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  • IAF to Get Another 36 Rafale Combat Aircraft

    08/21/2017 11:54:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    India STRATEGIC ^ | August 2017 | Gulshan Luthra
    New Delhi. The Government is likely to approve at least another 36 Rafale Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCAs) very soon. Details are not known but informed sources told India Strategic that although a decision was just about due, the possibility of more aircraft was also being considered in view of the Indian Navy’s requirement of 56 twin-engine shipboard fighters as also the Government’s Make in India programme. If only 36 Rafales are taken, then it would not be economical to set up their manufacturing infrastructure. IAF is looking for a mix of about 400 single and twin engine fighters...
  • Exclusive: Why Indian Air Force May Best Chinese Jets In An Air Battle Over Tibet

    08/08/2017 8:21:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    NDTV ^ | August 08, 2017 | Vishnu Som
    An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 refuels mid-air from a Su-30 buddy-tanker NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force fighter jets will be able to effectively tackle Chinese Air Force fighters over Tibet in the event of hostilities between the two countries. A new yet-to-be-released document, "The Dragon's Claws: Assessing China's PLAAF Today" makes the point that the IAF has significant operational advantages over the Chinese Air Force in operations in the Tibetan Autonomous Region which lies to the North of the Line of Actual Control between the two countries. Written by Squadron Leader Sameer Joshi, a former Indian Air Force Mirage...
  • The Americans Are Back: F-16 for the IAF and F/A-18 for the Indian Navy

    08/03/2017 9:34:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Force ^ | August 02, 2017 | ASHLEY J. TELLIS
    During the last year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy (IN) confirmed what must have been the worst kept secret in New Delhi: that the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, for all its achievements, was unsuitable as a strike-fighter for their near-term modernisation requirements. Where the IAF was concerned, the request for information (RFI) for a new single-engine fighter issued in the United States, Russia, and Sweden in October 2016 marked a further twist in its long-running saga to complete the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) acquisition that first began in 2001. After the aborted competition led to...
  • Sorry, Russia. Indian Air Force is unlikely to go in for the MiG-35 fighter jet; here’s why

    07/26/2017 4:58:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    FINANCIAL EXPRESS ^ | July 26, 2017 | Smriti Jain
    MiG-35 is Russia’s most advanced 4++ generation fighter jet – and it wants to sell it to India! Not only that, Russia has even claimed that India has expressed interest in the MiG-35. MiG Aircraft Corporation’s chief executive Ilya Tarasenko has said that the company is “actively promoting” the new aircraft in India. When asked if India has shown any interest in the new fighter jet, PTI quoted Tarasenko as saying, “Of course they have.” But, will the Indian Air Force (IAF) go for it? And, more importantly, would it make sense for the IAF to acquire the MiG-35? But,...
  • New SPICE: New Ammunition for the IAF

    07/25/2016 2:53:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Israeli Air Force ^ | 17.07.2016 | Shachar Zorani
    The IAF operates various munitions adapted to its different missions and aircraft. It is now permitted to publicize that the force is expected to soon receive a new bomb manufactured by "Rafael" Systems, which is expected to bring new technological and operational tidings Shachar Zorani | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida "SPICE 1000", a new munition manufactured by "Rafael" is currently in the final stages of development and is expected to enter operational use in the IAF soon. It is expected to be integrated in all of the fighter squadrons in the force and the first to operate it will be...
  • 30 Years In The Making, Tejas Joins Air Force. A Very Big Step. (India)

    07/01/2016 4:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 01, 2016 | Vishnu Som
    New Delhi: It's been almost every Air Chief's favourite whipping boy - an Indian-built fighter jet delayed so inordinately that it came to be seen as a promise that would never be kept. But three decades after the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft went into development, there is a grudging acceptance that the fighter officially inducted into the Air Force this morning in Bengaluru is, in many ways, world-class. While the delay in delivery cannot be justified, there have been fierce debates on why that happened. State-run Hindustan Aeronautics or HAL, which is the lead player in the Tejas project, says...
  • India's homegrown Tejas fighter sparks interest in Egypt, Sri Lanka

    04/18/2016 6:31:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Apr 18, 2016
    New Delhi: India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers, with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan's JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft...
  • Indian Air Force facing capacity crisis: U.S. expert

    03/29/2016 2:09:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Hindu ^ | March 28, 2016 | NARAYAN LAKSHMAN
    Even as India mulls over what fighter aircraft to invest in following Prime Minister Modi’s purchase of 36 French Rafale jets in January, a U.S. expert on India’s air capabilities has said that the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) “falling end strength and problematic force structure, combined with its troubled acquisition and development programs, threaten India’s air superiority over its rapidly modernising rivals, China and Pakistan.” In a report to be unveiled on March 28, Ashley Tellis, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specialising in international security, defence, and Asian strategic issues said that air dominance was vital...
  • Indian Air Force Has Only 32 Squadrons - Lowest In A Decade

    02/26/2016 2:50:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 26, 2016 | Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force has just 32 squadrons of fighters - the lowest in a decade - to guard the Indian skies, top IAF commanders have confirmed to NDTV. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has flagged the worry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and made a detailed presentation recently on the operational difficulties that the IAF faces because of the depletion in fighters. After the air force de-commissioned three of the aging Russian-made MiG 21 squadrons, bringing down the total number from 34 to 31 fighter squadrons, an additional squadron of the Russian-made Su-30 MKI has been raised. The...
  • ISRAEL: Long-range fashion catches on in IAF

    01/25/2016 9:46:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 JANUARY, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Waiting so long for Rafael to respond to a new fashion in missile technology seemed surprising only because the state-owned Israeli weapons and sensor house is most often the industry’s leading trendsetter. But Rafael has been curiously slow to respond to a clear trend within the air-to-air missile community. In the past decade, the most anticipated new missiles – the Chinese PL-12, MBDA Meteor, Raytheon AIM-120D and Vympel RVV-AE-PD – have all shared a similar trait. As advanced sensors push the detection range of missile firing platforms ever farther, missile manufacturers have responded with new weapons with ranges beyond 54nm...
  • Operation to flush out Indian air base attackers enters second night

    01/03/2016 9:50:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 01/03/2016 | Mukesh Gupta and Krista Mahr
    Indian security forces battled into Sunday evening to secure an air base near the border with Pakistan, a day after a militant attack that has killed seven military personnel and wounded another 20. As night fell, it was unclear whether two or more militants were still at large after Saturday's pre-dawn raid on the Pathankot air base in northwestern Punjab state. Four attackers have been confirmed killed. ... Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters he hoped the two believed still to be at large would be "neutralized" overnight. Without recovering their bodies they could not be confirmed dead. That contradicted...
  • Syrians thank Israel for eliminating Samir Kuntar

    12/20/2015 1:41:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/15 | Ari Soffer
    Israelis aren't the only ones celebrating, as members of Sunni opposition take to social media to hail Hezbollah commander's death. Video Kuntar was widely reviled in Israel for his role in a 1979 terrorist attack by the now-defunct Palestine Liberation Front, during which terrorists kidnapped an Israeli father and his four-year-old daughter from Nahariya and then brutally executed them on a nearby beach. Kuntar himself beat the young girl to death with the butt of his rifle; her two-year-old sister was accidentally smothered to death by their terrified mother as she stifled her cries to prevent them from being discovered....
  • Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

    10/17/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by PIF · 43 replies
    real clear defense ^ | October 16, 2015 | Patrick Megahan
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is one of the most experienced and capable air forces in the world, with roughly 400 American-made F-16 and F-15 fighters in its inventory. For the most part, this force resembles a smaller version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) “legacy” fighter fleet – fourth generation aircraft originally developed during the 1970s. Like the USAF, however, many of these aircraft are three decades old and nearing the end of their service life. snip If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft,...
  • Exclusive: Modi pushes "obsolete" made-in-India plane on reluctant military

    10/07/2015 2:41:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 7, 2015 | SANJEEV MIGLANI AND TOMMY WILKES
    The government has turned down the military's request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision, in line with his Make-in-India policy to encourage domestic industry, is a blow for not only the French manufacturer but also others circling over the Indian military aviation market worth billions of dollars. The push for India's struggling Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) also comes at a time when the air force is at its weakest...
  • 'Coordination'? Russia threatens to shoot down IAF jets targeting Hezbullah convoys

    09/25/2015 9:04:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/25/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    'Coordinating' with the Russians over Syria doesn't seem to be so much fun after all. According to this story (translated from an Arabic original here), the Russians have, in essence, threatened to shoot down any IAF jets targeting weapons convoys moving from Assad forces in Syria to Hezbullah in Lebanon. “Moscow imposed on Tel Aviv a military coordination in advance for any military operation carried against Syrian military targets or against Hezbollah in Syria, to prevent any fatal accident. Senior military officers on both sides will maintain regular meetings and contacts to allow a smooth Russian military presence in...
  • The end of a bitter Air Force vs Army battle could mean India finally gets modern attack helicopters

    09/22/2015 6:02:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | September 21, 2015 | Shadab Nazmi
    On October 9, 2012, former Defence Minister AK Antony termed the fight between the Indian Army and Indian Air Force over attack helicopters a 'family problem.' With both the Air Force and the Army's aviation corps requesting attack helicopters for themselves, the two children of the family just weren't getting along. Now, it seems as if the family feud has been resolved in a classic tilted compromise: Both the Army and the Air Force will get a little bit each. For years, the Air Force claimed that giving the Army helicopters would lead to a duplication of assets. The Army...
  • When the IAF showed the Soviets who was top gun

    09/11/2015 6:32:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ISRAEL HAYOM ^ | September 11, 2015 | Aharon Lapidot
    The first, and so far last, dogfight between Israeli and Russian air forces took place 45 years ago, on July 30, 1970, as the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization was winding down. The aerial battle took place southwest of the Suez Canal, over an area the Israeli Air Force had dubbed "Texas" as it was a local "Wild West," a lawless area where the quicker the gunslinger, the bigger the reward. The Israeli force comprised four Phantom and 12 Mirage fighter jets, flown by pilots who together were credited with shooting down...
  • Israel to double attack range of F-35 Stealth fighter

    09/11/2015 5:47:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    GLOBES, Israel ^ | 10/09/2015 | Ran Dagoni
    The first two Lockheed-Martin F-35's, called Adir (Awesome) in Hebrew, will be delivered to the IAF in December 2016, Shortly before the US Congress votes on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel has publicly announced the efforts of its air force to double the flight range of the F-35 Stealth strike fighters, the fifth generation of the air force's planes. The Israeli version of the plane, manufactured by Lockheed Martin according to Israeli specifications, is called Adir (Awesome). The first two Adirs will be delivered to the Israel Air Force (IAF) in December 2016, and will join the Golden Eagle...
  • IAF keen on US Scorpion aircraft offer

    09/04/2015 9:20:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS ^ | September 4, 2015 | Huma Siddiqui
    After asking state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to stop work on the intermediate jet trainers (IJT), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now keen on the US offer of Textron’s AirLand Scorpion light-attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. The IAF badly needs an IJT due to delays by HAL, which has been working on an IJT since 1997. Senior IAF officials believe that the twin-seat platform of the Textron’s ISR aircraft can also be used as an intermediate jet trainer. Sources have indicated during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US from September 22 to...
  • The F-16IN Super Viper Could Get Another Shot with the Indian Air Force

    08/19/2015 3:58:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Tactical Air Network ^ | August 15, 2015 | Ian D'Costa
    An F-16IN with a full Mark 82 load. (Photograph copyright: SP's Aviation) According to The Indian Express, the United States has extended an offer to India to jointly produce a line of fighter jets to both enhance military ties as well as provide for India’s frontline fighter fleet shortage. This comes right after the Indian government announced that the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) deal, originally signed with France’s Dassault Aviation, was, for all intents and purposes, over. Bumps, missteps and poor communication contributed to the downfall of the contract which would have seen a set of Rafales built in...