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P-8 enters service in India

The Indian Navy formally introduced the Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft into service during a ceremony at naval air base Rajali on Friday 13 November. The move comes six years after the 2.1 billion USD contract for eight P-8I aircraft was signed. The first of those aircraft arrived in 2013, while the last was delivered earlier this year.

India is looking to expand the fleet to twelve Poseidons however. Budget allowing for the purchase of four more aircraft was approved in New Delhi in July.

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Featured image: An Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon (Image © Boeing)

Even more doubt for Indian Tejas Mk2

As reported here on Airheadsfly.com earlier this month, the future of the Mk2 version of the Indian Tejas indigenous fighter jet is uncertain. And on Monday 19 October it became even more uncertain as the Indian Navy reported it is reviewing the Mk2’s development.

The Indian Air Force has basically already stated it is planning for 120 Tejas fighters in its current development state and incorporating a number of structural design changes. A new Mk2 version with a more GE F-414 engine and air-to-air refueling capability is off the table as far as the air force goes.

That decision leaves the Indian Navy on its own for the Mk2 version. The added power is welcome bonus for operations aboard an aircraft carrier, but the Navy is now ‘reviewing’ the Mk2 version also. The first Mk2 originally was planned to fly in two years from now, but that – if it ever flies – seems highly unlikely now.

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Featured image: An Indian Navy Tejas test aircraft hits the ski jump to get airborne. (Image © Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)

More P-8I patrol aircraft for India

India is moving to buy four additional Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft on top of eight aircraft already ordered. Budget allowing for the purchase was approved in New Delhi on 14 July.

The P-8I is operated by the Indian Navy, which took delivery of the first aircraft on 15 May 2013. The final aircraft out of the initial eight aircraft-order is to be delivered this year.

The Indian P-8 patrol fleet is stationed at Naval Air Station Rajali in southwestern India.

Source: Boeing
Featured image (top): An Indian Navy P-8 during pre-delivery test flying. (Image © Boeing)

Indian Navy decoms Kiran, transfers jet trainers to Air Force

The Indian Navy has decommissioned half of its HAL HJT-16 Kiran jet aircraft, basing its intermediate and advanced jet training now mostly on the BAE Systems Hawk Mk 132.

The nine remaining Navy Kirans left Indian Naval Station Hansa recently, Indian sources confirmed. The aircraft will join the Kiran fleet of the Air Force, which has such a substantial shortage of intermediate jet trainers that it earlier disbanded the Surya Kiran display team in 2011 and transferred the jets and the pilots to regular training units. The Indian Air Force flies the Kirans from Bidar, Dundigal, Hakimpet and Tambaram Air Force Stations.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) built 190 Kirans, with about 80 still active within the Air Force before the transfer of the nine Navy aircraft. The other eleven Kirans the Indian Navy still has on strength, according to our data, are likely to be transferred to the Air Force too.

The Indian Air Force is desperately waiting for the new HAL HJT-36 Sitara jet trainer to arrive, but that program is severely delayed.

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Featured image: An Indian Air Force HJT-16 Kiran of the disbanded display team at the Aero India 2007 airshow (Image (CC) Premshree Pillal)

Radar upgrade makes Russian and Indian Fulcrums more capable

Russian company Fazotron-NIIR is improving the on board radar of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K shipborne fighter jets of the Russian Navy and the new serial production MiG-35 aircraft, or Fulcrum respectively Fulcrum-F if we go by the NATO-reporting names for these types.

The modernization of the Zhuk-M radar focuses on improving software. “It will add new means to how the radar works with land and sea targets”, a statement of the state-owned Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) reads. The Indian Navy’s MiG-29K/KUBs are also to profit from the improvements, with their radars being designated Zhuk-ME – with the E for Export.

MiG-29s and MiG-35s equipped with the Zhuk-M(E) can track 20 air targets and attack four simultaneously from ranges of at least 65 nautical miles (120 km) in air-to-air mode, and up to 27 nm (50 km) for surface targets.

Source: RAC
Featured image: A MiG-29K (Fulcrum) (Image © RAC)