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    India keen to buy F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jets for IAF

    Post  Pinto on Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:21 am

    India is keen to consider Boeing’s offer to supply F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    Sources said that New Delhi will take a hard look at the proposal in April when a high-level delegation will engage the Indian officials on the construct of the offer. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter will be in India on April 10 in a visit that is expected to take lift cooperation to a new level.

    Boeing has offered F/A-18 Super Hornets under the “Make in India” framework of the Indian government. Sources said the proposal is worth considering as IAF is facing acute shortage of fighter jets. The IAF has already made it clear that the 36 Rafale fighter jets that are being negotiated with France are inadequate to meet its operational requirement.

    There is a view emerging in the Indian security establishment that F/A-18 Super Hornets can also negate the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan by the US. Super Hornet is a carrier based multi-role fighter which can be used by the Indian navy as well. Sources said the aircraft can meet both the IAF and Indian navy’s operational requirement.

    India had considered F-18 Super Hornet during the earlier hunt for 126 medium multi-role fighter jets. But the US entry lost out to the French Rafale.

    With the government scrapping the proposed contract which could not be sealed even after prolonged discussions with the French side, it opened doors for other fighter makers to make fresh bids.

    Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said the government is working out the best deal with the French. The contract, said to be in the final lap of negotiations is stuck over the price of 36 jets being sought by the French side. Sources said the deal is working out to be worth Rs 60,000 crore.

    There is a sense of urgency in acquiring new aircraft as IAF’s force levels are depleting due to an ageing fleet. Sources said the “Make in India” proposal of F-18s will solve the problem on the long term basis. Boeing’s proposal also involves significant transfer of technology with a substantial indigenous content.

    The proposal will also benefit the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft “Tejas” programme which needs to be resurrected after prolonged delays.

    Sources said the acquisition can be put on fast track considering the urgency. The government has already stressed on going for direct military sale the route which is faster instead of inviting global bids.


    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-keen-to-buy-f18-super-hornet-fighter-jets-for-iaf/1/626657.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

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    Navy's Heron UAV Crashes Off Kerala's Coast After Engine Failure

    An Israeli-made Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the Indian Navy crashed off the coast of Kerala today after suffering an engine failure.
    The UAV was on a routine mission when the incident happened, the Navy said."The UAV was guided to a safe area and ditched over sea," a Navy officer said and added that a court of inquiry has been ordered.The Navy said a search was launched immediately and parts of the aircraft, including the engine, have been recovered.The UAVs, positioned in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kochi, are used for surveillance of the coast and exclusive economic zone.A Heron UAV can be airborne has 18 hours. The Navy has about 10 such UAVs.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:51 pm

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:21 pm

    how the radar of su 30 mki (NIIP N011M Bars) is expected to fare against aesa radars of other fighters of NATO in Red flag exercises ?

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:46 pm

    They turn the radars off, so sensitive data isn't shared.

    In reality, BarsM has roughly 50km more detection range than N001VEP of Su-30M2 against 3M^2 so it should detect targets like F-16 with newer AESA first, but barely due to F-16 lower signature compared to Su-30MKI. It would see F-15/18 at longer range.

    Info on this is pure open source data. Medo posted info on N001VEP from an Article from Venezuela regarding their tests against their old F-16's I suppose, which don't have AESA.

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t1489p480-su-30-for-russian-air-force#153709

    Edit: I got some info wrong but BarsM would fair better than N001VEP and N001VEP is pretty darn good. AESA better at ecm and radar clarity (experts say).

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    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:21 pm

    Hmm its wise move to turn off radar then to share sensitive codes with US/NATO

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:50 pm

    Pinto wrote: how the radar of su 30 mki (NIIP N011M Bars) is expected to fare against aesa radars of other fighters of NATO in Red flag exercises ?

    During those exercises Indians and French are known to be flying in so called "training mode", while US and other countries that operate US made machines are not very shy about radar signature.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:15 pm

    Militarov wrote:
    Pinto wrote: how the radar of su 30 mki (NIIP N011M Bars) is expected to fare against aesa radars of other fighters of NATO in Red flag exercises ?

    During those exercises Indians and French are known to be flying in so called "training mode", while US and other countries that operate US made machines are not very shy about radar signature.

    well bro US is arrogant country and has variety of fighter aircraft so it can show off, but India has its most potent fighter alone in su30 mki so we need to turn off our radar signature and its wise decision too

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  medo on Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:23 pm

    sepheronx wrote:They turn the radars off, so sensitive data isn't shared.

    In reality, BarsM has roughly 50km more detection range than N001VEP of Su-30M2 against 3M^2 so it should detect targets like F-16 with newer AESA first, but barely due to F-16 lower signature compared to Su-30MKI. It would see F-15/18 at longer range.

    Info on this is pure open source data. Medo posted info on N001VEP from an Article from Venezuela regarding their tests against their old F-16's I suppose, which don't have AESA.

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t1489p480-su-30-for-russian-air-force#153709

    Edit: I got some info wrong but BarsM would fair better than N001VEP and N001VEP is pretty darn good. AESA better at ecm and radar clarity (experts say).

    Detecting range of 160 km against F-16, Venezuela test against their own F-16. But the point in this article was testing Venezuelan Su-30MK2 with N001VEP and R-77 and R-27ER against Chilean F-16C/D Block 50/52 with APG-68 (v9) and AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, which is the most capable F-16 variant US exported. I don't think there are any AESA radar user outside USAF. Maybe Israel, which use their own AESA radar.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  medo on Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:33 pm

    Pinto wrote: how the radar of su 30 mki (NIIP N011M Bars) is expected to fare against aesa radars of other fighters of NATO in Red flag exercises ?

    Who knows. Training mode is usually very limited. Using only 1 training frequency, no frequency hoping, no ECCM, etc. Bars-M is not pure PESA, but hybrid radar and work quite similarly to AESA. Its capabilities are kept secret for a reason.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:48 pm

    medo wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:They turn the radars off, so sensitive data isn't shared.

    In reality, BarsM has roughly 50km more detection range than N001VEP of Su-30M2 against 3M^2 so it should detect targets like F-16 with newer AESA first, but barely due to F-16 lower signature compared to Su-30MKI. It would see F-15/18 at longer range.

    Info on this is pure open source data. Medo posted info on N001VEP from an Article from Venezuela regarding their tests against their old F-16's I suppose, which don't have AESA.

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t1489p480-su-30-for-russian-air-force#153709

    Edit: I got some info wrong but BarsM would fair better than N001VEP and N001VEP is pretty darn good. AESA better at ecm and radar clarity (experts say).

    Detecting range of 160 km against F-16, Venezuela test against their own F-16. But the point in this article was testing Venezuelan Su-30MK2 with N001VEP and R-77 and R-27ER against Chilean F-16C/D Block 50/52 with APG-68 (v9) and AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, which is the most capable F-16 variant US exported. I don't think there are any AESA radar user outside USAF. Maybe Israel, which use their own AESA radar.

    United Arab Emirates use F16 Block 60 with AN/APG-80.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:06 am

    medo wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:They turn the radars off, so sensitive data isn't shared.

    In reality, BarsM has roughly 50km more detection range than N001VEP of Su-30M2 against 3M^2 so it should detect targets like F-16 with newer AESA first, but barely due to F-16 lower signature compared to Su-30MKI. It would see F-15/18 at longer range.

    Info on this is pure open source data. Medo posted info on N001VEP from an Article from Venezuela regarding their tests against their old F-16's I suppose, which don't have AESA.

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t1489p480-su-30-for-russian-air-force#153709

    Edit: I got some info wrong but BarsM would fair better than N001VEP and N001VEP is pretty darn good. AESA better at ecm and radar clarity (experts say).

    Detecting range of 160 km against F-16, Venezuela test against their own F-16. But the point in this article was testing Venezuelan Su-30MK2 with N001VEP and R-77 and R-27ER against Chilean F-16C/D Block 50/52 with APG-68 (v9) and AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, which is the most capable F-16 variant US exported. I don't think there are any AESA radar user outside USAF. Maybe Israel, which use their own AESA radar.

    Thanks for the correction. The Chilean aircraft with its radar would detect the Su-30MK2 at what range exactly though? 120km? Anyway, it was a good read even if broken due to translator.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  medo on Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:19 pm

    sepheronx wrote:
    medo wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:They turn the radars off, so sensitive data isn't shared.

    In reality, BarsM has roughly 50km more detection range than N001VEP of Su-30M2 against 3M^2 so it should detect targets like F-16 with newer AESA first, but barely due to F-16 lower signature compared to Su-30MKI. It would see F-15/18 at longer range.

    Info on this is pure open source data. Medo posted info on N001VEP from an Article from Venezuela regarding their tests against their old F-16's I suppose, which don't have AESA.

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t1489p480-su-30-for-russian-air-force#153709

    Edit: I got some info wrong but BarsM would fair better than N001VEP and N001VEP is pretty darn good. AESA better at ecm and radar clarity (experts say).

    Detecting range of 160 km against F-16, Venezuela test against their own F-16. But the point in this article was testing Venezuelan Su-30MK2 with N001VEP and R-77 and R-27ER against Chilean F-16C/D Block 50/52 with APG-68 (v9) and AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, which is the most capable F-16 variant US exported. I don't think there are any AESA radar user outside USAF. Maybe Israel, which use their own AESA radar.

    Thanks for the correction.  The Chilean aircraft with its radar would detect the Su-30MK2 at what range exactly though? 120km?  Anyway, it was a good read even if broken due to translator.

    Actually article give good info on F-16 radar. APG-68 (v9) detect MiG-29 and Su-30 at 140 km and Mirage-2000 at 90 km. Older APG-66 (v2) on older F-16MLU detect MiG-29 and Su-30 at 80 km and Mirage-2000 at 35 km. It seems that Peruvian MiG-29 and Mirage-2000 jets were also present there and it looks like Venezuelan Su-30MK2 have similar RCS as Peruvian Soviet made MiG-29 fighter considering that F-16 detect them at the same range.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:22 pm

    So theoretically, what range do you suspect BARS-R/M (whatever designation) would be able to track F-16's? Roughly 200km? Cause Irbis-E, the upgraded variant of the family, can detect it roughly 250 - 400km range (I think roughly 350km 3M^2, cannot be precise).

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    Post  medo on Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:11 pm

    sepheronx wrote:So theoretically, what range do you suspect BARS-R/M (whatever designation) would be able to track F-16's?  Roughly 200km?  Cause Irbis-E, the upgraded variant of the family, can detect it roughly 250 - 400km range  (I think roughly 350km 3M^2, cannot be precise).

    This is extremely difficult to answer. Irbis could detect them at 400 km as it is very powerful radar with 20 kW peak power. Bars-M is limited with 5 kW peak power, so the range will be similar as with N001VEP, which have 6 kW peak power. But Bars-M radar transmitter EGSP-6A could have 7 kW peak power, so we could assume Bars-R work at 7 kW peak power and with that have longer range. There are some claims for Bars-M, most probably on Su-30MKI:

    For aircraft N011M has a 350 km search range and a 200 km tracking range. The radar can track and engage 20 air targets and engage the 8 most threatening targets simultaneously. The forward hemisphere is ±90º in azimuth and ±55º in elevation. These targets can include cruise/ballistic missiles and even motionless helicopters. A MiG-21 for instance can be detected at a distance of up to 135 km. Design maximum search range for an F-16 target was 140-160km. A Bars' earlier variant, fitted with a five-kilowatt transmitter, proved to be capable of acquiring Su-27 fighters at a range of over 330 km. In comparison, the advanced Kopyo radar found in the latest MiG-21UPG can detect small drone targets at a range of 50 km.

    Source: http://defence.pk/threads/mini-awacs-the-powerful-n011m-bars-hybrid-radar-system-su-30-mki.256937/#ixzz45FUyhkJ6

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:53 pm

    wow so many valuable inputs regarding radar capacity os su30mki so tyhis seems to be powerful enough to ward off threats to India from across the immediate borders welcome

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    ‘Mirage 2000 upgrade for Air Force on track’

    Post  Pinto on Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:52 pm

    Upgraded models to sport longer range radars; have improved tactical awareness

    Antoine Caput, Vice-President and Country Director (India) of Thales, has said the $2.5 billion-project to upgrade 51 Mirage 2000 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force is going as per schedule and four upgraded jets have been already delivered.

    In an interview with BusinessLine, he said the firm is keen to make India its global manufacturing hub and the joint venture with Bharat Electronics (BEL) is progressing well. Excerpts:


    How has the progress of upgradation of the ageing Mirage 2000 aircraft been so far? Is it on track?

    The project began in July 2011 and since then, Thales and Dassault Aviation have both been working on the upgradation of IAF’s Mirage 2000 fleet.

    Four upgraded Mirage 2000 have been delivered to the IAF and the rest of the fleet is being upgraded by HAL with the support of Dassault Aviation and Thales teams as per the contract.

    Will this upgrade enhance Air Force’s combat capabilities?

    The Mirage 2000’s capabilities will be significantly enhanced and the IAF will have a capable and potent platform for the next 20 years. The upgraded Mirage 2000s will sport longer range radars and improved tactical situation awareness.

    They will also have longer-range weapons to engage simultaneous targets with greater stealth. The improved fighters will have an extended operating envelope, with the capability to engage ground targets whilst countering airborne threats.

    Recently, the top brass of the IAF expressed concerns over delay in the project. What was the issue?

    It is on track, as per schedule. We are working with all partners and in case of any challenge, we will address them as per the contract.

    Thales is a significant supplier to Dassault Aviation for Rafale combat jets. However, the $9-billion deal with the Indian government is stuck over pricing. Is that frustrating?

    We are committed to India and our partners working with the Indian government. We understand each country’s situations and hence, the rules and laws are different.

    Are you keen to make India an exporting hub, since Thales already has more than 30 medium-to-big sub-contracted suppliers for certain hardware components?

    We are considering India as a key market for the group. We have developed a network of local partners to primarily address Indian needs. India is rich in engineering, human talent and certainly a source of competitiveness, for our group to grow. Hence, we aim at working for India and from India to extend our global performance and presence.

    How much does your India business contribute to your annual revenues? Do you see it growing in the next foreseeable future?

    We do not provide region-wise break-up of our revenues. However, what we can say is that we are very excited about India as it provides enormous opportunities across defence, aerospace, ground transportation and urbanisation.

    We believe in ‘Make in India’ as it complements our own vision of ‘Go to India’. We will continue to respond to market requirements, build a strong ecosystem of partners and support the process of transforming India into a global manufacturing hub.

    What is the current status of your JV with Bharat Electronics (BEL) on ground radars?

    The JV with BEL was formed in August 2012 and formally incorporated as BEL-Thales Systems Limited in August 2014.

    It is dedicated to the design, development, marketing, supply, and support of civilian and select military ground-based radars for India and global markets. While Thales holds 26 per cent equity, BEL holds the rest of the stake.

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/mirage-2000-upgrade-for-air-force-on-track/article8476332.ece

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:34 pm

    A bit more on the trip to Alaska

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    Portugal welcomed some rare birds last week, as four Indian Sukhoi Su-30 Flankers and four Sepecat Jaguars landed at Beja airbase. The fighter jets were accompanied by two Ilyushin Il-78 tanker aircraft and two C-17 Globemasters whole on their long, long way to Alaska for exercise Red Flag.

    India is sending the aircraft plus a contingent of 150 personnel to the prestigious military exercise within the framework of military cooperation between New Delhi and Washington. The last time India attended Red Flag was in 2008. Then, only Su-30s were involved and the stage was not Alaska, but Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.


    http://airheadsfly.com/2016/04/12/impressive-indian-stop-over-in-portugal/

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  max steel on Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:23 am

    New Super Hercules squadron to become operational at Panagarh from May

    The 87 Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) will formally become operational at Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh on May 5 in the presence of IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. This was announced by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, at the air base on Friday. The 87 Squadron will be the second one in the IAF to comprise C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The first squadron is based at Hindon near Delhi.

    "The additional C-130J aircraft will be coming in from April, 2017. All construction work, including hangers, will be completed by the end of this month and the squadron will become operational on May 5. The Super Hercules are strategic assets and Panagarh is the perfect location for them as it is deep inside the hinterland. As the newly raised Mountain Strike Corps of the Army is also headquartered in Panagarh, the location of this base is extremely crucial. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to build the hangers and other infrastructure for the aircraft. They are being constructed as per US standards," Hari Kumar said.

    The AOC-in-C was in Panagarh to rename Air Force Station Panagarh as Air Force Station Arjan Singh in honour of the first and only Marshal of the Air of the IAF. Singh turned 97 on Friday. This is the first time that an operating air base in the country is being named after a personality, that too living. According to Hari Kumar, it is a proud moment for the base as well as West Bengal, Singh being an icon and a guide to all those who join the air force.Facilities at AFS Arjan Singh will be unlike most other air bases in the country.



    Though the Super Hercules is classified as a transport aircraft, it is utilized as a tactical asset by defence forces across the globe. One of its most important features is the aircraft's ability to take off and land from airfields that have runways of shorter length. This makes the aircraft ideal for take-off and landing from several of IAF's Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the northeastern states, close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).


    The hangers being constructed by Lockheed Martin are not normal ones. According to a source, they have space in the basement where Special Forces personnel can stay and train till they are ordered for operations. As the troops are based directly below the aircraft they are to use with all equipment, valuable time is not wasted when deployment for a Special Operation becomes necessary. The aircraft can take off at a moment's notice. While the 'Veiled Vipers' squadron based at Hindon takes care of operations in the western sector, the new one at Panagarh will deal with threats in the east.


    Hari Kumar would not give out details but said that the facilities are advanced. No wonder, a lot of impetus is is on security. "This is quite natural. When one builds a house today, it has better features than one built several years ago. We have taken lessons from the Pathankot incident. We have not only refreshed our training but increased reliance on technology. We also have better tie-ups with agencies like the Army, central paramilitary forces and the police. We have also managed to get the local population on our side to keep a watch out for suspicious movement," the AOC-in-C added.

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    Indian Air Force prepares 10-year modernisation plan

    Post  Pinto on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:05 am

    The Indian Air Force has prepared a 10-year modernisation plan that identifies technologies and services that it requires and is set to share it with the private sector. But just 10-15% of the over Rs 2.5 lakh crore projected acquisitions are expected to be from domestic manufacturers.




    The plan is to share details of its requirements — from aircraft tyres to rotor blades and 3D printing technology, with specific quantities needed over 10 years — to enable private sector players to set up manufacturing facilities and replace imports.The Indigenisation Roadmap (2016-2025), which is set to be released at a CII event on Tuesday, also lists out 174 parts — from subsystems for Jaguar fighter aircraft to parts and spares for the An 32 transport fleet — that are in dire need of being indigenised.

    The roadmap, a copy of which has been accessed by ET, says the concept of indigenisation is being transformed from being dependent on public sector units to “participative collaboration with Indian industry”.

    On the anvil are acquisition projects worth more than Rs 2.5 lakh crore, it says. “Unfortunately, only 10-15% of these are expected to be from indigenous sources as the technologies needed are not available indigenously.” The report lists maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) as a major area for industry participation, as “creating a defence MRO in private sector has not only become a reality but it is also well facilitated by liberal government policies”.

    The areas that the private sector can contribute in MRO range from airframe and aero engines to airfield safety systems like crash tender and arrester barriers, it says. The paper suggests a cluster of industries — particularly of micro, small and medium enterprises — to be set up to meet the needs of the air force.

    “There is a huge potential for indigenisation of capital equipment as well as maintenance spares in IAF.

    Economic and optimal exploitation of this potential by Indian industry can lead to greater self-reliance,” the paper says.

    On future technologies needed, there is a detailed chapter that lists out requirements, from modern 3D printing technology to advanced weaponry and sensors where the private sector may have opportunity to collaborate.


    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/indian-air-force-prepares-10-year-modernisation-plan/articleshow/51870418.cms

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    Fake MiGs! Missing Antonovs! Why India must keep away from Ukraine

    Post  Pinto on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:09 am


    Ukraine wants to enter the lucrative market to upgrade India’s Soviet era weaponry, but New Delhi must stay away from this dysfunctional country.


    A year after the fiasco of losing five IAF aircraft sent to Ukraine for upgrades, the dysfunctional country is making a renewed pitch to re-enter the Indian defence sector. At the recently concluded Defexpo in Goa, Perto Fedoruk, chief adviser to Ukraine’s largest defence industry consortium, Ukroboronprom, offered to break the “Russian monopoly” in the maintenance and upgrade of India’s Soviet era weapons system.

    Considering that the overwhelming majority of India’s defence hardware is of Soviet origin, their future refurbishment could translate into tens of billions of dollars. Ukraine’s defence industry, which has been hit hard by the ongoing civil war in the country, would no doubt like a slice of this pie.

    But are the Ukrainians in a position to serve India’s growing and increasingly complex requirements? For, currently they can’t even serve the needs of tiny Croatia.

    According to a report in Croatia’s Jutarnji List, the country’s military police is conducting a major investigation into the refurbishment of MiG-21s, which were bought and refurbished in Ukraine. Initial investigations have revealed a number of irregularities and there is suspicion that bribes were paid.

    The refurbished MiG-21s were handed over to the Croatian Air Force (CAF) in July 2015 and, ever since the planes arrived, problems started to emerge. Eight months later the CAF has just three planes available for operations, while five are not operational. What seems to have happened is fraud and duplication on a brazen scale. The serial numbers on the MiGs have been changed and the parts that were changed do not match the ones listed in the paperwork, raising serious suspicion that the planes could be five years older than their accompanying documentation claims.

    Worse, the refurbishment of the MiG-21s may not have been carried out at all and that this was one of the reasons why the planes kept breaking down. “We do not know if the planes that were sent to Ukraine for refurbishment are the same ones that came back,” a source told Jutarnji List.

    Now you’d think the stink has got bad that it couldn’t get any worse. But it really does. A year before the refurbishment contract was signed, Ukraine offered to sell eight MiG-21s to Croatia. When the Croatians conducted a few enquiries, they found out that the MiGs were apparently owned by Yemen and not Ukraine.

    Jutarnji List says even the five planes that Croatia did end up buying from Ukraine were put together using parts from all over the world - the hull is Bulgarian, wings from Algeria, and only the gas tanks have Russian insignias on them.

    And there could be more scandals to come. Says Danni Matijaca of of Total Croatia News: “We believe many other shady dealings will be uncovered as time passes.”

    How can you lose an aircraft?
    Well, you can if you are a Ukrainian company. A major crisis involving Ukraine erupted in April 2015 when the Ukrainians – believe it or not – lost five AN-32 transport planes belonging to the Indian Air Force. These aircraft were part of a batch of 40 AN-32s that had been sent to Ukraine’s state-owned Ukrspetsexport for upgrades and refurbishment.

    The remaining 64 An-32s were to be upgraded at the IAF’s Kanpur air force base, under a technology transfer from Ukraine, but the planned upgrade was halted as Ukrainian engineers walked out of the job and supplies of spare parts stopped. While you are entitled to laugh, the IAF brass didn’t find it so funny. They raised an almighty fuss and told the Ukrainians: “Find our planes.” The An-32s were ultimately found and flown back to India.

    A diplomat from the Ukraine embassy told the Indian side that the IAF must resolve this issue with Ukrspetsexport, and that the Ukrainian government “cannot help”. Financial portal Zero Hedge comments: “We wonder if that rather unhelpful attitude has anything to do with India not imposing sanctions on Russia.”

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    “Open Partner” Russia has advantage in Indian defence arena
    Tanks for Pakistan
    In 1996, Ukraine announced the sale of more than 300 T-80 tanks to Pakistan. It also decided to manufacture medium guns for the Pakistani tanks. In June 2002, the two countries signed a $100 million contract for producing transmission equipment for Pakistan’s Al-Khalid tank.

    Ukraine is participating in the implementation of over a dozen projects in the military-industrial sphere in Pakistan. Contracts have been signed for establishing two repair test bases for T-80s in Pakistan. Kiev may also avail of an opportunity to export new air defence units which were recently tested in Pakistan.

    More recently, Ukraine attempted to play spoil sport in a major India-Russia defence deal. New Delhi and Moscow are circling around a $3 billion contract for new Talwar class frigates. In line with the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ push, the production of these frigates will involve an Indian partner, most likely Pipavav Shipyard owned by the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

    The only potentially problematic issue with the Talwar deal is the ship’s engine, which is built in Ukraine. Initially, the Ukrainians refused to work with Russia, but subsequently are said to have agreed to supply the engines if they are meant for use by the Indian Navy.

    Ukrainian involvement could be a tricky affair. The engines will need to be serviced at some point in time and if Ukraine is flat broke or simply decides to play spoiler – at American instigation, in order to make Russia look unreliable – the Indian Navy could be staring down the abyss.

    According to Ukroboronprom’s Fedoruk, “For nearly a decade, Russia has forcefully blocked our entry. We have offered multiple solutions to give new life to Soviet-era weaponry, as we are the original equipment manufacturer.”

    Since a number of defence systems that India acquired from the former Soviet Union were entirely or partly built in Ukraine, there is a good chance that the Ukrainians will make a bid for upgrading such equipment.

    But here’s the rub. It seems Ukraine’s primary preoccupation is to spite Russia at all costs, to play spoiler. Winning business or making friends in India is secondary, as the An-32 incident bears out. Considering that everything Ukraine touches turns to rust, it would be a brave commander or bureaucrat who sticks his neck out and allows Ukraine to enter the Indian defence sector.

    http://in.rbth.com/blogs/stranger_than_fiction/2016/04/13/fake-migs-missing-antonovs-why-india-must-keep-away-from-ukraine_584145

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:06 pm

    "OIS Advanced Technology (OIS-AT) and Sagem (Safran) of France have signed an MoU to create a Joint Venture for the manufacturing of Sagem's AASM Hammer Bomb Guidance and Glide Kit in India. With this Sagem has declared OIS-AT as the Indian Manufacturer for this weapon system. Considered to be the most advanced, precision Bomb Guidance and Range Extension kit, the AASM Hammer originally designed and manufactured by Sagem for the requirements of the French Air-Force and Navy on-board the Rafale aircraft, is intended to cater to requirements of the Indian Air Force's high precision munition requirements. The AASM Hammer has been extensively proven in combat, and the version that will be manufactured in India will be customized to specifically meet Indian Air Force requirements.

    "We are pleased that Sagem is collaborating with us with their combat proven, world leading, high precision munitions guidance and range extension kit. With its impressive list of advanced features, Sagem's AASM Hammer is the foundation for our joint venture to specifically cater to the requirements of the Indian Air Force under the government's Make In India program. This collaboration further endorses our corporate strategy of becoming the Industrial Partner of Choice for leading global companies", said Sanjay Bhandari, Chairman and Managing Director of OIS Advanced Technology.

    "We are pleased to collaborate with OIS-AT with our combat proven, high precision, AASM Hammer Guidance and Range Extension kit for aerial munitions for the Indian Air Force. With OIS-AT we have a partner with a core focus and appreciation of advanced technologies and innovation to advance our joint interests for the Indian Air Force", said Martin Sion, CEO of Sagem.



    With modern combat moving to high precision weaponry, it has become necessary for traditional blast fragmentation munitions, and the more modern penetration munitions, to be guided with high precision to their targets from standoff ranges. The AASM Hammer from Sagem is an extremely high precision Guidance and Range Extension kit which is attached to aerial launched munitions to meet the high precision targeting needs of modern warfare."


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    Move Over Tejas. India Wants A Second Line Of Fighter Jets.

    Post  Pinto on Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:34 am

    NEW DELHI:

    India is keen on manufacturing a second line of fighters besides Tejas, and within 6 months, will begin the process of deciding which foreign manufacturer will make the jets in India, sources told NDTV.

    The Ministry of Defence has already had several rounds of discussions on this issue.

    The second line of fighters will be in the category of the medium multi-role combat aircraft, or MMRCA, sources said. The Tejas is a Light Combat Aircraft. The second line of fighters will be chosen so that besides meeting the requirements of the Indian Air Force, they can also be exported.

    There are only about half a dozen fighter jet manufacturers in the world. The manufacturer chosen will most likely have to partner with an Indian company under the "Make in India" programme. The Indian company will be the government's strategic partner for the fighter programme.

    Over the next 20 years, the Air Force will need at least 250-300 fighters besides the Tejas, as the aging fleets are phased out.

    Starting July, the Air Force will induct 120 single-engine Tejas fighters. Besides, India is buying 36 Rafale jets from France.

    But apart from just maintaining the current strength, "we also need to increase the numbers of fighters," a top Defence Ministry official told NDTV.

    India needs 42 fighter squadrons, but currently has 33 and the numbers are likely drop drastically over the next few years, when the Russian-made aging MiG-21 and MiG-27 fleets are retired. By the end of next decade, most of the French-made Mirage 2000 and the British-made Jaguars will also be ready for retirement.

    During the recent visit of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar asked what kind of technology US companies can share.

    Before his visit, US defence manufacturing giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which manufacture the F-16, met top defence ministry officials and proposed to manufacture F16 "Super Viper" and a customised version F/A-18 Super Hornet.

    "They will be eligible for consideration once US clarifies the kind of the technology they will share with us," a top Ministry of Defence official told NDTV.

    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/move-over-tejas-india-wants-a-second-line-of-fighter-jets-1397555

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:33 pm

    "IAF Jets Arrive In Alaska To Red Flag 'Aggressors'

    Lots of planespotter buzz around Eielson AFB, Alaska in the run up to Red Flag ALASKA 16-1 that begins April 28. The Indian Air Force's contingent (4 x Su-30MKI, 4 x Jaguar Darin II, 2 x Il-78M & 2 C-17 Globemaster III) that arrived on April 16 have been on routine practice runs at the base with USAF jets.

    Squaring off with mostly US Air Force 354th Operational Group 'aggressor' F-16s and other support jets, the joint exercise will involve simulated interdiction, attack, air superiority, defence suppression, airlift, air refueling and reconnaissance aircraft -- all profiles the IAF has proven to be formidable at in past Red Flags/Cope India/Thunder exercises.

    This will also be the second time that the IAF gets to stretch its legs in the US Department of Defense's largest airspace -- the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), which according to the Eielson page, contains 67,000 square miles of airspace, 11 military operating areas, and three weapons ranges.

    As you know, it's been a big month for Eielson AFB, which has been chosen to be the USAF's first F-35A operational base in the Pacific Air Forces' Area of Responsibility. The first aircraft are expected to arrive in 2020.

    Will have a full report up here on the exercise during and after. Enjoy these pictures by U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner."












    Source: http://www.livefistdefence.com/2016/04/iaf-jets-arrive-in-alaska-to-red-flag.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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