 27340

Re: T-X becomes T-7A Red Hawk

I think a combat-capable version would seriously erode any prospects of HAL capturing Tejas orders from budget-constrained air forces. I suppose it would also make inroads into FA-50 order prospects based on FA-50 being low cost. I can imagine that SAAB will be thankibg their lucky stars to have a ...

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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: 207
Views: 46982

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: 3267

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 Future MPA Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 221
Views: 20740

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: 3999

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: 25884

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: 25884

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: 25884

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: 4198

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: 123
Views: 11236

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: 4556

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: 852

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: 12472

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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