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India, Russia certify latest Sukhoi fighter configuration: Jane's

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posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 12:33 PM
India, Russia certify latest Sukhoi fighter configuration: Jane's
India and Russia have certified the latest Sukhoi fighter configuration, a leading defence weekly reported today.

The new variant of Sukhoi - also known as Mk3 model - differs from the earlier MKII models, 'Jane's Defence Weekly' reported quoting Russian manufacturer NPK Irkut.

The MKII model can only serve as an interceptor while the MK3 can fire anti-ship and anti-radiation supersonic Kh-31A/P series and television-guided Kh-59 subsonic cruise missiles.

The NO11M radar provides targeting for laser and television precision-guided missiles. It allows the MKIII to engage two air targets simultaneously with the R-27 missile or four with the RW-AE missile. It can also engage one air and one ground target at a time while searching for threats.

The Su-30MKIII will be built under licence at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd complex at Bangalore, with 140 platforms to be manufactured by 2017. The agreement has an overall value of five billion dollars, the report said.

The certification follows delivery of four Su-30MKIII from NPK Irkut earlier this month. Six more are due by the year-end, fulfilling a series of contracts signed in 1996-1998. These contracts covered 18 Su-30Ks delivered between March 1997 and December 1999 and 32 Su-30MKIs to be delivered between July 2002 and January 2005.

A Russian official was quoted as saying that talks are under way concerning a mid-life upgradation of Su-30MKIs. This would involve integration of avionic systems being developed for the Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter, called the T-50 by Sukhoi, together with more powerful engines and an improved logistics system.

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posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 08:27 PM
That sounds nice! Is there going to be TVC? How many seats?

posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 12:06 PM
I am pretty sure its going to have full fledged 3-D TVC.

The engines are gonna be new and more powerful than the F-22's.
The new engine will be a highly advanced of Saturn-Lulka Al-41F and the Al-37FU.

posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 08:37 AM

Originally posted by Stealth Spy

This would involve integration of avionic systems being developed for the Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter, called the T-50 by Sukhoi, together with more powerful engines and an improved logistics system.

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The news article i had posted says the T-50 is the 5th gen FIGHTER.

Does this mean that the PAK-FA [Future Air Complex for Frontal Air Forces / Perspektivnyi Aviatsionnyi Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatsyi ] has been baptized T-50 ??

[edit on 9-1-2005 by Stealth Spy]

posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 09:55 AM
i really don't know....Ieven saw 2 designs of the T-50 one fed swept and one rev swept wing designs..

posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 11:00 PM
I wonder if it'll be metter than the Su-30 MKI. The MKI 's so good, is there any room for improvement.

posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 05:52 AM
The configuration refers to the full-build MKIs that are being built by HAL.

The MKIs delivered by the Russians (configuration I and II) don't have all the bells as whistles as the full build (configuration III.)

This isn't an upgrade to the MKI. It's the gold standard.

MKI doesn't have full fledged 3D TVC -- nor does it need it. It has 'virtual' 3D TVC -D ability by the canting of the nozzles outward in conjunction with specific thrust settings and position (controled by computer) give it hypermanoverability.

Stealth Spy,
The PAK-FA is the continuation of the ongoing Sukhoi T-50 prototype project. The PAK-FA will see the collusion of both Sukhoi and Mikoyan (and perhaps HAL). The images of the supposed T-50 that are floating around the net I doubt are true.

Russian press reports can be contradicting and confusing in the terms they use.

posted on Feb, 7 2005 @ 03:06 AM
Predictive maintenance technologies.
Incorporation of avionics of French, Israeli and Indian origin with greater reliability, which can be ‘nuclear-hardened', i.e. can be ruggedised to withstand the electromagnetic pulse blasts emanating from a nuclear explosion.

Incorporation of advanced composite materials into the Su-30MKI's fuselage, resulting in a higher thrust-to-weight ratio and increased weapons carriage capability.

Predictive Maintenance
For acquiring predictive maintenance capability, the IAF and Rosoboronexport FSUE have joined forces with South Africa 's Aerospace Monitoring And Systems (Pty) Ltd (AMS). Predictive maintenance means the on- and off-board processing of aircraft sub-systems data, resulting in an accurate, conclusive indication of the health and usage status of various airborne systems. The Su-30MKI Mk3's on-board health-and-usage monitoring system (HUMS) not only monitors almost every aircraft system and sub-system, including the avionics sub-systems, it can also act as an engineering data recorder. For the Su-30MKI Mk3, AMS was contracted for providing total HUMS solutions, starting with definition of the IAF's qualitative requirements, followed by systems provision (development and implementation), integration and support phases. Methods have since been co-developed by AMS and the IAF for the following: fatigue loading spectra; fatigue analysis methods; material fatigue behaviour; fracture mechanics; damage tolerance analysis and testing of redundant metallic aircraft structures; fatigue crack growth analysis; crack growth, residual strength analyses, and aircraft structural integrity programmes; and ageing aircraft issues.

Indigenous Avionics
It is a matter not merely of national pride but also of great practical advantage in terms of costs and maintainability that many critical elements of the Su-30MKI Mk3's avionics suite were designed indigenously by the DRDO under a project code named ‘Vetrivale' (a Tamil name for the victorious lance carried by the youthful Lord Karthikeya or Murugan, a son of the mythical Parvati and Shiva) in close collaboration with the IAF. The India-origin avionics have been received and acknowledged enthusiastically by the Russian aerospace industry. The core avionics designed by DARE for the Su-30MKI Mk3 consists of the Mission Computer, Display Processor and two Radar Computers, all of which are now manufactured by HAL's Hyderabad Division. The 32-bit Mission Computer performs mission-oriented computations, flight management, reconfiguration-cum-redundancy management and in-flight systems self-tests. In compliance with MIL-STD-1521 and 2167A standards, Ada language has been adopted for the mission computer's software. The other DARE-developed product, the Tarang Mk2 (Tranquil) radar warning receiver, is manufactured by state-owned BEL at its Bangalore facility. Other indigenous avionics on board include the HAL-built IFF transponder and an integrated communications suite.

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