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    Post  George1 on Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:03 am

    f the Indian Floggers. Indian Air Force MiG-27s to bow out on December 27. Decommissioning ceremony at Jodhpur air force station.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:08 am

    The Russians/Soviets incorporated remote control systems to their retired fighters so they could be used as targets... the expendible nature of the drones and the fact that there is no fragile man on board mean performance of the drones could be increased to beyond what the manned version could handle...

    Wouldn't it be interesting to remove the ejection seat from a MiG-27 and replace it with a 500kg bomb (the ejection seats on those planes were about 250kgs each, plus 100kgs for the pilot so this bomb wouldn't add too much to the weight of the aircraft... all the cockpit instruments could be removed too... and drop tanks attached to all external weapon pylons and dropped in flight when empty on a one way strike mission into enemy territory to attack a target suicide style...

    Or you could just use them as target drones...
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    Post  RTN on Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:43 pm

    GarryB wrote:The Russians/Soviets incorporated remote control systems to their retired fighters so they could be used as targets...

    Two questions:

    Which remote control systems are these ?

    If these remote control systems are effective then why did the Soviets retire those fighters ?
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    Post  Isos on Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:48 pm

    They are some basic radio command controls to use the fighter as a target for anti air. USA are doing the same with their f-4.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:30 pm

    Update: https://www.janes.com/article/93797/indian-air-force-commissions-first-squadron-of-su-30mki-fighters-armed-with-the-brahmos-a-missile

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanjavur_Air_Force_Station
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:34 am


    Two questions:

    Which remote control systems are these ?

    If these remote control systems are effective then why did the Soviets retire those fighters ?

    As already mentioned they are basic remote control systems... I think they used the built in auto pilot so commands can be sent to get the aircraft to perform various manouvers and speed and altitude and direction changes... mostly they were used to represent targets for SAMs or AAMs.

    They were effective but not all aircraft were airworthy and it does not make sense to spend money to upgrade a fighter to get it flying just to shoot it down... they also have a range of SAM missile based drone targets and dedicated UAV drone target models as well to simulate a range of potential targets... from AT-1/-3 missiles through to OSA missiles and most other missiles... especially the early ones that tended to be produced in enormous numbers...


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