20 More IAF planes bite the dust. More than 300 remain groundedMarch 6, 2010
Half the Indian Air Force has now been grounded
Bharat (aka India) has more than 600 planes in its inventory. It has grounded a couple of hundred Mig-21s which have a hard time defying gravity–more than 250 have crashed. The IAF has also grounded a hundred of the Mig 29s. Now there is news that the IAF has grounded the 20 Kiran Aircraft.
In the wake of Wednesday’s aircrash in Hyderabad, the Indian Navy has grounded its entire fleet of Kiran aircraft.
The Navy has a fleet a 20 Kiran aircraft -12 Mk-I and eight Mk II aircrafts – which are based in Goa. “As per the standard operating procedure, the aircraft will not fly till the time they are cleared by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) looking into today’s mishap”, Navy officials said here.
They added that if the probe team found no problems with the aircraft, the fleet would be airborne soon. A Kiran Mk II aircraft of Navy’s Goa-based Sagar Pawan Aerobatic Team (SPAT) today crashed in Hyderabad while performing at the India Aviation airshow there.
Navy officials added that one civilian and two pilots – Commander S K Maurya and Lt Commander Rahul Nair – were killed in the accident. Indian Express. Tags : Kiran aircraft, Navy, Rahul Nair Posted: Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 1752 hrs. Navy grounds entire fleet of Kiran aircraft.
Most crashes in the IAF have been traced to pilot error, lack of training, and bad parts. The Russians claim that the planes fail to fly because of the bad quality of parts made in Bharat. There is a huge issue with the HAL produced pumps which fail to perform at heights. For three decades Bharat has been unable to fix the problem–giving the IAF the worst crash record on the planet.
Bharat has been unable to produce a credible trainer aircraft. The LCA was supposed to be that–but it has languished in the design phase for the past three decades–with no end in sight. Bharat’s Kevari engine could not fly–now there are rumors that it is being transferred to water works so that it can swim. We are not making this up–the canceled Kevari is now being tried on naval vessels. This in itself would be an amazing feat–use an aircraft engine to power a ship! Only in Bharat (aka India)!
Pakistan produced the K-8 in a joint design and production excercise with China. Aptly named the Karakoram–the K-8 is now being revamped with the K-9. Pakistan’s Mushaq trainer is being exproted to friendly countries. Bharat still doesn’t have a trainer aircraft–or let us say–it doesn’t have enough of them to meet the demand.
The situation will be exacerbated in the next few years, as Bharat purchase 126 new aircraft for the IAF. If it is unable to control the crash rate–the 126 planes cosit $10 billion will bite the dust quickly.