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Saturday, August 20, 2011

India's Sukhoi Jets to be upgraded to Fifth Generation Characteristics

Source : IDRW
News source : IANS

India’s air superiority Sukhoi-30MKI fighters will soon be converted into ‘Super Sukhois’ by upgrading them with fifth generation combat jet features, the Russian original equipment manufacturer Irkut Corporation has announced. 

The upgrade will include a new cockpit, an upgraded radar and advanced stealth characteristics to make the plane less visible to enemy radar than the existing Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fleet, Irkut’s president and chairman Alexy Fedorov said at the Moscow Air Show here.

The IAF currently has five operational Sukhoi 30MKI squadrons numbering around 100
aircraft. It will ultimately have over 230 Sukhoi-30MKIs or 13 squadrons in its fleet.

The fleet is under licenced production at the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the entire fleet will be upgraded to the ‘Super Sukhoi’ configuration.

“The upgrade will apply not only to the aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) but also to those yet to be delivered to India and to be licence-manufactured by HAL,” Fedorov said.

Most significantly, the aircraft will be able to carry a heavier weapon load, including the airborne version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, he added.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

China's first aircraft carrier sets sail on maiden voyage

Source : RiaNovosti

China's first aircraft carrier, originally built in the Soviet Union, left its shipyard in northeastern Liaoning province early on Wednesday for its first sea trial, Xinhua said.

The ship's maiden voyage will be short, the news agency quoted military sources as saying. After returning from the trial, the aircraft carrier will continue refit and test work, the sources said.

China bought the Admiral Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier, named Varyag by the Soviets, from Ukraine for $20 million in 1998. Before being sold, the ship was disarmed and its engines were removed.

The 1,000-feet vessel is designed to carry 26 planes and 24 helicopters and be equipped with Soviet-designed AK-630 and CADS-N-1 Kashtan close-in weapon systems, P-700 Granit anti-ship cruise missiles, Tor short-range surface-to-air missile systems and UDAV-1 anti-submarine weapon systems.

MMRCA Updates


The winner of the Indian air force’s $12 billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) fighter competition should soon emerge, as the government is set to formally begin the process of identifying the lowest bidder in early September.

The Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale are the final contenders left in the race and Indian government officials have finalized how they will judge offset and industrial participation offers that are crucial in deciding which company will be chosen to supply the initial order for 126 fighters. However, a defense ministry official indicates that the air force wants contractual options to be exercised immediately, which would boost the buy to 189 fighters and the program value to almost $20 billion.

Air Chief Marshal (ret.) P.V. Naik revealed the impending source selection decision just before he retired July 31 and said a formula has been found to benchmark the offers to provide a like-for-like comparison. This is designed to determine what the government considers a reasonable cost, reflecting several factors such as pricing in other countries, known commercial bids and inflation.

The defense ministry’s Technical Offsets Evaluation Committee has almost completed its review of the two offset packages and will make its report final shortly, according to government officials. The MMRCA competition has a 50% offsets requirement, running into at least $6 billion and acknowledged by industry observers to be one of the most challenging reinvestment propositions in recent aerospace contracting.

A key challenge is that India’s aerospace industry is not considered mature enough to absorb all those offsets, putting pressure on the winner to work with companies to establish the capability to deliver on what is being promised, warns a European industry executive. 

Read More on IDRW

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tejas ready for Induction in March 2012

Source : IDRW

News By : : Flight International

Two of the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency’s Tejas Mk 1 light combat aircraft will be ready for induction by March 2012.So far, 1,659 flight tests of the Tejas have been conducted, said defence minister AK Antony. The Indian Air Force has ordered forty Mk 1s, 20 with “initial operating clearance standard” and 20 with “final operation clearance standard”, he added.

Antony’s comments were in response to a query from a member of parliament about the status of the indigenous fighter programme. The Tejas Mk 1, which is produced by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), received initial operational clearance on 11 January.

He also discussed the costs of the programme. In 2001, this was estimated at Indian rupees (Rs) 33 billion ($740 million), but cost overruns added an additional Rs24.8 billion to this.

Read More : IDRW

Now, a military school for girls in the pipeline

Source : IANS

In a bid to have more women officers in defence forces, the government is set to approve an exclusive Sainik (military) School for girls. Madhya Pradesh may host the educational institution.

A defence ministry official told IANS that the proposal for the school, under the auspices of the Army Educational Corps, is ‘at a mature stage’ and it could help encourage girls to aspire for a career in the armed forces.

‘A proposal from the Madhya Pradesh government to allot land in Sagar district and to host the girls Sainik School has reached us,’ the official said here.

‘Since the process involves a lot of financial approvals, it may take three to four years before the school starts. First, we will get the land transferred from the state government to the defence ministry and then the school infrastructure will be developed,’ the official said.

Sainik Schools Society, hitherto an exclusive boys educational institutions organisation, were established in 1961 as a joint venture of the central and state governments.

Its objective is to bring quality public school education to the common man, besides removing regional imbalance in the officers’ cadre of the armed forces, according to a parliamentary committee report submitted to the Lok Sabha recently.

There are 24 such schools in India now. Joining National Cadet Corps (NCC) is compulsory for their students up to Class 12.

‘Though there are no shortages in the number of women officers in the armed forces, the school is an idea whose time has come,’ the official said.

Read More : IDRW

Sunday, August 7, 2011

IAF has lost 999 planes in crashes since 1970

Source : IANS

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has lost 999 aircraft in crashes since 1970 and 39 percent of these accidents occurred due to pilot error, a parliamentary panel was informed by the defence ministry.

That would mean the IAF has so far lost around 1,000 planes, including the latest MiG-21 crash that was reported on Tuesday.

The IAF has also lost over 50 percent of its 946 MiG-series Soviet-origin fighter planes in air crashes.

“The ministry, in a written note, has furnished the accident data of the IAF since 1970. The data indicates that 999 aircraft have met with accidents so far,” the committee’s report on budgetary demands for grants 2011-12 submitted to the Lok Sabha Wednesday said.

Of the 999 accidents, 12 cases were currently under investigation. “Of the rest 987 cases, in as many as 388 cases the reason is human error by the air crew,” the report said.

Another 39.5 percent air crashes took place due to technical defect in the aircraft and another 1.6 percent were due to servicing error on the aircraft. Only nine percent of the air crashes were caused by bird hit and even lesser 0.6 percent were caused by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) error.

In the case of MiG series aircraft, “as per information made available to the committee, 476 MiG aircraft so far have met with accidents and the remaining fleet is 470 MiG aircraft,” the report said.

The high rate of accidents, the committee noted, was caused by technical defects pertaining to the old technology of the aircraft. India got its first supersonic combat jet, the Soviet-era MiG-21s, in early 1960s.

“Problems associated with vintage technology, especially aero engine met function, in MiG-21 and MiG-27 are more pronounced,” the report said.

“There is a programme of phasing out and inducting new aircraft…these aeroplanes are 40 years old. They have been phased out of the Russian Air Force, like MiG-27. We are the only air force in the world which is flying this aircraft now,” the defence secretary had informed the committee.

India is in the final stages of signing a $10.4 billion contract with either European consortium EADS for its Eurofighter Typhoons or French firm Dassault’s Rafaels for supply of 126 medium multi-role combat jets for the IAF to replace the MiG-series planes.
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