Originally posted by Stealth Spy
With so many carriers and airplanes based on them lining up to enter service this is not surprising.
The T-45 is essentially a modified BAe Hawk, right ?. I was wondering if the deal for Hawks to be license produced at HAL could be extended and these goshawks can be made out of the additional ones
Does BAe have a stake in selling the gosHawk as well ? What aircrafts do the the Russians & French use to train their pilots for carrier based operations with more lethal airplanes ?
Originally posted by Stealth Spy
This was as outrageous as the original estimate to make the LCA Tajas @ 8 million per unit.
Its no surprise that the estimate for the MKI has been exceeded massively. These IMHO are gimmicks to secure funding for these projects. Hopefully HAL will learn to give out more realistic estimates in the future.
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 3 :A team from Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau and Irkut gave a detailed classified presentation to the Defence Ministry on Thursday on its fifth generation fighter concept, but discrepancies have already begun to surface between New Delhi and Moscow over the proposed multi-billion dollar joint programme to develop and produce advanced stealth fighters for both countries in the next decade.
In essence, South Block has communicated to Moscow that the Russian fifth generation fighter programme, designated PAK-FA, is already at an advanced stage of design, which effectively negates the aspect of ‘‘joint-development’’ and has asked it to come up with a more ‘‘equal’’ proposal. The Sukhoi-led consortium’s concept, based on the PAK-FA, is being pitched vigorously to India as part of a protocol signed by the two countries in 2004 to build a fifth generation fighter.
In fact, the government plans to tell Moscow in December at the sixth meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Government Commission that if billions of dollars are to flow from the Indian side for the joint project, Moscow needs a partner because its budget will not allow it to develop alone, then the IAF and HAL must be on board from scratch, so that the aircraft platform incorporates IAF operational needs as well.
At the most basic level, the wish-list that the IAF has for a fifth generation fighter, which should ideally begin flying operationally between 2015-2020, includes comprehensive stealth, a single engine , supercruise capabilities, an active electronically scanned array (AESA) combat radar and swing-role capabilities.
The fifth generation joint project is still a futuristic one, though it was clear from Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s comments in Parliament today, that the government is taking strong note of lessons learnt from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme for its other proposed project, the Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA).
‘‘For expediting development work on MCA, government may consider collaboration with friendly countries,’’ he said. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bangalore has already begun to conceptualise the MCA, possibly as India’s fifth-generation platform.
Originally posted by puneetsg
Hey DD3, you live near an IAF base right. What's the word on the Tejas as of now? In terms of manouverability etc. Any idea what the test pilots are saying about the plane.
To put it simply, how good is it to fly?
On a side note, i would really like to see some vids of the Chinese infratsructure and a/c
Originally posted by CosmicScorpion
Any latest news? (Some reliable source, please )
And, what does Su-30 mean in Indian context? Just MKIs, or all Ks and MKs?
The prototype aircraft of Tejas, PV3, had its flawless maiden flight today.
It is the fifth light combat aircraft to take to the skies, joining the fleet of two technology Demonstrators (TD1 and TD2) and two proto vehicles (PV1 and PV2), according to the Aeronautical Development Agency, which comes under the Ministry of Defence.
"The perfect maiden flight is a result of maturity gained in development of various systems, building of the aircraft to better and better quality, and thorough ground testing," an ADA statement said.
The LCA programme, in spite of all the setbacks it had due to US sanctions, has moved forward and has completed more than 570 flights, ADA said. Eleven Test Pilots from IAF who have flown and evaluated these aircraft have adjudged the handling qualities as one of the best in its class.
The aircraft, having proved as a good flying platform, is now getting converted into a good weapon platform, with the integration and testing of various weapons and sensors planned over the next 18 months, the statement said.