‘Super Hunter’: Classic British fighter jet to return to production in India

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  1. Prasanna kumar

    Prasanna kumar India is my Identity

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    https://hushkit.net/2016/04/01/supe...fighter-jet-to-return-to-production-in-india/


    In a move long anticipated by industry insiders, Indian’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced today thatHindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will produce a radically modernised version of the 1950s-vintage Hawker Hunter jet fighter.

    The original Hunter, a British design, first flew in 1951 and was widely exported. It proved popular with the Indian Air Force, which ordered the type in 1954. The Hunter’s proven airframe will provide a low-risk basis for the new design, the name of which will be ‘Langoor’ in air force service. The Langoor is intended to solve India’s fighter shortage with the minimum of cost and risk, while embracing the national ‘Make in India‘ initiative to develop indigenous weapon systems and technologies. The Swedish aero-company Saab, with its proven track record, will be the partner nation for the Langoor’s testing phase. Lessons learned from the painfully slow Tejas programme, and the mired MMRCA fighter acquirement will inform the project which is intended to emphasise modest and realisable goals. According to Parrikar, the type will enter service in 2022 and will offer reliability alongside operating costs 25% that of the Sukhoi Su-30, with a unit cost at least 70% lower than that of Tejas. The design will prioritise long range and ‘rugged’ reliability over high performance, and will feature proven systems to ensure a high level of combat effectiveness. Parrikar noted that “Mach 1.5+ performance is not necessary for the vast majority of combat missions, yet this requirement has until now dominated our search for future fighters. The use of heavily networked slower assets within a force that includes faster aircraft, like the Su-30, will prove more effective, far cheaper and will give the Indian Air Force what it most needs: larger, safer and more reliable forces. Langoor will be a game-changer.”

    The Langoor will differ from the Hunter in many respects-

    • The original engine Rolls-Royce Avon will be replaced by the Eurojet EJ200
    • Sensors will include the Swedish PS-05/A radar
    • New lightweight helmet cueing system
    • Internal armament of one GSh-23-mm cannon
    • New wing to be designed with BAE Systems
    • Glass cockpit
    • Weapons to include R-73 short range air-to-air missiles
    India is expected to order between 250-400 aircraft. Most of the design work has been completed and a prototype is expected to fly in 2019, with service entry scheduled for 2022.

    I wonder that it wasn't noticed by any of us? Or am I unaware of it?
    If posted already please provide the link and close this thread. Or is this a fake article?


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    April fool day !

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    Prasanna kumar India is my Identity

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    Fuck...How did I miss that. :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm::crying::crying::crying:
    I made a fool out of myself. :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm:
     
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    Can somebody delete this immature piece of a post.

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    On a different note (and a bit serious note) there is an ex-pilot (on other forum) who has designed his modern take on Folland Gnat (Ajeet) it incidentally will be with as he hopes to be EJ 230 engine. It will be single engined VLO with upto 8 Medium A2A missiles carried internally. It would have off the shelf technology including sensors and radar. And have a range between that of Tejas but closer to Rafale.
    This is FYI
     
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    @smestarz I have numerous of such examples where ex-pilots of IAF have claimed to have given the similar accounts for other old Indian planes too, and that's just that. A pilot's personal opinion. Ministry will only listen to the IAF advisory committee suggestions for the planes and their customizations.

    Also you mentioned Folland GNAT as Ajeet. That's not true. Folland GNAT was a plain India used to have off the shelf. This was used extensively in 1965 and to an extent 1971 wars. Ajeet was a heavily customized GNAT (which was dubbed ad GNAT MK II).

    It never saw combat and 80 of such were customized by HAL. HAL always claimed lofty performance numbers but without combat participation one can't vet the real improvements.

    AJEET was retired in 1984. Just 8-10 years in service.
     
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