I think the EDE, or some sort of SFC improvement programme, makes most sense. These guys are going to have to keep up with F-35C in about a decade's time.
Sidebar, what would the Argentinians actually do with the Falklands that the British aren't doing now (if they actually were to acquire them through peaceful or forceful means)? To my understanding, there isn't much there... They are needed for strategic sheep purposes... https://youtu.be/6omQ5JjjL...Jump to post
This aircraft is ancient history- it crashed long back, near VOYK. I remember reading about it in Abdul Kalam's 'Turning Points'. The entire crew was killed. We had not mastered the struts for joining the radome to the fuselage, and keep it there in the face of wind resistance. One of these struts ...Jump to post
So far only KW3555 and 3556 will be delivered. I was at the handing over ceremony. 3556 will go to the squadron first (No. 200 Sqn, a new raising) and will be followed shortly by 3555. DRDO/CABS has an in-house airframe that will be used for development and testing of future improvements, upgrades a...Jump to post
Why is the Kai A-50 a twin seat, couldn't they just get ride of the second seat, ala BAe Hawk 200, light fighter http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/hawk/images/hawk3.jpg Because the bulk of the (initial) production run was for a LIFT and it's cheaper to produce one standardised airframe in...Jump to post
Don't think there are any early buses going from London, but if I recall correctly, there are a bunch of "official" shuttles from Swindon that bring you right to the show. Might want to think about spending Friday night at Swindon instead. Book early, because it *will* fill up!
While you may be right, you do not convince me that such system cannot be ported to other planes. (In practice it has to be redesigned because of state secrets and IPR rights etc, but that is another story) The design of the system is in principle very simple, all you need is enough computing power...Jump to post
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Boeing/Boeing-BTX-1-T-1/4133103/L Cheers to Boeing on a successful first flight yesterday. I think they have an excellent chance with winning the bid, especially since they have one flying compared to just a concept. I mean... Lockheed, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman a...Jump to post
It was reported back in August that India invested an additional $5 billion into PAK-FA: http://www.defenceaviation.com/2016/08/sukhoi-pak-fa-troubles-india-plans-to-upgrade-su-30mki-while-waiting-for-sukhoi-t-50-will-india-ever-get-the-sukhoihal-fgfa.html The article doesn't actually say that. It ...Jump to post
what about Indian FGFA? Not going well, if the progress on the Russian PAK-FA is any indicator. And PAK-FA is mostly funded by India. Nope. PAK-FA is Russian funded. FGFA is supposed to be co-funded, and indeed India has put down a few hundred million already for preliminary work, but the whole dea...Jump to post
I saw the line 3 months ago. There are C/Ds in production, along with 39-9 (wing-body done, awaiting tail and final outfitting) and 39-10 (first parts beginning to come together, probably loaded up by now). I am at the wrong computer at the moment, but will post pictures as soon as I can.
... but I'd say they are more likely to be used airframes that will be zero houred. Why? the line's warm and Saab is still making C/Ds. Not sure the Italians have a chance against F-16 and Gripen... No indeed, this feels like a Gripen vs Viper fight, and a SLEP'd upgraded Viper will probably have t...Jump to post
Apparently it was a night refueling gone wrong, a prop hit the hose and caused the hard landing (crash landing). https://twitter.com/alert5/status/808919215650574340 So prop hits hose -> damaged Osprey heads toward land -> Pilot avoids Okinawa proper -> puts her down just off the beach Two injured, ...Jump to post
At least they have a broader plan. At least that plan involves India/local industry. etc etc. That stuff plays well here, believe me. Also, they are already doing some amount of commercial a/c sourcing out of India. I don't recall if the HAL deal was terminated, but they have other suppliers. But, w...Jump to post
I guess that same intelligence community was sleeping when the US paid to replace the two destroyed aircraft? C'mon bt, you can do better than conspiracy theories. We live for conspiracy theory :D There are P-3's and there are P-3's. It depends on what is stuffed in side. That's your call. The Paki...Jump to post
Also, let's be honest, the Indian civilian establishment is not that far sighted. They're not thinking long term co-op across a multitude of programmes to build an overall capability. They'e still platform centric, non-aligned, keeping all the various friendly countries happy by splitting procuremen...Jump to post
India cannot afford to import/build twins in large numbers, and the IAF cannot afford to operate them in large numbers. Either factory will be able to build both twin and single engine fighters. Either of which factory? Nobody's pitching a building and manpower. They're pitching aircraft, and the r...Jump to post
But the letter that went out asked for single-engined fighters. The "Sleeping Giant" off WWII was not the US military might. It was the industrial capacity to produce mass quantities of war material, top of the line or not. So if you can successfully set up a modern fighter factory, you h...Jump to post
bikerthai wrote:So is Boeing in the running?
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 473572.cms
They would also need the electrical generation capacity of the 4 holer for an E-4 replacement. This part is easy. The 767 Japan AWACS and 737 AEW&C can generate sufficient energy for the power hungry radars and electronic suites by using more powerful generators and adding an additional generat...Jump to post
83 Tejas ordered by Delhi, https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-431301/ Wes... Technically, that is simply an approval to place the order. Like saying "we accept you want to buy 83 of these, and we accept that they will cost $7.5bn" Any major revisions to units or overall cost w...Jump to post
Not really, neither of those assets are used, or are planned to be used, in a way that would *require* tanker support. It'd probably be a nice thing to have, but the Indian military generally does not operate far from home, particularly with non-fighter fixed wings. A Plenty of pictures of IAF C-17...Jump to post
It'd probably be a nice thing to have, Specially if you want to keep your option open for the F-16 fighter buy. by CARTS? Defense vendors should sync their India deals (RFP to final payment/delivery) with 5 year parliamentary election term. Don't try to span across to two or more terms. It appears ...Jump to post
[ Any deviation from the US version would involve significant up-front non-recurring cost for Engineering changes. Better to get the boom and take it off and store if if you are not going to use it. bt. With the C-17 and P-8 in their fleet they would have a use for it. Not really, neither of those ...Jump to post
The real issue is India's industry base. It is not geared for aerospace. There are no centres of competence, no economies of scale. Bangalore would be a place to start. We have been working with TAML and DTL coming up to 7 years now. And while our projects are relatively minor compared to a full up...Jump to post
Cheers Great analyse Anged, thanks for that. But reading this, how on earth will Hal or somebody else build 200 a/c? Especially if they need to do more then building it in kit form. Tajases is relatively simple to build, the Rafale or F-16 is a complex machine. I would be very weary to guarantee an...Jump to post
Question to our Indian posters: How long would it take realistically for HAL to produce 200 extra Tajases? Presently the plan -- and I stress on "plan" -- is to have 40 Mk.1s in service by 2020-2022, and then start producing a batch of 80 Mk.1As at a rate of somewhere between 8 and 16 per...Jump to post
Any deviation from the US version would involve significant up-front non-recurring cost for Engineering changes. Better to get the boom and take it off and store if if you are not going to use it. bt. My point was to let Boeing take off the boom and store it, and handle the DCS/FMS issues that way....Jump to post
IMO, the A330 MRTT is certainly out of the next tanker competition... Based on both Airbus' / the French Gov. recent press statements. This is likely a KC-46A win, or possible Il-78 win... The KC-46A should have the edge based on India's recent Boeing buying trends (C-17A, P-8I, AH-64 and CH-47). B...Jump to post
The F/A-18 seems like a charmed aircraft. It certainly looks to be popular with the procurement people as it's being built in substantial numbers and has a 737-like long life! You must be thinking of the F-16. It's had a production run double that of the legacy Hornet and Super Hornet combined. Che...Jump to post
Good is relative, but yes, this is as close as it has ever been! Gotta say though, folks in Delhi are so jaded by the whole Rafale saga at this point. Just going through the motions for the most part, reporting whatever's happening with none of the enthusiasm of the MMRCA heydays (2008-11).Jump to post
French offer: $11 billion for 36 jets with 30% offset Indian offer: $7 billion for 36 jets with 30% offset Wide gap is an understatement. With that kind of difference, I don't see this deal ever being signed. The two parties are fundamentally too far apart in terms of basic price structure. IAF is ...Jump to post
Suddenly the T-100 is the best looking contender. The T-100 appears to have pretty significant power/manoeuvrability issues. At the moment I'd rate Lockheed's chances the highest, with Boeing a close second. The Northrop entry simply doesn't look very inspiring, but hey, if it works... *shrug* Chee...Jump to post
bhill wrote:Those DoD wonks....you just know that the jargon was made to fit the word "magic carpet..."
And Russia has been ejected from the Iranian base: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/russia-ira ... -1.3730454 It's optics. Iran didn't want the attention, but were clearly willing to let the Russians do their thing from Iranian soil. They'll sit around a while and then quietly let them back in again --...Jump to post
kulverstukas wrote:angad84 wrote:Quoting kulverstukas (Reply 78): I think this one don't worth trying even at 1024?
If you don't try to get this up - at ANY size - I will be very sad.
Managed to get it through a couple of rejections and to PC after a bit hot worded appeal
3. Give them credit for trying to make this hybrid 747/rocket-carrier work, but this aircraft will require FAA certification and all the costs that go along with that. 4. SpaceX and others have shown major progress on launcher cost reduction using standard ground launch pad...more cost reduction to...Jump to post
And they've done it again. https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/764696864662822912Jump to post
11 bn NOK (1.3-ish billion USD) doesn't sound too odd, considering India just picked up four P-8I for around 1 bn USD.