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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:57 am

    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.

    So India clearly needs more British and French planes because they clearly don't age like Russian made aircraft do... clown

    But France wont sell them M2ks and demand they overspend on Rafales instead...


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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:30 pm

    "The Indian company Reliance Defence Limited and Ukrainian state-owned enterprise “Antonov” signed a memorandum of cooperation with the purpose of placing on the market of India of aircraft of different purposes on the basis of the AN-148 / AN-158 aircrafts.

    ANTONOV or An class of aircraft have long served the Indian Air Force and Navy for over five decades. Currently, the IAF has more than 100 An-32 aircraft on its inventory having completed its last life cycle upgrade will be due for replacements. The partnership agreement would provide the benefits of quality and low cost solution for 50-80 seater aircraft through its core competencies.

    The partnership of Reliance Defence and Antonov envisions design of fixed wing Military Aircraft configured for use in tactical as well strategic roles. Powered by two turbofan high fuel-efficiency jet engines, the medium lift aircraft is capable of short field runways operating from remote airfields with unpaved surfaces.



    In the Indian civil aviation market, this medium category aircraft could effectively plug the gap in regional air transport connectivity to around 350 unused airstrips currently available across the country and is in consonance with the new draft Civil Aviation policy by MoCA.

    Reliance Defence Limited, together with Antonov will participate in the tender of the Government of India for supply of aircraft. In case of winning the tender, which is scheduled for this summer, it plans to create a joint venture with the further localization of production in India."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/antonov-has-signed-a-memorandum-of-cooperation-with-india.html

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    IAF’S MI-17S BECOMING LIFELINE FOR MISHAP VICTIMS

    Post  Pinto on Fri May 06, 2016 7:40 pm

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) had been increasingly involved, of late, in lifting critically injured victims from road accidents involving a large number of passengers from various spots in Chhattisgarh during the past one-and-a-half months.

    On Wednesday, the IAF sent its two MI-17 choppers on a request made by the Chhattisgarh Government to airlift victims of a major bus accident which occurred 200 km north of Raipur in Balrampur district , a Defence Ministry press release informed.

    The mishap had left 12 persons dead and 35 injured when a bus carrying them fell off a bridge on Balrampur Ambikapur National Highway late on Wednesday night.

    Previously, the MI-17s airlifted mishap victims from the accident spots in Antagarh region of Kanker district on April 15 and Sukma district on April 18 for bringing them to Raipur for advanced medical treatment.

    The request for casualty evacuation was received and IAF responded promptly wherein two Mi-17 helicopters were launched within an hour to evacuate critically injured passengers from the accident site in Balrampur district, the press release informed.

    The Advanced Landing Ground at Ambikapur was used for this purpose. Thirteen critically injured passengers were evacuated to Raipur, it informed.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday morning visited Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital here and met injured passengers of a bus accident that took place in Balrampur-Ramanujganj district late on Wednesday night.

    Singh enquired doctors about health condition of the injured victims and directed them to provide best possible medical treatment to the patients.

    The Chief Minister went to each patient and asked them about their health. As a doctor himself, he also checked their pulse to know about their health.

    Late on Wednesday night a private passenger bus coming from Gadwa area of Jharkhand State fell from a bridge near District Headquarters Balrampur of Chhattisgarh, in which 14 passengers died on spot and many passengers were injured.

    The Chief Minister has expressed profound grief on the accident and has empathized with the families of the deceased. Three of the critically injured victims succumbed to the pain while on the way to hospital.

    Singh has announced financial aid of Rs 25 thousand for family of each of the deceased in the accident. As soon as the incident was reported, the Chief Minister asked CRPF personnel to reach the accident spot in helicopter of Indian Air Force for rescue and relief operations and for bringing injured victims to Raipur.

    Soon after the incident was reported late night, Chief Minister Raman Singh called up his counterpart Chief Minister of neighbouring state Jharkhand Raghuvar Das on telephone and assured that the injured passengers of Gadhwa will be provided complete medical treatment. Most of the injured passengers are from Jharkhand state.

    The Chief Minister was accompanied by Secretary Public Relations Santosh Misra and Collector Raipur OP Choudhary.

    Singh praised District Administration of Balrampur-Ramanujganj District Administration, Indian Air Force and CRPF for their immediate action and coordination in rescuing the injured passengers and bringing them to Raipur via helicopter.

    http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/raipur/iafs-mi-17s-becoming-lifeline-for-mishap-victims.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Mon May 09, 2016 4:21 am

    "In two years (2014-16) there were 34 occasions of single engine failure on Su 30 MKI fighters: Parrikar shares alarming fact in parliament."

    Interestingly enough, seems that only Indians have severe issues with SU30 engines.

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    400 more fighter jets in IAF’s vision 2030

    Post  Pinto on Thu May 26, 2016 5:09 pm

    NEW DELHI: Grappling with a drawdown of its fighter jet fleet, India has firmed up a plan to plug the capability gap over the next 10 to 15 years. A top defence ministry source said the Indian Air Force was working towards the target of inducting around 400 warplanes by 2030 to buttress its depleting force levels that set off alarm bells about the country’s ability to tackle a combined threat from China and Pakistan.

    T he count of IAF’s fighter squadrons ha s shrunk to 33 (a round 640 fighters) compared to a desirable strength of 42. T he squadron strength is likely to come down to a mere 19 (around 380 warplanes) by 2027, as revealed in a Parliamentary panel report earlier this month.

    The source said the IAF would get 120 Tejas light combat aircraft, another 120 twin-engine mediumweight aircraft to be built in India in collaboration with a foreign manufacturer, and an equal number of single-engine fighter planes. India is currently negotiating a deal with France for buying 36 Rafale fighters and 72 Sukhoi-30 fighters are on order. B ridging the capability gap is vital for the IAF that is saddled with ageing Soviet-era fighters.

    T he IAF also wants to deploy a total of 15 AW AC S (airborne warning and control system) over the next decade. T he IAF currently operates three Israeli Phalcon AW AC S mounted on Russian IL-76 heavy-lift planes. The system has a range of 400km. Itis also on course to induct two Brazilian Embraer airborne early warning and control (AEW &C ) system aircraft. The AEW &C systems developed by the DRDO are being installed on Embraer-145 jets imported from Brazil.

    In M arch 2015, India took the first step towards developing an indigenous AW AC S, with the defence acquisition council giving its go-ahead to a ` 5,113 crore project involving mounting two such complex surveillance systems on the European Airbus A330 platform. Airbus Defence &Space was the only bidder for the AW ACS India programme, making it the first single vendor project to be cleared by the NDA government.

    “T he finance ministry has raised some objections but the defence ministry has given a clarification emphasising the operational need for more such platforms,” the source said. As per IAF’s plans, eight AW AC S are required for the eastern border, and five for the western boundary. The IAF wants these monitoring systems to provide 360-degree coverage, which is far more than that offered by (AEW &C ) system aircraft.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/nation/400-more-fighter-jets-in-iaf-s-vision-2030/story-VTRviJ0xb4E3EPA6Uzc3HL.html

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    Ukraine’s Antonov is the frontrunner for HAL’s military aircraft programme

    Post  Pinto on Thu May 26, 2016 7:29 pm

    NEW DELHI, MAY 24:
    Ukrainian state-run Antonov has emerged as the frontrunner for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) medium military transport aircraft programme.

    HAL had received five proposals on its proposal to select a partner to manufacture a 50-80 seater aircraft in India. Out of the five bids, Antonov emerged as a clear winner as it met all the requirements set by HAL, sources told BusinessLine.

    The Ukrainian firm, which had signed an agreement with Reliance Defence in April for joint production of their platforms in India, makes aircraft that can play both civil and military roles.

    Apart from Antonov, GKN Aerospace, IAI, Ilyushin and ATR had also placed bids for the project. What worked in Antonov’s favour is that compared to all the other entrants, its series of aircraft are of recent design with state-of-the-art aviation systems like fly-by-wire, high-efficiency engines and all-weather operations.

    According to estimates, the demand for 50-80 seater aircraft is expected to increase owing to the focus on tier II and III cities under the new Civil Aviation Policy. “HAL intends to leverage this opportunity through a partnering arrangement with an OEM under the Make in India programme,” officials said.

    Antonov or AN class of aircraft have been part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for over five decades. The IAF has more than 100 AN-32 aircraft recently upgraded on its inventory.

    HAL is also looking at Antonov for additional military functions such as troop carrying and cargo, maritime patrol and reconnaissance, search and rescue operations.

    A country with 7-8 b $ per year as defense budget can never replace India-Ruissa time tested friendship of last 5 decades

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Tue May 31, 2016 3:11 am

    "The Israeli Spyder air defence system has emerged as the “favourites” for the Indian Army’s air defence requirements, the Economic Times reported, citing sources.

    The Army’s Rs. 18,000 crore worth short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) programme, which started in 2011, is on the verge of being completed. Apart from Rafale Advanced Systems (Israel), other competitors like Rosoboronexport (Russia) and SAAB (Sweden) have faced compliance issues after being unable to perform during the technical trails that the Army conducted in 2015, the report noted.

    The next step for the Army is to go forward with the programme by opening the price bid. This programme has already seen several delays, with the Army going in for the indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missiles. However, the Akash missiles are reportedly tasked for stationary or defencive units. They have a very limited mobility and its reaction time is comparatively larger.

    The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an Israeli short and medium range mobile air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with assistance from Israel Aerospace Industries(IAI). Rafael is the prime contractor and IAI is the major subcontractor for the SPYDER program. This system achieved a notable milestone in 2005 when missiles were fired against test targets in Shdema, Israel and scored direct hits. Since then, it has been showcased in multiple military exhibitions throughout the world.

    The SPYDER air defence systems are currently operated by Georgia, India, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. During the Russo-Georgian war of 2008, it was believed that Georgia operated the SPYDER-SR. The Georgian air force could have operated up to four launchers of the SPYDER-SR and it is likely that the system was lost in the conflict."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/israeli-spyder-system-emerges-as-favouritefor-indian-armys-defence-needs.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Tue May 31, 2016 6:51 pm

    Militarov wrote:"The Israeli Spyder air defence system has emerged as the “favourites” for the Indian Army’s air defence requirements, the Economic Times reported, citing sources.

    The Army’s Rs. 18,000 crore worth short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) programme, which started in 2011, is on the verge of being completed. Apart from Rafale Advanced Systems (Israel), other competitors like Rosoboronexport (Russia) and SAAB (Sweden) have faced compliance issues after being unable to perform during the technical trails that the Army conducted in 2015, the report noted.

    The next step for the Army is to go forward with the programme by opening the price bid. This programme has already seen several delays, with the Army going in for the indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missiles. However, the Akash missiles are reportedly tasked for stationary or defencive units. They have a very limited mobility and its reaction time is comparatively larger.

    The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an Israeli short and medium range mobile air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with assistance from Israel Aerospace Industries(IAI). Rafael is the prime contractor and IAI is the major subcontractor for the SPYDER program. This system achieved a notable milestone in 2005 when missiles were fired against test targets in Shdema, Israel and scored direct hits. Since then, it has been showcased in multiple military exhibitions throughout the world.

    The SPYDER air defence systems are currently operated by Georgia, India, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. During the Russo-Georgian war of 2008, it was believed that Georgia operated the SPYDER-SR. The Georgian air force could have operated up to four launchers of the SPYDER-SR and it is likely that the system was lost in the conflict."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/israeli-spyder-system-emerges-as-favouritefor-indian-armys-defence-needs.html

    "compliance issues" looks like the Indian Army also had there own MMRCA, although they're smarter than those Airforce fools, now instead of explaining why this SPIDER is better then the rest, they just have to say "compliance issues" (reasons).

    So how good is this SPIDER compared to the BUK?

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Tue May 31, 2016 7:10 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:

    So how good is this SPIDER compared to the BUK?

    Its more comparable to Tor rather than Buk.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue May 31, 2016 7:33 pm

    Militarov wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:

    So how good is this SPIDER compared to the BUK?

    Its more comparable to Tor rather than Buk.

    It's inferior to the Pantsir which was offered to India for years now. The Indian military bureaucracy is laughably bad, to the point of making a sane man's eyes water.

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Tue May 31, 2016 8:07 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    Militarov wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:

    So how good is this SPIDER compared to the BUK?

    Its more comparable to Tor rather than Buk.

    It's inferior to the Pantsir which was offered to India for years now. The Indian military bureaucracy is laughably bad, to the point of making a sane man's eyes water.

    Woops, let me clarify, how good is this SPIDER-MR (the one India tested) compare to the BUK?

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Militarov on Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:45 pm

    "The India’s home-made HAL HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) from the hangars of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had its first flight in Bengaluru.

    The Hindustan Turbo Trainer (HTT-40) was piloted by Group Capt Subramaniam (Retd), Chief Test Pilot, HAL. According to sources, the flight lasted for about 30 minutes. The HAL HTT-40 aircraft project is a Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) proposal for an indigenous replacement for the Indian Air Force’s retired HPT-32 Deepak as a basic trainer.



    The HTT-40 trainer is expected to offer the best-in-class fuel economy and power rating. It will take-off from a short distance and have a high rate of climb. It will have a maximum speed of 450km/h and reach a maximum distance of 1,000km. The stall speed with flaps down will be 135km/h. The certified operational ceiling of the trainer will be 6,000m, the ‘G’ limits will be +6/-3 and airborne endurance will be three hours."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/hal-htt-40-military-trainer-took-off-for-its-first-flight.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  max steel on Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:42 pm

    MiG-27 crashes in Jodhpur, both pilots safe


    IAF sources said the pilot had reported a technical problem and sought priority landing.


    However, as the engine had failed, he had to eject, the sources said.



    Time to retire Mig-27 .

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  Pinto on Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:39 am

    max steel wrote:MiG-27 crashes in Jodhpur, both pilots safe


    IAF sources said the pilot had reported a technical problem and sought priority landing.


    However, as the engine had failed, he had to eject, the sources said.



    Time to retire Mig-27 .

    of course time to retire but where are the substitutes for it, Tejas will pick up pace only after March 2017, Rafale saga has messed up the poor planning and executions of IAF new planes. unlike indian navy which is crusing alone nicely on path of modernization with mix of indigenous and imported warships

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    Depleted IAF forced to fly vintage aircraft

    Post  Pinto on Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:05 am

    The crash of an ageing MiG-27 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Jodhpur today has yet again raised a question mark on the need to operate such vintage aircraft.

    For the IAF, operating the 1970s MiG-27 is a fait accompli — that is to keep flying outdated fighter jets just to maintain a minimum level in terms of numbers.

    As of now, the IAF has three MiG-27 squadrons (14-16 planes in each). The IAF is at its lowest strength in a decade at just 33 squadrons against the mandated 42 to tackle a simultaneous two-front attack from Pakistan and China.

    The Soviet-era MiG-27 jets are slated to be phased out in batches from the IAF in 2018. They are currently on an extended life — much beyond the flying capacity of the aircraft. Russia stopped flying these planes in 1994. One of the MiG-27 squadrons was phased out last year. Since 2007, a total of 11 MiG-27s have crashed, the parliamentary standing committee on defence said in its report tabled in Parliament on May 3.

    Former Vice-Chief of the IAF Air Marshal PK Barbora (retd) says: “There have been engine problems with MiG-27, which no one has been able to rectify. Hence, we had stopped upgrading it after two squadrons.

    ”Last year, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said all MIG-27s that had not been upgraded would be phased out in the next couple of years after the induction of Rafale jets and the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft “Tejas”. The MiG-27 along with the MiG-21 is one of the oldest aircraft in IAF’s fleet.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/depleted-iaf-forced-to-fly-vintage-aircraft/251389.html

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  JohninMK on Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:26 pm



    India’s defence ministry is considering the acquisition of an additional batch of BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers.

    New Delhi indicates it could purchase as many as 30 examples of the Mk132 variant, which would be licence-built by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).

    Defence minister Manohar Parrikar says the requirement, chiefly for the navy, is still to be fully defined. “We are negotiating for the price and once the price negotiations are over we can announce the final numbers.”

    The proposed purchase is in addition to a previously announced need for 20 aircraft to be operated by the air force’s Surya Kiran aerobatic display team. That deal has yet to be concluded, however.

    Parrikar also confirms the cancellation of a 2014 request for information for intermediate jet trainers, despite continued delays to its indigenous HAL HJT-36 Sitara programme.

    However, he says that production of the HJT-36 has been halted to resolve issues with the type. “The HJT-36 has a lot of the stall-related problems that have been overcome. Spin remains a problem, we will not make any more IJTs until they overcome this problem.”

    It is estimated that only six early production examples have been built.

    The air force had sought to acquire an imported type after repeated delays and difficulties with the Sitara. Its original schedule called for 73 production aircraft to have been delivered to the service from 2013-2017.


    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/india-considers-additional-30-unit-hawk-buy-426642/

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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:27 pm



    New Delhi is in the final stages of a process that could lead to a contract for 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft.

    Negotiations between Indian and French teams regarding the final terms of the contract are now concluded, said defence minister Manohar Parrikar during a recent visit to Bengaluru.

    “I should receive their report this week and the ministry will analyse it and then send it to the Government,” he said. “After the report is submitted, it may take the government four to five weeks to officially come to a conclusion as to the final terms of the contract.”

    Parrikar made the remarks during a recent visit to Bangalore. He indicated that the contract would be valued at approximately $7-8 billion.

    New Delhi will also look to acquire a single-engined and a twin-engined fighter type under the Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative for manufacture in India.

    “We also envisage acquiring single-engined and twin-engined fighter aircraft under the ‘Make in India’ programme,” he says. “Final discussions are likely to be concluded in a couple of months to decide the exact course of action, though more or less the line is decided.”

    Extensive negotiations have reportedly been underway between the Ministry of Defence and the air force to decide on the final requirements and iron out the financial aspects of such a proposal.

    The plans for production of a twin-engined fighter in India could tie-in with recent remarks by Dassault Aviation chief executive Eric Trappier: “At the moment we are negotiating the price for the first 36……we are already preparing the second phase of the contract, that is an additional order of some 90 aircraft but that is in the long term.”

    Saab has been running a highly visible campaign in India to promote the Gripen E to be built in India. Lockheed Martin has offered its F-16V and Boeing has proposed the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet for manufacture in India.


    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/indian-deal-for-36-rafales-moves-forward-426617/

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    1000 multi-function displays for Sukhoi 30 MKI handed over to HAL

    Post  Pinto on Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:18 am

    About 1,000 units of indigenously manufactured multi-function display (MFD) for installation in India’s frontline Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft has been handed over to state-run HAL.

    The displays were manufactured by SamtelHAL Display Systems (SHDS), a joint venture between Samtel Avionics and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

    Now out of a planned fleet of 272 Sukhoi aircraft with the Indian Air Force, 143 would be flying with India-made MFDs – a critical component of an aircraft cockpit. SHDS is the only company to receive CEMILAC (Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification) Type Approval for manufacturing MFDs.

    The Samtel-HAL joint venture was set up in 2007 to address the avionics requirements, including test benches and systems for all IAF star platforms – both fixed and rotary wing.

    The journey began in 2004, when Samtel signed the contract with Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO, earlier called as DARE) for technology development of Su-30 MFDs.

    After 5-6 years of efforts, Samtel was able to fully develop the technology and it was envisaged by HAL and the Ministry of Defense to create a centre of excellence in the form of JV to nurture this home grown technology.

    Samtel as a parent company would bring in this technology for lateral deployment on all platforms – Su-30, light combat aircraft (LCA), intermediate jet trainer (IJT), light combat helicopter (LCH) among others and HAL as the other partner would bring in the market for using these displays on all HAL star platforms. PTI SAP 100 multi-function displays for Sukhoi 30 handed over to HAL New DELHI, Jun 24 (PTI)

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/1000-multi-function-displays-for-sukhoi-30-mki-handed-over-to-hal/articleshow/52905389.cms

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    In Kargil War, India Was Minutes Away From Bombing Pak Bases

    Post  Pinto on Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:36 pm

    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/exclusive-in-kargil-war-india-was-minutes-away-from-bombing-pak-bases-1433345

    New Delhi:- In the early hours of June 13, 1999, at the height of the Kargil War, Indian Air Force fighter pilots were minutes away from launching a full-fledged air attack deep inside Pakistan. Targets had been assigned, route maps finalised; personal revolvers to be carried by pilots had been loaded with ammunition and Pakistani currency collected, for use if pilots had to eject on the other side of the Line of Control and orchestrate an escape


    These plans, laid out in documents of the Indian Air Force accessed exclusively by NDTV, show that fighter pilots were minutes away from crossing the Line of Control or de facto border in Kashmir on bombing missions, a move which would have likely escalated the controlled Kargil conflict into a full-fledged war between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

    The Air Force's plans for an unmitigated attack were the result of collapsed talks in Delhi between Jaswant Singh, then Foreign Minister, and his Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz. On a mission to negotiate the end of the war to Delhi, Mr Aziz had been given clear terms - withdraw Pakistani intruders from the Kargil mountains, abandon the demand for redrawing the Line of Control or de factor border in Kashmir, urgently restore the status quo by accepting the Line of Control as it had been defined for decades, and punish those who tortured six Indian soldiers, including Captain Saurabh Kalia, whose mutilated body had been returned with the bodies of the jawans he was leading in an operation in North Kashmir when they were captured by Pakistani soldiers.

    In the end, the talks were deadlocked. New Delhi had had enough.

    In all, 16 fighter jets were to be deployed across enemy lines in this massive attack
    What was about to follow is laid out in an official record of the plans of the Air Force, accessed exclusively by NDTV. "On the 12th [of June], Sartaj Aziz went back after a failed visit to India. All pilots were called back at 1600 by Gupta, who had news for us. CATOs [Command Air Tasking Orders] had come for a pre-emptive strike at dawn on 13 Jun," reads the Squadron Diary of the Air Force's 17 Squadron, the "Golden Arrows", a formation that flew MiG 21s from the Srinagar Air Force base.

    "We were to do a 4 ac [aircraft] bombing mission in POK [Pakistan Occupied Kashmir] and BDA [Bomb Damage Assessment] of Chaklala [a major Pakistani Air Force Airbase in Rawalpindi.] Tony, Pradeep, Chou & Doc planned for first mission and Dhali, Gupta for the second. Pal was maha miffed at being left out," the diary elaborates.

    Assigned their targets, the pilots then went about the business of preparing for their mission: "We all returned at night after making Wiznavs [software used to calculate routes], golas [loading bullets into personal revolvers], maps and collecting Pak currency."


    The Air Force's plans for the attack were the result of collapsed talks with Pakistan in Delhi.
    The clock was ticking. Within hours, the Indian Air Force would launch its first attacks in Pakistan since the 1971 war, aerial attacks against a country that may have had nuclear weapons in its inventory.

    "At 0430 on 13th [June] morning, we reported to the sqn [squadron], ready for war. But it was NO GO - EXORs (Execution Orders) had not been received. We stood on standby till morning, then finally stood down at 1230."

    The "Golden Arrows" were not the only squadron on the verge of flying into Pakistan in June 1999. Speaking to NDTV, a former MiG-21 pilot deployed in the region has also confirmed receiving orders to fly across the Line of Control. The pilot, who does not want to be identified, has said, "I was having dinner. We were sent to the base operations room. There was a gentleman from Command. He said `the balloon is going up in the morning, you guys will be in the first strike mission.' "

    2 MiG 21s were assigned as "tied escorts" to four MiG-27s from another unit who were ordered to target the runway at the Chaklala airbase using runway denial bombs (bombs that create large craters in runways, preventing their use). As "tied escorts," the pair of MiG-21s would provide cover to the MiG-27 ground attack fighters in case they were intercepted by Pakistani fighter jets.

    Four other MiG-21s were part of the attack mission, in addition to four MiG-29s air superiority fighters, which would be deployed to sweep the Pakistani skies before the Indian "strike package" approached their targets. Photo reconnaissance of the strike mission to gauge its effectiveness would subsequently be carried out by two other MiG-21s.

    In all, 16 fighter jets were to be deployed across enemy lines in this massive attack, the first in a wave of missions. Several other squadrons were assigned separate targets.

    "We took [Pakistani] currency and wrote letters home. Takeoff was at 6:30 am. As youngsters, we were jumping around. The mission was called off at about 12 am. At the squadron, we received our `No Go' orders at 3 am," the diary notes.

    The mission itself came with extraordinary risks; the possibility that a few jets would be shot down was very likely. Pakistan's premier fighters, the F-16s, were waiting on the other side, flying patrols between Pindi and Kahuta to detect and intercept any Indian strike mission.

    But F-16s were not the only danger. India's fighter pilots were acutely aware of the threat posed by French-made Crotale and Chinese made HQ2B Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) meant to destroy incoming Indian aircraft. With a range of 10 kms, Crotale SAMs would fly towards the Indian fighters at a speed of more than twice the speed of sound if they locked on to their targets. And the Chinese HQ2B was no less a threat. With a large 190 kg warhead, the missile could engage targets more than 20 kilometres away, flying towards incoming Indian jets at a speed of 1,150 metres per second. If the missile was close to an Indian jet, its "proximity fuse" would go off triggering the warhead which would explode. No Indian fighter would likely survive the blast.

    However, at the time of the Kargil war, the Indian Air Force had a distinct advantage. Not only did India have more fighter jets than Pakistan, but they were also armed with better weapons to intercept the enemy. Unlike India's MiG-29s and Mirage 2000s, Pakistani fighters did not have any long-range air-to-air missiles and would only have been able to engage IAF fighters in a dogfight within the range of their short-range US-supplied Sidewinder missiles. It was perhaps this key advantage that made the government almost decide on going ahead with strikes in Pakistan, though the reasons for India's eventual decision to not escalate the Kargil situation remain a closely guarded secret.

    By July 1999, the Indian Army was able to regain territory held by Pakistani forces who were forced to retreat

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    How The Indian Air Force Fighters Scared The Pakistani Planes Away During Kargil War

    Post  Pinto on Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:56 pm


    While the Indian Army fought the enemy to the last bullet in the Kargil War, it was the support from the air that really turned things in India’s favour. Operation Safed Sagar by the Indian Air Force was important in the context of Indian victory in what could otherwise have been a long drawn out war.

    The Indian Air Force began its operations with reconnaissance sorties to actually figure out how well entrenched the enemy really was. By May 25, the then Prime Minister asked the IAF to ‘step in without delay’, although the permission to cross the LoC wasn’t given.

    A whole range of IAF planes were pressed into service including strike aircraft like the Mig-21, Mig-23 and the Mig-27 that started bombing the enemy positions on May 26. They targeted supply routes, material dumps and camps. The Canberras and Mig-21M variant were used to conduct damage assessment in near real-time.

    Unfortunately, two Mig-27s were lost in quick succession and another, a Mig-21 was lost because of a surface-to-air missile hit. On the third day, a Mi-17 helicopter was lost to a Stinger missile hit. All this was a result of lack of protective flare dispensers on the aircrafts. The IAF learnt the lesson and the planes were equipped with countermeasure suites.

    The IAF also had to think on its feet and develop tactics on the go. For example, Mirage-2000s were used to bomb enemy bunkers using the Paveway Laser Guided Bombs. This is probably the most high altitude use of such weapons anywhere in the world.

    Indian Air Force also kept the Pakistan Air Force at bay. While strike aircraft were out on bombing sorties, air superiority fighters, namely the Mig-29 were put on CAP (Combat Air Patrol) duties. Nicknamed the Fulcrum by NATO, the 29s with their BVR (Beyond Visual Range) R77 missiles spooked the F-16s. It’s said that Indian Mig-29s locked on to the F-16s, dissuading them from engaging any IAF planes.


    With the PAF nullified, the IAF attacked the enemy positions with impunity, giving India the upper hand and ultimately the victory.


    http://www.indiatimes.com/culture/who-we-are/how-the-indian-air-force-fighters-scared-the-pakistani-planes-away-during-kargil-war-258891.html

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    Pilot may not have switched on AN-32's alert beacon, says manufacturer

    Post  Pinto on Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:43 pm

    Chennai: Deepening the mystery behind the disappearance of the Indian Air Force (IAF)'s AN-32, the aircraft manufacturer, Antonov, has said the on-board emergency locator transmitter (ELT) may not have been activated because of two reasons - the aircraft hitting the surface without enough force or the pilot failing to switch the device on.


    The transport aircraft, on a routine flight to Port Blair with 29 people on board, went missing 270km off the Chennai coast on July 22.


    In response to a questionnaire from TOI, the Ukraine-based aircraft company said the aircraft had two ELTs - a stationary ARTEX C406-1 ELT manufactured by ACR Electronics/Artex Products, the US and a French-made portable KANNAD 406AS ELT manufactured by Orolia. "In an emergency, the pilot has to activate the ELT beacon manually. Probably, the pilot of the missing AN-32 did not switch it on. If longitudinal load factor (impact) was less than 2.3g, the stationary ELT would not have activated automatically. Radio waves are not transmitted in the water. There is no signal from ELT under water for this reason," Antonov press service spokesperson said in an e-mail from Ukraine.


    Indian Coast Guard eastern region commander Rajan Bargotra had raised concerns over the absence of signals from ELT of the disappeared flight, the only limitation in the massive search operation over the Bay of Bengal code named as 'Operation Talash'. "The limitation is that we are unable to get any signal from the ELT beacon. Had that transmission been available, the search would have been much easier for us. It happened so in a couple of aircraft accidents, which have happened over sea. In none of them, the ELT was operating, like in the case of the ICG Dornier in June 2015," he had told reporters recently.

    According to Antonov, the disappeared AN-32 number K-2743, series number 0809 was re-equipped into AN-32RE version by specialists of IAF's 1 Base Repair Depot (BRD) at Kanpur and was fitted with ELTs. The stationary ELT is activated at a frequency of 406MHz if switched on manually or automatically at longitudinal load factor (strike) of more than 2.3g. The Pilot activates the ELT beacon, which in turn transmits a 406 MHz emergency message to search and rescue satellites. The Artex C406-1 transmits three emergency frequencies to the Cospas/Sarsat satellite system, which allows for rapid identification and reduces search and rescue response time.

    "There were no rebuke concerning such ELT operation on the AN-32 from other operators," the spokesperson said to a specific question on whether the company had received any complaints over ELTs from clients in other countries.

    The erstwhile Soviet Union delivered 118 AN-32 planes to India between 1984 and 1990. While Indian specialists have been trained to execute all maintenance aspects of AN-32, it was done by aircraft repair plant 410 of civil aviation in Kyiv, Ukriane. From 1992 to 1995, specialists of the 1BRD at Kanpur mastered overhaul procedures. So, engineers and technicians of the IAF performed overhaul of AN-32s by themselves, the company added.

    To a question on whether the IAF has approached Antonov seeking assistance in search and rescue operations, the spokesperson replied in the negative.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Pilot-may-not-have-switched-on-AN-32s-alert-beacon-says-manufacturer/articleshow/53459170.cms

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    Lockheed Martin Offers To Make F16s 'For India, From India'. Conditions Apply

    Post  Pinto on Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:37 pm

    NEW DELHI: American defence major Lockheed Martin on Thursday said it has offered to move its lone production line of the latest version of fighter aircraft F 16-Block 70 to India from Texas to meet Indian and global requirement.

    However, the company made it clear the proposal is "conditional" to IAF choosing the world's largest-sold fighter aircraft for its fleet.

    "The offer we have given to the Indian government is unmatched and from our side unprecedented," Randall L Howard, F16 Business Development head at Lockheed Martin, said in New Delhi.

    Interacting with mediapersons in New Delhi, Mr Howard said the company wants to make F 16-Block 70 "for India, from India and export to the world".

    However, he parried questions on whether the company is willing to give a commitment not to sell F16s to Pakistan saying it will be part of discussions between the Indian and American governments.

    Asked if the offer to move the production line from Fort Worth to India is conditional to IAF picking up the aircraft for its fleet, Abhay Paranjape, National Executive, India said, "Yes".

    He said it is conditional to assured orders from the Indian Air Force which is looking to acquire new aircraft to beef up its depleting strength.

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    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said India will choose at least one more aircraft, besides the indigenous Tejas, for the IAF through the 'Make in India' route.

    Lockheed Martin, which has sold 4,588 F16s in the world, faces competition from its American rival Boeing (F/A-18E), Dassault Aviation of France (Rafale), Swedish plane Gripen by Saab and the Eurofighter.

    All the companies have offered to set up a production facility in New Delhi.

    "But we are offering not only moving the lone production line to India but also meeting the global requirement through the same unit here," Mr Howard said, adding it is a "win-win situation".

    Arguing the F 16-Block 70 will be the best fighter aircraft in the Indian region, he said, "It is critical for you to pick up a partner who will deliver on his promise".

    Mr Howard said the company is having multiple discussions with the government here besides the industry and "they have not been told to go away", indicating the discussions are on.

    He added Lockheed believes the production in India will also bring down the cost of the aircraft which in turn will increase its global demand.

    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/lockheed-martin-offers-to-shift-f16-block-70-production-line-to-india-1440468

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    Re: Indian Air Force (IAF): News

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:20 pm

    And I thought snake oil salesmen were a thing of the past. If India does not see through this they deserve the end result.

    For comparison, one suspects that Tata would have second thoughts about moving their much simpler Jaguar car line from Coventry to India but here we have a proposal to move the far more complex and skill intensive F-16 production line plus its huge sub-contractor base, much of it JIT based. Let alone all the classified parts.

    Unless they set up a duplicate line F-16 production would stop for possibly years whist all the gear etc was moved, installed and bug fixed whilst production staff were brought up to speed. The mind boggles! The only way it seems feasible is for two lines and then the US, under strategic and other customer pressure, would not close the Fort Worth line or there would be a get out clause turning it into a 'refurb' operation.

    We have an English saying to 'shit a brick' and that just about nails the task.

    I once went on a US military proposal writing course during which we were asked what the function of the Project Manager on a v large project was. In all innocence we replied 'get the product to work on time to budget'. This was of coursed dismissed as the 'old way'. To them the proposal price would be at a loss, the role of the PM was to maximise changes against the specification and basically to 'get financially well'. Just think of the opportunities to do that on this type of project. The customer would need the best lawyers there are working for a long time to get a contract that would nail down Lockheed on a job like this against a background of not being able to nail Boeing for C-17 support.

    Good luck!


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    Battle of the Airfields’ Being Waged by India and China along Volatile Arunachal Pradesh Border

    Post  Pinto on Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:46 am

    India has finished upgrading four Indian Air Force (IAF) airfields 100 km or less from its border with China at Arunachal Pradesh state -- which China claims to own and will try to seize in the event of a war -- and will finish the construction of two more within the year as it tries to match an equally massive Chinese build-up of its air and missile power.


    The widely publicized inauguration this August of the Pasighat Advanced Landing Ground (Pasighat ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh was intended to reassure the public the Indian Armed Forces is taking Chinese military provocations seriously.

    Pasighat ALG is located only 100 km from the Chinese border and has been completely refurbished so it can handle India's most modern military aircraft, including the potent Indian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole air superiority fighter with a range of 3,000 km and all other types of military helicopters.

    An IAF Su-30MKI landed at Pasighat during the inauguration of the airfield while three other fighters took off from other newly rebuilt ALGs in the state. Pasighat ALG is one of the operating bases under the Eastern Air Command and is considered a strategic asset greatly aiding in the defense of Arunachal Pradesh.

    The blatant display of Indian airpower so close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was a signal to Beijing that India will defend the state China still claims to own despite the state always having been a part of India.

    Last March and May, upgraded ALGs were inaugurated in Mechuka, Ziro, Along and Wallong, all in Arunachal Pradesh. Work is underway on upgrading the ALGs at Tuting and Tawang, also in Arunachal Pradesh.

    Work on the Tuting ALG is almost complete with 75 percent of upgrade work finished. The ALG will become operational by end of this year. Upgrading the Tawang airstrip into an ALG is underway and is slated for completion by the first quarter of 2017. Reconstruction of the ALG at Vijaynagar will be undertaken after  the road between Miao and Vijaynagar is restored.

    The infrastructure in these ALGs consist facilities such as new hard-surface runways; aprons for ground maneuvering; air traffic control towers and perimeter roads. The new ALGs can support all of India's military aircraft and their being such a short distance away from the border means the IAF can respond much more quickly in the event of a crisis.

    Conversely, the ALG's locations so close to China means these airfields will be among the first the Chinese will attack in the event of hostilities.
    "The ALGs will further enhance our existing operational capabilities in Eastern Air Command," said Air Marshal Hari Kumar during the inauguration of the Ziro and Along ALGs.

    "The capacity build-up will enable operations by some of our new inductions, including the C-130J Super Hercules ... besides enhancing air maintenance capability of the IAF in the region, the new airfields (at Ziro and Along) will also facilitate civil air connectivity soon."

    Despite the Indian military build-up, the military balance along the border is heavily against India.

    China has deployed 300,000 men of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force along its border with India at Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese have also built airfields at Hoping, Pangta and Kong Ka to support six existing airfields in the Tibetan Autonomous Region that can handle fighter jets and heavy transport aircraft.

    Chinese ballistic missiles such as the DF-31 and DF-31A aimed at India have been deployed to Delingha, north of Tibet.

    Arrayed against these forces are 120,000 Indian Army soldiers that will soon receive 90,000 reinforcements. Supporting these men are two IAF Su-30MKI squadrons from Tezpur in Assam. Also counted in India's favor is the forthcoming deployment of a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile regiment to the state.


    Read more: http://en.yibada.com/articles/158893/20160910/battle-airfields-being-waged-india-china-along-volatile-arunachal-pradesh.htm#ixzz4JwHogOvs

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    IAF successfully fires long-range air-to-air missile "MICA" from upgraded Mirage 2k

    Post  Pinto on Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:05 pm

    NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force today successfully fired recently acquired long range air-to-air MICA missile on a manoeuvring target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft.

    With the success of this mission by 'Tigers', the first squadron of the force, IAF has become one of the few air forces in the world with the capability of such beyond visual range air-to-air missile, a Defence Ministry release said.

    The missile achieved a direct hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at a low altitude, it said.

    The target was destroyed on missile impact validating the launch envelope of the missile, it said.


    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/iaf-successfully-fires-long-range-air-to-air-missile/articleshow/54488351.cms

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