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    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post
    F-18, Rafale or Gripen: Indian Navy Looks for Its Next Fighter Jet

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: France’s Dassault fancies its chances of winning the Indian navy fighter competition, not only because the it has already sold 36 Rafales to the Indian Air Force but also because the Rafale-M naval fighter is the only competitor designed from the start for carrier operations.
    “Rafale is the smallest carrier-capable fighter, and it could operate today from India’s aircraft carrier,” Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier told reporters in Paris March 8, as the payload penalty due to the ship’s lack of catapults can be compensated through buddy-refueling after takeoff – a capability Rafale already has.
    Finally, he noted that “Indian pilots have already had a taste of Rafale, and they will want more.”)

    Oh really? So the Super Hornet wasn't built from the start to be a carrier fighter and the Rafale M wasn't developed from the Rafale, eh?

    This guy is an absolute flog.
    In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30

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    He's a French arse, and he's buddy/buddy with the APA mob, need I say more................?!!!

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    Indian Navy inducts first Mk IV LCU

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    29 March 2017

    The Indian Navy commissioned its first Mk IV LCU on 28 March 2017. Source: GRSE

    Key Points
    • The Indian Navy has commissioned its first Mk IV LCU vessel
    • Platform will strengthen the service's presence in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory

    The Indian Navy has commissioned the first of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels designed and manufactured by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

    The vessel was commissioned on 28 March at Port Blair in a ceremony officiated by the country's Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, the Indian defence ministry announced on the same day.

    The platform, which was delivered by GRSE in September 2016, is referred to by the service as INLCU L51.

    According to specifications provided by the ministry, the vessel has an overall length of 62.8 m and a breadth of 11 m. Powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M53 diesel engines with a power rating of 1840 kW, the LCU can attain a top speed of 15 kt and a standard range of 1,500 n miles at 12 kt.

    The platform has been equipped with a hydraulic bow ramp, and features military lift capacity for 145 tonnes of military equipment in addition to 165 troops, according to a Jane's report from October 2016.

    "The ship will also play a key role in carrying out maritime surveillance of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for preventing anti-poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking, poaching, and other illegal activities", said the ministry.

    "It will also enhance the capabilities of the Andaman and Nicobar Command in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations", it added.

    The LCU's main weapon system consist of two 30 mm CRN -91 naval guns manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak, complemented by an electro-optical fire control system supplied by Bharat Electronics Limited. The vessel has also been equipped with 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine guns for point defence.

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  4. #404

    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post
    He's a French arse, and he's buddy/buddy with the APA mob, need I say more................?!!!
    I thought he was Italian? But he is definitely firmly latched onto Dassault's teat, whatever his nationality...
    In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30

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    NAH he's French.............plenty of Frenchmen with Italian-sounding surnames, I've worked with more than one or three.............

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    Narendra Modi Government's Rs 8,000 Crore Plan for Home-Made Choppers

    (Source: India Mail Today; posted March 28, 2017)

    Posted by Ganesh Kumar Radha Udayakumar

    The Indian Navy will be ecstatic........NOT! They haven't liked the initial batches they have got, and have lost more than one!

    NEW DELHI --- Providing a major boost to the maritime security capabilities of the Navy and Coast Guard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared a proposal worth around Rs 8,000 crore for acquiring 32 made in India ALH Dhruv helicopters to be built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

    "In a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the proposal to acquire these choppers meant for coastal and maritime security worth around Rs 8,000 crore was given clearance," Defence Ministry sources told MAIL TODAY here.

    Of the 32 choppers to be built by the HAL, 16 each would be shared by the two services.


    "The project will be under the Make in India programme being spearheaded by the Prime Minister himself and state-owned HAL would not only provide the helicopters but also develop the infrastructure for operations of these helicopters in both the services," the sources said.

    Incidentally, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) clearance for the project had also come in 2014 when Arun Jaitley was given the charge of Defence Ministry for the first time and the final approval has also come at a time when he is holding the office after Manohar Parrikar's departure to Goa.

    At the moment, the Indian Navy has deployed its fleet of the ALH Dhruv helicopters in Kochi at its base INS Garuda but has now plans HAL to develop base for operations of 32 copters of deploying the fresh fleet at different bases across the coast line.

    The Coast Guard has these twin-engine helicopters at its different bases for carrying out search and rescue and coastal surveillance missions.

    "The Navy is also planning to equip the choppers with some low frequency sonars which would be developed by the force with the help of an advanced DRDO laboratory," the sources said.


    After the signing of the contract, the forces are scheduled to get their first machine in the year 2020 and the last helicopter is scheduled to be provided to them by 2022, the sources said.

    The ALH is being employed for a variety of missions including advanced search and rescue, special heliborne, armed patrol, VVIP ferrying and transport operations by the Navy.

    The 16 helicopters being provided to the Navy would help it in meeting some of the operational gaps created due to the lack of new helicopters as projects have either been retracted or are stuck at different levels.

    The Navy requires over 145 multirole helicopters (MRHs) with antisubmarine warfare capabilities, without which its warships are virtually defence-less against enemy submarines, and 110 twin-engine naval light utility helicopters (NUHs) to replace obsolete single-engine Chetaks.

    India is one of the largest importers of arms and military platforms globally. The government has been focusing significantly on promoting defence indigenisation by taking a slew of reform initiatives including liberalising FDI in defence sector.


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