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Sep
20

Russia’s Phazotron NIIR corporation said on Thursday it has developed a new-generation airborne radar for MiG-35 fighter jets which participate in the Indian fighter tender. Six major aircraft makers – Lockheed and Boeing from the United States, Russia’s MiG, which is part of the UAC, France’s Dassault, Sweden’s Saab and the EADS consortium of British, German, Spanish and Italian companies – are in contention to win the $10 billion contract for 126 light fighters to be supplied to the Indian Air Force. One of the selection criteria in the tender is that the fighter’s radar must have an active phased array radar with a target detection range of at least 130 kilometers (about 80 miles). “We have met this requirement of the Indian tender and built the Zhuk-AE active phased array radar with a proven range of 148 kilometers,” said Vyacheslav Tishchenko, the company’s general director. The X-band radar can track 30 aerial targets in the track-while-scan mode, and engage six targets simultaneously in the attack mode. Tishchenko said the detection range could be increased up to 200 km (125 miles). Russia’s MiG-35 Fulcrum-F, an export version of the MiG-29M OVT is a highly maneuverable air superiority fighter, which won high international acclaim. The fighter is powered by RD-33 OVT thrust vectoring engines. The RD-33 OVT engines provide superior maneuverability and enhance the fighter’s performance in close air engagements.The first demonstration flights of two MiG-35s in the Indian tender will be carried out in late October-early November in north-eastern India. The aircraft will conduct live-firing tests of on-board weaponry on a testing range in southern Russia in March-April 2010.{content @ air-attack}

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Sep
20

Playing down reports of recent Chinese incursions, India today said the situation was not “alarming” and that both countries were keen to maintain peace and tranquility on the border.
National Security Advisor M K Narayanan cautioned in a television interview that media “hype” could lead to “unwarranted incident or accident” that could create problems with the neighbour which should be avoided. He said there was “hardly any increase” in the number of incursions and “the situation is not alarming”. In Chennai, Army Chief Deepak Kapoor spoke in a similar vein. “There is no cause for worry or concern”, he said. “The Prime Minister has made a statement yesterday that there has not been any more incursions or transgressions as compared to last year. They are almost at the same level,” he said asking the media not to over hype the matter.{content @ pti}

Sep
19

In a major breakthrough, the Indian Air Force, for the first time, landed its AN-32 transport aircraft at Nyoma, an advanced landing ground situated at an altitude of 13,300 feet, in the western sector in Ladakh, on Friday. The successful landing of a fixed wing aircraft at Nyoma — situated 23 km from the Line of Actual Control with China — enables IAF to operate in the inhospitable terrain of the Ladakh region and provide adequate backup to the Army. This would help the Army carry troops and arms and ammunition at short notice to this sensitive sector. The landing comes just 15 months after an AN-32 landed at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO), the highest airfield in the world situated at an altitude of 16,200 feet. In November last year, IAF had opened another airstrip at Fuk Che. Friday’s development marks an achievement as it comes amidst the recent rise in incursions by Chinese forces. The development of Nyoma base was a joint effort by IAF and Army which carried out aerial and ground reccees for the base to be made operational for fixed wing operations. Though helicopters have been landing at Nyoma, this is for the first time that a fixed wing aircraft landed at the airstrip. The task of developing the landing base to the standards required for big aircraft was undertaken by the Engineer Regiments of 14 Corps. The joint development of Nyoma by IAF and Army in extreme weather conditions is another step towards enhanced coordination between the two services. Nyoma’s development would also ensure that movement in the area continues when road traffic gets affected during the harsh winters. It will also enable improved communication network in the region, facilitating economical ferrying of supplies as well as promotion of tourism. The first AN-32 aircraft landed at Nyoma at 6.25 am on Friday. The aircraft was commanded by Group Captain SC Chafekar with Western Air Command chief Air Marshal NAK Browne and Army’s Northern Command chief Lt-General PC Bharadwaj on board, an IAF statement said. {content @ times of india}

Sep
19

Indian Navy added more fire power to its arsenal on Friday with the launch of country’s second indigenously designed stealth destroyer INS Kochi. Designed by the Directorate of Naval Design and built at Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai, the 163-meter long and 6,800-ton stealth destroyer was launched by the Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma’s wife Madhulika Verma. The warship is the second of three Project 15-A Kolkata class stealth missile destroyers. The first vessel, INS Kolkata, launched earlier, is expected to join the fleet in 2010, followed by INS Kochi in 2011 and the third in May 2012. INS Kochi is the latest stealth destroyer with land attack capability built for the Indian Navy and has advanced stealth features which make the warship less vulnerable to detection by enemy radar. The warship propelled by four gas turbines can travel at a speed of 30 knots and will be armed with the latest weapon systems including Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. The warship will also have Long Range Surface-to-Air missiles and a Multi-Function Radar System for acquiring data on surface and air targets. For close-range defence capability INS Kochi will have four AK-630 rapid-fire guns and a medium range gun. The warship will also have indigenously developed twin-tube torpedo launchers and anti-submarine rocket launchers to take care of enemy attacks from under the sea. There is space for two multi-role helicopters, too, on the ship which along with the NPOL developed Humsa-NG hull-mounted sonar will add to the warship’s anti-submarine capability. A pontoon-assisted launch technique, being used for the first time in India, has been employed to avoid slipway constraints on heavier vessels. A stealth ship employs stealth technology construction techniques in an effort to ensure that it is harder to detect by one or more of radar, visual, sonar, and infrared methods. These techniques borrow from stealth aircraft technology, although some aspects such as wake and acoustic signature reduction are unique to stealth ships’ design. Reduction of radar cross section (RCS), visibility and noise is not unique to stealth ships; visual masking has been employed for over two centuries and RCS reduction traces back to American and Soviet ships of the Cold War. One common feature is the inward-sloping tumblehome hull design that significantly reduces the RCS. In designing a ship with reduced radar signature, the main concerns are radar beams originating near or slightly above the horizon (as seen from the ship) coming from distant patrol aircraft, other ships or sea-skimming anti-ship missiles with active radar seekers. Therefore, the shape of the ship avoids vertical surfaces, which would perfectly reflect any such beams directly back to the emitter.
Retro-reflective right angles are eliminated to avoid causing the cat’s eye effect. A stealthy ship shape can be achieved by constructing the hull and superstructure with a series of slightly protruding and retruding surfaces. {content @ cnnibn}

Sep
18

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Sep
18

Multinational American technology and services conglomerate, General Electric (GE), currently in contention as an engine supplier for some aircraft participating in the medium-range multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) tender of the Indian Air Force has said it is keen on sourcing components from Indian industry. UAE Air Force F-16 E/F Block 60.Three of the MMRCA contenders – Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-16IN Super Viper and Saab Gripen’s JAS-39 fighter are powered by GE Aviation engines. These are the F414-GE-400 for the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet, the F110-GE-132 turbofan for the F-16IN Super Viper and the F414G turbofan, a version of the F414-GE-400, for Saab’s Gripen. GE has said it will manufacture, assemble and test the engine, should any of its partners win the contract, at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) facilities. It has also said that it will get many of its engine components manufactured by local firms. The F110-GE-132 turbofan engine developed by GE for the F-16IN was originally developed for the United Arab Emirates F-16E/F. The engine offers a thrust of 32,000 pounds, which is considered as little on the higher side for a small aircraft like the F-16, but also allows the F-16 IN to carry more armaments. Since 1984, more than 3,000 F110 engines have been ordered by the US Air Force and have been mounted on various airframes, including the F-14 Tomcat, the F-15 Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. According to Philip G Woniger, programme manager, F110-GE-132, GE Aviation, the company would make the engine compatible for Indian requirements. Such customisations would include durability core. He also pointed out that the engine produced 170 reports which guided engine maintenance staff.{content @ domain-b}

Sep
17

The United States sold arms worth $4.5 billion to Pakistan between 2005 and 2008, says a Congressional report even as Washington has expressed concern about reported diversion of military equipment away from the war on terrorism to fight India. An updated Congressional report released last month says Washington signed arms transfer agreements with Pakistan in excess of $3.5 billion in the year 2006 alone, “ranking Pakistan first among all arms clients of the United States during that calendar year”. Last week, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf confessed that bulk of US military aid to Pakistan had been diverted for fighting India. However, he later backed out as Washington expressed concern. A State Department official said the US will “take seriously any allegations like this”, noting that a former president had made these claims. “But simply we don’t have the details to be able to respond to these allegations.” According to the report, the total value of Pakistan’s arms purchases from the US in 2006 nearly matches the total value of all Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme purchases by Pakistan from the US for the period from 1950-2001 (more than $3.6 billion in current dollars value).The report lists the key elements in Pakistan’s arms purchases from the US as follows: 36 F-16C/D Block 50/52 fighter aircraft for $1.4 billion; a variety of missiles and bombs to be utilised on the F-16 C/D fighter aircraft for over $640 million; the purchase of Mid-Life Update Modification Kits to upgrade Pakistan’s F-16A/B aircraft for $890 million; and 115 M109A5 155mm self-propelled howitzers for $52 million. The “rise of Pakistan to its new status as a major arms purchaser from the United States is particularly noteworthy given the difficulties the US has had with Pakistan since the 1970s over its successful effort to produce nuclear weapons,” observes the Aug 24 Congressional report for US lawmakers and their staffers. {content @ hindustan times}

Sep
17

Two BSF jawans were injured on Friday night when their observation post came under fire from Pakistani side across the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector, after which the border guards retaliated using small arms. The firing from Pakistani side at around 1845 hours was directed at the observation post along the fenced frontier at Nikkowal area of the sector, BSF sources said adding two jawans received bullet injuries. The BSF hit back with small arms. {content @ times of india}

Sep
17

Around 300 terrorists are waiting across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for an opportunity to infiltrate into India, prompting the Army to strengthen its anti-insurgency security grid. The terrorists have been spotted moving in batches from place to place along the LoC, apparently in search of vulnerable spots from where they could infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Ministry sources said here today. The attempt was to push in as many terrorists as possible before the onset of winter when snowfall will make the mountainous terrains impregnable, the sources said. “The next two months are crucial,” they said, expecting a jump in the infiltration attempts. In the recent times, there have been a number of attempts at infiltration, many times accompanied by firing from across the LoC to provide cover to such bids. Security forces have killed at least 25 terrorists while foiling these infiltration attempts last month and these encounters took place at points along the LoC. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in an address to a conference of state police chiefs on Tuesday, had termed as worrisome secessionists and militant groups in Kashmir making common cause with “outside elements” and noted that infiltration across the LoC was going up. {content @ yahoo}