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  • Post-Nepal earthquake evacuation operation success, IAF to buy three more C-17 aircraft

    04/26/2015 5:31:54 PM PDT · by IndianChief · 15 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 27 Apr, 2015, 05.44AM IST | By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force has initiated a proposal to purchase three more Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the US for about Rs 8,700 crore, impressed as it is by the cargo carrier's varied utility that includes carrying out of large-scale humanitarian assistance operations such as the ongoing relief effort in earthquake-hit Nepal. The IAF has told the government that it wants to add three very heavy transport aircraft to its fleet of 10 C-17s that were ordered in 2011 and inducted in 2013, officials said. The IAF has pressed the case for three more C-17s after being informed...
  • Russian-Indian joint development of 5G fighter jet to cost $6 billion - HAL

    02/11/2011 4:26:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/10/2011 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian-Indian joint development of a fifth generation fighter jet will cost some $6 billion, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Financial director D. Shivamurti said Russia and India signed in December last year a contract to jointly develop a design for a new 5G multirole fighter. Russia's Sukhoi holding and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited agreed in early 2010 to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter jet based on the T-50 design. "A detailed design phase, including the cost of the project, is likely to cost more than $6 billion," Shivamurti said. "The work between us and them [India and Russia] will be...
  • Roadmap revealed for Medium Combat Aircraft

    02/10/2011 6:54:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 2/11/2011 | Greg Waldron
    The head of India's Aeronautical Development Agency yesterday revealed key details of the roadmap for development of the proposed indigenous medium combat aircraft (MCA) in an interview with Flight Daily News. ADA will complete a feasibility study on the MCA by the end of 2011. The study will be submitted to the Indian government and air force, and discuss key aspects of the programme, says PS Subramanyam, programme director at the ADA. The study will consider several areas: the number of MCA prototypes, prototype timelines, funding, and production schedules for the final aircraft. "The MCA will be in flight trials...
  • Sukhoi updates on Russian-Indian project to develop perspective multi-functional fighter (PMF-FGFA)

    02/10/2011 6:22:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defemse Professionals ^ | 2/9/2011 | Defense Professionals
    Development and production of perspective multi-role fighter is the largest joint project of Russian-Indian military-technical cooperation. In December 2010 during the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to India, the Rosoboronexport, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the Sukhoi Company signed a contract to develop a preliminary design project of the new aircraft. This is the first of a series of documents governing the obligations of the parties at different stages of the program. The PMF project includes the design and development of a next-generation fighter, which will have such advanced features as stealth, supersonic cruise speed, high maneuverability, highly integrated...
  • India hopes to seal fighter jet deal by March 2012

    02/09/2011 9:28:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Reuters ^ | 2/9/2011 | Bharghavi Nagaraju
    India's contract process to buy 126 fighter jets valued at about $11 billion is "going smoothly" and is expected to be completed in the fiscal year ending March 2012, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Wednedsay. Saab's JAS-39 Gripen is competing with Boeing's Super Hornet, Dassault's Rafale, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-16 and Russia's MiG-35 to win a contract from India for the fighter jets. Cassidian, the recently renamed defence arm of EADS and a partner in the Eurofighter Typhoon, is also vying for the Indian fighter award. Eurofighter is a four-nation consortium of EADS, representing Germany and Spain, Britain's BAE...
  • Russia may deliver first upgraded MiG to India in 2011

    02/09/2011 9:23:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/9/2011 | RIA Novosti
    Russia could deliver the first modernized MiG-29 fighter jet to India as early as in 2011, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said on Wednesday. India signed a $960 million contract with Russia in 2008 to upgrade its five squadrons of 69 MiG-29 fighters, which have been in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) since mid-1980s. "The first upgraded plane, I think, will be delivered in 2011," Mikhail Pogosyan said on the sidelines of the Aero India 2011 air show, which opened on Wednesday in Bangalore. "The whole upgrade program will be carried out on schedule agreed...
  • Upgraded MiG-29 has maiden flight

    02/09/2011 4:34:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 2/9/2011 | Flight Global
    The RSK MiG-29UPG had its maiden flight at the Gromov LII airfield near Moscow on 4 February. The MiG-29UPG has been developed by RSK MiG at the request of the Indian Air Force (IAF). A Russian-Indian contract, worth $964 million, was signed on 7 March 2008 to upgrade 63 IAF MiG-29s. Six MiG-29s, including four single and two twin-seaters, will be upgraded at the RSK MiG facilities in Russia while the remaining 57 are to be fitted at the IAF's eleventh aircraft repair plant in India.
  • India:FGFA to be inducted in 2017, says defence minister

    02/09/2011 4:31:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Flight Global ^ | 2/9/2011 | Greg Waldron
    Indian defence minister AK Antony has re-affirmed his nation's commitment to the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) being jointly developed by Hindustan Aeronautics and Russia's Sukhoi, while also voicing his optimism about one of its other key military aviation programmes. "The difficulties in joining this programme are over," he says of the first project. "We've signed a deal with the Russians, and we will see the FGFA inducted by 2017." Russia's developmental PAK FA fighter had its maiden flight in early 2010, and late last year it agreed with India to cooperate on a combined project. New Delhi will send engineers...
  • MMRCA deal won't be a political decision: Antony

    02/09/2011 4:19:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    BNS via Brahmand News ^ | 2/9/2011 | BNS via Brahmand News
    The multi-million dollar Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal floated by India will not be awarded on political grounds, Defence Minister A K Antony said Wednesday. “There won’t be any political decision on the acquisition of the fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force. No political interference will be there while finalising the deal,” Antony told reports here. He said the final decision in this regard will be based on staff (IAF) evaluation report and user trials. “No other consideration would be there,” he said while addressing the media during the 8th Aero India 2011 in Bangalore. The Minister said...
  • Russia proposes equipping Indian SU-30MKI with AESA Radar

    02/08/2011 11:55:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies ^ | 2/9/2011 |
    Russia has offered to equip the Indian Su-30MKI aircraft with the electronically scanned array radar to bring them on par with the most modern fighter aircraft in the world. Currently the technical configuration of the upgraded aircraft with onboard AESA radar is being discussed by Russian and Indian experts. The upgraded aircraft could be equipped with perspective Russian or foreign-made weapon, including Indo-Russian “BrahMos” anti-ship missiles, an Irkut statement said at Aero India 2011 A multirole Su-30MKI aircraft which became a sort of symbol of the IRKUT Corporation deserves an honourable place in the exposition of the company (stand 24,...
  • BRAHMOS full-scale missile with Su-30 MKI on display at Aero India

    02/08/2011 11:36:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    BMS via ^ | 2/9/2011 | BMS via
    The air launched version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile system integrated with Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft on display is a major attraction at Aero India 2011. The air launched version has lesser weight and additional rear fins for aerodynamic stability during separation from the aircraft and launch. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has chosen the Su-30MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform for the BRAHMOS missile. Some exclusive modifications are being made in the aircraft to use it as a platform for launching the missile. The test of air-launched version of BRAHMOS is expected to take place in 2012,...
  • Gripen for Air Force M-MRCA - Sweden Promises Full, True Tech Transfer

    02/08/2011 3:46:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 2/8/2011 | Indian Defense
    At a press briefing on the eve of Aero India 2011 here in Bangalore, Saab which is pitching the Gripen fighter jet for the USD 11 billion Air Force Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition promised Swedish Ministry of Defence official Mr. Hakan Jevrell promised true and full technology transfer. Mr Hakan Jevrell, representing the Swedish government, focused his message on full support, long term co-operation, full and true technology transfer, zero-corruption and high levels of integrity. In addition to Mr. Hakan Jevrell, the press briefing featured Mr. Hakan Bushke, CEO of Saab and Mr. Inderjit Sial who is the country head...
  • Indian Air Force inducts 'Super Hercules' transport aircraft

    02/05/2011 9:22:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    PTI via Brahmand News ^ | 2/5/2011 | PTI via Brahmand News
    After four decades, the Indian Air Force (IAF) Saturday inducted an American origin aircraft, the C-130J 'Super Hercules' transport plane, augmenting its special operations capability. Defence Minister A K Antony formally commissioned the aircraft into the newly formed 77 Squadron of the IAF by handing over the keys of the aircraft to Unit Commanding Officer (CO) Group Captain Tejbeer Singh at Hindon air base near here. "C-130J will help the IAF to maintain its qualitative edge and enhance its war fighting capabilities," Antony said in his address at the induction ceremony. Besides the Defence Minister, IAF chief P V Naik...
  • Russia tests upgraded MiG fighter jet for India

    02/04/2011 6:37:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/5/2011 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's MiG corporation on Friday carried out the first test fight of a MiG-29 fighter modernized under a contract with the Indian Air Force (IAF). "On February 4, 2010, a MiG-29UPG fighter carried out its first test flight. The flight lasted for an hour and was flawless," MiG said in a statement. The IAF has awarded the MiG corporation a $900 million contract to upgrade all of its 69 operational MiG-29s. These upgrades include a new avionics kit, with the N-109 radar being replaced by a Phazatron Zhuk-M radar. The aircraft is also being equipped to enhance beyond-visual-range combat ability...
  • Indian Air Force MiG-21 Fighter Jet Crashes in Madhya Pradesh; Pilot Safe

    02/04/2011 3:24:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 2/4/2011 | Indian Defense
    A Soviet-era MiG-21 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Madhya Pradesh Friday but there were no casualties as the pilot ejected safely, an official said. The incident occurred at around 11.20 a.m. at Anup Nagar, 150 km southwest of this Madhya Pradesh town, an IAF spokesperson. "The pilot ejected safely and was picked up the IAF," he said. The crash comes after the Indian Army Wednesday lost two of its experienced pilots when their helicopter crashed into a residential area in Maharashtra's Nashik city. In the last three years, a total of 60 aircraft, including MiG-21 and helicopters,...
  • Indian Air Force to Induct Lockheed Martin C-130J on Saturday

    02/03/2011 9:29:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 2/3/2011 | Indian Defense
    The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal P. V. Naik today said C-130J, which is capable of landing on all terrains and in varied altitudes, would be inducted into the Indian Air Force on February 5th 2011. "The aircraft is capable of landing on all sorts of terrains and altitudes. C-130 J has been made capable of special operations, missions also. So all these are the reasons why we went in for the aircraft," said Naik. "Yes, all kinds of special missions, but I would not like to specify any of them," he added, when asked about the...
  • Aero India 2011: Homegrown birds to steal the show

    01/31/2011 9:32:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Team DNA ^ | 1/31/2011 | Team DNA
    Besides the Eurofighter Typhoons and the F16s, two home-grown metal birds— the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Navy— will be seen at the upcoming Aero India 2011, which will be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka between February 9 and 13. Both the LCH and the LCA are the latest indigenous efforts to come out from the stables of the state-owned defence laboratories and production units. Defence sources said that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited manufactured the LCH, India’s first dedicated attack helicopter. The LCH features a narrow fuselage and a tandem seating for the...
  • With own 5G jet plan, India 'rejects' US offer

    01/29/2011 9:11:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Times Of India ^ | 1/29/2011 | Rajat Pandit
    India has no plans as of now to either join the US-led joint strike fighter (JSF) programme or buy the F-35 'Lightning-II ' fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) when it finally becomes operational. "We cannot have two types of FGFA. We have already launched preliminary work for our FGFA after inking the $295 million preliminary design contract (PDC) with Russia last month," said a top defence ministry official on Friday. This comes in the wake of comments made by a top Pentagon official, undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology and logistics Ashton Carter, in Washington that the US was open to...
  • ''Hercules'' to be inducted in IAF on Feb 5

    01/24/2011 6:08:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    PTI via OneIndia News ^ | 1/24/2011 | PTI via OneIndia News
    Boosting its Special Operations capabilities, the Indian Air Force will formally induct its first C-130 J ''Hercules'' transport aircraft on February 5. Buzz up!The aircraft is likely to arrive in the country by theend of this month and would be formally inducted into the IAF at a ceremony at its home base Hindan air base near here on February 5, IAF officials said here. The first of the six aircraft procured by India under a USD 970 million deal was handed over to IAF in mid-December. The aircraft is expected to enhance IAF''s special missions capability along with transporting men...
  • Of aircrafts, friends and foes

    01/23/2011 10:43:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 1/24/2011 | TheTimes of India
    Ever wondered how to identify if an aircraft around you is a friend or a foe? How to determine its intent? Well, an electronic system that can detect an aircraft's intent is sure to enthuse electronic, computer science and electrical buffs. Such pin-point technologies are now coming from defence PSU Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL), which is all set to showcase Network Centric Warfare (NCW) technologies developed in-house during Aero India 2011. NCW makes use of computer processing power and networking communications technology to provide shared information of the battle space among defence forces. The shared awareness increases synergy for command...
  • Turbulence ahead for Indian fighter jet: analysts

    01/20/2011 8:18:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 1/20/2011 | AFP via Google News
    India's homegrown fighter jet, the Tejas, has finally been cleared for operations but analysts say any celebration of India's entry into an elite club of military hardware producers is premature. Initial operational approval for the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has taken 26 years -- the result of endless developmental delays, technological hiccups and massive cost overruns. First conceived as a direct replacement for the Indian Air Force's (IAF) ageing fleet of Russian-made MiG-21s -- tagged "flying coffins" for their abysmal safety record -- the LCA was hyped as a milestone in India's bid to reduce its dependency on military...
  • Boeing withdraws from Indian midair tanker tender

    01/19/2011 9:44:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Deccan Hearld ^ | 1/20/2011 | Deccan Hearld
    Boeing has withdrawn from the midair tanker tender floated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in September 2010. That leaves only the European Airbus A330 MRTT and the Russian IL 78 in the fray for supplying six midair refuelers to the IAF, which may actually buy a few more aircraft on follow-on orders later. At present, IAF flies six IL 78 tankers, which are doing well but are of old technology and IAF is looking for newer, better options. In fact, the Airbus 330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) had won the competition earlier but as it was regarded as...
  • India to order 42 more HAL-produced Su-30MKIs

    01/17/2011 10:19:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/12/2011 | Greg Waldron
    Hindustan Aeronautics expects the Indian air force to order an additional 42 locally produced Sukhoi Su-30MKIs. The possible order would come on top of the 180 Su-30MKIs HAL is already producing for the air force, says company chairman Ashok Nayak. About 105 aircraft from the 180-strong order have been delivered so far, Nayak says. In addition, in mid-2010, India ordered 40 Su-30MKIs as flyaways from Russia's Sukhoi.
  • IAF's first C-130J airlifter to arrive this week

    01/16/2011 11:29:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Economic Times ^ | 1/11/2011 | Economic Times
    The Indian Air Force's new acquisition from the US for special forces operations, the C-130J Super Hercules airlifter , will reach its home base at Hindon on the outskirts of the national capital this week, ahead of its formal induction in February, an officer said. He told IANS that the first C-130J would be flown into Hindon by an IAF crew and would be readied for joining the service. A function to mark its induction would be held at its home base in the first week of February, he added. This will be the first of the six C-130Js that...
  • Lockheed Martin delivers India's first C-130J aircraft

    12/16/2010 9:46:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Buisness Standard ^ | 12/17/2010 | Indira Kannan
    US aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin expects India’s defence ministry to approve a formal letter of request to be sent to the US government for an additional six C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft within the next couple of months, according to Orville Prins, the company’s vice-president for business development in India. Under the contract, worth nearly $1 billion and signed in 2008 for six C-130J aircraft, India had an option to buy six more planes. Prins spoke to Business Standard from his company’s facility in Marietta, near Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after Lockheed Martin formally delivered India’s first C-130J...
  • Pakistan violated Indian air space 23 times in 3 years

    12/07/2010 11:09:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    DNA ^ | 12/7/2010 | Suman Sharma
    Of the 29 instances Indian air space has been violated in the past three years, Pakistani aircraft have been responsible 23 times. Replying to a query in parliament on Monday, defence minister AK Antony said between 2007 and 2010, Indian air space was violated 29 times — 23 times by Pakistan, once by Bangladesh, thrice by China and twice by the US. Former air chief marshal FH Major, who headed Indian Air Force (IAF) during 2007-2009, told DNA, “Violations take place due to bad weather and technical problems.” Each country has a certain area near the international boundary which is...
  • Lockheed Martin set to deliver India's first C-130J

    12/06/2010 3:39:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 12/6/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    The Indian air force's first of six Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports will be handed over to the US Air Force on 16 December, ahead of its delivery to the nation in late January. To be based as Hindon air base, New Delhi's first US-built military aircraft will make its public debut at the Aero India air show in Bangalore in early February, says Abhay Paranjape, Lockheed's director, C-130J India. India's first three stretched-fuselage Hercules are involved in pre-delivery testing at Lockheed's Marietta site in Georgia, with the second to also be signed over to the USAF during December and...
  • U.S. Approves Boeing C-17 Globemaster Sale to India

    12/04/2010 9:35:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 12/1/2010 | Indian Defense
    Letter of Request (LOR) has been issued to the Government of United States of America for procurement of C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF) from United States of America, through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. In response, Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) has been received, which is being progressed. A technology scan was carried out as per the Defence Procurement Procedure 2008 which brought out that the C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft best meets the operational requirements of a Very Heavy Transport Aircraft (VHETAC) class for the Indian Air Force.
  • Air Force Attack Helicopters Deal - Field Trials Conducted for Boeing AH-64 Apache

    11/30/2010 12:45:56 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    India Defense ^ | 11/24/2010 | India Defense
    Boeing has responded to an Air Force / Ministry of Defence Request for Proposal (RFP) for 22 attack helicopters and has offered the Boeing AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter platform for this requirement. The Indian Air Force has conducted field trials for the Apache Longbow helicopters, which offer a range of capabilities including lethal attack, peacekeeping, reconnaissance over land and sea.
  • UK Government underlines strong support for the Eurofighter Typhoon Campaign in India

    11/30/2010 12:16:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Eurofighter ^ | 11/23/2010 | Eurofighter
    UK's Secretary of State for Defence Dr. Liam Fox visited the Eurofighter Typhoon Office in New Delhi today and met high-level company officials. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eurofighter GmbH, briefed Dr. Liam Fox on the current status of the Eurofighter Typhoon campaign to win India’s tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA). The UK Secretary of State for Defence is currently in India on a two day official visit. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian Air Systems, said: " We are grateful for the visit of the UK Secretary of...
  • Security Pact Remains U.S.-India Hurdle

    11/16/2010 10:11:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/16/2010 | Neelam Mathews
    Security Pact Remains U.S.-India Sticking Point The Indian air force is exploring upgrade options for U.S. military aircraft that will be handed over without key capabilities in the absence of an agreement governing those systems. The U.S. is withholding several subsystems until India ratifies the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement, which governs current and future transfers of intelligence systems to India. India is not ready to commit to the security pact and instead is willing to take slightly less capable U.S. systems initially, expecting to backfill the missing features later. The strategy will be tested when the Indian...
  • Lockheed reassures India over F-16 fighter

    11/04/2010 8:41:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    UPI ^ | 11/5/2010 | UPI
    Lockheed Martin said it improved its version of the F16IN Super Viper on offer to India under the country's largest ever combat aircraft tender. The corporation's tailor-made advanced F-16IN aircraft for the Indian air force has improved electronic scanned array radar, enhanced high-thrust engine and larger weapons inventory. "The F-16 has a long history of operations around the world," Michael R. Griswold, director of advance development program at Lockheed Martin, told reporters. "The F-16 that we are offering here to India is by no means the end of the line of F-16s. In fact, it represents the beginning of what...
  • Lockheed offers advanced F-16s to India

    10/29/2010 11:41:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 10/30/2010 | Indian Express
    US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation has offered India its tailor-made advanced F-16IN Super Viper aircraft for the Indian Air Force. Michael R Griswold, Director of Advance Development Programme, Lockheed Martin Corporation, told media persons here on Thursday that the offer of the customised fighter plane should be seen as a step ahead of the F-16 series as integration into India’s infrastructure and operations. “F-16 has a long history of operations around the world. As everyone understands the F-16 that we are offering here to India is by no means the end of the line of F-16s, in fact it...
  • India eyes Typhoons in air drill with U.K.

    10/26/2010 10:55:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    UPI ^ | 10/26/2010 | UPI
    India and the United Kingdom have taken to aerial war-games expected to assess India's first participation of airborne early warning and control system aircraft and interest in Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters. The Typhoon is competition for the Indian air force's $10 billion medium multirole combat aircraft tender and the joint exercise marks the first time that the Indian air force will be afforded first-hand evaluation of the aircraft.
  • Indian Sukhoi jets to have indigenous flight display system

    10/26/2010 1:58:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies ^ | 10/26/2010 |
    Russian-designed Sukhoi fighters (Su-30MKI) with the Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon have in their cockpit an indigenous multi-functional display system manufactured by Samtel in a joint venture with defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a senior executive said Wednesday. "The first home-grown multi-functional display (MFD) system will be fitted in the cockpit of a Sukhoi for a roll-out Friday," Samtel-HAL Display Systems Ltd Executive Director Puneet Kaura told reporters on the margins of a defence conference here. The display systems are being manufactured under a limited series production by the joint venture in collaboration with scientists and engineers of...
  • Boeing confident with Indian Super Hornet bid

    10/21/2010 11:11:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Flight Global ^ | 10/20/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    Boeing is optimistic it will make the shortlist for India's medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) requirement in 2011 with its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, says Rick McCrary, capture team manager for its Defense, Space & Security business unit. With India having completed in-country flight evaluations of the six candidate airframes, McCrary believes a shortlist will be issued next year to narrow the field, most likely after the Aero India air show in Bangalore. "I think it will be the heavy twins," he says, referring to the Super Hornet and rival offers with the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and RSK MiG-35. "They're...
  • Scrap the MMRCA, buy US F-35s

    10/19/2010 12:54:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 10/19/2010 | Ajai Shukla
    Given the global buzz around the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) ongoing $10-billion procurement of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), my suggestion to scrap the process and, instead, go in for a straight buy of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightening II fighters is admittedly radical. But consider this: when the F-35 enters service, a couple of years from now, it will comfortably outclass every one of the six fighters that the IAF is currently evaluating. Thereafter, through the entire 30-40 year service life of the selected MMRCA, the IAF will fly a second-rung fighter when it could have gotten the best....
  • War games pits Eurofighter against Su-30

    10/13/2010 9:52:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/13/2010 | UPI
    Britain's Royal Air Force is sending its best pilots and a squadron of its latest Eurofighter Typhoon jets into war games in India, shortly before the emerging economy decides whether to buy the Eurofighter or one of four rival planes. The 17-day aerial war games, due to start next week in West Bengal, pit the Eurofighter jets against Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role combat jets of the Indian air force. The last war games ended in a bitter "defeat" for Britain after it had sent its aging Tornado jets into air combat with the sleek and mobile Sukhoi models. This time, it's...
  • India set to buy around 300 5th generation fighters from Russia

    10/08/2010 9:43:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    RIA Novostoi ^ | 10/8/2010 | RIA Novostoi
    India is planning to buy up to 300 co-produced fifth-generation fighters and 45 utility transports from Russia, the Indian defense minister said on Thursday. "Over the next decade, Russian-Indian military cooperation will focus on two projects: a utility transport and a fifth-generation fighter," said Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who is on a two-day visit to India. The jointly-produced fifth generation fighter will not be a copy of the existing Sukhoi T-50 prototype ordered for the Russian Air Force, but will be a separate creation, a high-profile source in the Russian delegation in New Delhi said. The countries are planning...
  • Indian Air Force inducts 250 advanced stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft

    10/06/2010 10:39:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    India Daily ^ | 10/4/2010 | Balaji Reddy
    Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA, which flew for the first time this January at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur facility in Siberia, will be built to IAF's specifications. These stealth fighters will be ready to combat a joint air war with Pakistan and China. It's already being touted as far superior to the American F/A-22 `Raptor'', the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) as of now. IAF's FGFA will be a "swing-role fighter, with very advanced avionics, stealth to increase survivability, enhanced lethality, 360 degree situational awareness, smart weapons, data-links, high-end mission computers'''' and the like. Along with 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft,...
  • Boeing says more India C-17 orders possible

    07/19/2010 10:19:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2010 | Reuters
    India could buy 10 to 12 more C-17 transport planes from Boeing Co beyond the 10 planes already planned, Christopher Chadwick, president of Boeing military aircraft told Reuters on Monday. Boeing, the No. 2 U.S. defense contractor, is forecasting strong demand for the C-17 planes, which have been used heavily during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Chadwick said at the Farnborough Airshow outside London. Boeing had seen interest from multiple buyers in the Middle East and the Asian-Pacific region, and NATO countries could also buy more of the cargo planes in coming years, Chadwick said in an interview. On Sunday,...
  • 126 fighter jet deal: Tests over, IAF set to announce winner

    07/18/2010 2:26:42 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    Economic Times ^ | 7/17/2010 | Economic Times
    Even as the Americans, Europeans and Russians jostle to bag the ‘‘ mother of all defence deals’’ , India too is now pressing the throttle to ensure the contract to acquire 126 new fighters under the Rs 42,000-crore medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) project is inked by mid-2011 . “We will be signing the contract within a year. The flight evaluation report on the bidding aircraft will be ready by this month-end ,” Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said. The IAF, after all, wants to induct the first lot of these 126 fighters by 2014 to retain its combat...
  • Too Expensive To Maintain And Too Dangerous To Fly

    07/15/2010 5:28:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 7/13/2010 | James Dunnigan
    Four months after an Indian MiG-27 fighter bomber crashed, and all Indian MiG-27s were grounded, the aircraft have been cleared to fly again. The long delay was caused by fears that all the Russian made engines in these aircraft might have a common problem. This is not a new problem. The MiG-27, and Cold War era Russian warplanes in general, do not age well. India only has about a hundred MiG-27s still operational, and all of them were grounded for over a year (2005-6) when serious problems were discovered with the MiG-27s Russian designed engines. Things have since gotten better,...
  • Indian Top Gun Training Turns Towards China

    07/15/2010 1:42:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 7/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    India is replacing its MiG-27s with Su-30s at TACDE (Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment). TACDE develops new air combat tactics and trains pilots to deal with potential enemies. TACDE was established in 1971, to train the top one percent of fighter pilots, who would then spread what they learned from each other, to all the other pilots. Two years earlier, the U.S. Navy had established the original "Top Gun" training program. This used American aircraft for "aggressor (or dissimilar) training." This was in response to the poor performance of its pilots against North Vietnamese pilots flying Russian fighters. What...
  • India-US begin price negotiations on C-17 airlifter

    07/11/2010 9:45:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    New ^ | 7/11/2010 | New
    India and the United States have begun talks here on the price and onboard equipment for the 10 Boeing C- 17 military transport aircraft that the Indian Air Force (IAF) wants.The validation trials of the aircraft were complete and that one United States Air Force (USAF) C-17 which had come to India in this regard last month had met the IAF specifications. The aircraft was tested in short and high altitude runways. As India is buying the aircraft from the US government under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, the US Department of Defense (DOD) and USAF are leading the...
  • Soon, inflight refreshments for Sukhoi pilots

    07/09/2010 9:09:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Express Buzz ^ | 7/9/2010 | CS Hemanth
    Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots will soon get to relish delicious snacks like halwa and sip fruit juice inside the cockpits of their combat aircraft during long distance sorties. IAF has asked the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) to develop light food products in squeezable tubes that the pilots can consume even as they are strapped in their Sukhoi 30 MKIs, Mirage 2000s and the Jaguars. Dr A S Bawa, director of the Mysorebased DFRL told Express that they have taken up new projects for the IAF and have been developing food products like halwa, pulav and fruit juices that...
  • President turns pilot, flies the SU-30 MKI Flanker

    07/09/2010 5:35:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    DNA India ^ | 7/9/2010 | Haima Deshpande
    "I am a contented man. My childhood dream has been fulfilled," gushed President A P J Abdul Kalam after his 30-minute joy ride in the rear cockpit of a fighter aircraft (SU-30 MKI Flanker) on Thursday. This feat has made the President the oldest Indian to fly a fighter aircraft. As he was helped out of the aircraft by "co-pilot" Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, after it touched base at the Lohegaon Air Force station, the President's eyes gleamed with excitement. So affected was Kalam by the experience that he kept smiling with childlike glee. Clad in the flying gear of...
  • Sukhois set for Gwalior as IAF evolves new tactics

    07/08/2010 8:15:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    DNA India ^ | 7/9/2010 | Suman Sharma
    As part an upgrade and to evolve new tactics in aerial warfare, Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Gwalior-based Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) will for the first time receive frontline fighters Sukhoi-30MKI by the end of this year. Gwalior is essentially a base for French Mirage-2000 fighters. TACDE is an aerial warfare training institution which devises combat tactics for its top 1% fighter pilots. The Sukhois will replace MiG-27s, which will go back to their original bases in Kalaikunda, Hashimara and Bagdogra in the east. A source said the new Sukhois being manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will...
  • India tests short range Astra missile

    07/07/2010 4:24:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Times Of India ^ | 7/7/2010 | Times Of India
    : India Wednesday test-fired its short-range Astra air-to-air missile from a defence base in Odisha for the second time in two days, defence sources said. The beyond visual range missile was tested at 2.05 p.m. from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in the district of Balasore, about 230 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. Astra is a high-end tactical missile and is envisaged to intercept enemy aircraft at supersonic speeds in head-on mode at a range of 80 km and in tail-chase mode at 20 km. The missile was earlier tested Tuesday, for the first time at night. "We are...
  • India Tackles $10B Fighter

    07/06/2010 11:19:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 7/6/2010 | Manu Sood
    While it’s too soon to predict a likely winner for India’s huge competition for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), the first indicators should be out as early as the next week when the technical evaluation committee’s report comes out. Reports state that this deal for 126 fighters will cost $10 billion, but there exist huge price variances between the offered fighters of varying capability. And this figure is a lifecycle cost – not an acquisition cost — so it is not clear if the number of fighters is fixed or whether the budget figure is. Half the fighters would...