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The Bar / Info on Indian interest in Douglas A-4 Skyhawk??
« Last post by Pioneer on Today at 02:15:00 am »
G'day all

Just wondering if anyone could direct me or afford me some information on India's interest in the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk? I wasn't even aware that India had shown interest in the Skyhawk - was it for the Indian Navy or Air Force employment?


Regards
Pioneer
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Nice update from Denel on their Seeker 200 and 400 UAV's - seems they have finally bagged a large order for the Seeker 400 (armed version?), and a smaller follow on order for the Seeker 200.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53110:new-uav-orders-for-denel-dynamics&catid=125:unmanned-aerial-vehicles&Itemid=306
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Thanks for the SARA pic Kaiserbill!

Some more on AHRLAC/Mwari - makes for an interesting read.

https://www.janes.com/article/83122/mwari-on-course-for-delivery-aad18d1

AAD 2018
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Another update on the Inkunzi 20mm X 42mm automatic weapon system, it indicates that it is getting very close to full production and also that they are getting a lot of international interest in it. Some of the reasons include the compact size and light weight, making it ideal for airborne and vehicle mounted operations too.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52647:inkunzi-strike-almost-ready-for-production&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105
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Sweet jesus. Are you telling me Boeing was to dump the old 737 on the Europeans (with improved engines, admittedly) and then develop a brand new fuselage, same wing / engine, -  to screw them ?

I compared the Mercure 200-1 and 200-2 variants with the A320 family. While the Mercure 100 was too small (less than 60 tons, smaller than the A318) the 200 variants grew to 60 - 75 tons, enough to cover the A318, A319 and A320. Maybe A321 would have been a stretch.

http://www.caea.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=248:dassault-mercure-200-1&catid=39&lang=fr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A319#Specifications
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ProjectTech Profiles / Re: The Admiralty and the Helicopter
« Last post by CJGibson on Yesterday at 10:07:17 pm »
Hoping to have it at the printer soon.

Chris
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Military / Re: Blur between fighters and bombers
« Last post by _Del_ on Yesterday at 08:28:22 pm »
Not exactly what was brought up in the OP, but I think an interesting twist on this "blurring" is the way operationally since Desert Storm, bombers have been withheld from overflying strategic targets relying on standoff weapons and used against Republican Guard divisions and enemy combatants in the field, while tactical fighters were sent downtown to Baghdad to do the dirty work with EW support.
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