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  1. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    Smart Weapons
    Expensive but Cost Effective Solution for the IAF

    By Air Marshal AK Trikha (Retd)

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    RAFALE IN IAF COLOURS

    After decades of waiting, IAF (Indian Air Force) is finally set to receive delivery of first of the 36 Rafale jets
    in a few years time. In an order worth $8.85 billion, nearly $800m have been set aside for additional weapons package. For air superiority missions, METEOR beyond the visual range (BVR) and MICA Close Combat AAMs would undoubtedly be a part of the agreed weapons package. For the strike role, there would be an option to choose amongst the most sophisticated weapons available anywhere. The aircraft has 13 hard points on which it can carry 9 tonnes of external load of various types. Considering the very limited numbers, there is no doubt that it will be employed for very specialised missions.

    French route to conversion of dumb bombs has been through add-on kits called AASM (also called ‘HAMMER’). Basic version incorporates INS/GPS guidance while the more advanced variants add IR imaging or laser guidance to increase accuracy. Rare mounted aerodynamic range extension and conrol surfaces provide stand-off capability ranging from some 15 Km at low level to 55 Km when released from high altitude. The kit is modular and can be adapted to a variety of bomb bodies.

    SCALP is a more specialised precision weapon for employment against hardened high value targets in depth. It is a long range, standoff attack, cruise missile with a range of approx 300 Km. It is all weather, fire and forget weapon which navigates to the target at low level guided by GPS and terrain mapping data pre-programmed in its memory. Once in the target’s vicinity, it climbs to height to achieve optimum strike angle and to precisely identify the programmed impact point through its IR sensors using Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) concept. The warhead is designed to penetrate several inches of concrete before activation of fuze to detonate the main warhead.

    The brief survey in this article of the variety of weapons in current use serves to highlight the reality that precision guided munitions are no longer in the realm of the exotic. In fact risks to mission success imposed by lethality and density of air defence weapons suggests that dumb weapons may have already gone past their ‘Use By’ dates. However the wide array of impressive capabilities built into smart weapons also carry a high price tag.

    Therefore, it has become all the more necessary to evaluate and shortlist target systems tightly related to defined outcomes as a part of overall strategy. Basic technologies involved in conversion of dumb to smart weapons are neither secret nor are beyond the ken of indigenous talent. Focus and intensification of R&D effort to get to grips with detail can create national manufacturing base to fulfill the need for a sizeable guided munitions inventory to meet the likely demand for a short sharp conflict.
    http://www.indiastrategic.in/2017/03/05/smart-weapons/
     
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  2. Picdelamirand-oil

    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    There is some more precisions:
    Rafale for IAF will have 14 hard points and will carry 9.5 t minimum (depending on M-88 upgrade).
    The official range of AASM in altitude is 55 km but we already have used it at more than 60 km in Libya campaign.
    The real range of SCALP (secret!) was revealed in an interview of François Hollande to 2 journalists for a book and it is 560 km instead of approx 300. (This show how the french manage secret performance).
     
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    BON PLAN Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Just imagine the same with Meteor !
    An official range of more than 100km. A real range of.... 150? 180 ???
     
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  4. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    Lol if I remember correctly you claimed that IAF already bought spice 250 and that they were already in production, based on advertisements and pictures of them on a Su30, but IAF just bought Spice 2000 for the Mirage 2000 upgrade right? And that was roughly 2 years ago.
     
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  5. Picdelamirand-oil

    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Hello @Sancho, nice to see you back!
     
  6. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    Thx Pic, looking forward to read yours and @halloweene's posts. ☺
     
  7. nair

    nair Die hard Romeo Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    I am looking forward to read your posts too :)
     
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  8. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    hee hee !!
    typical sancho posting usual diversionary posts to downplay the importance of the main topic .

    Spice 250 were ordered by IAF only by that time so thats the reason why IAI Rafael is claiming to arm those on LCA/RAfale .& if you do remember the source which i posted at that time they didnt name the customer as it was kept secret . thats why you didnt beleive me

    anyways Welcome back :)

    CHEERS
     
  9. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    French government approves Rafale F4 upgrades

    By Ryan Maass | March 23, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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    French manufacturer Dassault Aviation is set to update technological capabilities for the Rafale jet used by the French air force. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb




    March 23 (UPI) -- The French Ministry of Defense has given the green light for Dassault Aviation to begin developing the Rafale jet's F4 standard.

    The upgrade aims to provide the legacy F3-R standard jets with updated technological capabilities. Dassault representatives say the plan will make the fighters more effective during combat missions.

    "I am delighted by the Minister for Defense's decision," Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said in a press release. "The F4 standard will incorporate operational experience feedback and enable continuous improvement of the Rafale to be maintained. It will reinforce the national skills and technological capabilities essential for preparing the development of the next generation of combat aircraft."

    French defense leaders expect to begin qualification for the F4 standard in 2018.

    The Rafale is a twin-jet, multirole fighter primarily operated by the French armed forces. The plane is fitted to perform a balanced set of missions, including air defense, power projection, deep strike, air support and reconnaissance operations.

    The governments of India, Egypt and Qatar have all placed orders for Rafale aircraft.
    http://www.upi.com/Defense-News/201...nt-approves-Rafale-F4-upgrades/1461490293928/
    http://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/dassault-aviation/press/press-kits/rafale-towards-standard-f4/
     
  10. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    @Picdelamirand-oil
    after reading this thread
    http://indiandefence.com/threads/how-could-iafs-rafale-counter-s-400-sam-threat-from-china.56635/
    Marc sampaix in FB ,said to me rafale cant launch a cruise missile from tree top height it would be very risky , so whats the minimum height from ground level is for rafale to launch cruise missile .??

    i had asked the same question to bruno aka (bubzy ) of air defence net ,he had asked the same question in air defence forum also .
    any accurate answer for that . It would be helpful for the accuracy of my thread

    CHEERS
     
  11. DrSomnath999

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    Rafale appears in the lead as Malaysia seeks new fighter jets



    LANGKAWI, Malaysia: France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defence ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defence spending this year.

    French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale, made by Dassault Aviation SA, when he and his team visit Malaysia next week, the source said.

    "The ministry's top leadership have been promoting the Rafale," said the source, who was not authorised to speak to media on the negotiations.

    "It's been done in promotional material for LIMA, and even at top government meetings," the source said, referring to this week's biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

    Malaysia was looking to buy up to 18 jets in a deal potentially worth more than $2 billion, the source said.

    Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was reported in media as saying that the race for new fighter jets has narrowed down to the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by BAE Systems.

    The plan is to replace the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) squadron of Russian MiG-29 combat planes, nearly half of which are grounded.

    Dassault, which declined comment when approached, has kept a low profile in the race. BAE has been on a consistent and public campaign over the past six years to win the Malaysia contract, even establishing a regional office in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

    Steve Osborne, BAE's sales director for military air and information for the Asia Pacific region, said the Typhoon had a good chance of landing the deal as the company already supplied defence equipment to Malaysia.

    "We believe this gives the government of Malaysia the confidence in us that they may go with us...," said Osborne.

    An industry and a government source with knowledge of the negotiations said any decision would take at least two more years, as Prime Minister Najib Razak is focused on more domestic concerns in the run up to national polls that must be held by 2018.

    Malaysia cut its total defence budget by 12.7 percent to 15.1 billion ringgit ($3.41 billion) this year, as Najib grapples with growing public discontent over rising living costs.

    Besides Dassault and BAE, other suitors courting Malaysia are Russia's Sukhoi and Sweden's SAAB, which is selling its single engine Gripen.

    Two industry sources said Sukhoi was also in talks with Indonesia, potentially to deliver up to two full squadrons of the new SU-35 planes. An Indonesian ministry official said in November that the ministry was looking to buy "nine or 10" of the planes, though the award had not been finalised.

    SAAB, which is proposing a lease arrangement with Malaysia for use of the Gripen, is also in the running for a deal to deliver 36 single engine multi-role combat aircraft to the Philippines, according to an industry source who has direct knowledge of the negotiations.

    "We're expecting a decision by the Philippine government between 2018 and 2020. Their procurement process is scheduled to happen between 2021 and 2024," the source said.

    Defence spending in the Asia Pacific region is expected to hit $250 billion from 2016-20, IHS Janes Defence Weekly said in December, spurred by rising tension in the South China Sea where China has created several islands, worrying the United States and some of China's neighbours.

    China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have claims.
    http://www.thestar.com.my/business/...-the-lead-as-malaysia-seeks-new-fighter-jets/
     
  12. Sancho

    Sancho Major Technical Analyst

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    So the same old speculation after 2 years. Nothing has changed, neither you nor the procurement.

    Thx
     
  13. layman

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    Next-Gen. Rafale F4 to Fly in 2023

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    Addressing the growing domestic and international demand for the French fighter aircraft, Dassault and the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will soon begin a six-year development phase of the next-generation Rafale F4. The French Minister of Defense, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, authorized the start of development of the next generation variant of the Rafale. The aircraft will introduce new capacities empowered by the modern missile and engine technologies.

    The new variant will follow the Rafale F3-R currently in development and scheduled to complete the qualification testing next year. Dassault now produces Rafales to fulfill French orders for 180 aircraft, along with sales of 78 more aircraft for Egypt and India. The French Air Force could order additional 45 as it phases out older Mirage 2000 aircraft. The first fully equipped F4 aircraft are expected to enter service in 2025, though certain functions will be available in 2023. It will be part of the fifth production tranche (2019-2025), delivering on French and export orders.


    Since France plans to maintain the Rafale with its air and naval air forces at least through 2040, the French Ministry of Defense invests in the continuous modernization and upgrading of the aircraft. €1 billion were allocated for the development of the current variant – F3-R, which will integrate the Meteor, MBDA’s new extended-range air/air missile. Relying on a new AESA radar fitted to the aircraft the Meteor will be able to engage aerial targets from ranges exceeding 100 km. In the air/ground domain, the F3-R variant will be cleared to carry the new target designation pod PDL-NG from Thales. Other upgrades include the installation of an upgraded Link 16 terminal, improved – Mod 5 compatible IFF and buddy refueling pods for the French Navy’s Rafale N.

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    Rafale Pilot using the Fighter Sphere tablet. Sphere is an integrated Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) that greatly reduces pilot workload dealing with important but non-critical tasks during pre-flight and in flight. Photo: Dassault Aviation by P. Sagnes.
    Given its role replacing Mirage 2000 variants currently in service, Rafale F4 will likely include weapon integration modifications to include new variants of air/air Mica, Scalp and the nuclear cruise missile ASMP-A (currently deployed exclusively on Mirage 2000N). However, due to the relatively short span of the program, it is likely to focus mainly on capabilities based on software and limited hardware upgrades.

    Further, into the future, the program could introduce significant airframe changes, as part of the Rafale’s mid-life modifications. These upgrades could include cockpit redesign or introduction of low-observability modifications to better position this 4.5 generation fighter against modern and future fighters.

    “The F4 standard will incorporate operational experience feedback and enable continuous improvement of the RAFALE to be maintained. It will reinforce the national skills and technological capabilities essential for preparing the development of the next generation of combat aircraft”, stated Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “I am also delighted that the Defense Ministry underlines the need to continue with the acquisition of the Rafale, beyond the 4th tranche currently in production, in order primarily to meet the needs of the French Air Force,” Trappier added.

    The Rafale entered service with the French Navy in 2004 and with the French Air Force in 2006. With more than 30,000 flight hours in operations, it has proven its worth in combat in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Iraq, and Syria. Beyond France (180 aircraft ordered) the Rafale was ordered by Egypt (24), Qatar (24) and India (32).

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    Rafale B delivered to Egypt seen here in flight. Photo: Dassault Aviation – A. Pecchi.
     
  14. DrSomnath999

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    Malaysian MRCA Jet Competition: Defence Minister
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    Malaysian Treasury secretary-general Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah Being Helped Into a Rafale at LIMA
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    Malaysia’s defence minister Hishamuddin Hussain has squashed reports that the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon had been shortlisted for the Malaysian air force’s multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) requirement.

    Asked if the ministry would settle for Eurofighter Typhoon by BAE Systems or the Rafale by Dassault Aviation, he said the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen “are still in the running”.

    The defence minister was quoted by a Malaysian publication, Star as having made the comments during the concluding press conference of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) show.

    The minister’s statement comes amidst wild speculation that the four year old competition had been narrowed down to French and European choices.

    The presence of Saab and Boeing at the LIMA show where they spoke about the relative merits of their respective aircraft further consolidated the view that they were still in the running.

    Dassault and BAE Systems, the companies leading the Rafale and Eurofighter competitions respectively were most active in terms of PR and visibility. The former more so.

    Representatives of Dassault were seen handing over Rafale gift packages to anybody in a Malaysian military uniform. Rafale also took Malaysian government’s Treasury secretary-general Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah on a joy ride in the two-seater aircraft. Abdullah later told the media, “This is the first time I have ever been on board a jet fighter and it is such a fun experience.”

    Endorsing the aircraft, he said that the Dassault Rafale was a quality modern jet fighter, which was fitted with the latest technologies that make it a highly capable platform on the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.


    “I hope the Defence Ministry will seriously consider obtaining the aircraft in the future,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

    Eurofighter on the other hand had an aircraft on static display and an audio visual and simulator presentation at its stand where its representatives thanked the British government for taking up Typhoon’s procurement case with Kuala Lumpur.
    http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18...aysian_MRCA_Jet_Competition__Defence_Minister
     
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    Hollande is there on Friday...
     
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