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    Anonymous

    but how many of these are going to be decommissioned. is there any replacement for it. Rafale is not even in the picture.

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    Anonymous

    Should've been decommissioned 10 years ago…

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  3. 3

    Prasanna

    We should beef up adding more assets than we decomission. Sadly the reality is other way around.

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    Anonymous

    Everyone is asking to phase out
    Mig-21s ……

    Now When its actually begun with Type-77,
    I am actually having strange emotional down swing…..

    FAREWELL ….. THE SUPERSONIC MASTER OF INDIAN SKIES

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    Abhiman

    Co-incidentally, Tejas has completed all its weapon trials, as per Dr. Avinash Chander !

    A MiG-21 retires….and immediately Tejas completes all its weapons-trials.

    Is this an ominous sign ? Is the Tejas destined for greatness in the IAF ?

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  6. 6

    Anonymous

    end of an era…. but should have happened a long ago..

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    Anonymous

    Indian defence tech is outdated even the Su-30s…you can't even operate submarines properly.

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    Anonymous

    Shiv,
    Sorry this article isn't complete without specifics about the Squadrons. We need to know if the Squadrons where this plane is replaced and what will they use now.

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  9. 9

    Anonymous

    cannot find anything about this in IAF website. 250+ planes retired?

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    KVR

    In the future can some provision be made for air enthusiasts ? Around June of this year the Luftwaffe decommissioned its last Phantoms and that turned out to be a enthusiasts wet dream. Can some such arrangement be done ? of course everyone's kundli can be investigated back to the Stone Age before permission is pointed to raise a finger leave alone a camera :)). I would be the happiest if such a permission is available from the mandarins .

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    Anonymous

    When type 77 MIG 21joined IAF and fought in 1965 war all it could do was to fly fast and scare the hell out of the Pakistani pilots by flying at high speeds above them and not able to fire as it had no guns and missiles were totally useless and plane was extremely difficult to fly and control.yet IAF flew it for almost 60 years and here you have Tejas which is a beauty to fly does almost everything and still IAF gave very limited order.the plane will change in every passing 2 years and. Would be game changer as it has inherent small signature due to its size and shape and can further be reduced with particle coating of the skin and radar absorbent paints and active hammers which can be installed in the body and coating to the glass cockpit. It would be very difficult to locate and can be used with a high end plane with long range accurate radar with plane like F 35 which can paint and Tejas can kill.this would make a great team and would be lot more cost effective and high end solution to depleted IAF fleet.making 16 in first year is good but by second year it must increase to 32 and by third year to 48 with and improved upgraded version of Tejas MK 2 be ready to be produced by them. Believe in yourself then only you can achieve it as buying substandard technology at exorbitant price would lead you nowhere.

    TIMBAKTOO

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    Abhiman

    TIMBAKTOO, great comment ! You snatched the words from my mouth.

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  13. 13

    axxi

    well said
    except its tejas and rafale or su 30 or t-50 that's going to make the team , not f-35. 150 million on a single engine , as high end solution for vast country like india is stupidity . plus f-35's engine itself costs 20 million , 75% of what tejas cost

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    Anonymous

    To anonymous 1.05

    The price they are paying for Rafale which is fourth generation plane is exorbitant , the 10 billion deal suddenly became 20 plus billion that is why I suggested F 35 as it is technologically way ahead with a long range AESA radar and 60 planes can be bought in 10 billion and and another 1.5 billion get a service contract. Rafale is definitely out as it very expensive to buy , upgrade and maintain.Dassault charged more than 4 billion for mirage upgrade which must be scratched as it is waste of money as the mirage non AESA radar can be jammed and once Tejas MK 2 is produced the upgraded mirages would be obsolete. I would have chosen Israeli option to upgrade the mirages. The Rafale Evan if they sign now would be available in mid 2017 then why not develop Tejas MK 3 with two GE 414 engines as they have power to weight ratio of almost 12:1 . And have internal weapons bay with stealth features and front flattened like SR71 inlets like Rafale inferno laterally and separate the both engines and have a big internal weapons bay in between the engines and back like F 23 with cooling tiles and rudder elevator which can fly at 80 to 100 thousand feet and can carry a large AESA radar . The can be built in 1 year and test it in next two years and start the production line and then ADA would go confidentially to develop the AMCA.the raffle can then be omitted. The problem with su 30 or su 50 that Russians are poor at spares and at one time half the SU 30 fleet was grounded.

    TIMBAKTOO

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