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IAF gung ho on gliders

I came across an intriguing request for proposals from the IndianAir Force for ‘two basic powered hang gliders with accessories.’ An image of commando-typegliders equipped with rockets and guns popped into my head, but after someinvestigation it appears the gliders are for recreational use. Under the ‘Adventure’ category on its web site the IAF offerspersonnel the […]

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IAF gets serious about games

The Indian Air Force has issued a tender for a war gamingcentre. This is not surprising in itself: for years the world’s air forces havefought battles in simulated environments. It is, however, of interest to look at some of the requirementsthe IAF is looking for, as the centre will encompass all aspects of warfare,from tactical […]

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IAF shopping list: Mig-21 tyres, An-32 lugs, and IL-78 wheel hubs

That Indiais warming to western aircraft is well known. In the last few years the countryhas purchased Lockheed Martin C-130Js as well as Boeing P-8Is and C-17s. In thepast it has bought Mirage and Jaguar aircraft. Mainly, though, Indiahas bought Russian kit.  Anecdotally, Russian aircraft are difficult to maintain,particularly older types. Some idea of the challenges […]

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India’s Mirage upgrade: a prelude to a Rafale MMRCA win?

It looks as if India is serious about upgradingits Dassault Mirage 2000Hs to Mirage 2000-9 standard. This is a major upgradethat will affect most systems in the aircraft. The bill, estimated at $2.2billion, is staggering, working out to about $43 million an aircraft. One wondersif Indiawould be better off buying new aircraft. In his MMRCA […]

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Delhi residents to aid in bird strike prevention

Aviation fans everywhere await the cool displaysat the upcoming Aero India show (9-13 February), but Delhiresidents are set to get a nice prequel on 26 January, when Indiacelebrates Republic Day.The aerial component of the planned parade will includeJaguars, Mig-29s, Su-30MKIs, helicopters, and transport planes. A verticalclimb by an Su-30MKI will mark the parade’s end.   […]

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IAF Shock and Awe

During my recent visit to India the Air Force was kind enoughto pass me a superb video of the IAF’s Vayu Shakti live fire demonstration inFebruary 2010. It provides some nice footage of Migs, particularly the Mig-21and Mig-27, Su-30MKIs, Jaguars (with one firing its cannon), and Mi-35helicopter gunships. Though all the jets fly fast and […]

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India’s MMRCA: Cut and Thrust

These are interesting times for India‘s Air Force. Somewhere in itscolonnaded Delhiheadquarters a massive team is poring over tens of thousands of pages about thesix fighters in the 126-aircraft MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft)competition. Aside from the 6,000-7,000 pages each company provided – thecontenders are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab, Dassault, Eurofighter, and RSKMig – the […]

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Missing IAF AN-32 pushes modernisation to the fore again

Another Indian Air Force aircraft is believed to have crashed, this time an Antonov AN-32 transport aircraft (similar to the one pictured above) with 12 people reportedly on board. This follows the crash of a Sukhoi Su-30MKI earlier in 2009 and several fatal incidents involving other IAF aircraft over the last year.We still do not […]

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