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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Werewolf on Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:26 pm

    Pinto wrote:
    higurashihougi wrote:
    Times of India wrote:The thrust on AMCA, of course, also puts a big question mark on the future of the proposed joint project with Russia to co-develop and co-produce a FGFA modelled on its Sukhoi T-50 or PAK-FA.

    Apart from long-term strategic and economic reasons behind the push for the indigenous AMCA, India is not happy with the technical, cost and delivery timeframes bedeviling the Russian FGFA. The PAK-FA, for instance, can still not super-cruise, which is critical for the capability to "look first and shoot first".

    "But the "issues" in the Indo-Russian FGFA project are being "addressed at the highest levels" now. India is keeping all options open ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow in December, which range from an off-the-shelf purchase of 60-65 fighters to undertaking the joint production envisaged earlier.

    Why did the newspaper claimed that T-50 cannot supercruise ? Shocked Shocked

    Lol i too was about to ask this here about the super cruise capability claims of Indian media regarding this newspaper

    Hopefully off the shelf buy deal of this aircraft will be finalized in the coming dec. and rest can be negotiated later as per IAF specfications

    Indian newspaper claims are as credible as Kyiv post in regards to russia. Both paid by the west.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:32 pm

    [quote="Werewolf"]
    Pinto wrote:
    higurashihougi wrote:
    Times of India wrote:

    [b]Why did the newspaper claimed that T-50 cannot supercruise
    ? Shocked Shocked

    Lol i too was about to ask this here about the super cruise capability claims of Indian media regarding this newspaper

    Hopefully off the shelf buy deal of this aircraft will be finalized in the coming dec. and rest can be negotiated later as per IAF specfications

    Indian newspaper claims are as credible as Kyiv post in regards to russia. Both paid by the west.

    well i feel Indian media has been sold out to west/US lobby and is not giving factual news about the latest Indian- Russian deals

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    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:57 am

    India Refuses Purchase of 44 Rafale Fighters, Opts for Homebuilt Aircraft

    The Indian government prefers to purchase domestic made Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) instead of an additional 44 French-built Rafale fighter jets.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — The Indian government has rejected a proposal by the country's air force to purchase an additional 44 French-built Rafale fighter jets, opting instead for the cheaper and locally developed Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), local media reported Wednesday, citing an Indian Defense Ministry source.

    "The IAF (Air Force) needs to have a minimum number of aircraft at all times. The LCA is our best option at this stage, given our resource constraints," the source said as quoted by The Times of India, adding that a Rafale deal would be an unnecessary expense.

    In April, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande agreed on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters for the the Indian Air Force, to be designed and built by the French company Dassault Aviation.

    According to the newspaper, the country's air force operates 35 fighter squadrons but requires 10 more. By 2022, due to the age of the country's Soviet-made MiG-21s, the number of squadrons will be reduced to 25.

    India has been developing a domestic Tejas fighter for 32 years, following government approval in 1983. The aircraft had been set to enter service in 1994 when India canceled a proprietary engine for the Tejas, asking GE Aviation for assistance. A single Tejas aircraft has been produced to date, and that still pending final flight approval, which has been postponed until early 2016.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20151007/1028140533/india-rafale-purchase-tejas.html#ixzz3nsHJ0vxZ


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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  GarryB on Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:52 am

    This is good for India.

    To be brutally honest I don't know why this was not the first option years ago... 10 billion dollars spent on improving the Tegas design and producing several hundred of them as a direct replacement of the older light aircraft in the Indian air force would have been very beneficial.

    together with upgrades of the M2K and MiG-29, the Indian Flankers and the FFGA they would be set.

    Even if Tegas in its first models are only average they should be rather better than the aircraft they are replacing and if problems are simple like it needs a new engine then invest money and develop a new engine or adapt an existing engine to suit.

    For the light end of the fighter range you want modern but not super, because super is expensive and you want light to be a numbers plane that is multirole... not expensive hangar queen.

    I doubt there could be anything wrong with the Tegas that could not be corrected over time... and of course being small light and relatively cheap some problems shouldn't be fixed... the Tegas should not have 20 weapon stations for 15 tons of weapons and it should not need to have a combat radius of 5,000km.

    Modern guided weapons means you don't need to carry 15 tons of weapons on one aircraft making any aircraft that capable just makes them bigger and heavier and more expensive... which is a problem for a small light fighter.

    One thing they could do is a LIFT version of Tegas that is even smaller and lighter...


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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:21 pm

    "Interest in India about the newest Russian fighter jet, the MiG-35, is growing, because the number of French Dassault Rafale fighter jets to be purchased has decreased, Sergey Korotkov, General Director of the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG) told RIA Novosti during an interview.

    “Given the limited purchase of Rafale fighter jets, and the urgent need to upgrade the fighter jet fleet, interest in the MiG-35 has been objectively increasing. This issue is currently being discussed in professional circles of India,” said Korotkov. During a visit to France in April, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that an agreement had been signed, between India and France, for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. Earlier, India had planned to buy 126 of these aircraft.



    The tender to supply Rafale aircraft to India was won by the French in 2012, when their fighter jet was chosen over the Russian MiG-35, the European Eurofighter Typhoon, the Swedish SAAB JAS-39 Gripen, and the American F-16 and F/A-18E/F. However, the contract was never concluded. Some of the aircraft were to be delivered as a finished product, while the rest were to be made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in India, using technologies from the Dassault Company. The reason differences arose during contract negotiations was the increased price for fighter jets demanded by the French, and the unwillingness of Dassault to give guarantees for aircraft that were supposed to be produced by HAL.

    As Korotkov told RIA Novosti earlier this year, RAC MiG has “every opportunity to compete” and the corporation “retains hopes that a new tender competition will be announced”. The MiG-35 is a new combat aviation system, whose avionics include integrated fifth-generation information and targeting systems. This is a multi-functional aircraft that can be equipped with high-precision weapons to attack any target, and it can also perform certain functions that were previously assigned to reconnaissance aircraft."


    You will excuse me for be abit skeptic on this one, but i guess sharing does not hurt. Even tho it would make sense since MiG29K/KuB are now in service and MiG29s are getting modernised i dont think that India will suddenly switch coat and go for MiG35s.

    Source: http://in.rbth.com/economics/defence/2015/08/27/delhis-interest-in-mig-35-is-growing_392855

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:16 am

    "The Indian Air Force has asked the Ministry of Defence to buy unknown numbers of S-400 Triumf air defense systems from Russia, but Russian diplomats here said Moscow is unlikely to agree until India clarifies its position on the joint Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program. A final agreement on development of the FGFA is still pending despite an initial agreement inked in 2010 because the Indian Air Force still has not finalized how many aircraft it would order, and because work-share issues between India and Russia on production of the FGFA are not settled. India will release its share of $10 billion toward development of the FGFA — which is based on the Russian T-50 platform and is in the prototype stage —only after final agreement is approved.

    A Russian diplomat, however, said Moscow wants greater clarity on whether the ruling Narendra Modi government would proceed with joint development of the FGFA or limit its purchases of the aircraft. The diplomat, however, would not say if there would be a trade-off between the S-400 and the FGFA deal. The Indian Air Force made a request to MoD early this month to buy the S-400 system, a Defence Ministry source said, adding that the request will be on Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's wish list when he visits Moscow next month. India proposes to buy the S-400 through a government-to-government deal, the source added.



    The Air Force wants the S-400 to fill holes in its fledgling air defense systems and provide capability to strike multiple targets, including ballistic missiles and stealth aircraft, said an Air Force official. The S-400 Triumf can intercept and destroy airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers and simultaneously engage up to six targets. "The intention to go ahead with the purchase of S-400 Triumf indicates that the homegrown capability to build an effective anti-missile missile system is not in sight in the near future," said defense analyst Nitin Mehta."


    Source: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/2015/10/24/russia-may-link-sale-s-400-india-fighter-development/74323986/

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:36 pm

    India to Upgrade Fleet of Russian-Made Ilyushin Aircraft

    The Indian Defense Ministry on Thursday cleared a proposal to upgrade the country's fleet of Russian-made Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes and Il-78 aerial tankers, The Times of India said.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — The decision, adopted by the ministry's Defense Acquisitions Council (DAC), comes shortly before Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar departs on visit to Russia on Friday, the newspaper said.

    According to the Times of India, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has 14 IL-76 transport aircraft, three Israeli Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) mounted on IL-76s and six IL-78 mid-air refuellers.

    "There are also three IL-76s deployed with the Aviation Research Centre, which are also operated by the IAF," the paper said.

    According to the deal worth of 42.5 billion of rupees ($650 million at current exchange rates), the Indian Ilyushin aircraft would be equipped with new engines and avionics. The Indian side expects this contract would extend the service life of the aircraft for another 20 years.

    Russia and India have for decades been close partners in military and technical cooperation. The countries collaborate in science and medicine, as well as infrastructure construction and nuclear energy.

    In 2014, the total value of weapons and military hardware delivered by Russia to India reached $4.7 billion, according to Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation estimates.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20151029/1029310703/ilyushin-russia-india.html#ixzz3pzkfO5tJ


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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:20 am

    The modernization of IL 76/78 is a welcome news and required too but the deal on the joint production of Medium transport aircraft is very crucial for India specially after the Ukraine issue the AN 32 of IAF are stuck for vital spares and AN 32 are back bone of IAF for lifting crucial supplies to border areas

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    Astra advanced air combat missile may be ready in 2016

    Post  max steel on Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:01 pm

    Astra advanced air combat missile may be ready in 2016

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    IAF finds itself in precarious position at a time when achieving air superiority

    Post  Pinto on Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:17 am

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) finds itself in a precarious position at a time when achieving air superiority is a necessity in deciding the outcome of a limited conflict or an all-out war. New Delhi’s late nod on Thursday to the purchase of five Russian S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems goes a long way in addressing those concerns.

    For long, the IAF has relied on rigorous pilot training and force-multipliers such as Su-30 MKIs, MiG-29s and Mirage 2000s to offset the falling number of squadrons and the constant delay in the induction of the light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas to replace the obsolescent MiG-21s. But recent deals between Russia and China, and proposed deals between Russia and Pakistan, seem to have clouded the skies.

    For long, the IAF has prided itself on being the operator of the most advanced Flanker series aircraft in this part of the world. The N-011 Bars PESA (Passive Electronically Scanned Array) on the Su-30 MKI is the most powerful radar in the South Asian skies. It has held up well in its training mode against a barrage of sophisticated jamming exercises.

    But with Moscow and Beijing signing a deal last month over the supply of 24 SU-35 Flanker-Es, that radar advantage now seems negated. The Irbis-E on the SU-35 eclipses the N-011 Bars in power and detection range. The airframe of the Flanker-E also uses a lot more composites, making it more durable and its manufacturer pegs its radar cross-section — the measure of a target’s ability to reflect radar signals in the direction of the radar receiver — at a fraction of that of the Su-30 MKI. Also worrying are the fast-paced developments of the Chinese fifthgeneration combat platforms. Both the Chengdu J-20 and the Shenyang J-11 are slated to enter the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s service in 2018. A 2012 report by the USChina Economic and Security Review Commission suggested that the US underestimated the pace of development of the J-20 and several other

    Chinese projects.

    Pakistan’s talks with China about the supposed procurement of the Shenyang J-11s are reportedly in an advanced stage. In September, a senior Pakistani official confirmed to IHS Jane’s that Islamabad was also talking to Moscow about the procurement of Flanker-Es. This, coupled with the Chinese acquisition of the S-400 Triumf system, puts the IAF in a difficult position if hostilities break out. After the downing of the Russian bomber jet by Turkey near the Syria-Turkey border last month, asingle S-400 system deployment at Khmeimim Air Base has effectively turned Syria into a no-fly zone for the Turkish Air Force.

    While India’s indigenous missile interception abilities are a secret, the Indo-Israeli Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) project is more than three years behind schedule. The IAF was quick to notice these fast-paced developments in the neighbourhood and has long been knocking at the ministry of defence’s door for purchase of the S-400 system. The ministry has finally agreed, and sources say that the announcement of the purchase of the five S-400s will be made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Moscow trip next week.

    But there are also reports coming out from the Russian camp that Moscow may link this deal to New Delhi clarifying its position on the joint fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) development programme.
    The final agreement on the development is still pending, although an initial agreement was inked in 2010. The IAF has not decided on the number of aircraft it wants. Work-share issues between India and Russia are also not settled. So, India risks further delay in acquiring a state-ofthe-art area surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that can plug crucial holes in the country’s anti-aircraft and anti-missile capability. The vaunted FGFA is also not expected to enter service any time before 2022.

    In that connection, one can’t comprehend the government’s decision to cut down the number of Rafale platforms to just two squadrons (36 aircraft) from the targeted seven. It puts more pressure on the Flankers and the upgraded MiG-29s and Mirage 2000s. What’s worse, the Super Sukhoi upgrade that the IAF had hoped to be completed by 2015 has not even started. There are more than 200 SU-30MKIs to upgrade.

    The IAF and the ministry are alive to the rapid changes in the air combat scenario in the neighbourhood. But the response has not been the ‘scrambling’ best. Also, in the case of indigenous projects, the military bureaucracy tussle sees goalposts shifting every now and then.
    These problems need to be sorted out fast, as they compromise the country’s bid to emerge as a significant global player.

    http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-commentary/iaf-finds-itself-in-precarious-position-at-a-time-when-achieving-air-superiority/

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:15 am





    W DELHI: A frustrated IAF has asked the defence ministry to take a decision, one way or the other, on its long-pending case for the almost $2 billion acquisition of six Airbus-330 midair refuelling aircraft or tankers to boost the strategic reach of its fighters and bombers.
    Stressing the critical operational necessity for fast induction of the tankers, the IAF wants the A-330 MRTT (multi-role tanker transport) deal to be inked as soon as possible, or conversely scrapped, to ensure that a new procurement case can begin afresh.




    "The IAF believes the case is just going around in circles without any resolution. It is stuck in the CNC (contract negotiation committee) stage, with Airbus being asked to keep on extending the validity of its commercial bid," said a defence ministry source

    With French President Francois Hollande arriving on a state visit to India on Sunday, there may now be some additional pressure on the NDA government to fast-track the A-330 MRTT deal since the Airbus group is headquartered at Toulouse in France.

    The IAF had first taken up the case for acquisition of the additional tankers in 2006, after inducting six Ilyushin-78 midair refuelling aircraft in 2003-2004. The two-engine A-330 MRTT has twice been selected over the four-engine Russian IL-78 in technical and commercial evaluation over the last decade.

    "But there are still some issues with the deal, including the life-cycle cost (LCC) methodology used in determining A-330 MRTT as L-1 (lowest bidder) over the IL-78 and pending CBI cases, which need to be clarified," said the source.

    The first tender or RFP (request for proposal), issued in 2006, was scrapped in 2010 because the finance ministry expressed "reservations relating to the competitiveness of the bids and the reasonableness of the price'' of the A-330 MRTT.


    In the second RFP floated in 2010, both A-330 MRTT and IL-78 cleared the extensive field trials. In the commercial evaluation thereafter, even though the IL-78 was cheaper off-the-shelf, the A-330 MRTT emerged the L-1 under the new LCC system put into practice in defence deals.

    The LCC basically identifies the "total cost of ownership" of a particular equipment or aircraft over its entire operational life.

    The MoD has also asked the CBI about the "current status" of a pending case against Airbus Industries in a matter connected to the civil aviation ministry. In between, there was also some delay due to change in the company's name from EADS Cassidian to Airbus group, which had to be resolved in tune with the MoD's convoluted procurement procedures.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Decide-fast-on-midair-refuellers-IAF-to-govt/articleshow/50711370.cms?

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:33 am

    Indians are such a mess. Now ordering another type of tankers while already operating one version, why not wait another year or two and get Il-76MD-90A based tanker. Indians will soon have more mechanics than infantry in their armed forces if they keep ordering stuff from 17 countries. Also there is a good reason why strategic lifters have 4 engines, duh.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:55 am

    Militarov wrote:Indians are such a mess. Now ordering another type of tankers while already operating one version, why not wait another year or two and get Il-76MD-90A based tanker. Indians will soon have more mechanics than infantry in their armed forces if they keep ordering stuff from 17 countries. Also there is a good reason why strategic lifters have 4 engines, duh.

    lol!

    bro its going to be new tender again for sure as after 2010 rates have increased and no deal signed. Its going to be Russian IL 78 newer version for sure to have easy compatibility with older tankers of similar class. New IAC 2 too will be equipped qith MIG29K modified for sure as IAF needs to be given rod in there ass regularly by defense ministry. But i do feel Russians needs to be more active in lobbying in India instead of selling couple few helis to pakistan

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  JohninMK on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:16 pm

    The Indian Air Force is well underway of getting the best MiG-29s – NATO-name Fulcrum – one can find. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), together with the Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC), are turning aging MiG-29Bs into modern multi-role fighters similar to the MiG-29SMTs the Russian Air Force boasts about.

    Three of six MiG-29s that were sent to Russia are back in India for some time now, featuring all the upgrades of the program. They have become MiG-29UPGs, sporting the new Zhuk-M2E radar made by Phazotron-NIIR, the OLS-UEM infrared search-and-track system (IRST) similar to the Indian Navy MiG-29Ks, thermal / TV / laser imaging made by Moscow-based NPK SPP, multi-functional full-colour LCDs in the cockpit, increased fuel capacity and an in-flight refuelling system. Moreover the aircraft feature the more powerful RD-33 series 3 turbo-jet engines.



    Full article at http://airheadsfly.com/2014/04/21/indian-air-force-mig-29s-best-on-the-block/

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  aksha on Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:05 am

    106 upgraded Tejas jets to replace MiGs

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/106-upgraded-tejas-jets-to-replace-migs/190424.html

    The Ministry of Defence has decided to locally produce 106 upgraded Light Combat Aircraft “Tejas” jets to replace the ageing fleet of MiG fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
    The “Tejas Mark 1-A” will have 43 improvements over the existing Tejas currently being test-flown by the IAF for various parameters and slated for final operation clearance in March. The existing project is running years behind schedule.
    Sources told The Tribune that a decision has been taken to produce 106 “Tejas Mark 1-A” jets and the same has been conveyed to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), besides the manufacturer — Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a public sector undertaking owned by MoD.
    The MoD has set a 2018 deadline for the first aircraft to be ready with a target to complete its production by 2022-2023. In September, new specifications were agreed upon and the IAF accepted 43 modifications that could be carried out without changing the existing design.
    On the list of modifications are five major improvements, including an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar, which the HAL will co-develop with Israel firm Elta; air-to-air refuelling facility; externally fitted self-protection jammer to prevent incoming enemy missiles from homing in using radar signature; and a new layout, involving 27 modifications, of internal systems to iron out maintenance issues.
    but will use the same engine — General Electric’s 404. “The power of the engine is more than enough,” said a senior functionary.
    Fitting the newer and more powerful GE-414 engine would entail fresh design and airframe studies.
    The HAL has been asked to produce 16 jets annually and a Rs 1,252-crore modernisation plan has been okayed to ramp up capacities from the present six-seven planes annually.
    The decision will go a long way in keeping the IAF battle-ready. The upgraded jets will fill the void created by MiG-21s and MiG-27s that will be phased out by 2022.
    There are 260 Soviet-era single-engine MiG-21 and MiG-27 jets in the IAF fleet. The air force needs 400 jets over the next 10 years.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  George1 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:58 am

    Indian Army Gets Taste of Airbus A400M

    The Indian Army is getting its first taste of the Airbus A400M multirole transport aircraft at Jaisalmer air force base, with the French Army contingent for Exercise Shakti 2016 arriving in one of type. The 56 personnel of 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade, led by Maj Thibaut De Lacoste Lareymondie are at the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan for the exercise spanning from Jan 8-16.

    While the exercise doesn’t involve an airborne component, SP’s can confirm that this is the first time an A400M has landed in India and is the first time Indian troops will get a comprehensive inside view of the new generation military transport aircraft currently deployed with France, and on order with a number of nations.

    Airbus has also made it clear that it is in dialogue with the Indian government on the A400M as a possible procurement for the IAF or other agencies. The A400M has also been pitched as a special missions aircraft. The IAF, as is well known, is currently committed to the Avro-replacement programme being serviced by Tata & Airbus with the C295, along with the Multirole Transport Aircraft with Russia. Airbus believes the A400M would fit in with an elevated capability that the IAF could well require now and in the future.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  aksha on Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:40 am

    HAL Rolls-out HTT-40 Prototype
    http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Boost-to-Make-in-India-HAL-Rolls-out-HTT-40-Prototype/2016/02/02/article3257448.ece

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited HAL has rolled-out the first prototype of Hindustan Turboprop Trainer (HTT-40)--tandem seat trainer aircraft--with the aircraft sporting all the aircraft lights and powered on cockpit.

    T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL said that the HTT-40 prototype efforts symbolizes the renewed and revitalized proactive approach at HAL. “It is important that all of us work towards meeting deadlines by overcoming challenges to meet the expectations at various levels. The project has managed to steer through the initial headwinds and now is going full throttle. There are plans to weaponize and optimize HTT-40 aircraft”, he added.

    The roll-out of prototype took place recently from the equipping facility at Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) hangar through a remotely operated minicar. HAL Board members were present along with members from Flight Operations, IAF-IPMT(integrated project management team) headed by Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar, Regional Center for Military Airworthiness (RCMA) and Regional Director of Quality Assurance (RDQA).

    The aircraft is now ready for undertaking ground runs and taxi trials to be followed by its maiden flight. HTT-40 is being developed at HAL for the first stage training of rookie pilots

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    Post  aksha on Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:46 am

    First ground test run light utility helicopter. Picture from Dec 2014.



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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:41 pm

    "Northrop Grumman has been awarded an $11,734,223 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures on India head of state aircraft. Work will be performed in India and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2020. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to India. The LAIRCM system is a defensive system for large transport and rotary-wing aircraft that combines a Missile Warning System (MWS) and infrared laser jammer countermeasure system to protect the aircraft from infrared guided threat missiles.

    LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and activates a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile. The counter-measures subsystem uses lasers mounted in pointer-tracker turret assemblies. LAIRCM is an active countermeasure that defeats the threat missile guidance system by directing a high-intensity modulated laser beam into the missile seeker. In addition, the LAIRCM system automatically counters advanced IR missile systems with no action required by the crew.



    Northrop Grumman's various infrared countermeasure systems are now installed or scheduled for installation on more than 1,000 military aircraft around the world to protect 55 different types of large fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing platforms from infrared missile attacks. The mature, reliable technology has been incorporated in more than 3,250 pointer/trackers that are now in full-rate production to protect these aircraft, supporting more than 1 million hours of theatre operation."


    Source: http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2016/february/2370-northrop-grumman-to-install-countermeasures-system-on-india-head-of-state-aircraft.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:51 pm

    aksha wrote:HAL Rolls-out HTT-40 Prototype
    http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Boost-to-Make-in-India-HAL-Rolls-out-HTT-40-Prototype/2016/02/02/article3257448.ece

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited  HAL has rolled-out the first prototype of Hindustan Turboprop Trainer (HTT-40)--tandem seat trainer aircraft--with the aircraft sporting all the aircraft lights and powered on cockpit.  

    T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL said that the HTT-40 prototype efforts symbolizes the renewed and revitalized proactive approach at HAL. “It is important that all of us work towards meeting deadlines by overcoming challenges to meet the expectations at various levels. The project has managed to steer through the initial headwinds and now is going full throttle. There are plans to weaponize and optimize HTT-40 aircraft”, he added.

    The roll-out of prototype took place recently from the equipping facility at Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) hangar through a remotely operated minicar. HAL Board members were present along with members from Flight Operations, IAF-IPMT(integrated project management team) headed by Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar, Regional Center for Military Airworthiness (RCMA) and Regional Director of Quality Assurance (RDQA).

    The aircraft is now ready for undertaking ground runs and taxi trials to be followed by its maiden flight. HTT-40 is being developed at HAL for the first stage training of rookie pilots

    “It is important that all of us work towards meeting deadlines by overcoming challenges to meet the expectations at various levels. The project has managed to steer through the initial headwinds and now is going full throttle. There are plans to weaponize and optimize HTT-40 aircraft”, Raju added.

    The roll-out of prototype took place recently from the equipping facility at Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) hangar through a remotely operated minicar. HAL Board members were present along with members from Flight Operations, IAF-IPMT(integrated project management team) headed by Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar, Regional Center for Military Airworthiness (RCMA) and Regional Director of Quality Assurance (RDQA). The team composition of HTT-40 is the youngest ever on any prototype programs in HAL. The aircraft is now ready for undertaking ground runs and taxi trials to be followed by its maiden flight. The ground runs will be conducted with the assistance from the engine OEM at ARDC itself. The HTT-40 design was adapted to a final decision on engine selection in May 2015 and the first prototype manufacturing is completed followed by this roll out. In November 2015, the Indian Air Force had issued task directive for the Design and Development of HTT-40.

    ARDC also touts HTT 40 as the first ever prototype to be manufactured completely based on a digital mock-up and also by using laser tracked jigs and metal tooling at proto phase itself. Also, the Division has sought active participation of Aircraft Division, Bengaluru which has been identified as the production agency for HTT- 40. Out of the 90 LRUs on HTT-40, 70 systems are sourced from sister Divisions of HAL which include HAL Lucknow, HAL Hyderabad and HAL Korwa(U.P). The Aero Engine Research & Design Centre (AERDC), Engine Division and HAL Kanpur are participating on the engine integration aspects."


    Source: http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2016/february/2363-hal-unveils-first-prototype-of-its-htt-40-basic-training-aircraft.html

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    Are Boeing and India About to Open the Door on a Possible F/A-18 Super Hornet Deal?

    Post  Pinto on Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:30 am

    U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing is in talks with the Indian government to manufacture its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters in India, according to comments by the company’s chief executive officer, Dennis Muilenberg. Muilenberg, who is visiting India for the first time, said that Boeing is in “conversation” with India to manufacture the F/A-18, a multirole fighter, in India. Muilenberg’s remarks come after Boeing’s chairman, James McNerney, said in October that the company would be happy to manufacture the F/A-18 in India provided the Indian Air Force would express interest in purchasing and operating the jets.

    “We are taking a hard look at the opportunity for the F18 fighter jet as an area where we can build industrial capacity, supply chain partnerships, technical depth, design and manufacturing capability in India, providing an operational capability that is useful for Indian defence forces,” Muilenberg said in New Delhi earlier this week. ”Make in India is an enabler aligned with that strategy,” he added, referencing the Indian government’s program to encourage indigenous manufacturing.

    The F/A-18 was considered as part of India’s now-dead medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) tender, losing out to France’s Dassault Aviation’s Rafale fighter. Having left the MMRCA tender behind officially, New Delhi has chosen to still stick with the Rafale, opting to conclude the deal through a government-to-government deal with no domestic manufacturing component. (Instead, talks on the Rafale deal are hung up on the issue of offset spending clauses, which would require France to reinvest part of the revenue from the deal in India.) The final deal is for 36 fighters—far short of the 126 envisaged under the MMRCA.

    That comments from Boeing regarding the possibility of F/A-18 manufacturing in India are occurring now is not entirely surprising. The U.S. firm could see an opportunity with the still held-up Rafale deal. In fact, the offer to manufacture the F/A-18 in India addresses one of the main lost attractions of the MMRCA procurement program—a domestic manufacturing component with technology transfer.

    “Our intent here is to build an industrial framework for the long run that builds on the aerospace investments being made not only by programme, but also by long-term industrial capacity that is globally competitive,” Muilenberg noted in India, clearly marketing his comments to those in India who would love to see a major firm like Boeing invest in India’s homegrown manufacturing sector.

    The F/A-18 could be attractive to India for a variety of reasons. Notably, New Delhi is modernizing its carriers and working on its next-generation 65,000 ton Vikrant-class aircraft carrier. India and the United States have a working group on carrier cooperation, and it’s possible that India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier could implement General Electric’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) with a Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) launch system for its air wing. If Boeing is serious about talking to India about the F/A-18, that may give U.S.-India cooperation on carrier technology a boost, making the adoption of EMALS CATOBAR system more likely.

    There’s a lot to consider with these comments from Boeing’s chief executive. As the MMRCA saga and ongoing talks over the Rafale deal attest, India has faced its share of difficulties in procuring a fourth-generation multi-role fighter. The conclusion of the Rafale deal, which is very likely, will make an F/A-18 acquisition unlikely given the complicated logistics and high maintenance costs for the IAF in managing a fighter fleet consisting of a hodge podge of Russia, French, and U.S. jets.

    Muilenburg’s remarks open an interesting door for India. The IAF continues to run a fighter shortage that won’t be solved by the conclusion and delivery of 36 Rafales. The F/A-18 prospect has its problems, but it’s far from an unthinkable option at this point. As always, however, the devil will be in the details. If Boeing and New Delhi open the door to official talks and start discussing an order, history tells us that it could be years before Indian pilots are flying U.S. fighters.

    http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/are-boeing-and-india-about-to-open-the-door-on-a-possible-fa-18-super-hornet-deal/

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:53 pm

    "The indigenous Light Combat Helicopter has achieved yet another milestone by satisfactory firing of rockets (70 mm) from its prototype, TD-3 in weaponized configuration, its maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. This comes after successful completion of basic performance flight testing and outstation trials for cold weather, hot weather and hot and high altitude testing in 2015, HAL said.

    “The initial rocket firing trials have been carried out at Jaisalmer, establishing satisfactory integration of hardware and software, structural integrity and safe separation of rocket ammunition,” the defence PSU said in a statement.





    Integration of weapons such as rocket, turret gun (20 mm) and air-to-air missile on LCH will further continue, HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju said. LCH is a 5.5-ton class combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL. Its features include sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, Armour protection, nuclear and low visibility features which makes the LCH lethal, agile and survivable, HAL said."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/new-indias-light-combat-helicopter-test-fires-rockets-for-the-first-time.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:39 am



    Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fires indigenous Astra BVRAAM at 'Iron Fist' exercise.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  max steel on Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:45 pm

    India Finalizes $3B Blueprint for UAV Fleets

    Indian defense forces have finalized a blueprint to procure more than 5,000 UAVs over the next 10 years for about US $3 billion, and tenders will be restricted to domestic companies that can tie up with foreign firms, said a Ministry of Defence source.

    Lack of industrial expertise, combined with delays and cost overruns, have stymied past efforts to develop and produce indigenous UAVs for tactical requirements. These efforts also were limited to state-owned companies.

    "In the future, the private sector will be involved in a big way to meet all future requirements of UAVs," said an MoD official.

    In the next three to five years, the Indian Army proposes to equip UAVs down to the battalion level, while the Air Force plans to have fully operational squadrons of surveillance UAVs and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV).

    The plan includes the induction of many man-portable mini and micro UAVs for short-range surveillance, and nuclear, biological, chemical detection in the battlefield.

    The Indian Army, Air Force and Navy propose to buy tactical UAVs, high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAVs, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs, and medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs.

    A Navy official said the demand for MALE and tactical UAVs could rise.

    Homegrown Programs Underway

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing a variety of UAVs for the services, including:

    Air Force: Three Rustom UCAVs and one ground station at a cost of $60 million; two stealth UCAVs called autonomous unmanned research aircraft (AURA) and one ground station for $75 million; 30 Nirbhay UAVs and unspecified numbers of Lakshya-II remotely piloted high speed target drones at a cost of $531,687 per unit.

    Navy: Three Rustom UCAVs and one ground station for $60 million with 12 more to come; 10 MALE Rustoms at a cost of $225 million; four Pawan mini UAVs for $33.2 million; 50 air- and ship-launched Nirbhay UAVs; three rotary UAVs at a cost of $232 million; unspecified numbers of Netra micro UAVs for $50,000 per unit; and Gagan tactical UAVs at a cost of $55 million with help from Israel.

    Army:Three Rustom UCAVs and one ground station at a cost of $60 million and 12 more in the future; 10 Rustom-2 UCAVs for $342.3 million; 12 Nishant UAVs at a cost of $5 million each; and three hybrid mini-UAVs and one ground station for $350,000.

    DRDO is also supplying about 25 Netra micro UAVs to Indian paramilitary forces at a cost of $50,000 per unit.

    An MoD source said that in the next two years, fresh tenders will be floated for a variety of UAVs, and that a concept study has been started on development of a bomber UAV and a fighter UAV.

    Major programs that have been finalized for the Army include induction of 500 mini and macro UAVs and an unspecified number of HALE UAVs; for the Air Force are an unspecified number of UCAVs, 95 micro unmanned aerial systems and an unspecified number of small VTOL and mini unmanned aerial systems; for the Navy are 95 micro unmanned aerial systems and unspecified numbers of HALE UAVs costing around $200 million.

    In addition, DRDO also has an independent unmanned surveillance air vehicle on the drawing board, which is similar to the X-45 and X-47 developed in the US and is also scouting for a partner to develop a solar-powered HALE UAV.

    Currently Indian defense forces are operating Israeli-made Searcher Mark I, Searcher Mark II, Heron and Herop UAVs and the Indian-made Nishant UAV.

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