C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet

India currently has 11 American C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets and 11 C-130J30 Hercules turboprops. They join India’s fleet of approximately 14 Russian IL-76 Candid cargo jets and 100+ Russian/Ukrainian AN-32 Cline turboprops. Finally, HAL license built 89 British HS-748 turboprops, and some 57 still serve in the IAF, rounding out India’s transport fleets. So India has quite a large fleet of over 193 medium to large jets and turboprops from the USSR/Russia, US, and UK. India’s transport fleets serve a variety of purposes in the tactical and strategic domains.…

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Top 10 Indian fighter jets

Su-30 MKI– Highly Modern (4+ gen) Russian Aircraft. Developed version of Su-27 (first russian jet to perform the cobra manoeuvre) which means high agility. It carries One X 30mm GSH gun alongwith 8000 kg external armament. It is capable of carrying a variety of medium-range guided air to air missiles with active or semi-active radar or Infra red homing close range missiles. It has a max speed of 2500 km/hr (Mach 2.35). Capable of launching BrahMos missiles, which gives it a big edge over others in the list. Dassault Rafale–…

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Mirage 2000

India’s mirage 2000 is one of the fastest supersonic fighter jets in the world. It is a deep strike fighter aircraft used to break the enemies defense and carry out missions like dropping bombs of precision guided or missiles. It can act so spontaneous in order to avoid retaliation in very fast . Besides it has the ability to fly at lower altitude in order to avoid radar signature or radar cross section. The Mirage 2000 has a maximum speed of Mach 2.2 (2336 kmph) and can travel 1550 km…

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F22 Raptor

As the F-22 is a stealth fighter, the engineers wanted to reduce it’s radar cross-section as much as possible. To do this, they put the weapons literally inside the aircraft. So, instead of carrying them in outside pylons, this innovative design reduced the radar cross-section since the weapons are removed from the outside. This also cuts down on air resistance, hence making it more fuel efficient. Here, you can see the missile coming out of the storage compartment. In this image, you can see all of the missile bay doors…

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Expensive fighter aircrafts around world

1.Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit – $2.1bn The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a US Air Force (USAF) heavy-penetration stealth bomber launched in 1989. The aircraft can infiltrate complex and dense air-defence shields, while it is capable of all-altitude attack operations up to 50,000ft. B-2’s original unit cost was $737m, making it the most expensive aircraft ever built. However, due to retrofitting and adjustments in 1997, its overall cost now stands at $2.1bn. It costs $135,000/hr to operate. F-22 Raptor – $350m The F-22 Raptor is considered to be one of…

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Dangerous facts about Rafale

The French-made Rafale fighter is a high-precision medium-sized multi-role fighter. It is said that this is one of the most modern 4.5-generation aircraft. It has the ability to carry multiple weapons and deliver them accurately. The construction of the Rafale fighter can ensure the survivability of the airborne system itself. The Rafale has two engines, and each wet spot can carry three 2000-liter tanks. The fighter is equipped with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar with a range of more than 350 kilometers. The Rafale fighter has a low-shooting ability.…

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Fighter jets operational in the US Air Force

177 F-22s 240 F-15Cs, 26 F-15Ds 165 F-15Es 120 F-35As 641 F-16Cs, 150 F-16Ds aswell as other combat aircraft like: 19 B-2s 59 B-1Bs 287 A-10Cs 32 AC-130J/U/Ws 74 B-52s 50 CV-22Bs (used for Combat Search and Rescue) 84 HH-60G/Us (Combat Search and Rescue) US Navy: 18 F-35Cs (13 of them for training) 532 F/A-18E/Fs (131 for training) 155 EA-18Gs (while mostly for radar jamming, just like the old EA-6Bs it replaced, they are also essentially Navy “Wild Weasels”) 41 P-3Cs (4 used for recon) 91 P-8s 508 SH-60s (among…

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The use of BrahMos by the Indian Air Force

BRAHMOS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY LEAD MISSILE OF INDIA AND CAN BE OPERATED FROM LAND,AIR AND SEA WHICH GIVES INDIA A GREAT ADVANTAGE OVER OTHER COUNTRIES ESPECIALLY CHINA. IT IS ALSO THE FASTEST CRUISE MISSILE IN THE WORLD PRODUCED IN INDIA WITH PARTNESHIP OF RUSSIA. WELL THE MISSILE IS SIGNIFICANTLY TRIED AND TESTED AND HAS A RANGE THAT CAN ABSORB CERTAIN CITIES OF CHINA. The missile system is” all in one “ which means missile system much advanced. The BrahMos – a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from aircraft…

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Aerial refueling

Aerial refueling, also referred to as air refueling, in-flight refueling (IFR), air-to-air refueling (AAR), and tanking, is the process of transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft (the tanker) to another (the receiver) during flight. The two main refueling systems are probe-and-drogue, which is simpler to adapt to existing aircraft, and the flying boom, which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated boom operator station. The 5 Rafale fighter aircraft en route to India were refuelled mid-air. Pictures of the refuelling exercise were taken at a height of 30,000…

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India-specific modifications in Rafale fighter jets

Enhanced M88 Engine: The engine has been modified to allow the Rafale to operate in a multitude of extreme operational environments ranging from high altitudes to deserts. Engine condition monitoring sensors are being attached to maintain the Rafale’s overall engine health. Doppler Weather Radar: The radar located at the nose of the fighter aircraft the Doppler Weather radar is capable of letting the pilot know about the weather ahead Indian Regional Navigation Satellite With SIGMA: The indigenous satellite system is being made compatible with the French-designed fighter platform Extra Filtered Oxygen…

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Fighter jets deadlier than Rafale

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor – The F-22 raptor is the best fighter jets in the world developed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing is a singler seat, twin engine and fifth generation fighter aircraft ( Rafale is a 4.5 G aircraft ). It has stealth technology. which is the most latest and advanced avionics. The F-22 cannot be exported from the UNITED STATES under the US federal laws. Source : Google 2.Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightening II – It is again developed by US. Also a 5th generation aircraft. 3. Sukhoi-57- Su-57 is intented to be the…

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Rafale is big threat for Pakistan

RBE2 LPI (Low probability of intercept) AESA Radar with 838 TR modules is superior to anything Pakistani or Substandard Chinese radars. Meteor Ramjet BVR missiles This missile is having the highest range among all air to air missiles. Heavier Russian missiles are for awacs and slow transport aircraft. Stealthy scalp missile with 600km standoff range for hitting ground targets. It can take nuclear payload. ASRAAM (Advanced Short Range Air To Air Missile) IR Guided high off boresight missile Cued by the Targo helmet-mounted display (HMD) Hammer Guided munition (Highly Agile and Manoeuvrable Munition Extended…

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Rafale deal good for India

In September 2016, India has a deal with the French government to purchase 36 Rafale jets at a cost of around Rs. 58,000 crore. In this deal, we get 28 single-seater jets and 8 twin seaters for training. In the backdrop of the 26 February dogfight between IAF and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), PM Modi had earlier said the outcome of the aerial battle would have been “something different” if India had Rafale jets. Rafale is one of the finest fighters in the world. Rafale is a Medium Multi-Role…

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Rafale Verse F16

Specifications:- In a dog-fight, advantage lies with one who targets the enemy first. And Radar helps in doing just that. In F16, Lockheed Martin has integrated technologies derived from the F-22 and F-35 including the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) APG-83 radar. Its maximum engagement range is 20 targets at 84 kms. Rafale on the other hand is fitted with 4 key technologies: A multi-directional radar which can detect 40 targets at the same time in a range of over 100 kms. An undetectable passive radar sensor which is an extremely precise…

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Why India wants Rafale

Rafale can replace 7 different types of aircraft. That means the Rafale can undertake 7 different kind of missions which earlier required required 7 different kind of aircraft. Few of these missions can be undertaken in a single sortie. That’s why the Rafale is called Omni-role fighter. Rafale would “boost” India’s air power if it offers something on top of what we have in terms of our best fighter Su-30MKI. Here are few things in consideration: Radar Cross Section: Rafale is a 4th generation fighter which means it is ahead of…

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Biggest air force base in India

Air Force Station Hindan (Hindan AFS) under the western air command (WAC). It is the biggest and largest air base in Asia and 8th in the world. Its area measured 14 km rounded and 55 square kilometres (21 sq mi). Starting 2006, the annual Air Force Day Parade venue was shifted from Palam airport to Hindan. Arial view. Units No. 77 squadron – C -130J SUPER HERCULES. No. 81 Squadron C-17 globemaster III No. 129 helicopter unit (Mil Mi -17IV) Originally the base was home to a squadron each of MiG-23s and MiG-27s, both…

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