The Kuznetsov has got to be long in the tooth as they were part of my tactical training when I was a P3 Flight engineer. and I got out of the Navy in 1977. At the time? I believe the USSR had 2 operational carriers the Kuznetsov and the Sverdlov, At the time? Their Premier NucleI've seen and talked...Jump to post
Ozair wrote:You would think if it was going to happen it would have been announced by now though.
You can see the Gripen is grossly underpowered, especially when you consider the air policing and DCA mission set that seems the priority for the Swiss and this matches with the 2008/2015 assessments conducted. Yes there is more to a fighter selection than capability but the Gripen isn’t an order o...Jump to post
Flight trials on land for CTOL jets are essentially free (i.e. the vendor pays for the cost of eval). There is, however, no mechanism to allow a foreign vendor to first certify at an Indian facility (the SBTF in Goa), without which STOBAR cannot be trialled. A lot of rules will have to be rewritten ...Jump to post
Why on Earth would the Indian Navy order, pay and accept carriers with lifts too small for all modern and future aircraft? And why after they made that mistake I stead of fixing it by changing or enlarging the lifts they are thinking about launching a 15 year long process of developing an aircraft ...Jump to post
There is a process that is leading to a tender. The RFI has been issued, the RFP is expected soon which will be followed by a tender. Boeing is proposing... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-airshow-india-defence/indian-navy-air-force-fighter-jet-contests-to-heat-up-in-2019-executives-id...Jump to post
Sounds like they could use something like a navalised Tejas Mk1A with a more powerful engine. That was always the plan, but too many penalties have already been paid in adapting a land based light single for the deck -- a tailless delta is probably the absolute worst layout you could pick for carri...Jump to post
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.