RAFALE or EUROFIGHTER to become next Indian Air Force fighter jet according to Indian media – Russian and US media deny

Rafale fighter aircraft aerobatics at La Ferté Allais airshow in 2010
RAFALE La Ferté Alais 2010 - © Xavier Cotton http://passiondesavions.blogspot.de/

Amazing rumours have spread for a couple of days regarding the MMRCA (Indian Air Force Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) or the MRCA Tender which is an ongoing competition to supply the Indian Air Force with 126 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft maybe up to 189 fighter jets.

The Indians have considered 6 bidders so far:

Typhoon (European Eurofighter Consortium)
Rafale (French Dassault)
MiG-35 Fulcrum-F (Russian UAC subsidiary RSK-MiG)
Gripen NG/IN or JAS 39 (Swedish Saab)
Super Hornet F/A-18 E/F (US Boeing)
F-16IN Fighting Falcon (US Lockheed Martin)

As you can watch the video below, two fighter aircraft have been quoted as finalists for the last stage: The EUROFIGHTER-Typhoon and the RAFALE.

However, American and Russian media deem that such statement cannot be true. Official results should be announced soon. Well, wait and see…

Photo above: RAFALE La Ferté Alais 2010 – © Xavier Cotton PASSION pour l’AVIATION


WILDFIRE in Russia – 52 died, 3,500+ homeless – Missile attack warning center threatened by flames

Wildfire threatens Russian missile attack warning center

17:31 07/08/2010 Wildfire is threatening to engulf the military command of the Russian missile attack warning center in the Moscow region, a spokesman for Russian Space Forces said on Saturday.>>

Views hereafter – click on the satellite picture – NASA courtesy:

Fires nearing Moscow Aug 2010

According to some sources, more than 50 people would have died so far, almost 4,000 would be left, and the blazes keep on spreading. Foreign governments talk their citizens into avoiding travels to Russia. Airports could still operate with numerous delays due to the smog that has reduced visibility between 600 and 300 meters. However, latest news stated that it would not be possible to land on Moscow anymore. Fire hazard remains in remote areas as this smog can be breathed in, and would increase in hazard for health. Moreover, toxic elements would be in the air.

Italy and Ukraine should send aircraft in an attempt to smother fires..


US Navy Blue Angels Jet-Assisted Take-Off (JATO) ride

Airspeed – VIDEO – JATO Ride in Fat Albert from Steve Tupper on Vimeo.

Here is a video from the US Navy Blue Angels’ C-130 during a JATO ride, Fat Albert, from Indianapolis Airshow, 6 June 2009. Thanks to a film shot by Steve Tupper – www.airspeedonline.com.



Saturday night fever – 1970s Cerrone « Je suis music » with lyrics

All around the thirsty streets
Children cry, there’s no food to eat
Hungry eyes, they’re as cold as ice
And they look for a reason

All alone, the city slaves
choking on the smog they make
Changing the light of day,
as they pray for a way out

We all feel the pain, is it necessary? (CHORUS)
When we feel the pain, better stick together
Music is the way to relieve the pressure
Music on the way, do you get the message?

Ame de moi, je suis music
Chante moi, je suis music

Je suis music
Chante moi
Je suis music

Angry men, and women scream
Struggling with, the lives they lead
Nothing much that can make them strong but the words of a song

People need a chance to play given time they can recreate
That’s the way that tears and hate to the sound of the music


Ame de moi, je suis music
Chante moi, je suis music