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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: 4797

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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by angad84
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar Orders 4 Additional C-17s
Replies: 50
Views: 25374

Re: Qatar Orders 4 Additional C-17s

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...

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by angad84
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter
Replies: 47
Views: 4797

Re: Indian Navy now seeking domestic twin engine fighter

Man, I feel so bad for you folks trying to make sense of the Indian mil-tech-procurement landscape...

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by angad84
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123826

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

airkas1 wrote:

:eyepopping: :drool:

Holy moly!

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by angad84
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209449

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

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...

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by angad84
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test
Replies: 30
Views: 2356

Re: Boeing Starliner CST-100 Abort Test

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...

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by angad84
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India accepts first Rafale
Replies: 25
Views: 11895

Re: India accepts first Rafale

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...

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by angad84
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India accepts first Rafale
Replies: 25
Views: 11895

Re: India accepts first Rafale

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...

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by angad84
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India accepts first Rafale
Replies: 25
Views: 11895

Re: India accepts first Rafale

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...

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by angad84
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA
Replies: 15
Views: 10784

Re: RCAF Snowbird Ejection in Atlanta, GA

Lost two friends in crashes this year. Glad Capt Kevin Domon-Grenier is ok.

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by angad84
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India accepts first Rafale
Replies: 25
Views: 11895

Re: India accepts first Rafale

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?

EH/DH for India
EM/DM for Egypt ('Misr' is Egypt)
EQ/DQ for Qatar

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by angad84
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 204037

Re: F-35 news thread

Ozair wrote:
... it is well worth considering the future of a RAAF force that likely would comprise both the KC-30 and drone tankers...


Drone tankers? Is that roadmapped or an assumption based on logical next steps in tanking?

Cheers
A

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by angad84
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 226
Views: 63564

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

Revelation wrote:
Did anyone release info on how the original design failure with regard to helicopter refueling happened?

initial problem was wake

fixed by lengthening the hose

hose too flappy

fixed by stiffening the hose

hose can't spool

fixed by ???

Present day, refueling underway

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by angad84
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123826

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



bloody 'ell

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by angad84
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123826

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



hot damn!

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by angad84
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chengdu J-20 potential DPRK export?
Replies: 41
Views: 7750

Re: Chengdu J-20 potential DPRK export?

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...

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by angad84
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24743

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

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...

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by angad84
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chengdu J-20 potential DPRK export?
Replies: 41
Views: 7750

Re: Chengdu J-20 potential DPRK export?

And commercial GPS is good for single-digit CEP on just about any weapon, the only time that does not hold true is when they're jamming, at which point NO sat-aided guidance is any good

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by angad84
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India looks to start new fighter competition
Replies: 107
Views: 24743

Re: India looks to start new fighter competition

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...

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by angad84
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: IAF Jaguar Aircraft Jettisoned Fuel Tanks upon Bird Strike on Take Off
Replies: 17
Views: 2005

Re: IAF Jaguar Aircraft Jettisoned Fuel Tanks upon Bird Strike on Take Off

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...

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by angad84
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123826

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

Are you freaking kidding me?! AWESOME!

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by angad84
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pipistrel Virus for Indian Air Force
Replies: 5
Views: 2269

Re: Pipistrel Virus for Indian Air Force

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....

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by angad84
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123826

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

Just WOW!

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by angad84
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pipistrel Virus for Indian Air Force
Replies: 5
Views: 2269

Re: Pipistrel Virus for Indian Air Force

Local area recce — birds, environmental factors etc

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by angad84
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pipistrel Virus for Indian Air Force
Replies: 5
Views: 2269

Re: Pipistrel Virus for Indian Air Force

Long time ago. In service across a bunch of IAF/IN stations.

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by angad84
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Supreme Court of India finds no fault with the Rafale Deal
Replies: 1
Views: 1209

Re: Supreme Court of India finds no fault with the Rafale Deal

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.

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by angad84
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best B-52 spotting locations in the US.
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

Re: Best B-52 spotting locations in the US.

Wait for BALTOPS/Saber Strike, go to Fairford, click till your cards are full, bask in the afterglow.

In that order.

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by angad84
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 9229

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

Why not add a couple of LRS-B frames, gutted and modded for the gas-pass role?

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by angad84
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209449

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

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...

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by angad84
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1485
Views: 209449

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

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...

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by angad84
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India SSN and SSBN Programs
Replies: 5
Views: 2837

Re: India SSN and SSBN Programs

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...

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by angad84
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 311
Views: 123826

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

Agreed Harry, these are some amazing shots.

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by angad84
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock
Replies: 55
Views: 12411

Re: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock

My money is on them mothballing the boat. Really doesn't seem worth the trouble now. Can it and move on.

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by angad84
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia accidentally leaks image of future high-speed helicopter
Replies: 18
Views: 4739

Re: Russia accidentally leaks image of future high-speed helicopter

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...

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by angad84
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia accidentally leaks image of future high-speed helicopter
Replies: 18
Views: 4739

Re: Russia accidentally leaks image of future high-speed helicopter

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...

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by angad84
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 86
Views: 18946

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

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, ...

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by angad84
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 86
Views: 18946

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Does the E-7 have full-360 coverage for its radar? Because I'm not sure the Erieye does.

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by angad84
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 5230

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

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...

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by angad84
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 5230

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

Kiwirob wrote:
How do they compare to the US teams? Better, worse or just different?

Having done my fair share of airshows, the Reds are up there in the Top 3. With the Blue Angels and, depending on how I'm feeling, either the French or the Italians. After these four, the remainder are quite a bit behind.

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by angad84
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 5230

Re: RAF's Red Arrows Going to North America for 2019

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.

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by angad84
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: DSCA Notification of Sale of 3 King Air ISR Aircraft to Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 2980

Re: DSCA Notification of Sale of 3 King Air ISR Aircraft to Canada

flyingsikh wrote:
Insane that 3 aircraft worth $24 million USD can balloon to $300 Million USD with added tech/surveillance equipment.

Entirely off topic, but nice profile picture. That's my great-grandad in the middle.

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by angad84
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Massive damage at Tyndall AFB
Replies: 37
Views: 8437

Re: Massive damage at Tyndall AFB

checksixx wrote:
Tyndall F-22's arrived at Langley today.

how many?

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by angad84
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 204037

Re: F-35 news thread

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...

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by angad84
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 174
Views: 22864

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

strfyr51 wrote:
I think they have copies of the Soviet Akula Class Diesels.

what in tarnation

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by angad84
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 38
Views: 5351

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

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...

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by angad84
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Norwegian CF-104D Starfighter LN-STF at Leeuwarden Air Base
Replies: 6
Views: 1810

Re: Norwegian CF-104D Starfighter LN-STF at Leeuwarden Air Base

scbriml wrote:
A real aeroplane! :drool:

I wonder if there's any chance it could make an appearance at RIAT in July? :bouncy:

Your mouth to god's ears! That would be AMAZING!

A

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by angad84
Mon May 07, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 37
Views: 4908

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

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...

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by angad84
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 37
Views: 4908

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

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 ...

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by angad84
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years
Replies: 37
Views: 4908

Re: India calls quits to 5th-gen FGFA collaboration with Russia after 11 years

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...

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by angad84
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Elmendorf Air Force Base F-22 mishap @ NAS Fallon, gear-up landing after engine failure.
Replies: 21
Views: 3666

Re: Elmendorf Air Force Base F-22 mishap @ NAS Fallon, gear-up landing after engine failure.

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.

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