Monday, 2 April 2018

Indian Air Force fighter squadron strength

It is no secret that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been struggling to maintain its envisaged number of fighter squadrons. In the next few years many MiG-21/27 squadrons will be deactivated and there is not an obvious replacement.

Originally the IAF planned a total of 39.5-42 fighter squadrons in order to cope with a 2 front war (Pakistan and China). The delays and lack of funding have led to an actual number which is much lower, around 32-33 squadrons. See table for more details.

There are a number of solutions to remedy this issue in the short term. The following aircraft could be acquired:

- Su-30MKI: This aircraft is a mature design and already produced under license. It would provide work to HAL.
- Rafale: Another package –maybe together with Navy- would help increasing the fighter strength.
- MiG-35: RSK MiG is in a position to produce many in a short term (36 per year). The type is already in service with the IAF.

Tejas is another option, but the design/fielding has been marred by delays. As a consequence MiG-21s had to be upgraded to make up for the delay. A Mk 2 version is now expected.



Sunday, 11 March 2018

First photos of the prototype T-50-10 prototype

On the 7th of March the first photos of the prototype T-50-10  appeared on the net. Apparently this was one of the birds sent to Syria. Camm is similar to T-50-11.

Summary of prototypes (Paralay).


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Sukhoi Su-57 in Syria?

It seems that the Russian Aerospace Force (VKS) has deployed it's latest fighter in Syria. A couple of the prototypes were seen arriving at Hmeymin escorted by a Su-35. The Sukhoi Su-57, fifth generation fighter, has not even entered service. It has not been officialy confirmed, and in the past there were fake news on similar stores (MiG-31s in Syria). Perhaps it is better to take the information with a pinch of salt.

It does not make much sense to deploy the type in Syria. Perhaps the company wants to get the label "deployed in combat conditions". Some of the prototypes should be able to carry out combat missionss as they already have the combat equipment.

It would not be the first time that a combat aircraft enters combat before officialy entering into  service. The Su-25 was deployed in Afghanistan before completing the testing.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Israeli F-16 shot down over Syria (10-2-2018)

Last night an Israeli F-16 was shot down when carrying out a mission over Syria. The aircraft was subjected to" massive AAA fire" and hit. Both pilots ejected and are safe, one of them suffered light injuries while the other suffered heavy injuries.

F-16 remains (Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images).

 S-200 SAM remains.

The sequence so far is as follow. An Iranian UAV took off from Palmyra and penetrated Israeli airspace to collect information. The Israel Air Defence had detected the incoming UAV and sent an Apache helicopter to shoot it down, which it did. Following prototcol an attackwas launched against the location where the UAV had taken off, and this is when the F-16 was hit. Later several attacks were carried out against Syrian and Iranian targets.


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Military parade in North Korea to celebrate 70° anniversary of it's Army

North Korea has celebrated the  70° anniversary of it's Army with an imposing military parade in Pyongyang. The latest ICMBS were shown, together with other novelties, such as the Bulsae-3 AT missile integrated in the Seon'Gun tank. According to some analists, the Bulsae-3 is a copy of the Russian AT missile Kornet, but it does look smaller in size.

One big novelty was the new SRBM, with a similar shape to the Russian Iskander.
SLBM KN-1 (I was not able to see it in the videos).

New SRBM missile (1).

New SRBM missile followed by Pukguksong-2 . 



 Hwasong-15 (2).

Trucks with canisters for missile transportation -never seen before-.

Seon'Gun tank with AT missiles.

Chonma tank.

122 mm self propelled gun M1991.

120mm MLRS.

240mm MLRS.

Soldiers carrying AK-74 with cylindrical magazines. Note nightsights.

170mm Kolsan self propelled gun.

Main view of the ceremony.

An-2 (or Chinese Y-9) using flares during parade.


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

YPG attack on a Turkish M60 (5-2-2018)

One of my blog's readers (:yomismo_ ) sent me this video showing a YPG attack on a Turkish M60 Patton. The vehicle is in a static position providing overwatch, and is probably hit by a Konkurs or Fagot AT missile. The attack was filmed in Buka, Barbul district.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Dassault completes the modernisation of 10 Rafale M

This month Dassault  shoudl complete the upgrade of 10 Rafale Marine F1 delivered after 1999. These aircraft were urgently handed over as the french Navy had to replace it's fleet of F-8. The cost of the upgrade to the F3 standard is 300 million euros (equivalent to 3 new aircraft). The first upgraded aircraft were delivered in 2014. The F3 version has the following capabilities:

- Use of 30mm gun and MICA IR/AM missile sin air to air missions and interceptions
- Laser guided bombs GBU-12/24 and Hammer, 30mm gun for ground targets
- Buddy refuelling
- ASMP-A nuclear missile
- Air-sea missile Exocet AM39 Block and other types
- Aréos for reconaissance