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Rafale deal signed

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by PARIKRAMA, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Capable of countering new-age Chinese jets, Rafale will give us edge: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa
    By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau | Updated: 14 Feb, 2017, 01:37 hrs IST

    Procurement of weapons has a recurring cost and indigenisation in the field of weapons is one of the priorities of IAF.
    India is capable of countering new generation Chinese fighters and is creating new infrastructure on the border to boost capabilities, including a new fighter jet base in east Ladakh, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa tells Economic Times in a wideranging interview. The air chief feels that the Make in India initiative will arm the air force against future threats and has confidence in the abilities of the private sector to deliver.

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    What is your assessment on the capability of the two fifth generation Chinese fighter jets?
    We have some of the latest aircraft in our inventory positioned in our eastern sector to tackle our adversary’s air power. The Chinese 5th generation aircraft have just been tested out and it will take time for them to realise their full potential. Our air defence architecture is capable of detecting intrusions and have the requisite combat assets, ground and air to counter the threat from them. With the acquisition of the Rafale, our capability in terms of combat air assets will vastly improve and will be in a position to greatly increase the asymmetry in combat potential over the adversary. We are also in the process of building our capacities to acquire more state of art combat and combat support assets. A substantial portion of this would be procured through the ‘Make in India’ route.

    What are the Air Force plans for augmentation of infrastructure in the border areas?

    Our operational capability is dependent on equipment, training, procedures, infrastructure availability and plans based on our analysis of the adversary. We have quite a few bases in our eastern sector operating frontline squadrons. These bases are being modernised with the latest facilities to undertake fullscale operations. Special shelters are being build over these structures to provide for passive air defence and they are progressing at a fast pace. On the northern front, trial landings by transport aircraft have been carried out by our aircraft at Nyoma air base and its development into a fighter aircraft base is part of the IAF’s plan in the near future.

    India is looking at partnering a private player for a new fighter jet line under the Make in India plan. What kind of technology is being looked at?

    The main objective of Make in India initiative in aerospace sector is not only to manufacture these aircraft in the country but to harness key technologies essential for manufacturing defence equipment in the country. The technology capability transfer being sought is to enable us to unilaterally design develop and manufacture top of the line fighter aircraft in the country. This will have multiple spinoffs -technology infusion will boost the R&D sector, is likely to revive some of the stagnated design and development projects and will also assist in future fighter development programmes.

    The air force has been looking at force enhancers. What mix of capability enhancers are planned in coming years?
    We already have three AWACS aircraft on the IL-76 platform operational and a case for the procurement of two additional AWACS is at CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) approval stage. The flight trials for indigenous AEW&C aircraft is in the final stages and the system is likely to be inducted soon. Apart from these, DRDO has chalked out a roadmap for development of indigenous AWACS on Airbus A330 platform and we expect the first two indigenous AWACS to be inducted in the IAF by 2025. IAF was pursuing the case for Flight Refueller Aircraft (FRA). After the withdrawal of RFP, we are now exploring available options in order to ensure that this critical capability is available to us in the earliest possible timeframe.

    The Indian industry has some capacity to manufacture aerial bombs and other ammunition domestically, would the air force look at them as a source?

    Procurement of weapons has a recurring cost and indigenisation in the field of weapons is one of the priorities of IAF. IAF is closely involved in design and development of weapons undertaken by DRDO and we also carry out flight trials of all these weapons. We have identified certain weapons that can be designed and manufactured by the private sector.

    One criticism is that the F-16 jets being offered to India are similar to the ones being operated by Pakistan. Is this a matter of concern?

    At present, there is no case for procurement of the F-16 aircraft under process. However, the F-16 jets offered to India during the bids for 126 MMRCA were more advanced than the versions being operated by PAF. There are significant differences in the two variants and the one offered to India by Lockheed Martin have superior capabilities. This was not a matter of concern during the selection process.

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    BON PLAN Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    I say "good luck" and "it's time to work hard" :angel:
     
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    The fuel balance is a far better solution. Less drag than to use trim.
     
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    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Industrialist Anil Ambani to fly sortie in Rafale at Aero India 2017
    By IANS | Updated : February 14, 2017 , 4:50 pm

    Ambani, also known as the Marathon Man for his distance-running abilities, will be kitted in flying overalls, G suit, Armée de l’Air jacket torso harness, flying boots and helmet with oxygen mask, a statement said.

    He is also slated to undergo a pre-flight briefing on the emergency systems, how to operate the Heads-Up display and also the eject/egress procedures.

    Reliance Defence has set up a joint venture with Dassault Aviation, manufacturers of the Rafale aircraft, for executing the offset obligations as a part of the 36 Rafale aircraft the Indian Air Force (IAF) is purchasing for 7.87 billion euros.

    The sortie profile comprises takeoff acceleration from 200-500 knots in full afterburner to 5,000 ft and, thereafter, climbing to 16,000 ft to give Ambani a first-hand feel of the aircraft’s advanced digital fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system.

    “The Rafale FBW is safe and easy to control and a highly agile aircraft. The aircraft is designed to take on any role (air, ground, reconnaissance and strike), but still have the flexibility to rapidly switch roles effectively once a sortie is under way if operational requirements change,” the statement said.

    Once within the allocated flying sector, there will be assisted manoeuvres at 20,000 feet comprising medium to steep turns, climb with engaged reheat at about 9G before getting into deep-dive and level-out at around 15000 ft for a rejoin and landing back at Yelahanka base.

    “Anil Ambani, a regular marathoner, with a strict fitness regime, will add another first to his many more with this sortie,” the statement said

    http://www.newsx.com/national/55867-industrialist-anil-ambani-to-fly-sortie-in-rafale-at-aero-india
     
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    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Thales doubles production of radars for Rafale
    ANNE BAUER The 14/02 at 06:00

    Dassault's export sales for hunters also allow Thales to re-launch and upgrade its radar research.
    At Thales, the Rafale export contracts are welcome. Within the group, it is assumed that about 23% of the value of the aircraft is "made in Thales", including the front radar, located in the hunter's "nose", and the "electronic warfare" Spectra ", which provides the essential detection and interference functions of a military aircraft. Technological jewelry manufactured in particular in Etrelles, in Brittany, and in Bordeaux.

    Patron of the Etrelles plant, which intervenes upstream of the production of the Rafale with the manufacture of the infinitely small (micro-components), Eric Normand specifies that the site hired last year 140 people to make In the face of accelerated Rafale delivery speeds. Thus, the Etrelles plant has organized to deliver the active radar antenna for two Rafale per month instead of one. The plant in this small Breton town (570 employees) is the smallest step in French strategic independence: the electronic component, which, once incorporated in maps, makes up the thousands of sensors of the RBE2 radar of the Rafale. In the clean rooms, workers manipulate 25 micron gold wires, three times smaller than a hair to make the radar reception and emission cards. A fine watchmaking work that requires more than one year per antenna and which has saved some beautiful local SMEs in a sector devastated by the Chinese competition: electronics.

    Electronic Scanning
    Once completed, the antenna consisting of hundreds of transceiver modules is sent to Bordeaux, where it is then calibrated and tested for several months before the factory can deliver to Dassault the final product: the RBE2 electronic scanning radar . On the new Thales campus (2,600 employees, 200 million euros in investment) located opposite the Dassault facilities in Mérignac, Bruno Carrara, head of airborne systems, confirms that the recent successes of the Rafale give radar research a new start. The RBE2, which will equip the Rafales delivered to Egypt, Qatar or India, marks a significant advance compared to traditional radars, with mechanical movements.

    In its latest version of 2012, the RBE2, the fruit of fourteen years of research, makes it possible to detect 50% better. "Radar is the most sophisticated equipment on the airplane, which allows us to see as far as possible, to calculate the missile trajectory accordingly, in environments whose temperatures can vary from -40 degrees Celsius to +70 degrees, " says Bruno Carrara. A research that has allowed Thales to develop another surveillance radar, the Searchmaster, to be fitted on any type of aircraft. As of next month, Thales is starting production in series of this radar. Qatar has just ordered it and other countries are interested.

    Anne Bauer, The Echoes

    http://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-se...-production-de-radars-pour-rafale-2064759.php
     
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    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Official confirmation finally.. and this forum and all participants screamed about it for ages..
     
  8. Ved Mishra

    Ved Mishra Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    29000 Cr. in offsets is a huge amount. Safranised Kaveri is just one of the offset. I am sure there are many more not yet leaked.
     
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    PARIKRAMA Angel or Devil? Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    True.. the help to LCA, Astra, a Seeker and help to indigenous UCAV are few more..

    @vstol jockey
    Can you pls indicate and hint few more.. no explicit ones off course.. but pointing to the right direction..
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    In fact you were the first one to break this good news followed by Vstol, Hats off to both of you.
     
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    Manohar Parrikar confirms French help for revival of Indian Kaveri engine
    By Manu Pubby, ET Bureau | Updated: 14 Feb, 2017, 17:59 hrs IST
    • Rafale fighter deal likely to be used to fund it, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said, adding that India will requires a large quantity of engines in the future, including over 5,000 for helicopters itself.

      Parrikar said that French firm Safran - which has developed the M88 engines for the Rafale - will be using technology from its engines that go on the Rafale to revive the Indian project. The minister has confirmed a story first reported by ET on July 4, 2016 about the Kaveri revival plan.

      As reported by ET, leading manufacturer Safran has finalised a $2 million consultancy agreement to revive the project for combat planes and unmanned aircraft. French experts have studied Kaveri gas turbine project -- which was stalled in 2014 -- and have draw a joint development plan.
    • France has offered a one billion euro investment to revive the combat jet engine project, proposing a joint development plan to use offsets credits that will come from the Rafale fighter jet deal.

      The Rafale deal has a offset obligation of 50 per cent of the contract cost, which translating into over 3 billion euros. Several rounds of discussions have already taken place between French company Safran and Indian developers since January.

      The Kaveri engine project was more of less abandoned for aviation use in 2014 due to power shortcomings. While the consultancy agreement will lead to a detailed plan, initial assessments by French experts has brought out that 25-30 per cent more work is needed for it to get combat worthy.
    • http://m.economictimes.com/industry...indian-kaveri-engine/articleshow/57145943.cms
     
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    Rafale in IAF colours:

     
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    Thanks for stating the obvious
     
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