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India to swap 18 Sukhois for new versions
MOSCOW: India will exchange 18 Sukhoi-30MK aircraft it had earlier purchased from Russia for a more sophisticated version of this long-range fighter jet, Su-30MKI.
Russia's Irkut manufacturer of Sukhoi warplanes said it planned to sign the deal next week. Under an earlier agreement, the SU-30MK planes were to be upgraded to the SU-30MKI version in India.
Irkut head Oleg Demchenko said 12 of the 18 planes were already assembled in the company's factory in Irkutsk. The remaining six would be delivered in December.
The licensed production of multi-role Sukhoi-30MKI fighters in the country is running into huge cost overruns, and some of them in the latest batch of imports are flying without some advanced, critical, airborne systems. The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) placed in Parliament, while pointing this out, has noted that the indigenous manufacture of the Russian frontline fighters is actually working out to be more expensive than its import.
Three critical airborne systems of the fighters — electronic warfare system, reconnaissance system and the direction finding, modular radar — have not been integrated with the latest batch of aircraft delivered by the Russians, under the November 1996 contract, the report said.
Rapping the Government for huge cost escalation risks in the project, the CAG said the total cost of 140 aircraft projected by the Defence ministry in 2000 was Rs 22,122.78 crores at the 2000 price level, while in a detailed project report prepared by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in July 2005, the amount shown was Rs 39,224.9 crores, almost a hundred per cent increase.
Originally posted by chinawhite
Indian Fighter Copies Costlier Than Russian Originals
A federal watchdog May 19 blasted Indian military plane-makers for spending more on copying Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets than it would cost to buy them.
Some of the copied Sukhoi-30MKI interceptors are also flying without critical airborne systems, the Controller-Auditor General (CAG) said in a hard-hitting report about India’s military hardware manufacturers.
Moscow allowed New Delhi to locally build Sukhois in the late 1990s as part of a bilateral pact to save India using up foreign exchange reserves.
Orville Prins, vice-president Business Development, India, said Lockheed Martin was also interested in offering F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the patriot advanced capability (PAC-3) defence missile system and C-130J-30 Hercules helicopters. Having recently expanded its office in New Delhi, it is also planning to jump into the civilian sector as well, including the border security, border surveillance, airport traffic management, postal department, census and aerospace programme of India.
Lockheed has either already entered into a dialogue with private and public sector companies or has initiated exploratory round of talks with them. Among the prominent companies it is having talks in this regard are the Tatas, Reliance, Infosys in the private sector and the Hindu Aeronautics Limited and Bharat Electricals Ltd in the public sector.
While Lockheed would bring expertise, intellectual capital and rapid growth of engineering talent, the low-cost structure would bring a potential blend of capabilities, he added. As a result of the tie up, Indian companies could have export capabilities. Besides entering into a long term partnership with Indian companies with regard to joint production, Lockheed is interested in entering into a R&D (Research and Development) relationship with them. It has been talking to a number of companies in this regard for the past one year now.
India has asked Russia's Mig aircraft corporation to send a request for proposal for the acquisition of 126 fighters, said Air Force chief SP Tyagi. Tyagi, who watched a demonstration flight of the Mig-35 fighter at a Russian air force base near Moscow, termed the demonstration as "brilliant."
He also clarified that the IAF was looking for an aircraft "to win wars" and not for "impressive demonstrations".
According to earlier reports, Russia's Mig-35 would be facing a tough challenge from the battle-proven US F-16 and F-18. The air chief said that any decision would be taken after studying the merits of a fighter offered to India "at great depth".
He also declared that all the 126 fighters for the IAF would be purchased from a "single vendor."
Originally posted by chinawhite
it says that HAL promised this figure for the job now its taken twice that amount. The article merely points out that the indians went for this self-production route because it was suppose to be cheaper than buying the planes directly from russia and fitting the planes in india.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told journalists covering his week-long visit to India that Malaysia would hold discussions with India on the possibility of training for its Sukhoi pilots and cooperating on maintenance of aircraft as well as spare parts.
He will visit the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) plant in Nasik where HAL assembles it Su-30s.
...an Indo-Russian company has come up with a strikingly new method for generating power. Shocking though it may sound, but the Ozhar based Indo-Russian Aviation Limited (IRAL) has started exploiting used fighter aircraft engines to produce power.
IRAL’s prototype plant, located in Russia, uses MiG engine as a power generator. Work on a similar type of power plant, which however will use the gas turbine engine of a smaller Russian aircraft (D 049), is expected to begin this July. This 2 MW plant will be built at Korwa in Amethi and will supply power to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Korwa unit.
So what made IRAL come up with such a radical approach to power generation? Rajesh Bharati, CEO of IRAL, says, “We wanted to utilise the used engines of fighter aircrafts at HAL. Suddenly, the Russians showed interest and came up with this concept.” Like the fighter aircrafts themselves, the MiG engines are a favourite with IRAL officials. “They are formidable sources of power, says Bharati. “A single MiG 21 engine can generate around 13 MW of power while a MiG 27 engine can produce 25 MW.”
General director of the Salyut Moscow Machine Building Production Plant Yury Eliseev has announced at the Farnborough Airshow in Great Britain that a new engine will be used in modernized MiG 27 fighter bombers of the Indian Air Force. The new engine, the AL-31F, will be 200 kg. lighter than the R-29B-300 used previously, and have one metric ton more propulsion (12,300 kg./sec.) than its predecessor. It will also use 15 percent less fuel.
The Indian Air Force has 150 Mi G27 Bahadur models and will modernize 60 of them. General reconstruction will be carried out at the same time, with replacement of onboard equipment that will expand their abilities.
The modernization of the MiG 27 and its predecessor the MiG 23BN will bring in at least $1 billion to the Russian military industrial complex in the course of the next 10-12 years.
BrahMos missiles in the future could also be installed on the Sukhoi-30MKI combat jets of the Indian Air Force, said Sivathanu Pillai, a chief controller of research and development in the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
“Now, we are fitting one BrahMos in the belly (of the Su-30) to start with. With certain reinforcement of the wings, we can fit up to three,” he said.
Noting that BrahMos is the world’s only supersonic cruise missile without a competitor, he stressed on the need for retaining that competitive edge.
“Having reached this stage, it’s necessary that we keep that edge. We are definitely working on that (an upgraded version of BrahMos).”
Probably that's the only a/c which gives the IAF a dedicated bomber character.
Originally posted by xmotex
Yeah, I think that's the idea.
The IAF needs modern, dedicated fast strikers.
A longer-ranged, quicker Mig-27 with upgraded avionics might be a fiscally sensible way to acheive that goal.
Su-30 mki avionics gives MiG-27 new capabilities
The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) MiG-27 fighter aircraft will now have night attack capability after an avionics upgrade, besides superior navigation systems and an improved targetting accuracy, thanks to the success of a Bangalore- based avionics unit of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The avionics upgrade involves interfacing new Israeli systems like forward looking infra- red, headup display, video recording system and digital map generator. Besides, French equipment that includes inertial navigation system aided by global positioning systems, multi-function display and laser ranger marked target seeker with Russian systems like auto pilot, crash data recorder and armament control system. Significantly the re-usability of software and hardware that drives the core avionics computer is a spin-off. For instance, this core avionics computer has partially been used in the Jaguar aircraft and subsequently proposed for the MiG- 29. The MiG-27 avionics project itself was a spin-off from the Sukhoi- 30 MKI avionics upgrade. This drastically reduces the manhours on research and development and money saved for future avionics upgrade and can be done at a fraction of the cost. The upgraded MiG-27 enhances the IAF’s operational capability and successfully engage targets with ease. The ‘circular error of probability’ in firing/bombing is reduced due to better weapon aiming computations and increased navigational accuracy. Considering that the IAF has six MiG-27 fighter aircraft squadrons this avionics upgrade is a ‘force multiplier’ in airpower terms. For air force commanders, superior avionics means that only five MiG-27 aircraft would undertake an offensive mission rather than 10 aircraft due to higher chances of success. The MiG-27 also undertakes photo reconnaissance missions.
by Graham Warwick at Farnborough air show
Lockheed Martin is working to define the configuration of a "next-generation" F-16NG to meet the requirements of emerging customers, potentially including India. Final definition of the configuration is awaiting firm requirements, but is intended to combine "the best of Block 50 and Block 60, with elements from the F-22 and F-35", the Rob Weiss, vice-president business development.
Enhancements under consideration include further uprated versions of the General Electric F110 and Pratt & Whitney F100 engines and a later generation of active electronically scanned array (AESA) than the Northrop APG-80 agile-beam radar in the F-16E/F Block 60. Although all F-16s and its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) use Northrop radars, Weiss says Lockheed is "looking more broadly" for the F-16NG, suggesting that Raytheon - which produces AESA radars for the Boeing F-15 and F/A-18E/F - has at least an opportunity to bid. As well as India, which is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for 126 multi-role fighters later this year, Weiss says emerging customers include existing F-16 operators who need to recapitalise their fleets, but do not plan to buy the F-35 until later in the next decade. "The F-16NG would be a good transition to the F-35," he says.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics president Ralph Heath says he is confident the company can tailor an aircraft for India that is sufficiently different to the Block 50/52 F-16 planned to be purchased by neighbour Pakistan to satisfy India
This document talk a bit about this US-India relationship...
-link to the document : www.ipcs.org...
In Aug 1977 India ordered a first batch of 20 Viggen to be used as a deep strike aircraft.
In July 1978 the US finally said they would not allow it.