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Found some IAF pics from their Republic Day Parade rehearsals so I thought I might share them here.
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India inducted a Brahmos equipped Su-30mki squadron in Thanjuvar, South India.

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ভারতের মিগ-২৯ বিধ্বস্ত
 ট্রিবিউন ডেস্ক
 প্রকাশিত ০৫:১৮ সন্ধ্যা ফেব্রুয়ারি ২৩, ২০২০

বিমানের দুই পাইলট অক্ষত আছেন

প্রশিক্ষণ চলাকালে ভারতীয় নৌবাহিনীর মিগ-২৯-কে মডেলের একটি বিমান বিধ্বস্ত হয়েছে। রবিবার (২৩ ফেব্রুয়ারি) স্থানীয় সময় সকাল সাড়ে ১০টায় গোয়ার ডাবোলিম থেকে ওড়ার কিছুক্ষণের মধ্যেই বিমানটি বিধ্বস্ত হয় বলে ভারতীয় গণমাধ্যম এনডিটিভি'র একটি খবরে বলা হয়।

ভারতীয় নৌবাহিনীর পক্ষ থেকে এক টুইটবার্তায় এই তথ্য নিশ্চিত করা হয়। তবে, বিমানের দুই পাইলট অক্ষত আছেন।

ভারতীয় নৌবাহিনীর টুইটে বলা হয়,  "গোয়ায় রবিবার সকাল ১০টা ৩০ মিনিট নাগাদ একটি মিগ ২৯-কে বিমান নিয়মিত প্রশিক্ষণ চলাকালীন বিধ্বস্ত হয়। তবে, বিমানের দুই পাইলট অক্ষতভাবে বিমান থেকে বেরিয়ে আসতে পেরেছেন । দুর্ঘটনার কারণ খতিয়ে দেখতে তদন্তের নির্দেশ দেওয়া হয়েছে।"

নৌবাহিনী আরও জানায়, পাখির ঝাঁকের সঙ্গে ধাক্কা লাগার ফলে বিমানটির ডান পাশের ইঞ্জিনে আগুন ধরে যায়। সাথে সাথে বিকল হয়ে যায় বাম দিকের ইঞ্জিনটিও। তবে, দুই পাইলটের তৎপরতার কারণে বিমানটি একটি জনশূন্য স্থানে ভূপাতিত হয়। এর ফলে কোনও হতাহতের ঘটনা ঘটেনি।

https://bangla.dhakatribune.com/international/2020/02/23/20397/ভেঙে-পড়লো-ভারতের-মিগ-২৯

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Indians fly their Russian jets way too often. I understand that they need to keep flying to maintain operational readiness but Russian engines are not purpose-built for this.

If AESA radar equipped, F-16s or Gripens supported by AEW&C aircraft can wreck havoc on Indian fleet due to their superior servicability.

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Indian Air Force inducts Astra BVRAAM missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is inducting the new Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile. India is also integrating the Israeli I-Derby Extended Range missile on its Su-30MKI combat aircraft. These new missiles will help to enhance the IAF's air-to-air engagement capability. 

These deployments come after the Balakot strike that saw Indian aircraft cross the Line of Control with Pakistan to attack terrorist camps. A dogfight ensured between Indian and Pakistani fighter aircraft. The Pakistani aircraft were equipped with the AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM, which outranged the R-77 and MICA missiles used by India.

India said its strike capability was superior to Pakistan's during the Kargil War, but this situation has since changed. To help correct this deficiency, India is procuring the European-made Meteor BVRAAM. This missile will arm India's new Rafale fighters. In addition, India is working on an improved version of Astra. This version will offer a range comparable to the Meteor's one.

Astra is an all-weather beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is the first air-to-air missile developed by India. It features mid-course inertial guidance with terminal active radar homing. Astra is designed to be capable of engaging targets at varying ranges and altitudes allowing for engagement of both short-range targets at a distance of 20 km (12 mi) and long-range targets up to a distance of 80–110 km (50–68 mi). Astra has been integrated with Indian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30MKI and is now integrated with the brand new Dassault Rafales. Limited series production of Astra missiles began in 2017.

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Indian MiG-29 fighter jet crashes after a technical failure

Indian news agencies reported on Friday morning that the country’s Air Force MiG-29 fighter jet crashes near Hoshiarpur district in Punjab.

According to local media, the aircraft fell to the ground in the Chuharpur village of the district and burst into flames. The pilot ejected safely.

Some sources reported about two pilots which have ejected safely as per eye witness accounts.

Aditya Raj Kaul also released a short video probably from the crash site.

After a few hours, the Indian Air Force officials have confirmed that MiG-29 fighter jet crashed after a technical failure. The pilot ejected safely.

“On 08 May, at 10:45, one Mig-29 aircraft airborne on a training mission from an Air Force base near Jalandhar met with an accident. The aircraft had developed a technical snag and the pilot ejected safely as he was unable to control the aircraft. The pilot has been rescued by a helicopter. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of accident,” a statement from the Ministry of Defense said.

Local authorities rushed to the spot quickly and took stock of the situation. After the crash, the pilot was taken to a nearby hospital.

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I wonder whether IAF is serious about getting this MMRCA drama done and dusted. 

2006 and still on-going. 

Is it me or does this tender looks more like a scheme to get access to know how of all the aircraft. 

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1 hour ago, Jetfore said:

This is a significant development. We need to start basic works ourselves as well. In future domestic capability will play a role when things heat up and access to various sources are curtailed.

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On 5/21/2020 at 11:31 PM, Professor Chanakya said:

This is a significant development. We need to start basic works ourselves as well. In future domestic capability will play a role when things heat up and access to various sources are curtailed.

Forget about india, they're gonna drag this mythical ''17 Billion fighter jets program'' for another 10 years with no tangible outcome.

What they trying to negotiate is a seamless ToT arrangement. Getting 114 new fighter gets in next 10 years adjusted of inflations and cost over-run will bog down an already stressed IAF.

Right after Galwan crisis, india might have to do with emergency air-frames from Russia. Goes to show high unavailability rate of IAF and over reliance on outside suppliers has made all of indian armed force a paper tiger.

Only thing they've sharpened over the year is their incessant media falsehood and obnoxious narratives. 

 

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11 hours ago, Nihonjin Karatumo said:

Forget about india, they're gonna drag this mythical ''17 Billion fighter jets program'' for another 10 years with no tangible outcome.

What they trying to negotiate is a seamless ToT arrangement. Getting 114 new fighter gets in next 10 years adjusted of inflations and cost over-run will bog down an already stressed IAF.

Right after Galwan crisis, india might have to do with emergency air-frames from Russia. Goes to show high unavailability rate of IAF and over reliance on outside suppliers has made all of indian armed force a paper tiger.

Only thing they've sharpened over the year is their incessant media falsehood and obnoxious narratives. 

 

I will not call them a paper tiger. Otherwise China would have a cake walk in Galwan. India might rely on foreign suppliers but they can hold their own. Most importantly they have nationalistic leaders working for indian interest. For any country that is very imoportant. Indian defense forces will move forward because of their leaders. It might be slow and probably  waste a lot of money but it is their money. So in a way they have the money as well.

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6 minutes ago, tahmid said:

I will not call them a paper tiger. Otherwise China would have a cake walk in Galwan. India might rely on foreign suppliers but they can hold their own. Most importantly they have nationalistic leaders working for indian interest. For any country that is very imoportant. Indian defense forces will move forward because of their leaders. It might be slow and probably  waste a lot of money but it is their money. So in a way they have the money as well.

Taking over vast chunk of land can be considered as a cake walk.

Sure, a nationalistic leader who failed miserably in both economic and foreign policy areas. National jingoism does not benefit all, and that example is india.

I've seen india's defense forces over last 5 years. Their capability is showing rusts. 

I wonder how naive can you be not to see through india's current predicament.

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28 minutes ago, Nihonjin Karatumo said:

Taking over vast chunk of land can be considered as a cake walk.

Sure, a nationalistic leader who failed miserably in both economic and foreign policy areas. National jingoism does not benefit all, and that example is india.

I've seen india's defense forces over last 5 years. Their capability is showing rusts. 

I wonder how naive can you be not to see through india's current predicament.

I am going of topic here, Yes, you are right, their capability should have been better. But they are still considered a super power though there are serious deficiencies. They do have a voice in lot of things that goes around the world.

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Due to the recent scuffle with China, there has been reports if India getting su-57 from Russia. I thought Russia was not going to export the su-57. 

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4 hours ago, Tom-tom said:

Due to the recent scuffle with China, there has been reports if India getting su-57 from Russia. I thought Russia was not going to export the su-57. 

Russia always intended to export the su-57. 

 

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