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 ...Jump to post
Appears to have been delivered in August: https://thediplomat.com/2019/08/india-takes-delivery-of-11th-c-17-globemaster-from-united-states/ Thank you! So, that seals it -- since factory closure, all planes delivered, all customers satisfied -- with exception of India -- who presumably wanted two mo...Jump to post
Man, I feel so bad for you folks trying to make sense of the Indian mil-tech-procurement landscape...Jump to post
Looking at the graphic I thought they were both duel seat aircraft? I expect that the two seats would be standard as with the Growler for the EW role. The du e al seat aicraft have that "hump" behind the canopy, which seems to be missing on the second jet. Might be the angle, though, or s...Jump to post
The Boeing Starliner CST-100 had its launch pad abort test this weekend and I can't figure out if it was a success or a failure. The launch looked good but only two of three on the parachutes deployed. They say this is "acceptable" and the system is designed to succeed with just two deplo...Jump to post
Both LM and BDS already have a lot more Indian local production than Dassault. You're confusing global sourcing with offsets. The two are not the same, although the latter can be rolled into the former (and it's usually good business sense to do so). Incidentally, this distinction (sourcing vs offs...Jump to post
If India selects the Rafale for the upcoming competition then in hindsight it will all seem worth it. Potentially even if they select a different aircraft and also top up the Rafale with another 36 it will seem worth it. The second 36 would come at a lesser overall cost given a lot of the infrastru...Jump to post
Anyone have a flightglobal subscription and can give a brief synopsis of the opinion piece below? Why India must learn from Rafale procurement Pronouncements at aircraft handover ceremonies are not prone to understatement. Indeed, Dassault hailed its delivery of the first of 36 Rafale fighters to N...Jump to post
steman wrote:What is the Dassault designation for Indian Rafales? BH for the twin seat and EH or MH for the single seat and naval?
Is Dassault keeping its tradition Country code for export Rafales? So Qatari ones should be EQ and Egyptian ones EE?
Revelation wrote:Did anyone release info on how the original design failure with regard to helicopter refueling happened?
the only time that does not hold true is when they're jamming, at which point NO sat-aided guidance is any good Disagree. The US has CRPA antennas installed in a number of PGMs (JDAM, SDB, Tomahawketc) that provide significant resistance to GPS jamming signals. Controlled reception-pattern antennas...Jump to post
I'm not doubting the ability or capability of Indian MiG-29s. I am questioning the logic of buying aircraft that have never even been assembled, it certainly carries enough risk that I hope the price is very very cheap. Hence the inspection, and the SLEP/SLAP. UPGs are nearly all-new frames. very l...Jump to post
The IAF is very happy with their upgraded MiG-29s. As with all things IAF, they look externally similar to bog-standard upgraded jets, but have a lot of clever doodads under the skin that are unique to the IAF (see also: Mirage, Jaguar, MiG-21, MiG-27...) I spent a few days with one of the units ope...Jump to post
Makes you question the decision to build a city right up to the fences of a military airfield. Imagine if this had been a single-engine jet, e. g. an F-16. Not by design, that's for sure. Between corruption, overpopulation and haphazard town planning, no one obeys the radius limiting construction a...Jump to post
Long time ago. In service across a bunch of IAF/IN stations. Good to know. Seems like a smooth execution of contract. It's just strange that IAF had to purchase a basic simple ultralight aircraft from a foreign manufacturer. Is there no domestic company capable to making such basic aircraft ? Nope....Jump to post
Alas, the judgment cited an audit report that doesn't exist (the most egregious of a number of mistakes), so all it's really done is fan the flames.Jump to post
Why not add a couple of LRS-B frames, gutted and modded for the gas-pass role?Jump to post
That's a re-touched picture to show what it WOULD look like without the rudder. The v-stab was never actually removed, they only simulated how the plane would fly without the stabilising effect of the vertical tail (essentially de-stabilising it with the rudder and letting FBW take over). See here f...Jump to post
The X-31 has a vertical stabilizer. Which was removed for the last test campaign ( 2004/5 ). The X-31 stopped flying long before that. The programme made huge strides in stabilised flight without a vertical tail, but never actually removed the vertical stabiliser for flight trials. It was all simul...Jump to post
I don't see any valid reason for India to Operate SSBN's? It's just a massive waste of money. Mobile ground based ballistic missiles are probably more then enough given there's only two countries they are likely to have a war with. This is just a willy waving exercise. No, it is not. SSBNs are gene...Jump to post
My money is on them mothballing the boat. Really doesn't seem worth the trouble now. Can it and move on.Jump to post
I don’t think the Indians are overly concerned about US sanctions, they just ordered 5 S400 systems and signed a contract for Iranian oil. They are, and that's why they cannot overtly get closer to Russia or Iran. The CAATSA waivers baked into the NDAA need the US admin to certify that new non-trad...Jump to post
There are 6 11356’s being built for the Russian Navy, 3 are in service, 3 are under construction. The Indian ships are the Talwar Class, they have 6 in service, there was a deal signed for 4 more in 2016. Construction is to be split between Russia and India. There 2 22350’s launched and 4 more unde...Jump to post
Does the E-7 have full-360 coverage for its radar? Because I'm not sure the Erieye does. Yes the E-7 does. From a presentation given by RAAF 2 SQN. Okay, so the business end of the capability is the MESA Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array. So it’s actually four radars. So, if you think of it, ...Jump to post
Having seen both the Red Arrows and the Thunderbirds at RIAT a few years ago, my opinion was that the Thunderbirds gave an amazing display of tight, precise formation flying and aerobatics. From a technical standpoint, it was a marvel to watch... As an aviation enthusiast, I appreciated what the Th...Jump to post
Kiwirob wrote:How do they compare to the US teams? Better, worse or just different?
They're heading over in the back half of the year, after most/all UK shows are done. At least the headline shows (RIAT, etc thru July) will definitely get their share of the Reds.Jump to post
flyingsikh wrote:Insane that 3 aircraft worth $24 million USD can balloon to $300 Million USD with added tech/surveillance equipment.
Nobody thought of an "off" switch??? The F-35 has no HUD so if you turn off the helmet you lose altitude, speed, bearing, AoA etc. You are correct it has no HUD, but 100% incorrect about the rest. ALL of that data can be displayed on the screens along with the attitude indicator in the co...Jump to post
strfyr51 wrote:I think they have copies of the Soviet Akula Class Diesels.
On a related matter, wouldn’t the thunderbirds need to convert to f35s in the next decade? I seeeeeriously doubt it, those planes are going to be a hot commodity within all branches of the military for decades to come. Combine that with all of the public scrutiny and general perception of the progr...Jump to post
scbriml wrote:A real aeroplane!
I wonder if there's any chance it could make an appearance at RIAT in July?
BT, I'm not sure what Russian practices are going to help today that we haven't already been (un)able to leverage since we started licence production of Soviet fighters in the 1960s. What you're talking about applies to western supply chains, and there we have seen some real success. From giants lik...Jump to post
India has a wealth of experience dealing with a similar programme – the Su-30MKI. They've taken that experience, held it up against what they've seen so far with the Su-57, as well as what is being promised. Then decided to drop it. There appears to be a concerted effort being made here to actually ...Jump to post
Will Russia be able to fund and develop the Su57 on their own? Seems quite ambitious. I don't see why not, they are almost there anyway. If I recall correctly the first serial production jets will enter service next year while the new engine is probably 3-5 years away from operational use. Russia a...Jump to post
Maybe control authority issues? I remember reading somewhere that F110-powered F-14s didn't do cat shots at full afterburner because the new engines had so much more thrust than the original TF30s, that if one failed at max reheat the other would overcome the available rudder authority.Jump to post