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PART 1: Big Surprises In LCA Navy NP1's Ski-Jump Fight

 

09.02.2015 by Livefist

 

When the first prototype of India's LCA Navy (NP1) roared off the ski-jump at the Shore-based Test Facility (SBTF) for the first time on December 20 last year, no one from the team observing the jet from the flightline and from telemetry stations knew that something unseen had happened. Something that would only become known later in the day when performance data was analysed. And it was good, solid news, much needed for a team that has seen little more than questions, derision and barely veiled bemusement. Importantly, it was the first time the team felt it had an answer to the 'what use is this platform, really?' question.

 

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PART 2: The Four 'Fixes' After LCA Navy's Ski-Jump Flight

 

PART 3: The Official LCA Navy Mk.2 Wishlist

 

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7 févr. 2015 Shiv Aroor - Livefsit

 

The second prototype of India's 1st indigenously built naval fighter, the LCA Navy, takes off on its debut flight in Bengaluru on Feb 7, 2015. More details here

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Indian Navy Wants 6 New Indian-built Missile Corvettes

 

08.02.2015 by Livefist
 

Designated the Next Generation Missile Vessel (NGMV) programme, the Indian Navy has officially announced interest in procuring six new Indian-built missile corvettes primarily as surface warfare vessels.
 

The navy puts down the capabilities it is looking for from the NDMVs as "Surface warfare capabilities, low RADAR, acoustic, magnetic and IR signature, high endurance and credible AMD/AA capability." The navy's RFI, leaves out specifics of displacement, though it appears that it could be looking for 2,000-2,500 ton vessel class -- smaller than the brand new Kamorta-class ASW corvettes that began inductions last year, but significantly larger than the Indian-built Kora and Khukri class of surface warfare corvettes.

 

The requirement comes with an ambitious weapons complement requirement: eight SSMs, a point defence missile system (the Barak is currently the only PDMS in Indian Navy service), an MR Gun system ("with stealth features having range not less than 15 km and capability to carry out Surface to surface, surface to air and Anti Missile Defence (AMD) engagements should be fitted. It should have the facility to be remoted using Fire Control Radars (FCR) as well as EO (Electro-Optical) sight."), and a CIWS.

 

The NGMV competition has exciting implications, drawing out a possible bid that takes private sector builders beyond the patrol vessel capabilities that many have been competing to provide so far and move into the realm of frontline warshipping.

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Visite du ministre israélien de la Défense Moshe Yaalon en Inde le 17 février.

 

06.02.2015 IsraëlValley

 

Le ministre de la Défense Moshe Yaalon, se rendra le 17 février en Inde, première visite du genre pour un ministre de la Défense depuis l’établissement des relations diplomatiques entre les deux pays. Jérusalem accorde une importance stratégique à cette visite, qui marque un tournant dans les relations sécuritaires avec New-Delhi et qui pourrait ouvrir la voie vers de nouveaux marchés dans le domaine de la défense.

 

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UIMC to present promising aviation developments in India

 

06.02.2015 by Rostec

 

The modernization of equipment for the Su-30MKI will be discussed at Aero India-2015

 

During the international exhibition in Bangalore, India, United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation will present promising developments in aviation radio communications, which may be of interest to Asian partners.

 

The Aero India-2015 exhibition will be held from February 18-22. During this time, planned meetings will take place with representatives from the Indian Air Force and aircraft manufactures from the corporation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The sides will discuss the possibility of upgrading the communication equipment of the Su-30MKI Indian fighter jets and also outfitting Russian-Indian aircraft such as the FGFA fighter jet and the MTA transport aircraft with communication equipment.

 

“Our Asian partners immediately expressed interest in several models of Russian technology,” said Sergey Skokov, Deputy CEO of UIMC. “First of all, we have one of our latest developments for export, the S-112 aviation communication system, which provides a new level of data transmission efficiency. In addition, we are presenting in India the NKVS-27 system for multi-voice communication and information exchange between command posts and tactical aircraft.”

 

Since 2006, Polyot Research & Production Company, a subsidiary of UIMC, has manufactured the NKVS-27 system for foreign customers with Russian planes in the inventory. India may also be interested in acquiring the system for communication between aircraft command points and the Su-30MKI fighter jets, the Ka-31 helicopters, and the FGFA and MTA airplanes.

 

During the Aero India-2015 exhibition, the corporation will also present the on-board S-404 communication system developed by Polyot Research & Production Company, which features an integrated antenna system designed for the Ka-62 helicopter and other types of civilian aircraft. In comparison with similar products, the system has improved quality and range of communication. The system adheres to all international standards regarding radio communication equipment, including signal reception for selective calls. Its military modification provides anti-jamming protection and encryption of data and voice information on both the hardware and software levels.

 

The AT-E aviation information exchange terminal, also developed by ,  Polyot Research & Production Company will also be presented at the exhibition. This terminal solves problems related to communication, navigation, identification, and management of various branches of the armed forces, particularly in relation to aviation. The terminal utilizes information exchange network technology, and its characteristics correspond with all similar products (such as JTIDS/MIDS system terminals) utilized by the armies of both the USA and NATO.

 

The international aerospace exhibition Aero India has been held in Bangalore since 1996. Traditionally, it hosts leading representatives of the aerospace industry. In 2013, over 300 companies from 50 countries attended the exhibition.

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Soryu class submarine (photo kure-news)

Soryu class submarine (photo kure-news)

 

3 February 2015 naval-technology.com/

 

India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, as part of Project 75I.

 

The Times of India reported that the proposal was sent asking the Japanese Government to 'consider the possibility' of building the six stealth submarines in India.

 

In compliance with the government's 'Make in India' initiative, the latest proposal includes the option for Japan to form a joint venture with an Indian shipyard.

 

If accepted, Japan would join other bidders, including France's DCNS, Germany's HDW, Spain's Navantia and Russia's Rosonboronexport.

 

India launched Project 75I in 2007 to replace its ageing fleet with next-generation diesel submarines.

 

With a submerged weight of 4,200t, Soryu submarines are claimed to be larger than German Type 214, French Scorpene or Russian Kilo vessels, and can carry a heavier weapons load.

 

The Indian Government is also considering procuring Japanese US-2i ShinMayva amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy, which comes after Japan ended its self-imposed export ban.

 

Australia is assessing an option to replace its Collins-class vessels with Soryu submarines.

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Achat d'armes : l'Inde est-il un pays fiable ?

Armement - Le Premier ministre indien Narendra Modi va-t-il faire entrer l'Inde dans une ère moderne en matière d'acquisition d'armes?

 

09/02/2015 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Contrats cassés, négociations qui traînent, appels d'offre annulés, exigences extravagantes... L'Inde ne ne comporte vraiment pas en pays responsable en matière d'achats d'armements.

 

Industriels cardiaques s'abstenir... Pour se lancer dans un appel d'offre en Inde dans le domaine de l'armement, il faut d'abord s'armer de beaucoup, beaucoup de patience. Mais pas que... Car l'industriel qui a gagné après une longue, très longue procédure, peut encore tout perdre. En Inde, le jeu "Qui perd gagne" en matière d'achats d'armements est très en vogue. Les groupes français ont malheureusement beaucoup subi de décisions en leur défaveur ces dernières années. En dépit de nombreux déboires, ils ont courbé l'échine face aux enjeux colossaux d'équipements en matière militaire de l'Inde, considéré comme un eldorado par les industriels de l'armement du monde entier.

Peut-être François Hollande en touchera-t-il deux mot au Premier ministre indien Narendra Modi qui se rendra en avril en France pour son premier déplacement en Europe. Les deux hommes d'État devraient discuter du renforcement du partenariat stratégique entre les deux pays et de leur coopération économique. Cette visite de deux jours se déroulera pour partie en province, a précisé Laurent Fabius à quelques journalistes après un entretien avec le Premier ministre indien à New Delhi. En attendant cette visite, tous les industriels de la planète se donnent rendez-vous au salon aéronautique Aero India 2015 (18-22 février) à Bangalore.

 

La demande extravagante de New Delhi

Le méga-contrat pour la vente de 126 avions de combat Rafale à l'Inde, en discussion depuis janvier 2012, devrait figurer en bonne place dans les discussions. Trois ans que Dassault Aviation et ses partenaires et le ministère de la Défense indien sont en négociations exclusives. En décembre dernier, un porte-parole du ministère indien de la Défense avait expliqué que sur le Rafale, "il a été décidé que tout désaccord serait résolu de manière accélérée". La France pouvait être donc rassurée...

Sauf qu'aujourd'hui les négociations sont bel et bien bloquées. Les Indiens souhaitent que les industriels français, Dassault Aviation en tête, garantissent les Rafale qui sortent des usines de HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), l'industriel étatique indien (délais, dommages...). Et à juste titre, l'avionneur refuse cette demande extravagante. Un désaccord majeur qui pourrait faire le jeu des Russes et des Britanniques, qui n'ont eu de cesse de rappeler en outre à New Delhi combien les Français ne sont pas fiables en termes de livraison. Ils font expressément référence au deux porte-hélicoptères de la classe Mistral fabriqués par DCNS pour le compte de la marine russe. Deux bâtiments dont la livraisons est bloquée par Paris en raison du conflit ukrainien.

En Inde, "tous les interlocuteurs russes des Indiens disent de nous que nous ne sommes pas fiables. Les Anglais également", expliquait en 2014 aux sénateurs un des plus hauts responsables du ministère de la Défense, le délégué général pour l'armement, Laurent Collet-Billon.

 

Des hélicoptères Fennec au système de défense aérienne SR-SAM

Des déboires, l'industrie d'armement française en a connu un certain nombre en Inde. A commencer par Dassault Aviation. Charles Edelstenne, alors Le PDG, a gardé en travers de la gorge un appel d'offre lancé par New Delhi pour des avions d'entraînement sur lequel le groupe français, qui proposait ses Alpha Jet, avait négocié... pendant vingt-deux ans, avant de jeter l'éponge. Plus récemment, l'Inde a annulé en 2007 un appel d'offres pour l'achat de 197 hélicoptères qui avait été gagné avec son modèle Fennec par Airbus Helicopter (Airbus Group). Ce contrat de 400 millions d'euros pour 197 machines pouvait monter à 1,5 milliard avec l'achat au total de 600 machines.

En 2010, New Delhi a annulé une commande portant sur l'acquisition de six avions ravitailleurs MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) d'Airbus Group en raison de de son prix élevé, contre les recommandations de l'Indian Air Force (IAF). Mais trois ans plus tard, l'Inde a à nouveau sélectionné cet appareil. Le contrat reste encore à signer. Enfin, trois ans après terminé les négociations et signé en décembre 2011, MBDA attend toujours la mise en vigueur du programme du système de défense aérien, SR-SAM (Short Range Surface to Air Missile), qui est pourtant un programme en coopération.

 

Faut-il débrancher le SR-SAM?

Ce missile sol-air de nouvelle génération doit être co-développé avec la DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) et coproduit en Inde avec Bharat Dynamics Limited, estimé à 4,5 milliards d'euros, dont 1,8 milliard d'euros pour MBDA), est sur la sellette, faute de financement. Pourtant, en février 2013 à l'issue de la visite de François Hollande en Inde, un communiqué de l'ancien Premier ministre indien, Dr Manmohan Singh's avait annoncé avoir conclu avec les industriels les négociations sur le missile SR-SAM.

New Delhi a promulgué en juin 2013 de nouvelles procédures de passation des marchés de défense en plus des 30 % d'offset que les Indiens exigent pour accorder des contrats aux industriels étrangers. Des exigences qui visent notamment à développer une industrie de défense indienne robuste. Clairement, New Delhi a donné une impulsion à "l'indigénisation" des achats d'armements en donnant une plus grande préférence aux entreprises indiennes.

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Barak-8 missile. photo Georges Seguin

Barak-8 missile. photo Georges Seguin

 

6 February 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The Indian Navy is reportedly set to integrate Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missiles on the recently commissioned Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer INS Kolkata.

 

The missiles, built in collaboration with Israel, have completed trials, paving the way for integration on INS Kolkata in April or May, NDTV reported.

 

With a capability to intercept approaching anti-ship missiles at a range of approximately 70km, they are being built at the Indian Government-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited and feature Israel's MF-STAR radar system and rocket motor from India.

 

The MF-STAR radar system can simultaneously track hundreds of airborne targets up to a 250km range.

 

Barak-8 missiles will also be installed on INS Kochi and INS Chennai, the second and third warships of the Kolkata-class.

 

Commissioned in August 2014, INS Kolkata is the Indian Navy's first domestically built vessel and has a maximum cruise speed of 30k. It can accommodate around 30 officers and 300 sailors.

 

The 6,800t anti-submarine warfare vessel features ATM-based integrated ship data network, auxiliary control systems and an automatic power management and combat management system.

 

It also features a flight deck and enclosed hangar for two medium-lift helicopters such as the HAL Dhruv and AgustaWestland Sea King.

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HAL bags Indian air force order for 14 Do-228s

 

6 Feb 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has secured an Indian air force contract for 14 Do-228 transport aircraft.The INR10.9 billion ($200 million) covers the aircraft, six additional engines, a flight simulator, and other equipment, says HAL in a statement.

 

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India's LCA Navy Prototype 2 Flies

 

February 07, 2015 by Livefist

 

The second prototype (NP2) of India's first indigenously developed carrier-borne fighter, the LCA Navy made its first flight today in Bengaluru. The aircraft, a single seater type, made its maiden flight at about 12.27HRS for about 35 minutes.

 

The flight was piloted by Captain Shivnath Dahiya, an Indian Navy test pilot with the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC). The launch was accomplished under telemetry control exercised by Test Director, Commander J D Raturi and Safety Pilot, Commodore J A Maolankar, the Chief Test Pilot of NFTC. The chase aircraft cover was provided by LSP2 piloted by Gp. Capt. Suneet Krishna (Retd) with the Test Director being Gp. Capt Prabhu and the Safety Pilot being Gp. Capt. RR Tyagi.

 

"The success of maiden flight of NP 2 is a testimony to the efforts put in by scientists and engineers to enable flight of the first LCA Naval Fighter. With one trainer and fighter in its stable “the indigenous carrier borne fighter program is making headway snf acquiring momentum," HAL said in a statement.

 

The HAL statement also said: "The ADA LCA (Navy) Programme Office, under Cmde C D Balaji (Retd) is exhilarated by the addition of NP 2 as a Flight Test platform. NP 2 has been built with vision and foresight. It addresses several systemic deficiencies observed whilst making progress on flight test of Naval Prototype 1. It incorporates most avionic hardware components promised to the customer, Indian Navy. During design and build NP 2 has been customized (Plug & Play) to incrementally accept modifications for Carrier Landing aids like Levcon Air Data Computer, Auto-throttle, external and internal Angle of Attack lights. NP 2 is the lead aircraft for arrestor hook integration, Derby Beyond visual Range missile and tactical data link. The inclusion of NP 2 into the LCA (Navy) flight test stable is a significant milestone in the indigenous Carrier borne aircraft development programme."

India's LCA Navy Prototype 2 FliesIndia's LCA Navy Prototype 2 Flies

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Un Hawkeye de la Flottille 4F à bord du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle

22 janvier 2015, 9H15, à bord du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, un Hawkeye de la Flottille 4F s’apprête à être catapulté.

 

Crédit : Etat-major des armées / Marine nationale

 

Le déploiement du groupe aéronaval (GAN) dans le nord de l’océan Indien vise à assurer une mission de présence opérationnelle et de pré-positionnement dans cette zone stratégique pour la France. Il permettra également de développer et d’entretenir nos relations et nos échanges avec les différents pays partenaires présents et leurs forces armées. En particulier, il participera à l’exercice aéromaritime franco-indien Varuna, au large de l’Inde.

 

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Milestone Launch: Agni V Missile Tested From Canister

 

January 31, 2015 by Livefist

 

India's Agni V ballistic missile -- its longest range nuclear delivery system -- was tested today from a canister launcher in a cold launch configuration at the Wheeler Island test range off the country's east coast. Awaiting details, but these images released officially pretty much suggest that it went well. I'll update this post with technical specifics later in the day, but suffice it to say at this point that the leap such a capability provides to the nuclear command, military planners and missile unit personnel in terms of transportability, logistical flexibility and preparatory stealth is milestone stuff.

 

The test is being seen as a grateful sayonara to Dr Avinash Chander, chief of the DRDO, and widely regarded as the engine of the Agni programme during a critical phase, and during his own leadership of the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL). Today is Dr Chander's last day in office (I had interviewed him when he took over in 2013), following the curtailment of his extended tenure by the government.

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: India’s ICBM Agni 5 was successfully test fired from a canister today 31 Jan 2015 at 0809 hrs. It was a historic moment when for the first time in India, an ICBM about 17m long and weighing  over 50 ton majestically rose from the confines of its canister. At the predetermined moment, having risen to about 20 meters height, it’s first stage motor ignited lifting Agni 5 into the sky. The flight continued on its predetermined path during which the second, all composite light weight motor, followed by the third, innovatively designed conical all composite rocket motor propelled the missile into space taking it to a height of more than 600 km. The missile, after reaching peak of its trajectory turned towards earth to  continue its journey towards the intended target with a speed now increasing due to the attraction of earth’s gravitational pull and its path precisely directed by the advanced on-board computer and inertial navigation system. As the missile entered earth’s atmosphere, the atmospheric air rubbing the skin of the missile during the re-entry phase raised the temperature to beyond 4000 degree Celsius. However, the indigenously designed and developed carbon-carbon composite heat shield continued to burn sacrificially protecting in the process the payload, maintaining the inside temperature below 50 degree Celsius. Finally, commanded by the on-board computer with a support of highly accurate ring laser gyro based inertial navigation system, the most modern micro inertial navigation system (MINS), fully digital control system and advanced compact avionics, the missile hit the designated target point accurately, meeting all mission objectives.

 

Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor congratulated Dr Avinash Chander and the Mission team for the successful launch, over a tele-conversation. Congratulating team Agni, Air Chief Marshal Anup Raha, PVSM, AVSM, VM, Chairman Chiefs of staff committee and Chief of Air Staff, who had witnessed the entire launch operations from the  control room called it a great achievement. Lt Gen Amit Sharma AVSM, VSM, Cdr in Chief  Strategic Forces Command, also present on the occasion,  called it a fantastic achievement.

 

Addressing the gathering and project team, a happy and satisfied Dr Avinash Chander, Secretary DDR&D, SA to RM and DG DRDO said, “This is a momentous occasion. It is India’s first ever ICBM launch from a canister and is a  giant leap in country’s  deterrence capability”.  He termed it a copy book launch with entire command network functioning in loop. Dr Avinash Chander congratulated the entire DRDO community for the tremendous efforts put in by them in making the country self reliant in the area of long range missile systems. He thanked them for demonstrating such a great success on the last day of his work in DRDO. Dr Avinash said, “I cherished every moment of my service in DRDO and I thank you all for the relentless support given to me all through. I am leaving with a great satisfaction of equipping the country with such advanced missiles. I wish the entire DRDO community a great future”.

 

Earlier, announcing the success of the mission, Dr VG Sekaran, Mission Director, Prog. Dir. Agni and DG Missiles and Strategic Systems said “All mission objectives have been achieved, down range ships have confirmed final splashdown, the mission is a great success and it is a momentous occasion”. A jubilant Dr Rajesh Kr Gupta, Project Director Agni5, described the success as “historic achievement; a dream fulfilled”.

 

The Ships located in midrange and at the target point tracked the Vehicle and witnessed the final event.  All the radars and electro-optical systems along the path monitored all the parameters of the Missile and displayed in real time. The earlier two flights of Agni 5, fully successful were in open configuration and had already proved the missile. Today’s launch from a canister integrated with a mobile sophisticated launcher, was in its deliverable configuration that enables launch of the missile with a very short preparation time as compared to an open launch. It also has advantages of higher reliability, longer shelf life, less maintenance and enhanced mobility.

 

Dr G Satish Reddy, DS & Director, RCI, Dr Manas K Mandal, DS & DG LS, Dr GS Malik, CCR&D HR, Dr Tessy Thomas, Director ASL, Dr PS Subramaniam DS & PGDCA and Dir ADA, Dr Manmohan Singh Dir VRDE, Shri Manjit Singh, Director TBRL and Dr SK Patel, Director Quality Reliability and Safety were among other senior DRDO scientists present on the occasion.

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LCA Tejas Notches Up Crucial Cold Start Test Point

 

January 28, 2015 by Livefist

 

Some good news in from the Tejas Programme currently fighting to finish high-altitude cold weather test points in Leh, Ladakh. Here's the full DRDO statement just in: [With] three consecutive start-ups of its engine after overnight soak in extreme cold (around -15ºC) conditions of Ladakh, that too without any external assistance, Tejas, the Indian Light Combat Aircraft has achieved yet another and a rare distinction. Starting the fighter aircraft under such extreme condition without any external assistance or heating is a technology challenge. The requirements become further stringent when the starting is to be done three times consecutively with a partially charged battery. Team LCA led by AERD&C of HAL, and members from ADA, NFTC, IAF, CEMILAC and DGAQA have succeeded in achieving this. “The team LCA has achieved a technological breakthrough”, stated Dr. PS Subramanyam PGD (CA) & Director, ADA.

 

LCA Tejas Notches Up Crucial Cold Start Test Point

The engine starter is developed indigenously by HAL Aero Engine Research and Design Centre (AERDC), Bangalore. Prior to aircraft tests, the Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) was extensively tested on test rig to meet starting conditions across the operating altitudes including Leh (10,700 ft.) and Khardungla  (18300 ft.). The control software of JFS was fine tuned to work at all operating altitudes with no adjustments from cockpit. GE-F404-IN20 engine start up control schedule was also varied with several control patches to establish reliable [start].

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AQIS source dhakatribune

 

January 31, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In December 2014 India banned ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) within its borders. Pakistan has not officially banned ISIL but has made it clear that the government is very hostile to ISIL and any of the growing number of local Islamic terrorist organizations that have declared their allegiance to ISIL. Many factions of Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to ISIL. In mid-2014, at the same time ISIL was beginning to show up in South Asia (India, Pakistan, and so on) al Qaeda announced the formation of AQIS (Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent). This has not amounted to much.

 

What the South Asian governments and established Islamic terrorist groups are afraid of is the clever recruiting tactics ISIL has developed. ISIL plays on the appeal of Islamic radicals and their legendary (but never fulfilled) goal of establishing a religious dictatorship that eliminates all the corruption and injustice that cripples most Moslem communities. This sort of idealism is especially popular with young (teenage and 20s) Moslem (and some non-Moslem) men and even a few women. In response many Western nations with Moslem minorities have also banned ISIL. For the rational it just seems like the right thing to do.

 

These bans make it more difficult for ISIL to recruit and raise money, but not impossible. For a Moslem nation it also demonstrates a determination to defeat Islamic terrorism. That’s why the failure of Pakistan and some other Islamic nations to ban ISIL. For many Moslems Islamic terrorism is bad only if it is a personal threat.

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photo Rafael

photo Rafael

 

2 February, 2015 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

At this stage in its procurement process, the Indian air force wants Israeli-made air-to-air missiles to hang under the wings of its new fighter aircraft. The Indian government has yet to make the final selection between the French Dassault Rafale and the Russian Sukhoi Su-30. But all indications are that there is a consensus among professionals about the air-to-air weapon. If the SU-30 is eventually selected to be the backbone of the Indian air force, the intention of New Delhi is to equip it with two Israeli-made, combat-proven air-to-air missiles. Both are manufactured by Rafael: one is the Python 5, a fifth-generation air-to-air missile; and the other is the Derby active radar missile.

 

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HAL to integrate Brahmos missile with IAF Su-30MKI jets by next month

The air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at MAKS2009 in Russia. Photo Allocer

 

2 February 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is reportedly set to equip the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Su-30MKI fighter jets with the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile by March.

 

HAL chairman RK Tyagi was quoted by Indo-Asian News Service as saying that two of IAF Su-30MKI jets are being integrated with the missile at the company's facility in Nashik, Maharashtra.

 

Tyagi added: "We have also recently conducted the critical ground vibration test (GVT) on a Sukhoi to modify it for carrying the missile under its fuselage for combat role.

 

"The vibration tests were conducted in nine configurations to assess the dynamic behaviour of the modified Sukhoi platform."

 

HAL director S Subrahmanyan said, according to The Times of India: "The initial requirement is for two Su-30MKIs with BrahMos.

 

"The first one will fly in March and we will take up the second one in line."

 

The air-launched variant is called BrahMos-A. It will use air breathing scramjet propulsion technology aboard IAF Su-30MKI fighters to enhance their conventional offensive capabilities.

 

In October 2012, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security cleared a Rs60bn ($1.1bn) proposal for the acquisition of 200 BrahMos air-launched variants.

 

Forty-two 42 Su-30MKIs have been earmarked by the IAF has earmarked for structural and software modifications to carry 216 missiles.

 

The BrahMos is built by Brahmos Aerospace in a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyenia. It is a stealth supersonic cruise missile designed for launch from land, ship, submarines, and air platforms.

 

The solid propellant rocket-powered missile is capable of travelling at a speed of Mach 2.8. It can intercept surface targets by flying as low as 10m above the ground, even in mountainous terrain and hillocks, and has already been inducted by the Indian Army and Navy.

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State Of Play: Three Years Since India Chose Rafale

 

January 31, 2015 by Livefist

 

There are few things like defence procurement that make the passage of time seem nothing. So it shouldn't shake anyone up that its been three years today that the Indian government chose the Dassault Aviation Rafale in the final downselect of the medium multirole combat aircraft (M-MRCA) competition. The M-MRCA competition has acquired mythological status now. It has its own folklore, its own (sometimes apocryphal) anecdotes of the twists and turns. The years have almost completely transformed the programme and how it is perceived. The wisdom of years usually provides insight. The galling thing about the M-MRCA is that it has lost none of its capacity to enthral, mystify, perplex. I've already told you what currently stalls negotiations between India and, well, France. So, as we head into air show month and mark three years since the M-MRCA downselect, here's 5 developments that, in their own way, tell you where things are:
 

  1. Three Rafales return to Aero India 2015 this year. Dassault clearly hopes this is the last time they'll need to fly them in and show them off. Thing is: that was the sentiment right before the last show two years ago too.

  2. The public statement from India's new defence minister Manohar Parrikar earlier this month on upgraded (and additional) Su-30 MKIs could be a viable alternative to 126+ Rafales only confirmed what I'd reported here -- that the negotiations stall was bad enough for high-level messages from the political leadership to begin flying. Incidentally, the message was loud and clear.

  3. Delegations outside the contract negotiations committee (CNC) have been formed to meet and hammer out final hurdles. No specific results reported just yet but they're expected given that the French delegation is empowered to make decisions.

  4. Indian PM Narendra Modi travels to France (and Germany) in April this year. Every effort is currently being made by the French government to facilitate at least a preliminary announcement, or at the very least a positive message, on the deal when PM Modi is in Paris. The PM himself hasn't made known his view, if any, on the programme. The French government on its part made it a point to underscore the inherent 'Make in India' component of the M-MRCA, even if it is facets of precisely this that has a deal hanging fire.

  5. The empirical dynamics of the IAF's requirements have shifted per force -- they're shifting even as we speak with a fresh cloud over the IAF's upgraded MiG-27 that populates a handful of squadrons. The bean count of squadron strength (approximately 32 squadrons currently) set off against sanctioned fleet strength (42) has shifted too. On average, the IAF manages to lose a squadron's worth of fighter planes every two years. Force accretion won't, in any combination, make up for the numbers required to meet sanctioned figures. In fact, it could be just the opposite.

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29 janvier 2015 4 29 /01 /janvier /2015 18:35
Océan Indien : le Guépratte en exercice avec la marine indienne au large de Goa

 

29/01/2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées

 

Le 26 janvier 2015, au terme d’une relâche opérationnelle à Goa, le Guépratte a participé à une intense journée d’exercices avec la frégate Talwar de la marine indienne.

 

Ces exercices à la mer (PASSEX) ont été l’occasion pour certains marins indiens et français d’embarquer à bord du bâtiment de leur partenaire pour y découvrir, de l’intérieur les savoir-faire déployés par l’équipage. Ces échanges entre les deux navires ont permis à chacun d’améliorer la connaissance des procédures et de mobiliser conjointement leurs compétences dans le cadre de manœuvres tactiques, comme la présentation pour ravitaillement à la mer, la mise en œuvre de moyens héliportés et des exercices de visite de bâtiment croisés (VISITEX). Au terme d’un exercice d’évolutions tactiques, ce PASSEX a été clôturé par des tirs d’artilleries de 20 mm et 12,7 mm.

 

L’objectif de cet entraînement était multiple. Tout en renforçant l’excellence des liens d’amitié et d’estime réciproque entre nos deux marines, ce PASSEX permettait d’illustrer la capacité des deux marines à conduire ensemble des exercices dans la perspective de l’important exercice bilatéral Varuna qui réunira au printemps des bâtiments indiens de la Force Navale de l’Ouest et le groupe aéronaval français.

 

Cette journée intense est venue conclure une escale durant laquelle les échanges et contacts avec la marine indienne ont été nombreux. Les visites réciproques du Guépratteet celle de la base aéronavale d’Hansa tout comme les activités sportives entre les deux équipages ont été de belles occasions pour renforcer les liens opérationnels et humains entre nos deux marines.

 

L’Inde fait partie de nos principaux partenaires dans la zone maritime océan Indien avec lesquels nous renforçons notre coopération opérationnelle, notamment maritime.

 

Le Guépratte reprend désormais  la mer pour patrouiller de nouveau au sein de la Task Force 150, volet maritime de l’opération Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Océan Indien : le Guépratte en exercice avec la marine indienne au large de Goa

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LCA TEJAS Achieved Yet another Accomplishment

 

29 January 2015 - Pacific Sentinel
 

With three consecutive start-ups of its engine after overnight soak in extreme cold (around -15ºC) conditions of Laddakh winter, that too without any external assistance, Tejas, the Indian Light Combat Aircraft has achieved yet another and a rare distinction. Starting the fighter aircraft under such extreme condition without any external assistance or heating is a technology challenge. The requirements become further stringent when the starting is to be done three times consecutively with a partially charged battery. Team LCA led by AERD&C of HAL, and members from ADA, NFTC, IAF, CEMILAC and DGAQA have succeeded in achieving this. “The team LCA has achieved a technological breakthrough”, stated Dr. PS Subramanyam PGD (CA) & Director, ADA. 

 

The engine starter is developed indigenously by HAL Aero Engine Research and Design Centre (AERDC), Bangalore. Prior to aircraft tests, the Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) was extensively tested on test rig to meet starting conditions across the operating altitudes including Leh (10,700 ft.) and Khardungla (18300 ft.). The control software of JFS was fine tuned to work at all operating altitudes with no adjustments from cockpit. GE-F404-IN20 engine start up control schedule was also varied with several control patches to establish reliable start. 

 

Indian Press Information Bureau

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La Russie et l’Inde boostent leur programme FGFA

 

25.01.2015 par Info-Aviation
 

L’Inde et la Russie ont décidé d’accélérer leur programme militaire conjoint pour le Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) dérivé du T-50 PAK-FA russe.

 

« Nous avons discuté de toutes les questions, y compris le FGFA dont nous avons décidé d’accélérer le développement en raison des inquiétudes que suscite la lenteur de son excéution, »  a déclaré le ministre indien de la défense Manohar Parrikar à New Delhi.

S’exprimant après avoir présidé conjointement la Commission intergouvernementale sur la coopération militaro-technique (IGC-MTC) avec son homologue russe Sergueï Choïgou, M. Parrikar a déclaré que les deux parties maintiendraient des « interactions » régulières pour respecter les délais du projet.

Le futur avion de combat russo-indien FGFA de 30 tonnes sera dérivé du Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA qui est alimenté par deux turboréacteur NPO Saturn AL-41F1 développant une poussée de 14,7 tonnes chacun.

L’Inde a également insisté sur le fait que la Russie avait ramené sa participation dans le programme de développement de 25% à 13% soit 10.5 milliards de dollars, sans consulter Delhi. Elle cherche également un plus grand accès à la configuration de conception du chasseur, qui, selon elle, lui est refusé.

L’Indian Air Force (IAF) prévoit l’acquisition d’environ 130 avions de combat, contre une demande initiale d’environ 220 unités.

 

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New Model Of India's 5th Gen AMCA To Be Official Project Soon

 

January 25, 2015 by Livefist


This photograph from January 17, shows Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar scoping out what appears to be a new scale model of India's Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), its fifth generation strike jet concept. Putting aside how this photograph tragically chops off the AMCA's nose, it appears that the design hasn't significantly changed since the concept's last 'outing' two years ago. The four-poster tail and X-15-like low aspect trapezoidal planform appear untouched from the last time anyone got a chance to see the concept design.

 

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Missile BrahMos: 1er tir d'essai depuis un chasseur Sukhoi prévu pour mars

 

MOSCOU, 21 janvier - RIA Novosti

 

Le premier tir d'essai d'un missile russo-indien BrahMos depuis un chasseur indien Sukhoi Su-30MKI se tiendra en mars prochain, a annoncé mercredi à Moscou Alexandre Dergatchev, PDG adjoint de l'entreprise Mashinostroyenie, concepteur russe du missile.

"Nous avons lancé les essais en vol du chasseur Su-30MKI avec une maquette du missile BrahMos. Les pilotes s'entraînent à effectuer certains éléments de décollage et d'atterrissage. Le premier tir d'essai du missile depuis l'avion est programmé pour mars 2015", a indiqué M.Dergatchev.

Selon lui, deux avions modernisés Su-30MKI participent aux tests.

L'armée de l'air indienne se dotera d'avions Su-30MKI équipés de missiles BrahMos en 2016 conformément au contrat russo-indien.

Utilisé par l'armée indienne depuis 2005, BrahMos est un missile de croisière supersonique à propergol solide pesant 2,55 tonnes. Sa version originale est longue de 8,3 mètres pour 0,67 m de diamètre. Doté d'une ogive de 200 à 300 kg, le BrahMos est capable de neutraliser les cibles à une distance de 290 km. L'Inde a déjà testé ses versions terrestre et navale et compte en équiper les chasseurs Su-30MKI.

BrahMos est un acronyme composé des premières syllabes du fleuve indien Brahmapoutre et de la rivière russe Moskova.

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Arjun Tank May Miss Date Again

 

January 19, 2015 idrw.org

 

The domestically produced Arjun Tank beat the Russian T-90 tanks hollow in the field trials, but it may again miss the date for its delivery to the Indian Army in 2015, because of the new conditions slapped by the Indian Army procurers every time the state-run DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) came forward to declare ready its production.

 

On the recommendations of the Army, the Defence Ministry has kept demanding newer and newer additions in the Arjun Tank Mark-2 that its total weight has gone up and now DRDO is being posed the challenge to reduce its weight. The new challenges are thrown at DRDO every time trial of its tanks were completed against the order placed with it in 2010 for producing 124 such tanks.

 

When the trial was over, a new demand was made that the Army needs night vision device on the gunner side of tanks. The Chennai-based Heavy Vehicles Factory of DRDO complied with the demand, the Army sought a similar device also on the commander side. That too was complied with when a fresh demand came to install 120mm gun for anti-tank guided missiles. The gun was fitted when the demand came that it should be rather a laser gun.

 

Since the laser guns are not produced indigenously, DRDO bought them from Israel and installed them. The Army, however, rejected these guns for too much smoke it produces and sought more changes. An insider says as many as 72 technical changes have been incorporated by DRDO since I got the original order in 2010. The Defence Ministry insists that all these changes were felt necessary to have a most modern tank with the Army, but those in DRDO now smell a deliberate attempt to browbeat the public sector company to give up and let the government import the tanks from abroad.

 

Nobody in the Defence Ministry is ready to listen that so many changes have made the tanks costlier and heavier and hence the designs will have to be reworked to reduce price and weight and hence DRDO cannot make the delivery on time as announced by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar without understanding the politics that goes on in the ministry.

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L'armée de l'Air indienne réceptionne un premier Tejas de série

Un premier Tejas devrait être déclaré pleinement opérationnel fin 2015 photo Indian Air Force

 

19/01/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos

 

Enfin ! L'armée de l'air indienne a réceptionné le 15 janvier 2015, un premier chasseur monomoteur LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas de série. L'appareil a été produit localement par HAL (Hindustant Aeronuatics). Lancé dans les années 1980, le Tejas a volé pour la première fois en 2001. Depuis le programme a accumulé bien des retards.

Le premier chasseur livré à l'armée indienne, le LCA-SP1 est sorti d'usine en septembre 2014. Il a par la suite été évalué par les services du ministère de la défense indien. Il a reçu la qualification «Initial Operational Clearance II » et devrait être déclaré pleinement opérationnel d'ici la fin de l'année 2015. L'Idian Air Force avait déjà reçu des Tejas mais ceux ci n'avaient pas été qualifiés pour les opérations. Ils étaient utilisés principalement pour l'entrainement et la formation.

 

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L'Inde pourrait louer à la Russie le sous-marin nucléaire Kachalot

 

19.01.2015 Par La Voix de la Russie

 

L'Inde a entamé les négociations avec la Russie en vue de louer le sous-marin nucléaire K-322 Kachalot du projet 971 Chtchouka-B, communique une source dans le complexe militaro-industriel russe. Si les parties signent un contrat avant la fin de 2015, le bâtiment pourra être livré en 2018.

 

Avant, le sous-marin devra être modernisé conformément aux besoins de la marine indienne. Le ministère de la Défense d'Inde se propose de l'acquérir pour une durée de dix ans.

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