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  1. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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  2. DrSomnath999

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    THE BA 118, FUTURE RAFALE MECCA

    [​IMG]Since the re-establishment in September 2015 of the 30th Fighter Wing Air Base 118 of Mont-de-Marsan - home to a fleet of 45 fighters Rafale C and B to F3 standard plus some Mirage 2000 D and Alpha Jet - the Landes airport is experiencing a resurgence of activity, that will go growing by the end of the decade.

    This is the important basis of the Southwest which should serve as primary training site for foreign pilots and mechanics designed to operate on Rafale, starting with those of Qatar, the first elements arrived in mid-October to follow during the CFR (Continuous training center) 24/30.

    Like the Singaporean airmen on the BA 120 Cazaux, Qatari pilots will indeed be able, from next year, have their own building, a set being built on the BA 118, where the theoretical courses will be taught in a first time and, within two years, which will also housed the first of 24 Rafale F3R ordered in 2015 by the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

    In parallel and in order to cope with the increase in aircraft movements on the platform, the BA 118 will experience over the coming months, an extension of the central parking area on which will be built new shelters individual for the Rafale. All to address the next decade with the deserved title Gust of Mecca!
    http://www.ttu.fr/ba-118-future-mecque-rafale/
     
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  3. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    Rafale & S-400 as force multipliers

    In this backdrop, the signing of the Rafale deal and the inter-governmental agreement on the S-400 missile system are crucial developments, as both systems can act as huge force multipliers in their own way for the IAF.

    The Rafale jet is an excellent 4.5 generation fighter jet that comes equipped with potent armaments in the form of Storm Shadow stand-off ALCM and Meteor long-range BVRAAM. However, it is the low observable airframe equipped with an AESA radar and a SPECTRA jammer that makes it a potent force multiplier when the IAF’s inventory of aircraft is equipped with an ODL. Rafale would be able to leverage its low observable and long-range detection capabilities to detect enemy aircraft earlier, and share tactical combat information with other aircraft (such as Tejas, Mirage 2000 and MiG-29) equipped with an ODL. With its ability to act as a mini-AWACS or fighter director in a network-centric environment, the Rafale aircraft can be a significant force multiplier for the IAF.



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    Projected coverage bubble with a deployment of five units of S-400 (Image Credit: @Aryanwarlord)


    The Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C aircraft act as a buffer or balancer for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) against the air superiority enjoyed by the IAF. With a targeting range exceeding 400km for the AEW&C operated by the PAF, the S-400 system makes it near-impossible for the PAF to operate their AWACS system while the IAF would be able to freely deploy its AWACS due to PAF lacking equivalent systems that can endanger the AWACS flying inside Indian territory. Any PAF fighter deployment will also have to contend with the threat of being targeted by the S-400 missile system. By virtually plugging the western border and severely limiting the deployment of PAF AWACS, the S-400 acts as a huge force multiplier.

    Conclusion
    The multi-pronged force multiplier impact provided by the Rafale and S-400 missile systems is a much-needed shot in the arm for the IAF. Even with lower squadron numbers, the IAF would be able to establish air superiority over the western border with the upgraded Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 fighters supported by a small compliment of Rafales and/or Su-30MKI. This essentially allows the IAF to deploy a major portion of its best fighter assets (Rafale & Su-30MKI) to defend the northern border in the eventuality of a two-front conflict.

    While the low and falling squadron strength of the IAF is a big concern, the Rafale and S-400 acquisitions can act as a bulwark against the inevitable low squadron strength in the near future. After a decade of decadence, the Modi-Parrikar duo deserve accolades for their decisive action in untangling the Rafale fighter jet deal, and for the very quick progress on the S-400 deal.
    http://swarajyamag.com/defence/unde...jet-and-s-400-missile-system-deals-on-the-iaf
     
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    ‘Rafale deal is a milestone in Indo-French defence ties’


    France is committed to help India build its defence industry, says French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler



    France’s new Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler believes that the $8.7-billion Rafale deal will prove to be a milestone in Indo-French defence ties.

    In a free-wheeling interview with BusinessLine, Ziegler rued the high customs duties imposed by India, adding that it was imperative to conclude the long-pending India-EU free trade agreement. Edited excerpts:

    Now that the Rafale deal has been finalised, what next do you foresee in terms of bilateral defence ties?

    The Rafale agreement marks a major milestone in bilateral ties and will take our technological and industrial cooperation to an unprecedented level over the next 50 years. We are looking forward to pursuing and strengthening our cooperation with India.

    What are you doing about the recent data leakage incident of French submarine maker DCNS?

    This leak originated from an act of malevolence. Thanks to the immediate response of all the stakeholders concerned — from the manufacturer DCNS to the Indian and French authorities — the damage was limited, as no information compromising the security of the submarines was published.

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    An inquiry has been instituted in France and all means are being used to bring the truth to light as fast as possible. We are, of course, cooperating very closely and in all transparency with the Indian authorities.

    What do the French defence firms tell you about the regulatory procedures in India?

    Our defence cooperation with India goes back to over 50 years. If we have been able to forge such a relation of trust over the decades, it’s also due to the fundamental values we share, such as the quest for strategic autonomy. France is committed to assisting India in building its own capabilities in defence. The recent signing of the Rafale agreement is a clear illustration of this, with 50 per cent offsets, which will greatly benefit the Indian defence industry and its technological know-how in key areas.
    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...in-indofrench-defence-ties/article9292359.ece
     
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    Deliveries of 36 Rafale Fighter Jets To Commence From September 2019
    November 19, 2016 Posted by Team DefenceAviationPost
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    Following the signing of an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) along with Aircraft & Weapons Package Supply Protocols and Technical Arrangement with the French Government on 23rd September, 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition, the deliveries of the fighter jets will commence from September, 2019, Dr Subhash Bhamre informed the Lok Sabha on November 18, 2016.

    The Rs 58,000 crore deal executed by India to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France is undoubtedly one the most well negotiated pacts and one that will bring along huge gains for the domestic aviation industry besides creating job openings for the people of India.

    This deal is the first since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90s and is considered a win-win for India, the most significant feature of this contract being the enhancements for India which even French aircrafts do not have.

    In an exclusive chat with DefenceAviationPost.com soon after the signing of the deal, Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar said, “In any foreign deal, there are 3-4 things that have to be taken care of. First is the cost, which we have negotiated at a much lesser price than the earlier price being quoted by the French team.”

    It is noteworthy to point here that the 7.878 billion Euros deal has been clinched at a price that is 750 million euros less than what was quoted by the French team in January 2016.

    “Second is the percentage of offsets which in this case is much higher than any other foreign military sales so far. This creates a huge potential for the domestic aviation industry and is in line with the Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative,” the minister said.

    It may be mentioned here that deal comes with a 50% offset clause which means that Indian companies will get businesses worth over 3 billion euros or Rs 22,500 crores.

    Parrikar said the most significant feature of this contract are the enhancements for India which even French aircrafts do not have.

    Firstly, these fighter jets come along with state-of-the-art missile weaponry profile that increases the strike capabilities of the IAF to a great extent. It includes Meteor Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile with a range in excess 150 kms. Then it also comes along with Scalp (Pointed Offence) which is a long range air to surface cruise missile with a range of over 300 kms.

    Further, these fighter jets will be customised in line with the requirements of the IAF and will include Helmet Mounted Displays, radar warning receiver, infrared search and track among others.

    “So from all directions it is a win-win deal for India. Rafale is a potent aircraft and will add to the capability of the IAF,” the minister added.

    Experts say that Rafale coming fitted with Meteors and Scalp will shake up Pakistan Air Force hugely and PLAAF (air warfare branch of China) to a fair extent.

    They added that the enhancements negotiated under the deal for 36 Rafale means that India’s adversaries will need four modern fighter jets to counter one Rafale. Simply put, the enemy will need four Su30 or four F16D (latest acquired by Pakistan) or four JF17 (which again Pakistan has) to counter one Rafale with its existing capabilities.

    “This 1:4 ratio will clearly give Indian an edge over its adversaries and the deal for 36 Rafale is equivalent to procuring 144 modern fighter jets,” an official said requesting anonymity.

    Timelines is another major aspect of this deal. The deliveries of fighter jets will start in 36 months and completed in 18 months thereon.

    Under the contract, the French manufacturer Dassault has to ensure that 75% of the fleet or 27 fighters are operationally available at any given time.
    http://defenceaviationpost.com/deliveries-36-rafale-fighter-jets-commence-september-2019/

    P.S Pakistan would need 4 JF 17 to counter 1 rafale !! lol it would need an entire squadron :rofl:
     
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    Rafale deal to help DRDO realise stealth drone dream?
    THE ASIAN AGE.
    Published : Nov 21, 2016, 1:05 am IST
    Updated : Nov 21, 2016, 5:40 am IST



    These 83 aircraft would be fitted with advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar being developed indigenously.

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    DRDO chairperson S. Christopher at a press conference on LCA-TEJAS and TAPAS (RUSTOM-II) in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)
    Bengaluru: An oblique spin-off of the $8.8 billion deal with France for 36 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) could help DRDO achieve fruition of “Ghatak”, the country’s first stealth combat drone or unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

    Safran, a French company which manufactures engines for Rafale combat jets, has offered to partner DRDO in the development of a variant of the indigenous Kaveri engine for “Ghatak”.

    “We are working on technologies required for “Ghatak” with about Rs 230 crore sanctioned as part of pre-project studies. We are waiting for approval (of the project) by the Union government,” Dr S. Christopher, director general, DRDO, and secretary, department of defence R&D, ministry of defence (MoD), told the media here on Sunday.

    He said Safran’s offer could help accelerate the development of Kaveri engine to power Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft) fighter jets. So far, an expenditure of about Rs 2,100 crores was incurred on Kaveri engine by Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bengaluru, over the last three decades.

    In case the government approves collaboration with Safran, the French engine maker would contribute about Rs 500 crore to Rs 600 crore and ensure certification of engines within the next 18 months for Ghatak, Tejas and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), he added.

    Dr Christopher said Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, and Bangladesh were interested in buying Tejas combat aircraft.

    In fact, Turkmenistan’s Chief of Air Staff had a hands-on experience flying the Indian military jet to become the second Chief of Air Staff to pilot Tejas. In May, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, flew Tejas during a 40 minute sortie over Bengaluru and neighbouring areas of Tamil Nadu.

    He said the latest decision of Ministry of Defence to sanction Rs 50,000 crores for 83 Tejas combat jets for IAF would also cover the cost of development of an ecosystem for production and supply of systems, engines and spares.

    Each Tejas Mark-I jet would cost about Rs 250 crores to Rs 260 crores with manufacture of these 83 aircraft likely to stretch between 2020 and 2025, with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) set to ramp up production from eight fighter jets a year to 16 every year.

    These 83 aircraft would be fitted with advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar being developed indigenously.

    Commodore C.D. Balaji, director, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal organization for ‘Tejas’, said the Final Operational Clearance (FOC), a key milestone in the military jet’s development would be completed in the first half of 2017.

    Dr Christopher said the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) ‘Rustom-II’ flew with clock-work precision during its maiden flight last week. Ten ‘Rustom-II’ category UAVs would be made for flight tests and verify capabilities such as intelligence gathering and surveillance. A portion of the budget of Rs 1,500 crores sanctioned for ‘Rustom-II’ would be used for the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), an out-door test and evaluation facility near Chitradurga in Karnataka, he added.

    http://www.asianage.com/india/all-i...to-help-drdo-realise-stealth-drone-dream.html
     
  8. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    So it becomes official?
     
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    So Safran will help to developp the Kaveri engine (for LCA and maybe AMCA) or a derivative for a UCAV ?
     
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    The three
     
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    As mentioned, Safran will be involved in the development of Kaveri for all three programs.
     
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    Near repost from other thread but... I was told this very aternoon by a tech at CEP (Centre d'Essai Propulseurs) that hotparts of FCAS engine (french proposal), derived from M-88, will reach 2600 K
     
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    That's certainly impressive.

    Any news about a space based fighter to replace the Rafale?
     
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    The french proposal.... good.
    And the GB one?
     
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    Sarsawa air base likely to host first Rafale squadron

    New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) The first squadron of Rafale fighter jets are likely to be based at the Sarsawa air base of Indian Air Force in Uttar Pradesh, informed sources said on Friday. According to sources, the air base is being geared up for the squadron, while two more bases are to be identified.

    The deliveries of the aircraft will start in September 2019 and will be completed in April, 2022. Sources said a team from Dassault Aviation visited the air base last month, and a feasibility test was carried out. The infrastructure for hosting the squadron and its maintenance is being created at the air base.

    The Sarsawa air base comes under the Western Command of IAF. The first squadron is likely to have 12 fighters, including pair of trainers. India and France signed an inter-government agreement for purchase of 36 Rafale fighters off shelf on September 23 this year. This was after a long negotiation between the two countries over the price and other aspects of the deal which was agreed upon during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France in April 2015. The procurement includes a provision for offsets of 50 percent of the value of the Aircraft and Weapons Package, excluding the value of Performance Based Logistics and Simulator Annual Maintenance, which will be discharged by the vendors through purchase of eligible products supplied by Indian firms. --IANS

    Read more at: http://www.sify.com/news/sarsawa-ai...afale-squadron-news-others-qmxvEcifiijaf.html
     
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