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    India to ask US, Israeli and European companies to bid for AESA Radar tender for LCA Mk 1A

    Post  Pinto on Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:29 am

    NEW DELHI: India is set to initiate a major international competition to acquire new age radars for its indigenous combat planes in the coming weeks, the winner of which is likely to gain a strong foothold for future domestic projects.

    Sources have told ET that an expression of interest for a new set of AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A is set to be floated shortly, with top global aviation firms expected to participate. The government had recently cleared an order for 83 of the LCA Mk 1A jets.

    The competition would be the largest international contract for AESA radars that are the heart of modern combat jets. These new radars give much more range and engagement potential to fighters, enabling them to engage targets from a distance without getting detected. AESA radars can track and direct weapons to multiple air and ground targets simultaneously.

    With India working on an indigenous next generation plane under the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), it is likely that the winning company will have a much larger order book, with the potential number going upwards of 200.

    The first Indian Air Force aircraft with AESA radars will be the Jaguar fighter that is being upgraded to the DARIN 3 version. The first Jaguar with the new radar is expected to fly in January. The contract to equip 58 Jaguars with AESA radars had gone to Israel’s ELTA, making it the frontrunner for the LCA Mk 1A project as well.
    There could, however, also be surprise entries into the Indian competition from the US, with Raytheon, which manufactures the AESA radar for the F/A 18 Super Hornet and the F 16 also showing interest.

    While in the past, US firms had limited options to offer to New Delhi, with India now gaining Major Defence Partner status, transfer of sensitive technology and licences have been made easier.
    The integration of an AESA radar was a key parameter for the Air Force to clear the order for 83 LCA Mk 1A fighters, after years of blocking the indigenous fighter on concerns that it would not be combat worthy.

    The AESA will give the LCA an edge over similar fighter operating in the region that are equipped with conventional radars.

    The LCA project took a minor hit earlier this month when Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba announced that the naval version of the fighter is not suitable for aircraft carrier operations, necessitating an international competition for a new range of combat aircraft.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  JohninMK on Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:16 pm

    08 February, 2017 SOURCE: BY: Arie Egozi Tel Aviv

    Rafael is stepping up its efforts to provide systems for the Indian air force’s Hindustan Aeronautics-built Tejas light combat aircraft, with its current emphasis on offering air-to-air missiles and a targeting pod.

    Yuval Miller, executive vice-president and head of Rafael’s Air and C4I Systems division, tells FlightGlobal that the wide co-operation with Indian companies enables it to offer systems which would bring the Tejas to a “4.5-generation” standard. It already has established joint ventures with Astra Microwave, Bharat Forge and Reliance Defence covering the transfer of technology and the establishment of local production sites, in compliance with New Delhi’s “Make In India” policy.

    Miller says the Indian air force is evaluating the Israeli company’s Python 5 and 54nm (100km)-range I-Derby ER air-to-air missiles for the Tejas, while it is also promoting its Litening 5 targeting pod and BNET secure radio.

    Rafael will also supply systems for the Indian air force’s future fleet of 36 Dassault Rafales, acting as a subcontractor to Dassault, Miller says. This will include Spice 250 and Spice 1000 precision-guided bombs to be used by both the French-built type and the Tejas, he adds.


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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:21 am

    Unmanned?? version of Tejas fighter is in development

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  GarryB on Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:25 am

    Sounds like a great idea... a UCAV.

    Imagine hundreds of Su-30MKIs flying at medium altitude picking up all sorts of enemy cruise missiles and enemy fighters... send up hundreds of Tegas drones with R-77s and R-73s to engage... they can launch all their missiles at targets as they get within range and then head back to land and refuel and rearm.... if one gets shot down it is not so big a deal. No pilot to rescue and if enemy fighters attack the Su-30MKIs are all fully armed and ready for them.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  Militarov on Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:26 pm

    George1 wrote:Unmanned?? version of Tejas fighter is in development

    They should first sort out issues they have with Tejas as platform in general, and there are more than...well... few dozen major issues.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:16 am

    HAL Tejas production plan

     According to the Indian edition of "Business Standard" in the article "Tejas fighter finally achieves production target", despite all the difficulties in mastering the production of the Indian national fighter Tejas, the Indian state aircraft company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that in 2017 it Will build eight fighters of this type. Production will expand, and in 2018 and 2019 will be produced for 10 fighters, and starting in 2020, the annual production rate should be 16 Tejas. To do this, HAL will need a second production line.

      Earlier, it took 19 months to produce one Tejas HAL, but this figure was reduced to 11 months now and by September it will be reduced to nine months.

    More detailed production plans are presented in the table attached to the publication.

    On the bmpd side
    , recall that, having received the contract of the Ministry of Defense of India for the production of the first 40 serial fighters Tejas Mk 1 (later reconfigured into 20 Mk 1 and 20 modified Mk 1A) in 2005, HAL surrendered the first serial fighter Mk 1 (SP-1 ) Only in early 2015, the second aircraft (SP-2) was able to finish in 2015 and be delivered in 2016, and the third (SP-3) - to be completed in 2016 and delivered in early 2017. Thus, by March 2017, the Indian Air Force received only three serial fighters Tejas Mk 1.

     In 2017, only two Tejas Mk 1-SP-4 (the first flight on March 3, 2017) and SP-6 (the first flight on June 30) were lifted into the air by HAL.

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    Re: HAL Tejas point defence fighter

    Post  d_taddei2 on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:18 pm

    Oh dear........

    Listed a number of deficiencies external link found with the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) as part of efforts to argue for sourcing foreign-made fighter aircraft rather than increasing orders of the indigenous Tejas. Assessments made by the service and presented to government found that when compared to foreign-made fighter aircraft such as Saab’s JAS-39 Gripen and Lockheed Martin’s F-16, the Tejas posted poorer airborne endurance—59 minutes compared to two hours—and could carry less payload—three tons against nearly six tons and seven tons by the Gripen and F-16 respectively. Maintenance requirements were also greater on the Tejas with 20 hours of serving needed for every hour of flying against six hours for the Gripen and 3.5 hours for the F-16. The Tejas’ service life is also half that of the 40 years found in both the Gripen and F-16. While 123 Tejas fighters have been ordered for the IAF, only four have been delivered, and the IAF desperately needs additional single-engine fighter aircraft to fill a 42 fighter squadron requirement to fight a two-front war. Retirements of ageing MiG-21 aircraft is making the issue worse, with a further 11 of 33 available squadrons due for retirement over the next two years.

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