Looks like India will opt for more C-17s before the line closes in late 2014 (as per current orders).
India interested in more C-17s says Boeing
AW&ST on Indian program on AMCA , Stealth and UCAV , Tejas Mk3
"A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"
the French Embassy hopes that the Rafale deal will be signed by the end of 2012. I have grave doubts about that, especially considering the rupee going weak so sharply. The deal price will go up significantly for India as a result of that.
Indian Air Force’s single largest contract for 126 fighters is yet to be signed. The French embassy has said that they are hopeful that the contract to buy the French Rafale aircraft will be signed by the end of this year. French company Dassault Aviation was chosen to supply the 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the IAF for a deal worth approximately $18 billion. Rafale was declared the winner of a five-year long contest on 31 January 2012.
Presently the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Dassault Aviation are engaged in the final negotiations of the deal. When this newspaper contacted Dassault Aviation, there was no response on the matter.
The French embassy told this newspaper, “Indian authorities and Dassault are currently negotiating and finalising all aspects of the Rafale contract in detail: technical definitions, terms and conditions, transfers of technologies and offsets. This discussion, which is complex by nature, is still going on. The final contract will comprise thousands of pages and everything has to be perfectly clear and defined before it is signed.”
France saw a change of guard last month when François Hollande took over as the new French President from Nicolas Sarkozy, about which the French embassy in India has said that the change of government in France will have no influence on the nature of Indo-French strategic relations and French commitment towards India. Being technical and non-political, the Rafale deal will not be influenced by the democratic changeover in France, the embassy added.
Former IAF chief S. Krishnaswamy told this newspaper, “There must be good reason for it to be delayed. There’s no need to rush, as the deal is big and complex and little delays don’t matter.”
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AFAIK, PLAAF numbers are simply unknown and tend to be surprisingly high when regiments suddenly make a public appearance. And, their ability to manufacture JF-17s (once they have it properly configured) in large numbers should give the IAF plenty of reason for worry,. And then there are incoming F-16s as well. But nope, they seem pretty relaxed.
Hell and the Tejas seems to be taking its time as well.
What gives? Any quick off the shelf purchases around the corner? UAE Mirages? Extra SMTs?
Super MKI should be around the corner.
Off the shelf or not, no need to panic.
Thrust the IAF Chief words we should.
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Ok, proof that the Super 30 upgrade (also referred to as the Su-30 avionics upgrade) will have significant commonalities with the Su-35 program.
Go to Page 12. Check out the image of the Su-30 cockpit rig for avionics integration at DARE, Bangalore. Same layout with the characteristic dual MFDs of the Su-35. Same simulator is seen in the June issue with another senior IAF person visiting the facility.
DARE is the DRDO lab which deals with fighter aircraft mission avionics (mission computers, cockpit displays and self protection suites).
Also shows the program is fairly advanced and is proceeding without fuss with the work clearly preceding the formal sign off. The deal was formally signed after the Indian PM visited Russia in December.
So far, what we now know:
-Some 100 aircraft to be upgraded, the first 50 plus the new 42 delivered.
-Joint responsibility: Overall architecture, avionics/cockpit glass layout with new MFDs, improved HOTAS etc, stealth features added
- India: DRDO/HAL - an Integrated Mission computing suite, new radios (probably the software defined suite developed at HAL), new datalinks, an improved EW suite (wingtip jammers + MAWS/LWS - element may come from Russia), new mission software, launcher for Brahmos/Nirbhay, Astra BVR, Nirbhay cruise missile (first launch due in 2012)
- Russia: Structural modifications for stealth, and aircraft to carry Brahmos (Sukhoi corp), internal improvements (possibly new APU+ECS) for higher power electronics, newer radar from NIIP - in Phase 1, Irbis level upgraded Bars, in Phase 2 AESA, newer weaponry- RVV-SD, RVV-MD mentioned, K-100 missiles (AWST). Su-35 mission software (e.g. sensor fusion is a possible). AWST and others (http://defencenewsofindia.blogspot.i...hive.html)have mentioned that India may acquire the Zhuk-AE for the upgrade, but NIIP has been confident that its proposal (heavily improved PESA for phase 1 and AESA in the next) would succeed based on the maturity of NIIP PESAs plus performance still available, Indian investment in Bars etc. Also possible that a variant of the NIIP AESA for the PAKFA is to be provided in Phase 1 itself.
NIIP offers TWT upgrade of 5kw (same as Irbis) for current Bars and notes range increase of 2X. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_mDvQ8xYRdS...00-29_0021.jpg
The rest of the 170 aircraft will be upgraded to a revised standard based on technology developed for the PAKFA/FGFA.
Prototypes ready for trials by 2016, with deliveries to commence by 2018.
Overall, a pretty powerful upgrade. Super 30's with the Rafale, LCA, Upg MiG-29/Mirage/Jaguars are more than enough for the IAF to hold its own till the FGFA arrives.
Most likely it will be the latter, making for a relatively straight forward Phase 2 upgrade to PAK-FA/FGFA level AESA (the current AESA for PAK-FA has the 'back-end' of the 'Irbis'). Many tens of PAK-FA/FGFA radars (for 'Super-30') could be delivered before a single series PAK-FA/FGFA rolls off the production lines!
Clearly, the Russkies and Indians have got their heads together on this one and there'll be much 'crossover' tech for 'Super-30'/Su-35S/PAK-FA/FGFA and the sizeable international upgrade market thereafter.
Take this June 2003 pdf of DRDO radar tech for instance - it shows how mature the org was in the domain even 9 years back but the interesting snippet. See page 7 with the picture of the Near Field Test Range. That antenna being tested there is clearly the LRTR for BMD, even when this program became pretty well known, there were no images of the LRTR available in public...
Hi Jo, is there any link talking of the Bars Phase 1 upgrade being the new antenna? I would have thought they'd keep the existing antenna and put the Irbis backend. The Bars antenna has limited scan angles because of its weight, but has better gain.
Also, is the Bars1-Bars-2 approach confirmed as versus the Zhuk AE one?
Another snippet on Super 30 program.
Bharat Electronics annual performance disclosure:
"High value orders acquired in 2011/2012":
Clearly the first batch for the prototypes. This is per public info by BEL, the new Sukhoi ESM system. DARE (DRDO) would develop this along with BEL (the manufacturer). Based on recent info revealed by DARE, it is reasonable to surmise this system has digital receiver tech., and is able to detect, identify and classify LPI systems.Airborne EleCtronic Warfare System (Eagle Eye): Rs .85 Bn
Also, unrelated but still AF: Note orders for Aslesha radars by IAF. Rs 2,200 Mn implies a fairly decent quantity.
Teer, this is an extract of an interview with Yury Beliy, General-Director of Tikhomirov-NIIP @ MAKS 2011:
I'm not absolutely certain that the Phase 1 upgrade will include a new "Bars" antenna, but the RuAF has ordered a "variant" of the "Bars" and I would doubt NIIP could achieve such an increase in reported performance by retaining the old antenna combined with 'Irbis' back end and software upgrades.Не забываем мы о предшествовавшей «Ирбису» РЛС с ФАР «Барс», находящейся в массовом серийном производстве и широко поставляемой в составе самолета Су-30МКИ и его модификаций вооруженным силам Индии, Малайзии и Алжира. Как известно, партию подобных самолетов, названных Су-30СМ, решило в ближайшее время заказать и российское
Минобороны. У нас уже есть контракт с компанией «Сухой» по созданию варианта РЛС «Барс» для этих истребителей.
We haven't forgotten about the radar that preceded "Irbis"- the "Bars" PESA, which has been in mass serial production and widely supplied as part of the Su-30MKI aircraft and variants for the armed forces of India, Malaysia and Algeria. It is well known that the Russian Ministry of Defence has decided to purchase such aircraft (Su-30SM), in the near future. We already have a contract with 'Sukhoi' on the delivery of a variant of the "Bars" radar.
Участвуем мы и в программе модернизации Су-30МКИ для индийских ВВС. На первом этапе этих работ предусмотрено дальнейшее повышение характеристик РЛС «Барс» с имеющейся ФАР, а затем возможно оснащение ее АФАР.
Но мы считаем, что такая модернизация «Барса» должна быть увязана с программой создания РЛС с АФАР для совместно разрабатываемого Россией и Индией Перспективного многоцелевого истребителя пятого поколения ПМИ, чтобы применить полученные наработки по радиолокационному комплексу с АФАР для последующей модернизации строевых самолетов Су-30МКИ.
We are participating in the modernization programme of the IAF's Su-30MKI. The first phase of these works calls for increasing the performance characteristics of "Bars" with the available PESA, and then it's possible to equip it with AESA.
But we believe that such a modernization of "Bars" must be linked with the creation of the AESA radar being developed jointly by Russia and India for the PAK-FA/FGFA, in order to apply the received experience to the AESA intended for further modernization of the Su-30MKI units.
This is believed to be the new 'Bars' array (as you can see the assembly and finish is far superior to the current version):
...or maybe there's an outside chance that a gimbal-less 'Irbis' array will be fitted (above right).
Is there any plan to have ground based variant of Indian Emb based AEW radar?
DRDO Chief Takes A Spin In A Gripen
"Can we please name it as LCA Mk. 345713 so that it sees atleast some squadron service?!"
Have a good one..
What is this mystery 20 KN engine HAL newsletter talks about ?
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Go to link for more informationThe French Rafale has been short-listed for detailed contract negotiations in the MMRCA competition. This programme for 126 aircraft, despite licensed production of all but 18 aircraft, is still likely to cost between US $10 and 20 billion. While it was presumed a few years ago that funds for defence would not be a constraint in the future, a slowing economy has led to these funds being curtailed. The Ministry of Finance questioned the Rs. 65,000 crore earmarked for infrastructure development and raising of new mountain strike corps earlier this year, while the defence budget for 2011-12 saw cuts of a few thousand crore of rupees. The nominal increase in the defence budget for 2012-13 is about 17 per cent, which amounts to a real increase of just about 8 per cent after taking into consideration the inflation rate of 9 per cent. The writing on the wall is clear: resource constraints are looming for the armed forces. Imports of defence equipment do not contribute to GDP growth while indigenous design and manufacture do. The IAF would do well to look at indigenous development of equipment to maintain or build up numbers. While this is in progress, retirement of in-service equipment would have to be delayed somewhat to maintain numbers at the desired levels.
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Honest or a set up either way how dangerous is it for the P-8I and the C 17 or C130 India has ordered?
http://www.aviationweek.com/Article....p68-461194.xmlThe defense industry supply chain is rife with counterfeit parts, and efforts to police it are failing. The potential that these parts could compromise the quality of U.S.-made defense systems is bad enough, but on top of that Chinese components could offer a back door to cybersnoops, escalating the threat of cyberspying and intellectual theft.
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Ah, the new wings have been fitted.
They remind me a bit of the Mi-35 wings.
Payload should probably remain the same.
Have a good one..
I believe the shape and size has to do with the need to handle the enormous stresses generated during rapid upward or downward acceleration, like say during a crash-landing. it would not do for the munition stubs to break away and damage the rotors or worse, the cockpit.
HAL - one step ahead of IBM
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