Loading...

Indian Air Force to seek engine upgrade for fighter aircraft

The Indian Air Force will seek a more powerful engine for the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet that is being jointly develo...

The Indian Air Force will seek a more powerful engine for the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet that is being jointly developed by Russia and India for delivery in 2018, a top government official said.

The air force is aiming to induct 250 Sukhoi T-50s with stealth technology, 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft and 120 indigenously built light combat aircraft, known as the Tejas, in addition to upgrading RAC MiG-29, Dassault Mirage 2000H/TH and Jaguar fighter jets.

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Russia’s Rosoboronexport and Sukhoi Co. had signed an agreement in 2010 to jointly design and develop the fifth-generation fighter jet.

India hopes to induct the jets from 2017-2018 to bolster its air defences.

Air chief marshal N.A.K. Browne said he was satisfied with the progress of the fighter jet project, but will seek an upgrade of the engine.

“It has flown a number of sorties,” Browne said on the sidelines of an aerospace conference in New Delhi. “A lot of changes are going to take place by the time we get the first aircraft. The engine is going to be different. It’s going to be a more powerful engine than the one fitted right now. We have selected the engine.”

The air force chief did not provide details of the upgraded engine or its capabilities.

“Perhaps what he is referring to is the 117S engine, which is an advanced version of the AL-31F engine,” said Deba R. Mohanty, senior fellow in security studies at Observer Research Foundation.

India may learn very little about design from the stealth jet projects as most of the work has already been completed, Mohanty said.

“When we are talking about joint development, three areas are important—upgraded avionics, composite material related to stealth technology and the engine, which could have helped our own Kaveri engine programme,” he said. “I don’t think India is going to get much in design knowledge, maybe more in the production stage. I wish India could have joined earlier.”

Timelines for the delivery of the fifth-generation aircraft to the air force will become clear once the programme moves from prototype to production, Browne said.

“By 2017-2018, we expect the first aircraft to come to us,” he said. “The aircraft is still under prototype testing. So, once the prototype is over and it gets into the production phase, then we will be sure of the timelines.”

Meanwhile, the bids for the multi-billion-dollar medium multi-role combat aircraft order, which has Eurofighter and Rafale as the two contenders, are expected to be opened by October.

The Eurofighter is built by a consortium of four countries—the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany—whereas Rafale is developed by France’s Dassault Aviation.

“On 7th of October, we have a meeting where some of the issues are going to be discussed,” Browne said. “Once the issues are cleared by the middle of the month we should be in position to open the bids.”

India will need both the medium multi-role fighter jets as well as the stealth fighters, Browne said.

“The medium multi-role combat aircraft does not have stealth features, it does not have super cruise capabilities, whereas the fifth-generation fighter aircraft has all that,” Browne said.

“It has (an) armament base, where all the missiles and weapons are inside the aircraft which gives a certain amount of stealth potential. Medium multi-role aircraft has its own set of capabilities. So they are a generation apart,” Browne added.

Typically, an air force of India’s size should have 30% fifth-generation jets which make up the frontline aircraft and 40% of medium-range aircraft, Mohanty said.




India 8764173842614533748

Poskan Komentar

Apa pendapat anda tentang artikel diatas?

emo-but-icon

Beranda item

Popular Posts

Labels

AA Missile AARM 2011 ACCS Aerobatic Show Aerobatic Team AEW System. Afghanistan AGL AIP Air Defense Air Refueling Aircraft Carrier Aircraft Manufacturing Airfield Airforce Airport Airshow Airstrike Alkom Alutsista Amphibious ship Analisis Anggara Anggaran Anggaran Pertahanan Anti Anti - Missile Missile Anti - Ship Missile Anti-materiel rifle Anti-Ship Missile Defence Anti-Tank Missile APC APS Arm Race Armour Plate Armoured Vehicle Arms Race Arms Sales Artilery ASEAN ASW ATGM Attack Helicopter Australia AWACS Bahan Peledak Ballistic Missile Bangladesh Battle Cruiser BBM Belanda Bersama Lima BOM BOMB Bomber Border Conflict Border Talk Brasil BRIDEX 2011 Brunei Budget Cut BUMN BUMNIS Cambodia Canada Ceko China Cina Coalition Coastal Defense COIN COIN Aircraft Cooperating Producing Military Assets Counter Terrorism Cruise Missile Cyber Warfare Damage Defense Budget Defense Equipment Defense Expo Defense Strategy Defese Dialogue Defexpo 2012 Destroyers Diplomacy DK PBB Drone East Asia Summit Eksport Alutsista Electronic Warfare Elite Forces Engines Eropa ESM Espionage Fast Attack Craft Fighter Fighters Filipina Flight Test Food Aid Foto Frigate Grounded Guided Bombs Helicopter Helicopter ASW Helm Anti Peluru HMTV HPMM HUT TNI AU Ke - 66 HUT TNI Ke - 66 Hypersonic Aircraft I ICBM IFV IMSS India Indobatt Indonesia Industri Pertahanan Inggris Intelejen Inventor IPSC Iran Israel Japan Jerman Jo Joint Development Joint Exercise Joint Fighter Weapon Course Joint Productions Joint Training JSDAF JSF Kapal latih Kapal Selam KASAD Kecelakaan Pesawat Kemhan Kerjasama Pertahanan Kevlar Konflik Konflik Perbatasan Konga Kopassus KTT ASEAN LAPAN Laser Weapons Latgab Latgab antiteror Latihan Tempur LCAC LCU LHA LHD LIFT Light Tank Lomba Menembak LPD LST LUFT Malaysia Manpads Maritime Patrol Aircraft MBT Military Alliance Military Assistance Military Bases Military Budget Military Dialogue Military Drill Military exercise Military exercise area Military Parade Military Power Minehunting MINUSTAH Missile Missile Defense Missile Shield Missile Warning System MLRS Modernization Program Mortar MPA MRO Facilities Myanmar NATO Naval Base Naval Gun System Navy Navy Drills North Korea NUc Nuclear Nuclear Missiles Nuclear Poliferation Nuclear Research Ocean Surveillance Ship Operasi Amfibi Opini OPV Pakistan Pangkalan Militer Panser Passex Pasukan Khusus Pasukan Perdamaian Patkor Patrol Vessel Patroli Patroli Bersama Patroli Perbatasan Peacekeeping Pelanggaran Batas Wilayah Pelanggaran Kedaulatan Penelitian Pengamanan Laut Penjagaan Perbatasan Perang Kemerdekaan Perpres Pertahanan Udara Pesawat Angkut Pesawat Kepresidenan Pesawat Latih PEta Philippine Philippine Navy Pictures Pilot Pirates PLA PMPP PNG Polandia Polemik Presidential Aircraft Prototype Provocation Radar RAN Ranpur Rantis Rebel Reconnaissance Aircraft Reconnaissance Satellites Research Review Revitalisasi Alutsista Rifle RIMPAC RnD Robotics Rocket RSTA Russia SAM Satelite Saudi Arabia Serangan Militer Serbia Simulator Singapore Smart Munitions so Source Code South Korea Spaceport Spanyol Special Forces Srilanka STAWS Stealth Bomber Stealth Fighters Stealth UAV Strategi Strategi Pertahanan Strike Aircraft Submarine Surveillance Aircraft Surveillance Camera Surveillance Systems Swedia Syria Taiwan Talisman Sabre Tank Tanker Aircraft Tanker Vessel. Terror Thailand Timor Leste TLDB TNI TNI - AD TNI - AL TNI - AU TNI-AL Torpedo ToT Trainer Aircraft Training Helicopter Transfers Technology Transport Aircraft Transport Helicopter Transport Ship Transport vehicle Trikora Truck Turkey UAV UCAV Uji Coba UK UN Missions UNIFIL Unmanned Sensor Platform Urban Warfare US US Air Forces US Army US Marines US Navy USAF USMC Vietnam Warship

Random Posts

Flickr Photo