VIKRANT & VIRAT sailing together ( 1980s )

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  1. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Hawker P.1154 RN Osprey / Sea Harrier

    The P.1154 was Hawker's original proposal for an in-service VSTOL aircraft developed from the P.1127. With the powerful BS.100 engine it would have been supersonic, whilst a full size AI radar and BVR missiles would have given it a weapons capability similar to the Phantom. Predictably, it was not to be; trying to build a ground attack aircraft for the RAF and a Fleet fighter for the RN using the same airframe was always an unrealistic target. In addition, the Plenum Chamber Burning ( a sort of vectored afterburner) which was needed for supersonic flight never really worked and in any event, it produced extreme exhaust temperatures that would have buckled any ship's deck.


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    The Indian navy operated 10 BAe Osprey FA.21 from the INS Vikrant & Virat,
    equipped with Matra Magic AA missiles and Sea Eagle ASMs in lieu of Red Top .
     
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    Man we should have kept both of then together for some time LOL :)
     
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    INS Vikrant was having maintaince problems as by the time it was retired it already had 1-2 life extenssion refits...... and its almost crossed 50 years of its life by then.....
     
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