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India bans Su-30MKI fighters from using radars during 'Red Flag Nellis' exercise

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India bans Su-30MKI fighters from using radars during 'Red Flag Nellis' exercise

 

India's defence ministry has confirmed that the six Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters that will participate in "Red Flag Nellis" manoeuvres at Nellis AFB, Nevada in August 2008 will operate without using their NIIP Bars radars.

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Not surprising at all, but its not like we haven't SIGNIT on it already. I can bet you a paycheck on that.

 

Yes you would hope - problem with radars is that you have to switch them on sometimes - and those EM waves go a long way!

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Why bother to attend the exercise then? As was said, it's not like we dont already have data on it. The Russians are behind this, in that they dont want it used around NATO forces.

 

Will be cool to see Flankers here though, but what a waste if they arent learning/teaching anything. The Raptors are going to smoke them.

 

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Moscow has previously stated that the MKI's radar frequencies should not be revealed

 

Doesn't matter what Moscow wants. There your Flankers. So what will the MKIs be doing at Red Flag then? Droping unguided bombs and useing R73s and guns to to "kill"?

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Doesn't matter what Moscow wants. There your Flankers. So what will the MKIs be doing at Red Flag then? Droping unguided bombs and useing R73s and guns to to "kill"?

 

Just the fact that Indian fighters & pilots would get a chance to participate in the exercise is great. Nine-Ten years ago, this would have been impossible. This however would not be the first time Indian fighters would visit the US.

IIRC in 2004, six Jaguar IS fighters supported by IL-76s and IL-78s visted Alaska for joint exercises.

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I think its awesome that they are going to be at Red Flag though. DACM is always good for any countries forces to learn.

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do Indian Flankers use helmet mounted sights to cue their heaters?

 

yes

The Su-30MKI features an all-weather, digital multi-mode, dual frequency, forward facing NIIP N-011M radar which has a 350 km search range and a 200 km tracking range. The radar can track and engage 20 targets and engage the 8 most threatening simultaneously. These targets can include cruise/ballistic missiles and even motionless helicopters. The radar is combined with a helmet mounted sight system, which allows the pilot to turn his head in a 90º field of view, lock on to a target and launch the TVC-capable R-73RDM2 missile.

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Probably quite a few. However, for exercises you don't really use them anyway, so it's moot.

 

On the flip side, I'm guessing some US planes won't use their radars either. The AESA-equipped planes especially.

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