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i think uttam is better

read this


in this blog there is photo of uttam keeping lock on tejas at a dist of 140 km and rcs of uttam is 0.5-1 m2 (imo) and peak power is 3.6 as compared to 4 of this chene radar. in this brochure it is vaugly written range of radar 170km for fighter size so we can consider (1.5-2.5 m2) rcs.

if we go by this analysis then uttam is better.
3m2- 170km, some article says 3m2- 200km. uttam 150km- 2m2. elm2052 new 200km- 1m2 and old 200km- 2m2 for f16 type, for jaguar 2m2- 80km old. su30mki, bars 170km- 5m2. su35- 3m2-300km. uttam range for 2m2 increased to 200km from some articles, unofficial, also elm 2052 range unofficial.
fighter size rcs differ for each country, for russia 5m2[old] 3m2[new]. eu,usa 3m2, israel 2m2old 1m2new. update required
 

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Would India have a use for 13 C-130J aircraft? If yes, how quickly could IAF/GOI put in an offer?
iaf is fast but goi too slow. if no takers, may be, considering c17. it is a good buy, considering mta jv, if the price is right. any one know status of mig29 unused frame.
 

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Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria is most likely going to be succeeded by one of these three (assuming they don't superannuate before that, DOB is not public):-



Air Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur AOC-in-C Training Command
  • 129 Course
  • Flight instructor with 5000 hours experience on various jets and helicopters
  • Commands held:-
    • 15 Squadron (MiG-21 Bis then, now uses Su-30MKI)
    • AFS Bhuj (27 Wing)
    • Eastern Air Command
    • Training Command
  • Other postings:-
    • Principal Director (Operations, Information and Electronics Warfare), Air HQ
    • Air Instructor, Western Air Command
    • Commodore Commandant, Flying Instructors School
    • Air Defence Commander, Eastern Air Command
    • ACAS Ops (Space), Air HQ
    • SASO, South Western Air Command
  • PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC
  • Wing Commander Rajiv Dayal Mathur (16772) F (P) was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has held several important command and staff appointments including Commanding Officer of a MiG-21 Bis Squadron. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College.
    Wg Cdr Mathur assumed command of a fighter squadron on 10 Jun 2000. Under his command the squadron has had an unblemished record, having so far flown over 4500 hours and trained 18 young pilots without any loss of precious aircrew or aircraft. During the Command level Air-to-Ground Armament meet "Ekalavya 2001", Wg Cdr Mathur displayed very high professionalism by himself leading three missions. His squadron won four out of the seven coveted trophies. The squadron was also adjudged the Best Fighter Squadron in South Western Air Command.

    Following the earthquake, which rocked the region of Kutch on 26 Jan 2001, Wg Cdr Mathur was tasked with rescue operations outside the Air Force camp. Even as the aftershocks continued to occur, he and his squadron personnel worked round the clock for over three days and in the process rescued 53 people trapped in the debris. Barely ten days later, his squadron was required to recommence operations from another base. Despite the upheaval caused by the eart hquake and the consequent hardships. Wg Cdr Mathur succeeded in motivating his squadron personnel to remain focused on organisational goals. Leading by personal example, he was able to provide renewed purpose and direction to the personnel of the squadron, who rose to the occasion by achieving the allotted tasks even under such difficult conditions.

    For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Rajiv Dayal Mathur.





Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari AOC-in-C Western Air Command
  • 130 Course
  • Flight instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor, Air Crew Examiner, 3800 hours experience on MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and Su-30MKI.
  • Commands held:-
    • 28 Squadron (MiG-29), Jamnagar
    • 8 FBSU, Awantipur
    • AFS Lohegaon, Pune (2 Wing)
    • Western Air Command
  • Other postings as:-
    • Air Instructor DSSC Wellington
    • Air Instructor DSCSC Zambia
    • Chief Operations Officer, 1 Wing, AFS Srinagar
    • Deputy Commandant, Air Force Academy, Dundigal
    • ACAS Ops (Air Defence), Air HQ
    • ACAS (Personnel Officers), Air HQ
    • DCAS, Air HQ
    • SASO Eastern Air Command
  • PVSM, AVSM, VM
  • Wing Commander Vivek Ram Chaudhari (16978) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 29 Dec 1982 as a Fighter Pilot. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QF1) with over 3650 h of accident free flying to his credit. He has been part of the first formation aerobatics team on the Kiran Mk-II, Flight Commander of a fighter Squadron (Sqn) and an Air Force Examiner on all MiG variant and all trainer ac. He is presently commanding a fighter Sqn since 17 Sep 2001.
    Wg Cdr Chaudhari assumed command of the Sqn at the time when the IAF was put on high alert. With his initiative, hard work, perseverance and excellent leadership qualities, he brought in transformational changes in the functioning of the Sqn. During 'Op Parakram', his Sqn was tasked to deploy at three locations as per the war plans. With only nine pilots and one trainer ac available, he alternated between the bases so as to complete the revalidation of augmented pilots in record time and become operational at the earliest from all three locations. While carrying out day and night Operational Readiness Platform (ORP) duties, he flew over 150 sorties and took part in all exercises. Being the only QF1 at one base, he also undertook the conversion of three under training pilots. In consultation with Tactics and Air Combat Development and Training Establishment (TACDE), he helped in development of tactics for Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Vs BVR missile engagements and interception of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. While remaining deployed, his Sqn provided Dissimilar Air Combat Training to all the MiG-21 Sqns within the command, thereby enhancing their operational status.

    To overcome the constraints of limited ground equipment, which were adequate only for two detachments, he obtained common equipment from co-located fighter Sqns so that his Sqn could operate from five locations on two occasions. He also used the resources of Pechora units for air charging and Nitrogen purity testing resulting in reduced requirements of air cylinders. His Sqn made innovative use of autoloaders for removal of canopy and ejection seat for servicing, thereby saving on frequent ferries to parent base.

    Working under constraints of split locations, inadequate communication between them, low manning levels and extended supply lines, he remained ahead of the situations and adopted proactive measures to enhance the output of the unit. By personally moving from one location to another he ensured that he was in constant touch with the entire unit personnel and kept morale of the Sqn high. The Sqn was deinducted after being deployed for thirteen months and was soon inspected by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team, without a warning. Wg Cdr Chaudhari led his Sqn to achieve average plus in operations and high average in maintenance activities.




Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar C-in-C Strategic Forces Command
  • 129 Course
  • Flight Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor, Air Crew Examiner, 3500 hours experience on various aircraft including MiG-21 FL, MiG-21 Bis and 1000 hours on Mirage 2000.
  • Commands held:-
    • 7 Squadron (Mirage 2000) [Gallantry VM for LGB on Paki LoC positions, Op Parakram]
    • AFS Pathankot (18 Wing)
    • Central Air Command
    • Strategic Forces Command
  • Other Postings as:-
    • Pilot, 1 Squadron (MiG-21FL)
    • Flight Instructor, Flying Instructor School, Tambaran
    • Flying Examiner, Aircrew Examination Board, Hindon
    • Flight Commander, 3 Squadron (MiG-21 Bis)
    • Deputy Director (Ops), Air HQ
    • Director (Ops), Air HQ
    • Chief Operations Officer, AFS Gwalior (40 Wing)
    • Team Leader, AWACS Project Management Team, Tel Aviv, Israel (for A-50EI AWACS)
    • Director, Project Management Team, ADA Tejas, Air HQ (25 June 2012 - 28 Feb 2017)
    • SASO Eastern Air Command
  • PVSM, AVSM, VM (Gallantry), ADC
  • Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar (16770) F (P) is the Commanding Officer on a Mirage-2000 Sqn since 26 Mar 2001. he was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 and has over 3500 hrs of accident free flying including 1000 hrs on the Mirage2000. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor who has been on staff of Flying Instructors School as well as Aircrew Examining Board.
    During 'Ops Parakaram' on 02 Aug 2002, the Sqn under Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar was tasked with destroying enemy position on the Line of Control. Intelligence had reported infiltration of enemy troops across the LOC taking up positions overlooking own ground forces. There was very limited time available for planning and real time intelligence was lacking. The target was located at high altitude very close to our own troops and was defended by enemy Surface to Air Missiles. A very precise attack was needed to prevent fratricide. When the mission was flown the target area was partially obscured due to clouds and smoke from enemy fire.

    Despite the constraints of time, intelligence, difficult terrain and target being partially obscured Wg Cdr Rajesh Kumar successfully led and executed the attack on the LOC. He acquired the target and effectively carried out a LGB attack, while under enemy fire, destroying the enemy bunkers on the LOC. Accurate weapon delivery by him also greatly assisted the other members in formation to acquire the target. Success of the mission facilitated recapture of territory by own ground forces without any friendly casualties. His attack also demonstrated to the enemy the capability of the IAF and will act as a deterrent against any such intrusion in the future.

    For exceptional courage under fire and leadership shown, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Rajesh Kumar.

There are others who could, but I don't think they are in line because they are less experienced than the ones above:-
Air Marshal Amit Dev AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command
  • 130 Course
  • Suceeded Air Marshal Rajiv Dayal Mathur as AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command
Air Marshal Amit Tiwari AOC-in-C Central Air Command
  • 129 Course
  • Suceeded Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar as AOC-in-C Central Air Command
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Personally, I hope Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar becomes the next Air Force Chief. He has worked with the Tejas and as far as I saw, he was a supporter of Tejas. Hence, he will ensure that love for import maal doesn't creep back into IAF after ACM Bhaduria's September 2021 retirement.
Ya'll Nibbiars I think AM VRC.
Ya'll Nibbiars I was Right.

Air Marshal V R Chaudhari appointed the next Chief of Air Staff.

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Would be unorthodox because he is junior to both the others, but it could happen seeing as this government has not adhered to the seniority criteria in the past as well.
Ya'll Nibbiars


Ya'll Nibbiars

 
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Are you sure that he is supportive of Atmanirbharata ,and that AMCA would gain speed?
Ya'll Nibbiars yeah I readed in a detail about all the candidates for the CoAS and came to the conclusion this the best person for this.

Wing Commander Vivek Ram Chaudhari (16978) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the IAF on 29 Dec 1982 as a Fighter Pilot. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QF1) with over 3650 h of accident free flying to his credit. He has been part of the first formation aerobatics team on the Kiran Mk-II, Flight Commander of a fighter Squadron (Sqn) and an Air Force Examiner on all MiG variant and all trainer ac. He is presently commanding a fighter Sqn since 17 Sep 2001.
Wg Cdr Chaudhari assumed command of the Sqn at the time when the IAF was put on high alert. With his initiative, hard work, perseverance and excellent leadership qualities, he brought in transformational changes in the functioning of the Sqn. During 'Op Parakram', his Sqn was tasked to deploy at three locations as per the war plans. With only nine pilots and one trainer ac available, he alternated between the bases so as to complete the revalidation of augmented pilots in record time and become operational at the earliest from all three locations. While carrying out day and night Operational Readiness Platform (ORP) duties, he flew over 150 sorties and took part in all exercises. Being the only QF1 at one base, he also undertook the conversion of three under training pilots. In consultation with Tactics and Air Combat Development and Training Establishment (TACDE), he helped in development of tactics for Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Vs BVR missile engagements and interception of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. While remaining deployed, his Sqn provided Dissimilar Air Combat Training to all the MiG-21 Sqns within the command, thereby enhancing their operational status.

To overcome the constraints of limited ground equipment, which were adequate only for two detachments, he obtained common equipment from co-located fighter Sqns so that his Sqn could operate from five locations on two occasions. He also used the resources of Pechora units for air charging and Nitrogen purity testing resulting in reduced requirements of air cylinders. His Sqn made innovative use of autoloaders for removal of canopy and ejection seat for servicing, thereby saving on frequent ferries to parent base.

Working under constraints of split locations, inadequate communication between them, low manning levels and extended supply lines, he remained ahead of the situations and adopted proactive measures to enhance the output of the unit. By personally moving from one location to another he ensured that he was in constant touch with the entire unit personnel and kept morale of the Sqn high. The Sqn was deinducted after being deployed for thirteen months and was soon inspected by the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection team, without a warning. Wg Cdr Chaudhari led his Sqn to achieve average plus in operations and high average in maintenance activities.
 

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The current Air Chief (RKS Bhaduria) is a pretty solid leader. Given the current complexities of the border and brewing war situation on two fronts, I think he should be given an extension rather than choosing a new Air Chief.
I just wish our new ACM is as proactive about domestic programs as current ACM Bhadauria sahb.
 

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The current Air Chief (RKS Bhaduria) is a pretty solid leader. Given the current complexities of the border and brewing war situation on two fronts, I think he should be given an extension rather than choosing a new Air Chief.
Never , by giving extension to a single man no matter how competent he is, it gives a signal that the system doesn't have anyone to replace him.
It's the system that should be solid , for every resource we should always have someone else ready to replace him. That's how the good system works
RKS bhadoriya is a great leader but I trust IAF should have men of same caliber if not better.
 

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