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  1. 1

    Anonymous

    its been 9 years since first flight

    engine is foreign
    LCDs r foreign
    radar is foreign
    weapons r foreign
    pilot seat is foreign

    so what else is remaining,ADA,HAL r making only airframe and even this takes 10-12 years for testing

    and this is getting really farce and same for hjt36 which is nowhere near completion

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  2. 2

    Anonymous

    Wow!! D aircraft’s very beautiful!
    BTW y isnt the pilot clean-shaved??? Are the IAF pilots allowed to keep beards?? :O

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  3. 3

    ex-HAL

    @ anon @ 10:19
    kiddo,i think you have forgotten one thing…..the hole in which you stick ur pole is also foreign!!

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  4. 4

    Bobs

    the guy on the extreme right in the 2nd pic is a mallu Wing Cdr….he happens to be my neighbour….he used to fly Mirages and Su-30MKI …he was also part of the team that went to Red Flag ’08…wonder when he joined NFTC.

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  5. 5

    Aditya

    Aww, anonymous….

    likes to say “ADA,HAL r making only airframe”

    and does not have the balls to sign his own name.

    I suppose you’ve never built a product in your life, have you? Written fly-by-wire code? Done systems integration? Designed carbon fibre wings? Flight testing?

    Tsk tsk. All you know is how to be an internet troll. And a piss poor one at that.

    Hope it is not your day job.

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  6. 6

    Ankur

    To the first douche-bag anon: It took all OEMs for military aircraft DECADES to perfect technology as complex as that.

    LCA is a tough engineering challenge. Indigenisation will take time.

    Project mismanagement on the other hand is also criminal.

    Shiv: Great photos as usual. Please do keep them coming!

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  7. 7

    Ankur

    Indigenisation takes DECADES you crazy anon. Project management on the other hand has been nothing short of criminal.

    Shiv: please keep these gorgeous photos coming. Goodness knows that the LCA needs some good press.

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  8. 8

    sudeep

    Nice pics Shiv!

    Will it be possible for you to cover what has been achieved in these 1000 flights, and what remains to get to IOC/FOC state?

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  9. 9

    Maximus

    I can humbly say, this your best article since a very very long time. Way to go!

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  10. 10

    Maximus

    @Anon 10.19 PM

    Please don’t flaunt your kid like immaturity this way. Please read more about Tejas project and the problems it has faced over the years, you WILL find the reasons for the above.

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  11. 11

    Anonymous

    The Ashok Chakras are out and the Pragmatic phony is out to crookedly defend the actions by equating the ketchup Colonel with Abdul Hamid. He even tries to quell a controversy in the bud. It is this man who started controversies in the SCPC to negate the military point of view. He has some self generated netizen henchmen who support his point of view. Very much like the Pakistanis want the Malegaon Colonel to be equated to the Taliban.
    Join the IPS, get shot walking around and get an Ashok Chakra and get the phony to be your PR. Join the Army get killed and don’t get paid. Help some corporate to subvert the law and they plant an ‘Idea’ to give policemen more pay. This man Sushant K Singh started his blog to get disgruntled officers to back stab the Military. He would then pass on the inputs to his masters to bring down the Army. Sly – very sly! Some Military men were also thrilled by his pseudo intellectual writings aimed at bringing out the ills of the forces while concealing those of the central civil services

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  12. 12

    ERIC JOSE

    no thats not a IAF pilot , thats a NAVY test pilot & they are allowed to keep beards.

    IN the middle photo the pilot in the extreme right is the former commander of the Su30MKI's lightnings Squadron.

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  13. 13

    ERIC JOSE

    The pilot in the extreme left in the middle photo was/is the CO of the LIGHTNINGS SQN who had led its operations at the Red flag exercises.

    Check the link below:(pilot in G-suit, in the 2nd pic)

    http://livefist.blogspot.com/2008/09/iaf-warriors-return-from-red-flag.html

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  14. 14

    Silent Lucidity

    Engine , radar, and primary missile will get replaced by a indian one soon.

    LCD’s are foreign? I dont think so

    Pilot is indian so why worry

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  15. 15

    ERIC JOSE

    whats his name???????? the wg commander, seems to have a discreet profile, never met him in person, to me he looks like a CO all his Sqn member would like, cool headed i mean.

    The naval pilot also looks like a mallu, and by the way Shiv are u a mallu?

    By the way, i just saw 3 Sukhois in Trishul formation breaking off from the nizammudin railway station delhi at sharp 11: 33 AM, for the republic day rehersal, thanks to the USB internet connection i am writing about it on a moving train, on my way to Goa.

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  16. 16

    Anonymous

    I wonder why the flap, just below the canopy, is open when the aircraft is in air? As it looks to me, that flap is not the lid for landing gear, or is it?

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  17. 17

    Anonymous

    guys, can any body enlighten me about mmr integration,thanks in advance.

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  18. 18

    Anonymous

    Some disgruntled chap from the civil services also can start his blog, like Sushant. Let Sushant bring out the ills of the military, and then some babu to bring out the ills of the civil services.

    Good for scribes like us. WE get masala.

    What is Sushant’s blog address?

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  19. 19

    Aditya Podila

    Hi,

    Well i do not know how difficult it is to build a flying machine but one thing with my experience in the Mobile Devices I can say one thing just to create one small device called N96 it took 3 years with all the RND and Technologies at one place. even then Nokia takes the Display from one place …processor from another and some other components from some body else …does that mean the phone does not belong to Nokia class. the same with an Aircraft that too a mean sleek and small cheetah which can destroy an enemy and protect the land of its owner,

    i am not sure what that some xyz person means by

    ///so what else is remaining,ADA,HAL r making only airframe and even this takes 10-12 years for testing ////

    I suppose only those who have made it from scratch and those who can understand the effort can help justify the time taken.

    If that XYZ person need to know that the base for both Russia and USA in the Modern Military Aviation comes from Germany.

    We are able to create a design into which things can be incorporated and integrated ….that dream it self is an achievement..and to sustain it for such a long period is another and *** to have first 4th gen plane not crashing for 1000 flights during its testing **** what more do we need….

    Great Job done by all the people involved in it.

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  20. 20

    Anonymous

    Dum-dum, the components may be foreign, but the system is still Indian. You got to start somewhere.

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  21. 21

    Rahul Singh

    Don’t waste time feeding a JF-17 mullah. His comments are expected. How can you expect from mullah to understand what is the basic of aircraft designing followed by wind tunnel testing followed by etc, when his country is still about to start license assembling of Mig-21/JF-17 using semi knocked down kits that too with the active help from China…………

    Isn’t the pilot in beard is a navy guy. And I think they are allowed to grow beard.

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  22. 22

    Mihir

    Anon @ 12:01 AM and Eric Jose,

    The bearded pilot is Captain J.A. Maolankar, a very experienced Sea Harrier pilot in the Navy and former commander of INAS 300 (White Tigers). Since he is a Naval officer, he is allowed to keep a beard.

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  23. 23

    Anonymous

    Anonymous 1:27 PM

    What is Sushant’s blog address?

    The chap gripes at
    http://pragmatic.nationalinterest.in/

    Enjoy bitching at its best

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  24. 24

    Anonymous

    then how could china induct j10 in just 8 years from first flight they also didn’t have fly by wire.

    j10 also has russian engine,radar and some weapons

    but chinese did it in less time compared to our scientists

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  25. 25

    Anonymous

    The original costing is now blown on the LCA much like the Goshkov deal.To be successful one must start with the Master so I reckon India should have considered JV with experts in the field which would see quicker delivery of products and then can be gradually Indigenised.No shame in starting as a foreign collaboration IF this is for the betterment of the defence and offence capabilities.

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  26. 26

    Bobs

    the name of the mallu pliot (extreme right ,2nd pic) is Wing Cdr. George Thomas.

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  27. 27

    Anonymous

    I think j 17 of chinese tecnology is far inferior than LCA.When will kaberi engine come?

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  28. 28

    ERIC JOSE

    thanks Bob and Mihir with the names. Wing Commander Thomas looks like my music teacher in my first school, and seriously its tough to think of him as a fighter pilot, i noticed him for the first time in a group of pics posted by shiv on the pilots returing from red flag.

    is he still the C/O of lightnings or was a special C/O for the red flag exercise as he is a test pilot, usually test pilots are attached to some sqns , right? thats how it was 10 yrs ago, dont know how it is now.

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    ERIC JOSE

    thanks Bob and Mihir with the names. Wing Commander Thomas looks like my music teacher in my first school, and seriously its tough to think of him as a fighter pilot, i noticed him for the first time in a group of pics posted by shiv on the pilots returing from red flag.

    is he still the C/O of lightnings or was a special C/O for the red flag exercise as he is a test pilot, usually test pilots are attached to some sqns , right? thats how it was 10 yrs ago, dont know how it is now.

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