IAF scrambled jets in response to Chinese tensions

by Akhil Kadidal

The IAF has launched a two-day exercise over its northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Nagaland. They said the exercise is not connected to tensions with China. IAF aircraft participating in the exercise include Su-30MKI multirole combat jets such as these photographed in 2008. (Irkut)

Indian Air Force (IAF) combat jets have been scrambled several times in the last few weeks in the country's northeastern borders in response to growing tensions with China, a defence source confirmed.

Speaking to Janes , the source said that the IAF has been conducting the scrambles based on existing operational readiness platform (ORP) protocols.

Indian media has reported that the IAF's Sukhoi Su-30MKI jets had been scrambled as a response to Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) moving towards the Indian side of the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC). However, it is unclear if this course was accidental or deliberate.

According to a video released on social media, Indian and Chinese troops had a violent hand-to-hand confrontation on 9 December, near the Holy waterfalls on the Indo-Chinese border. Janes


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China shows concept of tailless future fighter jet

by Akhil Kadidal

China displayed a concept model of a future stealth fighter jet at Airshow China 2022 in Zhuhai on 6 November 2022. (CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

The Chinese aviation industry has revealed a concept of the country's next-generation fighter jet.

A video released on 31 January in the WeChat video channel of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) showed three twin-engined aircraft in flight. The aircraft appeared to resemble the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation, multirole fighter aircraft but without tailfins or the frontal canard.

The diamond-delta wing of the concept aircraft also appeared similar to the wings of the J-20 but slightly larger. Citing experts, the state-owned newspaper, Global Times , speculated that the concept aircraft is China's next-generation fighter jet.

The CGI imagery shown in the video appears to be connected to a model of a tailless, next-generation fighter displayed at Airshow China 2022 held at Zhuhai in November.


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Indian Army issues RFI for life extension of Smerch rockets

by Kapil Kajal

The Indian Army seeks to extend the life of 300 mm rockets used with the BM-30 Smerch Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). In the image, the employees of Russian arms company Splav can be seen loading a 300 mm rocket in Smerch MLRS. (Splav)

The Indian Army has released a tender to support its programme for the life extension of 300 mm rockets used with the BM-30 Smerch Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).

According to a request for information (RFI) by the Indian Army, the service seeks to identify private Indian vendors for participating in the proposal for life extension of all variants of Smerch ammunition, and facilitate the preparation of request for proposals (RFP).

The Indian Army proposed the life extension of four variants of 300 mm Smerch rockets, the RFI added. The four variants are 300 mm 9M55S fuel-air explosive (FAE) warhead, 300 mm 9M55F high explosive (HE) fragmentation significant wave height (SWH)-70 km, 300 mm 9M528 HE fragmentation SWH-90 km, and 300 mm 9M55K cluster warhead.

The Indian Army said that the life-extension methodology of any ammunition depends on its design configuration, composition and quantity of explosives ,


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Luftwaffe progresses Büchel Air Base refit ahead of F-35 arrival

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the F-35 in Luftwaffe markings, shown at ILA Berlin Air Show 2022. (Lockheed Martin via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The Luftwaffe is progressing work to upgrade Büchel Air Base ahead of the arrival of the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) later this decade.

The Inspector of the Air Force, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, visited the base, which is planned to accommodate all 35 of the Luftwaffe's F-35As, on 6 February, with the service's official Twitter account noting that work is moving forward.

“Things are progressing in Büchel at the [Tactical Air Wing 33]. Runway and infrastructure are made fit for the future and F-35,” the Luftwaffe posted.

Located near Bonn, Büchel Air Base currently accommodates Panavia Tornado Interdiction Strike (IDS) aircraft of Tactical Air Wing 33. Although not confirmed, it is understood that this location is where the NATO nuclear weapons that the aircraft will carry are stored.

While the Bundeswehr has not disclosed the specific work to be undertaken at Büchel Air Base, Lockheed Martin recently outlined to Janes the general work that an airbase would typically need to undergo prior to receiving F-35s.


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