Indiens Luftwaffe
Das war zu erwarten, nachdem Dassault nicht die Verantwortung für indisch produzierte Mängel übernehmen wollte.
Ich nehme an, dass jetzt sukzessive mit Käufen begonnen wird, das know how für Wartung nach Indien geht - und evtl. bei größeren Bestellungen eine Endmontagelinie kommt.
Und ob es indische Zulieferer gibt, wird nicht von Anfang an sondern jeweils dann entschieden, wenn sich Bewerber entsprechend qualifiziert haben.
Die Inder liebäugeln wieder mit russischer Stealth-Technologie: ... 035_1.html

Zitat:Indian, Russian negotiators agree on FGFA development

Zitat:The Indian Air Force (IAF), once an ardent backer of the proposed Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), has for the last two years sharply attacked the project. Critics say the FGFA is on the back burner to clear the way for the French Rafale fighter.

President Francois Hollande of France, who arrives in Delhi on Monday, has talked up the sale of 36 Rafales to India for an estimated $9 billion (Rs 60,000 crore).

Yet the FGFA remains alive. Last month Indian and Russian negotiators achieved a major breakthrough, agreeing to develop the FGFA at a lowered cost of $4 billion (Rs 27,000 crore) in India. That would open the doors to building of 250 FGFAs to replace the Sukhoi-30MKI.

Since 2008, the project was estimated to cost India and Russia $5.5 billion (Rs 37,000 crore) each. Adding inflation, that would be $6 billion (Rs 40,500 crore) each.

Now negotiators from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Sukhoi - the development agencies; have agreed to do this 40 per cent more cheaply, for $4 billion spread over seven years. In the first year after signing, each side would pay $1 billion (Rs 6,750 crore), and another $500 million (Rs 3,380 crore) in each of the following six years.

Sukhoi is already test-flying the FGFA's precursor, which Russia calls the PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii, or "Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation"). The FGFA project involves improving the PAK-FA significantly to meet the IAF's specifications. The IAF wants some 50 improvements to the PAK-FA, including a 360-degree radar and more powerful engines.

The proposal for a $4 billion research and development contract (R&D contract) will now come before a defence ministry "cost negotiation committee", and then to the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The R&D Contract visualises a prototype fighter flying in India within three years. In total, 11 prototypes would be built - eight of these PAK-FAs for the Russian Air Force, and three FGFAs for India.

Each country has already spent $295 million (Rs 1483 crore) on a "preliminary design contract" (PDC), Parrikar told parliament on August 4, 2015. The PDC, which spelt out the fighter's detailed configuration, was completed in June 2013.

The R&D contract should have followed immediately, but the IAF came out against the FGFA. As Business Standard reported (January 21, 2014, "Russia can't deliver on Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft: IAF") top air marshals alleged during a high-level ministry meeting in New Delhi that the FGFA would fall short of Indian expectations.

According to the details of that meeting, IAF objections to the FGFA were: (a) The Russians would not share critical design information with India; (b) The PAK-FA's engines are inadequate, being mere upgrades of the Sukhoi-30MKI's engines; and © Paying $6 billion to co-develop the FGFA would mean that "a large percentage of IAF's capital budget will be locked up."

On January 15, the IAF renewed its attack in a ministry meeting meant to review FGFA progress. It said the FGFA's engine was unreliable, radar was inadequate; stealth features were poor, India's work share being too low, and the price being too high. In a letter to the ministry, the IAF vice-chief raised 27 different objections to the FGFA.

Yet, in a baffling volte-face last year, the IAF proposed the PAK-FA be bought over-the-counter, rather than co-developing the FGFA. There was no official response to questions over why the IAF was willing to buy a fighter it had roundly criticised.

This resistance to the co-development also scuppered a Russian offer to co-develop a more powerful, fifth-generation engine for the FGFA. After roundly criticising the PAK-FA's AL-41F1 engines - upgraded versions of the Sukhoi-30MKI's AL-31FP engines, with 25 per cent more power - the IAF was ready to buy them in an over-the-counter sale.

The FGFA was once the IAF's future. Former defence minister AK Antony rebuffed the US-built fifth generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, saying India would have the FGFA. Indian planners viewed the FGFA as a launch pad for India's fifth generation fighter, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

Now, with the Rafale's astronomical cost, a cheaper R&D Contract for a "Make in India" FGFA could turn the spotlight back in the Indo-Russian fighter.
Zitat:Hindustan Aeronautics

Kampfhubschrauber LCH schließt Waffenversuche ab

Der von HAL entwickelte Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) hat mit dem Verschuss der Mistral-Lenkwaffe seine Waffenintegrationstests beendet. Über dem Testgelände von Chandipur führten Wg Cdr Subash P John, VM (Retd), Testpilot, und Col Ranjit Chitale (Retd), Flight Test Engineer von HAL „eine fehlerfreie Mission durch und erzielten einen direkten Treffer auf das Luftziel, das vollständig zerstört wurde“, so HAL. Es war dies das erste Mal in Indien, dass ein Hubschrauber einen Luft-Luft-Lenkwaffentest durchgeführt hat. [...] Weitere Waffen des LCH sind ein 20 mm Turmgeschütz und 70 mm Raketen, deren Schießversuche bereits im letzten Jahr abgeschlossen wurden. Damit ist der LCH bereit für Truppenversuche, so HAL.

Bisher hat das indische Verteidigungsministerium die Genehmigung zur Beschaffung von 15 LCHs (10 für IAF und 5 für Armee) erteilt.

Zitat:India Takes Delivery of First AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter

Indian Air Force representatives took delivery of the first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter in Mesa, Arizona on May 10. The first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter was officially handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) during a ceremony at Boeing’s production center in Mesa, Arizona on May 10, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. [...] The 2015 contract includes a clause for a follow-on order of 11 extra AH-64Es and seven Chinooks for the IAF at a fixed price that was agreed upon in 2013. The acquisition of the helicopters was accompanied by a prolonged inter-service rivalry between the IAF and the Indian Army’s Aviation Corps (AAC). [...]

Zitat:First batch of Rafale jets to come to India in May 2020

NEW DELHI: The first four of 36 Rafale jets will come to India by May next year and the aircraft will significantly enhance the IAF's combat prowess, Chief of Air Staff Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said on Friday. [...] Bhadauria said though India will receive the first Rafale jets next week, the aircraft will come to India only in May. India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore. [...]

Sources said the first squadron of the aircraft will be deployed at Ambala air force station, considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF. The Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from there. [...] The second squadron of Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal. [...]

Zitat:India’s Su-30 Jets Are Now Armed With Nuclear BrahMos Missiles

India’s nuclear command has begun receiving fighter jets armed with the country’s most advanced, supersonic cruise missile. According to media reports, India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has begun receiving 42 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters modified to carry air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. This will significantly enhance the striking power of the air leg of India’s nuclear triad. [...] The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI is a twin-seater, highly maneuverable, fourth-generation multirole combat fighter aircraft built by Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau and licensed to India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The plane will serve as the backbone of India’s Air Force through 2020 and beyond. Delhi has already acquired around 200 jets, and eventually plans to acquire 282 of them. [...]

As Russia and India Report explained, “The BrahMos’ 3000 km per second speed – literally faster than a bullet – means it hits the target with a huge amount of kinetic energy. In tests, the BrahMos has often cut warships in half and reduced ground targets to smithereens.”

Auch wenn inhaltlich deutlich wird, dass sich Indiens nukleare Schlagkraft mit der Kombination Su-30 MKI plus BrahMos um eine weitere Facette erweitert, so ist der zweitletzte Satz natürlich nichtsdestotrotz Blödsinn: Der Flugkörper erreicht nicht 3000 Kilometer pro Sekunde an Geschwindigkeit, sondern knapp Mach 3, d. h. also etwa 3000+ Kilometer pro Stunde - was natürlich immer noch schnell ist... Rolleyes

Zitat:India to buy 12 Sukhoi, 21 MiG-29s amid India-China standoff

India has decided to strengthen its aerial might with the purchase of 12 new Sukhoi and 21 new MiG-29s. The Indian Air Force has already initiated the process and a proposal for speedy acquisition has been sent to the Government of India in this regard. [...]

In the proposal copies examined by India Today, it is mentioned that to acquire the additional MiG-29s from Russia, there will be modifications in the existing contract for MiG-29 upgrades.

This will be the second lot of 33 new aircraft to be acquired by the Air Force after the contract was signed in 2016 for 36 Rafale aircraft. The Indian Air Force has also proposed that the government purchase the entire lot of equipment associated with the fighter planes in an apparent bid to prevent the issue of spares in the future.


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