Pinaka

India’s indigenously developed multi-barrel rocket system, ‘Pinaka’, was successfully test-fired from the Proof and Experimental Establishment of the Defence and Research Development Organisation.

The sophisticated rocket is an area weapon system aimed at supplementing the existing artillery guns with a range beyond 30 km. Its quick reaction time and high rate of fire gives the Indian Army an edge during low intensity war-like situations.

Earlier, the army was solely dependent upon other countries, mainly Russia for the multi-barrel rocket launcher system, the sources said.

This indigenously designed MLRS is far cheaper than the international competition, costing just Rs 23 million per system. By comparison the American M270 MLRS costs Rs 195 million, and the 9P140 URAGAN of Russia and the ASTROS-II of Brazil each cost Rs 38 million.
Range  7 km – 40 km
Rocket Diameter  214 mm
Warheads  fragmentation high explosive
incendiary
anti-tank and anti-personnel minelettes
anti-tank bomlettes

Rate of Fire  40 seconds [typically reported]
24-44 seconds [variously reported]

Jets and Tejas

The purpose of this post is to briefly compare the LCA tejas with the the Chinese JF-17 (non biased).

The HAL Tejas is a 4th generation lightweight multirole fighter aircraft being developed by India. It is a tailless,compound delta wing design powered by a single engine.Originally known as the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – a designation which continues in popular usage.

Limited series production of the Tejas commenced in 2007.

Through the use of modern design techniques, lightweight materials and composites, it is expected to become the lightest modern jet fighter in production.

The principal and most obvious goal was the development of a replacement aircraft for India’s ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name ‘Fishbed’) fighters. The MiG-21 has been the mainstay of the Indian Air Force since the 1970s, but the initial examples were nearly 20 years old by 1983.

The Tejas is single-engined multirole fighter which features a tailless, compound delta-wing planform and is designed with “relaxed static stability” for enhanced maneuverability. Originally intended to serve as an air superiority aircraft with a secondary “dumb bomb” ground-attack role, the flexibility of this design approach has permitted a variety of guided air-to-surface and anti-shipping weapons to be integrated for more well-rounded multirole and multimission capabilities

LCA TEJAS Vs JF – 17

  • LCA is lightest and smallest.indigenously made by INDIA while JF 17 is a joint operation by china and pakistan.
  • Considering the Beyond Visual Range capability of the two fighters, the LCA beats the JF 17 because Pakistan is used to getting the job done with Sparrows and JF 17 is only equiped with SD 10s. LCA is equipped to carry all the next generation missiles that the SU 30mki carries along with the capability of carrying several advanced BVR missiles like AA-10 Alamo, AA-12 Adder, MICA and maybe even Derby. But the main component is the India’s own Indigenous BVR missile, Astra.

quoting from global security

The glass cockpit and hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS) controls reduce pilot workload. Accurate navigation and weapon aiming information on the head up display helps the pilot achieve his mission effectively. The multifunction displays provide information on engine, hydraulics, electrical, flight control and environmental control system on a need-to-know basis along with basic flight and tactical information. Dual redundant display processors (DP) generate computer-generated imagery on these displays. The pilot interacts with the complex avionics systems through a simple multifunction keyboard, and function and sensor selection panels. A state-of-the-art multi-mode radar (MMR), laser designator pod (LDP), forward looking infra-red (FLIR) and other opto-electronic sensors provide accurate target information to enhance kill probabilities. A ring laser gyro (RLG)-based inertial navigation system (INS), provides accurate navigation guidance to the pilot. An advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite enhances the aircraft survivability during deep penetration and combat. Secure and jam-resistant communication systems, such as IFF, VHF/UHF and air-to-air/air-to-ground data link are provided as a part of the avionics suite. All these systems are integrated on three 1553B buses by a centralised 32-bit mission computer (MC) with high throughput which performs weapon computations and flight management, and reconfiguration/redundancy management. Reversionary mission functions are provided by a control and coding unit (CCU). Most of these subsystems have been developed indigenously.

Tejas is India’s a step ahead towards developing next generation fighter pilots.