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India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 17 2012 at 8:09 PM

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India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 17, 2012: India is buying 99 American F414 jet engines, for $8.1 million each. These will be used for the new LCA (Light Combat Aircraft, or "Tejas") jet fighter. Eventually, most of the LCAs built will be powered by the Indian Kaveri engine, which is still in development hell. The F414s will substitute only until the Kaveri is ready. But the Kaveri never seems to be ready. This is a big problem.

In one of many attempts to deal with the Kaveri problem, two years ago India made arrangements with French engine manufacturer Snecma, to provide technical assistance. Criticis in the Indian air force asserted that help from Snecma would not save the ill-fated Kaveri engine program. But the government apparently believes that it is necessary for India to acquire the ability to design and build world class jet engines, whatever the cost. Only a few nations can do this, and India wants to be one of them, soon, at whatever cost. Despite decades of effort, the Kaveri is still far from ready for production.

When work began on the Kaveri, in the mid-1980s, it was believed that the LCA would be ready for flight testing by 1990. A long list of technical delays put off that first flight until 2001. Corners had to be cut to make this happen, for the LCA was originally designed to use the Indian built Kaveri engine, and the engine was not ready.

For a jet fighter, the engine is the most complex part of the aircraft, and the Kaveri has had its share of setbacks. Fortunately, there was an American engine, the GE F404 that fit the LCA, and could be used as a stop-gap. The F414 is a more recent model of the F404, and has 15 percent more thrust. So as long as the Kaveri engine is not ready, the American engine fills in.

The LCA is only now preparing to enter mass production. Six prototypes and sixteen pre-production models exist. Mass production (at least 20 aircraft a year) was to begin, no matter what, this year. Or at least that's the plan. For over two decades, India has been trying to design, develop and manufacture its own "lightweight fighter," but the project has been a major disaster. It has, however been a valuable, and very expensive, learning experience.

Meanwhile, the 1970s era American F-16 is probably the premier "lightweight fighter" in service, and began joining squadrons about the time India came up with the LCA project. Both the F-16 (at least the earlier models) and the LCA weigh about 12-13 tons. But the F-16 is a high performance aircraft, with a proven combat record, while the LCA is sort of an improved Mirage/MiG-21 type design. Not too shabby, and cheap (about half the cost of an F-16). Also, for all this time, money and grief, India has made its aviation industry a bit more capable and mature.

For all this, India only plans to buy 200-300 LCAs, mainly to replace its aging MiG-21s, plus more if the navy finds the LCA works on carriers. Export prospects are dim, given all the competition out there (especially for cheap, second-hand F-16s). The delays have led the air force to look around for a hundred or so new aircraft (or even used F-16s) to fill the gap between elderly MiG-21s falling apart, and the arrival of the new LCAs. However, two decades down the road, the replacement for the LCA will probably be a more competitive, and timely, aircraft.

Three years ago, the Indian Navy announced it was buying six of the new LCA fighters to operate from the new carriers that are to enter service in the next five years. This is an experiment to see how the LCA will do as a carrier aircraft. The first LCA carrier trials are to take place next year. The navy has already bought navalized MiG-29s for these carriers. The navy LCAs will also be navalized (mainly stronger landing gear, a tail hook and different cockpit electronics.) The MiG-29K weighs 21 tons (16 percent weapons), while the navalized LCA weighs 13 tons (34 percent of that weapons). The MiG-29 is a better fighter, but the LCA carries a little more (4 versus 3.5 tons) armament, making it a cheaper way to attack ships or land targets with missiles and bombs.

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20120217.aspx


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Shaheens (Pakistan)

Re: India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 17 2012, 8:26 PM 

How dare you post blastpamous article ..... Don't you know lca is better than gripens , f16 etc according to Hindu times?....


Me suspect you are Pakistani...



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Pathankot Strike
8 F-86Fs of No 19 Squadron led by Squadron Leader Sajjad Haider struck Pathankot airfield. With carefully positioned dives and selecting each individual aircraft in their protected pens for their strafing attacks, the strike elements completed a textbook operation against Pathankot. Wing Commander M G Tawab, flying one of the two Sabres as tied escorts overhead, counted 14 wrecks burning on the airfield. Among the aircraft destroyed on the ground were nearly all of the IAFs Soviet-supplied Mig-21s till then received, none of which were seen again during the War.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFHlzP69n9c


 
 
Aotearoa
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hahahah

February 17 2012, 10:47 PM 

or commie happy.gif

Kaveri engine is even much more advanced than Pratt & Whitney F119

 
 
FN
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Re: India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 18 2012, 6:46 AM 

just what is anti-indian in that article? can u explain?

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Shaheens (Pakistan)

Re: India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 18 2012, 1:11 PM 

nothing except indians couldnt make a srew driver right.....



Pakistan Airforce: The largest distributor of Indian airforce parts in Asia happy.gif

[linked image]

Pathankot Strike
8 F-86Fs of No 19 Squadron led by Squadron Leader Sajjad Haider struck Pathankot airfield. With carefully positioned dives and selecting each individual aircraft in their protected pens for their strafing attacks, the strike elements completed a textbook operation against Pathankot. Wing Commander M G Tawab, flying one of the two Sabres as tied escorts overhead, counted 14 wrecks burning on the airfield. Among the aircraft destroyed on the ground were nearly all of the IAFs Soviet-supplied Mig-21s till then received, none of which were seen again during the War.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFHlzP69n9c


 
 

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Re: India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 19 2012, 3:26 AM 

Thats what happens when the nation of Apus consult a freaking cow....

 
 

AryanArya
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Satyameva Jayate (India)

Re: India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 22 2012, 6:20 PM 

I believe that the trolls did not even read the article . LOL





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Aotearoa
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ANZACs (Australia/New Zealand)

hmmm ..

February 24 2012, 7:59 PM 

It doesn't really matter what you believe ... from the loser .. come on


    
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FN
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Re: India Reinvents Obsolete F-16s

February 25 2012, 5:22 AM 

dO YOU EVEN BOTHER TO READ BEFORE YOU POST?

ROFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[linked image]Quotations by global leaders on phuckistan wink.gif

British PM David Cameron: There will be lots of questions about what support system bin Laden had in Pakistan, and we need those questions answered

White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan: Certainly his location there outside of the capital raises questions. We are talking to the Pakistanis about this. It's inconceivable that bin Laden did not have a support system in the country that allowed him to remain there for an extended period of time

Our government is in fiscal distress. To make contributions to a country that isn't going to be fully supportive is a problem for many, said US senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein

German chancellor Angela Merkel: The al-Qaida leader's death has exposed some gaps in antiterrorism campaign

French foreign minister Alain Juppe: I find it a little difficult to imagine that the presence of someone like bin Laden ... in a relatively small town could go completely unnoticed. Pakistans position lacks clarity in our view

 
 
 
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