Indian Air Force: IAF Guns for 42 operational fighter squadrons by 2022

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Which aircraft will win the MMRCA competition

  1. Dassault Rafale

    47 vote(s)
    30.1%
  2. MiG-35 Fulcrum-F

    18 vote(s)
    11.5%
  3. JAS-39 Gripen IN

    10 vote(s)
    6.4%
  4. F-16IN Super Viper

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  5. Eurofighter Typhoon

    55 vote(s)
    35.3%
  6. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

    25 vote(s)
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  1. A.V.

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    AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Tata Sons are announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the formation of an Indian joint venture company which will establish a final assembly line for the AW119 helicopter in India. The agreement was signed at the Aero India air show today by Mr. Giuseppe Orsi, CEO, AgustaWestland and Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons. The joint venture company will be responsible for AW119 final assembly, completion and delivery to customers worldwide while AgustaWestland will retain responsibility for worldwide marketing and sales. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered from the new facility in 2011 with production forecast to rise to 30 aircraft per year to meet worldwide demand.

    Mr. Giuseppe Orsi, CEO, AgustaWestland speaking after the signing ceremony said “We are proud to have achieved this important agreement with such an important and strong industrial partner in India. Establishing an AW119 final assembly line in India will allow us to meet the growing demand in the world market for a modern single engine helicopter and to further expand our presence in India where we see strong future business opportunities.” He added, “AgustaWestland is also committed to offering the best and most cost effective solution for the Indian Armed Forces’ Reconnaissance and Surveillance Helicopter requirement. We will also work together with other partners in India to best serve the needs of the Indian market.”

    It is envisaged that the joint venture company would be a supplier for the current Reconnaissance and Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) programme of the Indian Armed Forces, for which AgustaWestland has already proposed the AW119 to be manufactured in India. Additionally, AgustaWestland and Tata companies plan to explore additional commercial opportunities in India for AgustaWestland helicopters and the subsequent industrial co-operation.

    AgustaWestland And Tata Sons Sign MoU For AW119 Helicopter Final Assembly In India | Frontier India Strategic and Defence - News, Analysis, Opinion)
     
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    Ardiden: a Joint Franco-Indian Success Story

    Turbomeca is a long-standing partner for the Indian aerospace industry. The co-development of the Ardiden 1H1 turbine is the latest stage in a firmly established history of cooperation.

    The Aero India 2009 air show that ran from February 11-15 in Bangalore (India) offered another reminder of the strong presence of Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group) on the Indian subcontinent. The company has very close historical links with HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd), a major player in the Indian aerospace sector.

    Toward the end of 1990s, a cooperation agreement led to the installation of the TM333 turboshaft engine on the Indian Dhruv helicopter. Once this stage was successfully completed, HAL looked to sharpen the specs of its Dhruv by requesting 25% additional power in order to handle "hot and high" applications (i.e.: the ability to land and take off in high temperatures and at high-altitudes).

    The development of a new engine, the Ardiden 1H, was therefore integrated in the cooperation agreement with HAL. Although the same size as the TM333, the architecture of the Ardiden’s gas generator assembly allows it to achieve optimized performance for missions at high altitude.

    The first flight for a Dhruv equipped with twin Ardiden 1H engines took place on August 13, 2007. The engine that is certified and produced in India under the name of "Shakti" was certified in December of the same year by the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

    Five 1H1 prototypes delivered since December 2008 Further developments then gave rise to the Ardiden 1H1, which has a power output of 1 032 kW.

    "The first test flight of a Dhruv equipped with twin Ardiden 1H1 engines successfully took place on January 12 of this year," says Thierry Mantel, TM333 and Ardiden programs manager at Turbomeca. "This 1H1 version is due to be certified by the EASA by March next."

    Five Ardiden 1H1 prototypes, all with components specified by HAL, have been delivered to India since December. These engines are now engaged in "cold weather" testing in the north of the country.

    As well as these prototypes, the contract comprises in all the production of 320 engines. Five phases of collaboration are planned, with progressive transfer of the manufacturing from France to India.

    HAL’s share of the work in India will ultimately account for over 70% of the engine’s production.

    Ardiden: a Joint Franco-Indian Success Story : Military Aviation : Defense News Air Force Army Navy News
     
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    C-130 and the An-74 which is more efficient.

    February 24, 2009: Russia is pushing its An-74, a 33 ton, twin engine military cargo jet, on the world air transport market. This is an upgraded version of the Cold War era An-72, which first flew in 1977. The An-72 was based on an American design concept, the 113 ton YC-14, that mounted the two engines over the wings, next to the fuselage. This made it possible for the jet aircraft to take off and land on short, non-paved, airfields (without sucking any debris into the engines). The YC-14 was meant to be a replacement for the C-130. The YC-14 worked, but the air force decided that an updated C-130 would be a more cost effective solution to their needs.
    Russia copied the "engine-over-wings" concept for their smaller An-72. Production didn't get started until the 1980s, just as the Cold War, and the Soviet Union, ended. So only 61 were built (most are still in use.) But now Russia is pushing the updated An-74. This can carry six tons of cargo, or 68 passengers. The YC-14 could haul 12 tons. The Russians are pushing the An-74 for a wide number of roles (search-and-rescue, electronic warfare, surveillance and maritime patrol). The An-74 is a unique player in the tactical transport business, in that it is a jet (and thus gets you there 20-30 percent faster than props) and is optimized for rough fields. A lot of newly wealthy nations like that combination, and can afford to pay for it.
    http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htairmo/articles/20090224.aspx
     
  5. LETHALFORCE

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    Boeing expands India presence with new research center

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/165441.asp?from=blog_last3


    Boeing expands India presence with new research center

    The Boeing Co. is expanding its India footprint, with outstanding orders for 100 planes worth $17 billion over the next five years and with the opening Tuesday of a new research and technology center in Bangalore.
    Plane Picture
    (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images) Scale-model of a Boeing passenger aircraft at Aero India 2009 in Bangalore.
    The Boeing Research & Technology-India center is intended to "help sustain the company's competitive technological edge while enhancing India's aerospace capabilities," the company said.

    The center plans to break ground in aerodynamics, electronic networks and aero structures. It will employ a team of scientists and engineers, and will partner with Indian research and development organizations, including universities and government agencies.

    Boeing already had two advanced research centers in Europe and Australia.

    Dinesh Keskar, president of Boeing India, told reporters in Bangalore, "We clearly want to extend our footprint in India . . . We have steady stream for deliveries coming to India," according to a report by Sumeet Chatterjee for Reuters.

    He also said that Boeing had to pay compensation to carriers Air India and Jet Airways for delayed delivery of 787 Dreamliners.

    Boeing is also hoping to win up to $31 billion worth of defense projects in India, according to the Reuters report.
     
  6. Pintu

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    Very good find, LEATHALFORCE , indeed a very good find!.

    I feel the research centre will prove handy in the field of R & D in Aircraft designing and manufacturing industry in India.
     
  7. VayuSena1

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    A good post indeed, thank you. But I feel that it is pointless for Boeing to continue such large scale overtures without its government managing to loosen up its cut-throat regulations on arms exports. Unless and until the do that to the satisfaction of selection and induction committee, they will never make it big in our country. The first step to loosen this grip on exports would be to remove the End User Verification clause in their deals.

    Indian government has already stated its irritation over it and I don't think the military would let something as crucial as 200 fighter jets be held for ransom and therefore compromise our national security. I am sorry to say this, but I personally do not trust the US State Department even after they loosen their regulations up. They have a track record of changing terms and conditions the last moment and make it tough for the other party.
     
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    U.S., Indian air forces discuss partnership efforts

    Senior air force officials from India and the United States met here March 25 through 29 to discuss operational concepts and to chart the way ahead for future training exchanges and exercises.

    This year's executive steering group meeting focused on the review and assessment of joint and combined training events.

    The group was was co-chaired by Lt. Gen. Chip Utterback, the 13th Air Force commander, and Indian air force Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Kumaria, director of general operations for the Indian air force.

    "Our militaries continue to have a supportive working relationship that is vital to the stability of the Asia-Pacific region," General Utterback said. "I look forward to continuing the cooperative efforts we have developed over the years."

    India and the United States share three executive steering groups to foster ties between their armies, air forces and navies.

    During the four-day meeting, U.S. Air Force representatives briefed India military officials on security exercises, flight safety, medical logistics, the function of an air and space operations center, E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system subject matter expert exchanges, and on the capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III.

    Additionally, Indian air force officials discussed their involvement with the Joint Prisoners of War-Missing in Action Accounting Command in recovering six downed U.S. bombers from World War II. This year's meeting also allowed both air forces to work out a precise schedule for joint exercises, training and visits for the next two years.

    "We have seen very tangible benefits from our exchanges," Air Marshal Kumaria said. "The progress, year after year, in the content and the comprehensiveness, has continued to increase."

    American Airmen made time to show their Indian guests around the Hawaiian Islands as they toured the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and attended a luau.

    "General Utterback and his team made us feel very welcome and at home during our time here in Hawaii," the air marshal said.

    Thirteenth AF is responsible for command, control and execution of air, space, and information operations capabilities across the full range of military operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, excluding the Korean theater of operations.

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    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123143235
     
  9. screwterrorists

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    That is pretty awesome.
    Working together allows both nations to gain experience. Not only that it helps them prepare should the future hold them in an alliance.
     
  10. LETHALFORCE

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    Indian Air Force: IAF concludes Su30 training program for Malaysian Pilots

    How to Build a Third World Inferior Air Force Using the Chinese K-8 Karakorum Jet Trainer

    How to Build a Third World Inferior Air Force Using the Chinese K-8 Karakorum Jet Trainer


    When Third World Nations want to build an Air Force, as their dictators get more power thru exploiting their people, they often choose the Chinese K-8 Karakorum Jet Trainer. These Chinese aircraft have special RFID Tags in them and this information is given to the United States Military to track by satellites, thru a special deal to keep China as a preferred trading partner. It is an underpowered jet aircraft, which helps teach new jet pilots how to fly fighter jets. Why would a Third World Nation want an Air Force? Well, because they can afford one and perhaps they have oil or some other natural resource that they can sell to the world.

    Today, most Third World Nations are protected by the only World's Super Power and thus they can buy superior American Fighter Trainer Aircraft. Unfortunately, when a nation goes rogue, the US refuses to sell them the good stuff so they have to go onto the market and buy far inferior products. Indeed, this is the ultimate insult to young pilots and the nation-states new military flight operations, but dictators do not care about their military personal, only their own exploits and power.

    It's unfortunate when nation-states go rogue or start problems in the International Community, support terrorist organization or seek to acquire nuclear weapons to use against other nations or civilian populations and it's too bad when nation-states buy inferior equipment to protect their populations. But perhaps this is a good thing because if a country's dictators skimps on training equipment then their air force will be defeated in the blink of an eye by a Super Power Nation, which has fifth generation fighter planes, satellites and netcentric warfare capabilities. Please consider all this when judging foreign rogue nation-state's Air Forces, we do.

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  11. LETHALFORCE

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    K-8 Karakorum

    K-8 Karakorum Program Developments

    The K-8 is a multi-role aircraft that can serve as a trainer, fighter, or light ground attack bomber.110 The K-8 project was initiated by the PRC around 1987, and later became a joint effort with Pakistan. China and Pakistan agreed to jointly develop the K-8 Karakorum jet trainer. Karakoram-8 (K-8), Basic Cum Advance Jet Trainer, was co-developed by Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF), Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra, and China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC). This aircraft was designed by Hongdu Aviation. Manufacture of four prototypes started January 1989, and the first flight test was conducted on 21 November 1990. The design finalization was in December 1992. Thousands of on-land test and flying test show that its combined properties are better than all the other jet trainer all over the world.

    A total of 12 aircraft (six each to China and Pakistan) were delivered by end of 1996. Pakistan decided against domestic series production in 1994. While the original plan involved up to 75 aircraft for Pakistan, by early 1996 as many as 100 were reportedly desired to replace aging Cessna T-37 trainers. The Chinese requirement was thought to range up to several hundred, which would be powered by the Progress AI-25 turbofans imported from Russia beginning in 1997.

    The PLAAF version of the K-8, known as JL-8, first flew in December 1994. Six planes powered by AI-25TLK were delivered to the PLAAF in June 1998. The further development variant L-11 powered by an indigenous WS-11 turbofan (a Chinese copy of the Ukrainian AI-25TLK) was first tested in December 1998. By the end of 2003 around 100 examples had been delivered to several PLAAF flight schools. Egypt is China’s biggest customer for these trainers. In December 1999, CATIC signed a contract with the Egyptian Defence Department to export 80 K-8 aircraft and its production line. With authorization from China, the Egyptian Air Force has manufactured 80 K-8s, and in 2008 was negotiating a deal for the production of a second batch of 40 aircraft.

    In March 2003 China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp (CATIC) agreed to buy 100 K-8 aircraft from the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group for export. Several Middle Eastern countries had shown strong interest in the K-8 jet. Other Southeast Asian and South American countries are also interested in purchasing the aircraft. The Chinese built K-8 intermediate pilot trainer aircraft is used in the Sri Lanka Air force training squadron.

    In December 2005 Zeng Wen, vice president of the export department of the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC), said that it will sell 250 more K-8 training jets in overseas markets in the next 10 years. He revealed the ambitious plan at the final day of the 2005 Forum for K-8 International Customers in Cairo. "CATIC has sold 249 K-8 trainers since 1994 to our clients across southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa," said Zeng. "We aim to sell 250 more in the next 10 years so that by the year 2015 the total number of K-8 exported will probably reach around 500," Zeng added.

    China has exported K-8 aircraft to Zambia and other African countries. Africa is the main recipient of the Chinese trainer aircraft; China claims that 80 percent of the trainer aircraft in African air forces are K-8s. In May 2006 Ghana said it had accepted an offer from the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation to trade-in the Gulf Stream GIII aircraft for four K-8 military aircraft and one K-8 flight simulator for the Ghana Air Force. The acquisition in 2008 of the K-8 aircraft will enhance the operational efficiency of the Ghana Air Force. It will also be useful for maritime and land surveillance as well as for collection and collation of data and information.

    In 2008 China’s official media released photos of K-8 fighter trainers demonstrating impressive attack power against land-based targets. The aircraft are the same model that China exported to Sudan. However, the K-8 trainers are like standard attack aircraft, and their tactical application in the Sudanese Air Force is for training but also for land attack operations. Although all trainer aircraft have some land-attack capability, the K-8 aircraft that China has sold to Sudan are different from those in service in China’s PLA Air Force in that they are fitted with 23-mm machine-gun pods. Along with the trainer planes, HF-20 rocket launchers were also exported to Sudan.

    In February 2009 it was reported that Zimbabwe would spend US$240 million on 12 K-8 jet trainer aircraft from China. Six of the 12 aircraft were already in the country, with the remainder set to be delivered in two months. Several western countries, notably Britain, had imposed an arms embargo on Zimbabwe over complaints about human rights violations in the southern African country. President Robert Mugabe has reacted to the targeted sanctions on his regime by urging the country to 'Look East', reference to Asian countries which have pledged their support for his regime.

    A lot of six planes, model K-8, out of the 18 aircrafts purchased by the Venezuelan government from China will arrive in January 2010 to be used in counter-narcotics efforts, reported a high-ranking military officer. "In January 2010, we will have the first six in Venezuela and before mid 2010, the 18 planes will be flying in the Venezuelan air space," said General Jesús González, the official responsible for the Operational Strategic Command, stated on February 11, 2009.
     
  12. shiv

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    no offense but what exactly is your point here man??
     
  13. LETHALFORCE

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    anybody using or getting these trainers -USA has control over even Pakistan

    "These Chinese aircraft have special RFID Tags in them and this information is given to the United States Military to track by satellites,"

    don't know how true this is if anyone knows more??
     
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    India to lease US copters for coastal vigil

    India to lease US copters for coastal vigil - India - The Times of India


    India to lease US copters for coastal vigil
    6 Jun 2009, 0324 hrs IST, TNN

    NEW DELHI: With New Delhi and Washington close to inking the End-Use Monitoring Agreement (EUMA), India now appears all set to also lease

    heavy-duty helicopters from the American Coast Guard for surveillance operations.

    Defence ministry officials on Friday said India would soon take a decision on leasing at least 12 twin-engined US helicopters for the Indian Coast Guard, whose force-levels are being bolstered under the new coastal security architecture being erected in wake of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

    This will be the first time that India will be taking defence aircraft on lease from another country. "US has offered helicopters like the Sikorsky and AugustaWestland ones. The modalities are being worked out," said an official.

    With MoD fast-tracking procurements to plug gaps in defence capabilities, India is increasingly looking at the US for military hardware and software.

    US, of course, is very keen to grab a bigger chunk of the lucrative Indian defence market, having already bagged the $2.1 billion contract for eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft and the $962-million deal for six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

    Washington is pushing New Delhi to sign EUMA as well as Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) as soon as possible since they are required under its domestic laws and basically govern sensitive technology control requirements.

    India is also keen to sign the pacts but wants the US to slightly water down the clauses relating to "onsite verification" by American inspectors in EUMA, as reported by TOI earlier.

    "We do not mind laws to govern sensitive technology transfers but they must not be intrusive in nature. Ideally, of course, we would not want to have EUMA at all. With other countries, we just give an undertaking," said an official.

    "But US has its own domestic laws. So, the two sides are looking for acceptable legal language, which will factor in concerns of both. We have exchanged three drafts on EUMA so far," he added.

    EUMA will again come up from discussions during US undersecretary for political affairs William Burns' visit here from June 10 to 13, the aim being to get it ready for inking during secretary of state Hillary Clinton's visit to India in July.

    "We would also like a standard EUMA text but our assets (military equipment bought from US) cannot be intrusively inspected without reason," he said.

    "Under the onsite inspection clause, they (US inspectors) should not enter our bases or go to our forward areas. They can instead look at our inventory records," he added.

    Till it signs the over-arching EUMA, India is proceeding on a case-to-case basis for procurements from US. It has signed a specific end-use agreement, for instance, for the three Boeing Business VVIP jets, with self-protection suites, from the US for the President and the PM.
     
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    Operation Focus and its impact on military thinking

    Operation Focus (Hebrew: מבצע מוקד, Mivtza Moked) was the opening pre-emptive airstrike by Israel at the start of the Six-Day War of 1967. It is sometimes referred to as "Sinai Air Strike" since the focus was primarily on airfields around the Sinai Peninsula. At 07:45 on June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) under Maj. Gen. Mordechai Hod launched a massive airstrike that destroyed the majority of the Egyptian air force on the ground. By noon, the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian Air Forces, with about 450 aircraft, were destroyed. It was also very successful in disabling 18 airfields in Egypt, hindering Egyptian Air Force operations for the duration of the war.

    preperations

    The Israeli government, headed by Levi Eskol, hoped to ease the tension using diplomatic methods instead of the military methods offered by the then chief of staff, Itzhak Rabin. On May 28th however, Nazer demanded that Israel hand over the port of Eilat to Egyptian control. On May 30th, King Hussein of Jordan signed a defence treaty with Egypt, effectively placing his army under Egyptian command, and on June 4rd another such treaty was signed with Iraq. With no chance of a diplomatic settlement of the dispute and having found itself threathened on three fronts, from Syria in the north, Egypt in the south and Jordan and Iraq in the East, the Israeli government finally voted to go to war. Pre-empting the oncoming Arab attack, Israel decided to launch the war itself.

    The planning of operation "Moked" (Focus) had began in 1963 and from that moment on, up-to-date intelligence was routinely gathered on all Arab air forces, air bases and aircraft. The objective of the entire operation was achieving air superiority within 6 hours. Israel had concluded long before that dogfights were an inefficient way to achieve this and that enemy aircraft must be caught on the ground. The plan called for an attack on Arab airfields, first runways to prevent enemy aircraft from taking off and then repeated passes to destroy these aircraft. The scope of the operation went far beyond preparation for the various sorties, and the IAF actually underwent great changes in order to prepare itself for its successful implementation. Command and control structures were modernized, technical training of ground crews was stepped up to allow shorter times between sorties, new weapons were designed and much more. The plan itself had been completed long before the outbreak of the crisis, but with the increasing tension was quickly brought up to date with current intelligence.

    Israel entered the war with 180 warplanes -The air forces of the states facing Israel far outnumbered the IAF : the Egyptian air force alone had 420 aircraft, comprising of MiG-15/17/19/21s, deHavilland Vampires and Hawker Hunters as well as Ilyushin Il-16 and Il-28 bombers. The EAF was based at 18 air bases, 4 of which were in the Sinai, 3 near the Suez canal, 6 in the Nile delta region and 5 in Upper Egypt. The Syrian air force, based in 6 airfields had a further 100 waprlanes, the Jordanian AF had 24 Hawker Hunters in two airfields and the Iraqi AF had 98 available warplanes.
    Having voted to go to war, the Israeli government set June 5th, 1967, as the date for the implementation of operation "Moked", coinciding with an armoured push into the Sinai peninsula. The war was then still limited to Egypt, hoping that the other Arab countries would not become involved in the conflict.

    Order of Battle of the Israeli Defence Force/Air Force, on 5 June 1967


    1 Kanaf/1 Wing, Ramat David
    - 107th Lion Head Sqn, Ouragan, 20 aircraft
    - 109th Valley Sqn, Mystére IVA, 16 or 20 aircraft
    - 110th Knights of the North Sqn, Vautour IIN/IIBR, 18 aircraft
    - 117th First Jets Sqn, Mirage IIICJ, 24 aircraft (including two Mirage IIIBJ)

    ? Kanaf/? Wing, Tel Nov
    - 12th FS, Magister, 76 aircraft
    - 103rd Sqn, Noratlas, 24 transports
    - 113th Wasp Sqn, Ouragans, 20 aircraft
    - 116th Flying Wing Sqn, Mystére IVA, 17 or 20 aircraft
    - 119th Bat Sqn, Mirage IIICJ, 21 aircraft (including two Mirage IIIRJ)
    - 124th Sqn, S-58, H-34G-III, 26 helicopter

    4th Kanaf/4th Wing, Hatzor
    - 100th Sqn, Piper L-18,
    - 101st First Sqn, Mirage IIICJ, 22 aircraft (including one Mirage IIIBJ)
    - 105th Scorpion Sqn, SMB.2, 35 aircraft (including several French-owned airframes) of which 24 were serviceable
    - 123rd Sqn, Bell 47, Super Frelon, 30 helicopters
    - 131st Sqn, C-47, C-95, 15 transports

    Note: for operational purposes, eight Mystére IVAs of the 109th Squadron were on 5 June deployed at Tel Nov AB, to operate alongside the 116th Sqn; four Vautours (including three As and one IIN) of 110th Sqn that were to fly the mission against Beni Swayf were also deployed to Tel Nov; while four Ouragans of 107th Squadron operated from Lod IAP (subsequent Ben Gurion IAP).

    Totals as of 0715hrs of 5 June 1967:

    - 67 Mirage IIICJ/BJ/CJ(R)
    - 1 MiG-21F-13 (ex Iraqi)
    - 35 Super Mystère B.2
    - 19 Vautour IIA/N/BR(18 serviceable)
    - 35 Mystère IVA (33 serviceable)
    - 51 Ouragan (48 serviceable)
    - some 15 Meteor F.Mk.8, FR.Mk.9, and T.Mk.7/8

    Totals of available fighter-bombers:

    - 204 "in being"
    - 197 "combat-ready"
    - 183 "fully manned"

    the Battle begins

    In three main waves of aerial attacks, and several smaller waves in the days following the operation, a total of 452 aircraft were destroyed, most of them on the ground. This left the IAF in almost complete control of the skies, and able to effectively assist the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground units.

    The operational success was achieved by concentrating on the initial destruction of the runways with a new rocket assisted bomb that would come to be known as the Durandal anti-runway warhead. As designed, after release of the bomb, a parachute is deployed to point the warhead directly toward the runway being attacked; at a set altitude, the rocket ignites and drives the warhead through the pavement of the runway before it detonates. The explosion creates a small crater over a large new sinkhole, meaning the damaged runway must be removed before the hole can be filled. Once the runways were disabled, entire air bases' complements of aircraft were effectively grounded and fell victim to subsequent attack waves, resulting in near-total Israeli air supremacy.


    June 5, 1967

    Operation Moked was launched at 7:45 am Israeli time (8:45 Egyptian time). Nearly all of Israel's 196 combat aircraft were committed to the airstrike, with only twelve being held back to patrol Israeli airspace.

    Egyptian defensive infrastructure was extremely poor, and no airfields were yet equipped with hardened aircraft shelters capable of protecting Egypt's warplanes in the event of an attack. The Israeli warplanes headed out over the Mediterranean before turning toward Egypt. Meanwhile, the Egyptians hindered their own defense by effectively shutting down their entire air defense system: they were worried that rebel Egyptian forces would shoot down the plane carrying Field Marshal Amer and Lt-Gen. Sidqi Mahmoud, who were en route from al Maza to Bir Tamada in the Sinai to meet the commanders of the troops stationed there. In this event it did not make a great deal of difference as the Israeli pilots came in below Egyptian radar cover and well below the lowest point at which Egypt's SA-2 surface-to-air missile batteries could bring down an aircraft.

    The first Israeli wave attacked 11 bases , catching much of the Egyptian Air Force on the ground and destroying them before they got airborne. The Israeli jets then returned to Israel, were "quick-turned" (refueled and armed with new ammunition) in 7 minutes 45 seconds, and departed in a second wave that attacked 14[citation needed] Egyptian bases and returned with only minor losses. They "quick-turned" again and departed in a third wave.

    The opening stages of Operation Moked were a complete success: Egypt's air force of nearly 500 combat aircraft was destroyed in the space of three hours, with only minor losses to the Israeli Air Force. When Syria, Jordan, and Iraq attacked Israeli targets in retaliation for the airstrike on Egypt, their attacks were mainly directed at civilian targets and were largely ineffectual. In response many of the IAF planes headed for a third strike on Egypt were diverted en route to Syrian and Jordanian targets, and other IAF aircraft were sent against Arab ground forces in support of Israeli ground forces. By the end of the first day of the Six-day War, Israel had complete air superiority over Israel, the Golan Heights, the West Bank, and the entire Sinai desert

    June 6-10, 1967

    On the second day of the war (June 6) the IAF was used against Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi ground forces.

    On the third day (June 7) the IAF destroyed hundreds of Egyptian vehicles trying to flee across the Sinai in convoys and trapped thousands more in narrow Sinai passes. By the end of the third day Jordan's air force of 34 combat aircraft had essentially ceased to exist and the Jordanian military was no longer in the fight.

    By the sixth and final day (June 10) Syria had lost approximately 100 combat aircraft and the fighting was over.



    Out come of the operation

    During the Six Days War, the Israeli Air Force, with 196 combat aircraft at its disposal had prevailed over a coalition with approximately 600 combat aircraft. The IAF destroyed 452 enemy aircraft, including 79 in air combat, while losing 46 of its own. 24 Israeli pilots and an unknown number of Arab pilots were killed.

    Number of aircraft destroyed by aircraft type

    Combat aircraft

    148 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 'Fishbeds' (104 from Egypt; 32 from Syria; 12 from Iraq)
    29 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 'Farmers' (all from Egypt)
    112 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 'Frescos' (94 from Egypt; 16 from Syria; two from Iraq)
    14 Sukhoi Su-7 'Fitters' (all from Egypt)
    27 Hawker Hunters (21 from Jordan; five from Iraq; one from Lebanon)

    Bomber aircraft

    31 Tupolev Tu-16 'Badgers' (30 from Egypt; one from Iraq)
    31 Ilyushin Il-28 'Beagles' (27 from Egypt; two from Syria; two from Iraq)

    Transport aircraft

    32 Ilyushin Il-14 'Crates' (30 from Egypt; two from Syria)
    8 Antonov An-12 'Cubs' (all from Egypt)
    4 others (two Syrian C-27 medium transports; and two C-27's from Egypt)

    Transport helicopters

    10 Mil Mi-6 'Hooks' (eight from Egypt; two from Syria)
    6 Mil Mi-4 'Hounds' (two from Egypt; four from Syria)

    Number of aircraft destroyed by country

    Egypt: 338 aircraft

    Syria: 61 aircraft

    Jordan: 29 aircraft

    Iraq: 23 aircraft

    Lebanon: 1 aircraft

    Israel lost 19 aircraft in the operation.

    Impact of the Operation

    the operation is still studied in grate depth in military collages around world due to the tanacity and its operational soundness the most important impact is that it has been emulated in varying degrees one of the most daring copY was done by the PAF Code named Operation Chengiz Khan

    Links used

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Focus
    the pre-emptive strike that launched the six-days war
    Operation Moked: Destruction of Arab Air Forces
     
  16. rock45

    rock45 Founding Member/ RIP our friend

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    RFID Tags never heard of such a thing and built into a Chinese aircraft for the US to track?

    LF a lot of the so called 'third world market" isn't only support by the United States in fact I can't even think of any jet trainer they exported lately by the US? I think being turn down is more a money thing and nobody sells cheaper then the Chinese looking to please an oil exporter. I'm actually glad we turn down a few of these countries damm we get blamed for enough of the worlds problems now. China sells arms to 11 different African countries in some shape or form and there leading and giving away big time bribe money to others.

    By the way I like this little K-8 trainer/light-combat aircraft. I can't find it now but somebody sent me a nice picture of the Egyptian production line.

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  17. Sridhar

    Sridhar House keeper Moderator

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    Indian Air Force: Developments and debates

    IAF to place orders for 15 NAL designed Saras LTA
    15 June 2009


    New Delhi: The country's indigenous aircraft design and development programme is set to receive a big shot in the arm with the Indian Air Force finalising a decision to induct the Saras light transport aircraft into its fleet. According to official sources, the IAF may place orders for as many as 15 of these propeller driven aircraft designed by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore.

    SarasA prototype of the 14-seater aircraft crashed during a test flight in March, killing three persons onboard.

    "The IAF has already finalised that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be manufacturing the aircraft and the firm order will be placed with NAL by year-end," defence sources said.

    This is another indigenous effort that is reaching late maturity. The programme suffered from an excess take-off weight problem, as well as non-availability of components following the 1998 sanctions imposed by the United States. It also struggled with an under-powered engine.

    According to NAL director, AR Upadhya, the new aircraft will now carry more powerful engines. He also said that designers had succeeded in reducing the total weight of the aircraft by 500 kg - the weight in excess required to be shed.

    Upadhya mentioned that an inquiry commission has been looking into the crash of the prototype and its report was expected in about three week's time.

    NAL's Saras, named after the Indian crane, is a multi-role aircraft ideal for executive transport, light package carrier, remote sensing and aerial research service, coast guard, border patrolling, air ambulance and other community services. Equipped with two rear-mounted turbo-prop Pratt and Whitney engines in a pusher-propeller configuration the Saras is designed to take off from and land on short, semi-prepared, runways.

    It is designed to carry between eight and 14 passengers and can be extended to a 19-passenger variant in multiple modes of operation.

    The two prototypes of Saras have flown at least 100 hours since its maiden flight in May 2004. The crash of the prototype in March was the first suffered by the programme.

    NAL is now building another prototype, which is expected to be flight tested next year.

    NAL expected the certification process of the aircraft to be completed by 2010.

    NAL is also working on the design of a 70-seat passenger aircraft, called the RTA-70, aimed for the regional transport market.

    domain-b.com : IAF to place orders for 15 NAL designed Saras LTA
     
  18. Singh

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    Are Indian Mig-27s being upgraded with Al-31 engines ?

    MIG made a version of the MiG-27 aircraft with an engine AL-31. Это позволит ремоторизировать самолеты, оставшиеся на вооружении. This will allow remotorizirovat aircraft remaining in service.

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    Самолет раскрашен в цвета Российского и Индийского флагов The aircraft painted in the colors of Russian and Indian flags ;) Сразу ясно кто может стать главным покупателем этого варианта. Immediately clear who might become the main buyer of this option. По сравнению со штатным двигателем, установленным на этом самолете, тяга увеличена на 1 тонну, масса уменьшена на 200 кг, экономия топлива составляет до 15 проц. Compared with the staffing engine installed on this airplane, thrust is increased to 1 ton, weight reduced by 200 kg, fuel savings of up to 15 percent. в зависимости от режима полета. depending on the mode of flight. В составе ВВС Индии имеется около 150 таких самолетов. In the Indian Air Force has about 150 such aircraft. Сколько из них будет модернизировано, пока не известно. How many of them will be upgraded, is not yet known. Первоначально предполагалось модернизировать 60 самолетов. Originally intended to upgrade 60 aircraft. Этот проект достаточно перспективный, особенно с учетом того, что модернизация самолетов МиГ-23БМ также предполагает их оснащение двигателями АЛ-31. This project is quite promising, especially given the fact that the modernization of MiG-23BM is also requires that they be equipped Su-31. Да и МиГ-23 еще есть Yes, and the MiG-23 still ;)

    Вот он, красавец. Here it is, beautiful. Готовится к полету. Prepared for the flight. Точнее к перелету из Луховиц в Жуковский More precisely to fly from Luhovicy in Zhukovsky

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  19. Zmey Smirnoff

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    India hasnt signed that contract yet.
     
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    They will wait for one more crash to sign the Upgrade contract.
     
  21. Zmey Smirnoff

    Zmey Smirnoff Regular Member

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    Lets hope they sigh after just one...
     

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