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  1. Gessler

    Gessler 1st Lieutenant Staff Member International Mod

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    Use this thread to post general news regarding developments in the IAF. I will try to keep the thread populated with news as it emerges from this point on.

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    Operation Sankat Mochan: IAF's Airlift mission to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan

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    • So far 156 nationals have been flown out of the country onboard C-17A transports installed with passenger seats
    • Over 300 nationals have reportedly refused to leave their businesses behind, and decided to stay on.
    • Former General of the Indian Army, VK Singh, had been personally present to communicate with & ensure safety of the passengers
    In videos posted on Twitter by union minister VK Singh, Indians evacuated from war-battered South Sudan as part of "Operation Sankat Mochan" clapped, cheered and shouted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai" on board an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft.

    After a 30-hour operation, around 156 Indians were on the C-17 cargo plane fitted with special seats, but there were many empty spots. Over 300 Indians have refused to be flown out of Juba, South Sudan's capital, despite the strife and heavy firing.


    "Please applaud the IAF (Indian Air Force)," VK Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, told the rescued families using the public address system.

    "Our main effort is that you should be safe...This is an air force plane, seats have been specially installed for you, but it is not so comfortable," he said, smiling encouragingly. In another video, the minister was seen walking from row to row, interacting with the passengers.


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    The Indians who refused to leave South Sudan are hoping the situation will improve with the recent ceasefire between the South Sudanese government and rebels, and they don't have to abandon business.

    "Our aim was to evacuate people from Juba and the outskirts who were telling us that they are in danger. Around 300 do not want to get evacuated because of the business concerns," said Mr Singh.

    Anjali, her businessman husband and three-year-old daughter were relieved when they landed at Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram airport on Friday morning. The last few days had been all about cowering from sounds of gunshots.

    "There was a lot of firing. We could hear it continuously but we were safe," said Anjali Arun.

    "The situation is very bad. We could not come out of our houses because of the firing. We didn't have any food," said Jai Krishnan.

    Some want to return to Juba as soon as they can.

    "I have had a business there for the last 12 years and I cannot leave everything there. Even now we have ten people taking care of everything there because if we cannot bring back everyone, who will pay money for all the staff?" said Arun.


    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/vk-s...deos-300-refused-to-leave-south-sudan-1431908
     
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    The first HAL-upgraded Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2 is here...

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    BENGALURU: Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has said it has flown the upgraded final operational configuration (FOC) Mirage-2000 on Thursday, a day in advance of its schedule.

    The first flight of 45 minutes was piloted by Group Captain (retd) C Subramaniam, Chief Test Pilot of HAL from the front cockpit and Wing Commander Haldikar of ASTE, IAF in the rear cockpit. Group Captain Mishra of IAF acted as the test director. "We have done it again on time. It proves HAL's capability of mid-life upgrade of platforms to overcome obsolescence issues, enhance the reliability and maintainability of these aircraft. The introduction of state of the art facility created for this project ensures the timely upgradation of the Mirage fleet," HAL CMD T Suvarna Raju said in a statement.

    The FOC design was implemented on an Initial Operational Configured (IOC) aircraft which was received at HAL only about eight months ago. The IOC was designed by the Dassault and Thales of France. "HAL took up the FOC design and development activities. The FOC configuration covers the integration of Indian specific weapons, sensors and electronic warfare system. This FOC upgrade on Mirage 2000 gives additional capability of air to ground weapon, training, helmet mounted display etc," the statement said.

    HAL added that the system having a unique feature of integrating different types of data bus for IOC and FOC configuration is achieved without any degradation. The total design and development was done by HAL which includes mission computer hardware, OFP software, system design, aircraft modification et al.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ge-2000-successfully/articleshow/53451518.cms

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    The first upgraded Mirage was delivered from France last year - now after the tech-transfer, HAL is carrying out the procedure on the remaining fleet of Mirage-2000H/TH birds...bringing them up to Mirage 2000-5 Mk.2 standard. The developments & additions include -

    • NVG-compatible Glass cockpit
    • New navigation system
    • New IFF transmitter/interrogator setup
    • ICMS Mk.4 & other integrated EW suite elements
    • Modular Data-Processing Units (MDPUs), similar to the ones on Rafale
    • Thales RDY-2 Multi-mode fire control radar
    • Thales TopSight-I HMDS (produced locally by SAMTEL)
    • New Thales-SAMTEL Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) replacing analogue systems

    The upgrade also includes refurbishments to the airframe, engine and other non-critical electrical subsystems.

    The ability to utilize..

    • MBDA MICA-IR and MICA-EM air-to-air missiles
    • Rafael LITENING-G4 laser designation pods

    ...has also been added. In the picture, the upgraded plane is seen with MICA-IR under the starboard wing.
     
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    C-295W completes Indian flight trials program

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    Airbus Defence & Space has moved a step closer to securing an Indian contract for 56 C295W medium transports, with in-country flight trials of the type having been completed.

    The C295W programme is progressing smoothly and we have successfully completed the field evaluation trial of the aircraft in India, as well as the maintenance evaluation,” the company confirms. While declining to provide specifics of the programme's current status, it adds: “The acquisition is progressing well, as per the DPP [defence procurement procedure].”

    Several further steps need to be taken as part of India’s labyrinthine and notoriously time-consuming defence procurement system, before a formal contract can be signed. The Defence Acquisition Council – which is led by defence minister Manohar Parrikar – gave its go-ahead for the programme in May 2015, having deferred a decision six months earlier, and the effort to acquire the type has been under way since 2012.

    To replace the Indian air force's aged fleet of HS 748s, the C295W acquisition will procure 16 aircraft to be supplied directly in fly-away condition by Airbus Defence & Space, plus 40 to be assembled in India, in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), the designated Indian Production Agency.

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    India’s coastguard has also expressed interest in acquiring the C295W, and received separate briefings about the aircraft. “However, the coastguard requirement, if it materializes, does not currently form part of the aircraft that we propose together with Tata in the context of the Avro replacement,” Airbus Defence & Space has previously confirmed.

    The C295W programme is a cornerstone of TASL’s defence manufacturing plans in India. “We hope this will act as an anchor for us to get the type of capability and skill-set that can then attract many other programmes,” chief executive Sukaran Singh told FlightGlobal earlier this year. “This will really differentiate us from anyone else in India,” he added.

    The baseline aircraft for India will be the new C295W, for which the Mexican navy was the launch customer.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/c295w-completes-indian-flight-trials-programme-428406/

    While the baseline C-295W version will not be suitable for the Coast Guard requirement in itself, state-run DRDO has worked up a plan to develop a Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA/M3A) version of the C-295W, together with Airbus and TASL. If the economies of scale and commonality argument wins, we could see the number of aircraft to be procured increasing to around 75 or so...as was reported here by journalist Shiv Aroor :

    http://www.livefistdefence.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/mmma-300x296.jpg
     
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    I'm interested in the medical training of the IAF's basic search and rescue, PJ and special forces units. Can someone enlighten me?

    I was looking over a thread here and noticed the discussion turned towards the medical training of SOF personal, which I, being a trained battlefield medic, will agree is a cut above what SAR crews and para-rescue often get, not that either are slouches in their own respect (due to our military's limited size compared to our peers like Russia, the US or India, we can't spread out of medics and focus on quantity and mass action, we must go for quality and thus we are trained in procedures not found in military's who are privy to personal in a greater abundance).

    Does this hold true in the IAF as well? Are SOF troops better, if at all, trained in battlefield medicine then search and rescue and para-rescue troops? And what does the medic course in the IAF look like for SAR, PJ and SOF (my course went up to basic surgeries like amputations, suturing, artery closure).
     
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