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Type 79 Submachine Gun

Indian LCA Tejas PICS

This is Indian LCA Tejas.

Chinese AWACS KJ-2000

This Chinese Awacs is just like phalcon Awacs.

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Pakistani JF-17 THUNDER--- Chinese FC-1 Pics

HAL To Co-Design, Co-develop And Manufacture 200-250 FGFA Fighters


HAL would be joining Russia's Sukhoi Corporation to co-design,co-develop, and manufacture 200-250 FGFA; each separately for itsrespective air force. Joint development and production by HAL for theIndian Air Force are estimated to cost Rs 135,000 crore ($30 billion)or around Rs 500 crore each.

HAL's Chairman, Mr Ashok Nayak, told Business Line that therequirements for the Indian version were known but the work packages,that is, HAL's share in the design and development, were to bespecified. “We would like to do as much as we can of the designaspect,” he said.

Although the Russian side was testing a single-seater FGFA prototypefor its air force, he explained that the Indian version would demandlot of work in new design as well as changes for what could be atwo-seater for the IAF.

Mr Nayak said he could not say how long it would take to build the prototypes and reach them to flight certification.

Reports say a preliminary design agreement is to be signed in Decemberwhen the Russian President, Mr Dmitry Medvedev, comes to India.

Meanwhile, the defence public sector unit is creating a special teamfrom existing and fresh engineers at its design bureau — the AircraftResearch and Design Centre — according to a person familiar with theprogramme, but who did not wish to be named. It would start with 30-50engineers, and gradually take it to around 300 people.

HAL would also have to create some of the large infrastructure requiredfor the FGFA, and the lead centre could be Nashik, which has a readySukhoi platform. Other divisions would chip in.

At the prototype development stage, HAL would primarily involve themany defence and scientific labs such as National AerospaceLaboratories in Bangalore.

A highly placed HAL official conceded that the FGFA design is extremelycomplex, and no country will trade the technology; you have to be aninvesting partner.

Stealth — the feature that makes it undetectable by enemy radars — isthe main element of this futuristic aerial killer. For this it has tohave a radar-eluding shape and configuration. Its supersonic cruisingspeed, advanced fire power and manoeuvring, modern avionics, and a360-degree view set it apart from the fighter products of the 1990s.

The first versions have to make a few thousand flights before they arecertified for operation. “Even after 25 years, the LCA (light combataircraft) is still to be certified for operations,” the officialobserved.

Design alone takes 30-50 per cent of the cost of an aircraft. Buildingprototypes could be at least 10 per cent of the cost. The two partnersare to equally share the costs from this stage onwards. The HAL versionwill also be jointly marketed to other countries, but may be made byeither partner.

The Chief of Air Staff recently said FGFAs would be inducted by 2018,and would be the main part of a four-brand future air fleet. Itincludes the MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft, currently beingevaluated for purchase); the home-made LCA and the Sukhoi-30MkI that isalready in use.

In January this year, Russia flew the first single-seater prototype(PAK FA) that its own air force will use. India joined the Russianprogramme (Sukhoi PAK/FA) in 2007 after a long consideration, whileSukhoi has been at it for at least five years.

Only two other FGFA dreams have taken off: US major Lockheed Martin isleading a pack of European nations in the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35);Lockheed Martin and Boeing are developing the F-22 Raptor. Japan andChina are also said to be opening their separate fifth-generationaccounts.

The Sukhoi/HAL FGFA will be far superior to the most advanced onesavailable today: among them the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; LockheedMartin F-16; the Dassault's Rafale that is still being developed;Russian MiG-35; Eurofighter Typhoon, or Sweden's Saab 39 Gripen;interestingly, all these are in the race for the IAF's Rs 40,000-crorepurchase tender for 126 MMRCAs.

Samtel to build Cockpit Displays for Sukhoi-30MKI

Delhi-based Samtel Display Systems has vaulted a giant hurdle on theway to its declared goal of becoming a major supplier to the armedforces. After a year of rigorous flight trials in the Indian AirForce’s frontline Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, Samtel’s home-built cockpitdisplays have been certified as suitable for introduction intofrontline service.

Multi-Function Displays (MFD), as these cockpit displays are termed,are ranged in front of the Su-30MKI pilots. They get digital signalsfrom dozens of sensors on various aircraft systems and display these tothe pilot on an easy-to-read screen. A quick glance across his MFDstells the pilot how his aircraft is flying and fighting.

So far, a French company, Thales, has provided the Sukhoi-30’shigh-tech MFDs. But Samtel has aggressively targeted this market, evenchoosing to go it alone rather than work through its joint venture withThales. With Samtel’s price significantly cheaper than Thales’,Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which builds the Sukhoi-30 at itsNashik facility, has placed orders on Samtel.

Just the start
Puneet Kaura, executive director of Samtel, anticipates MFD orders forat least Rs 250 crore. So far, HAL has placed only a modest order onSamtel but Kaura says that is normal. In a programme like the Su-30,which involves building 280 fighters over a decade, the aircraft’sinternal systems are ordered in small batches.

“The Su-30 MFDs are just the beginning,” says Kaura. “Samtel and HALhave set up a joint venture, Samtel HAL Display Systems (Samtel, 60 percent; HAL, 40 per cent), to design and build MFDs for all HAL-builtaircraft, including transport aircraft. With offsets applicable on allaircraft sales to India, Samtel will be offering them the capability toindigenously build MFDs for their aircraft.”

Samtel’s success with Su-30 MFDs seems likely to bring in another setof orders. When Samtel HAL Display Systems had offered to supplycockpit displays for the HAL-built Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer(IJT), at a price significantly cheaper than the current foreignsuppliers, HAL had responded with Yes, if your MFDs for the Su-30MKIpass the test.

Down the line
Samtel is also eyeing a major role in developing advanced cockpitdisplays for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), which Indiaand Russia are building collaboratively. Cockpit systems and avionics,which can amount to 30-35 per cent of the cost of a modern fighter,fall within India’s work share in the FGFA’s Preliminary DesignContract, likely to be signed during Russian President Medvedev’s visitlater this year.

Meanwhile, Samtel has partnered the Defence research and DevelopmentOrganisation laboratory, Defence Avionics Research Establishment, andthe IAF, in developing ‘Smart MFDs’, a new generation of cockpitdisplays for the IAF’s Jaguar fighters. In these, embedded softwarecards allow the display to do its own symbology, doing away with theneed for a separate display processor. Puneet Kaura says Samtel DisplaySystems will produce a fully indigenous engineering prototype of theSmart MFD by March 2011.

Unsurprisingly, all six aerospace giants competing in the IAF’s tenderfor 126 medium multi-role fighters have signed memoranda ofunderstanding with Samtel Display Systems for manufacturing cockpitdisplays in case their fighter is selected. While these are pure ‘Buildto Print’ arrangements, aimed at meeting offset obligations, thoseforeign vendors, too, would consider designing in India and sourcingglobally from here, provided offset benefits are clea

China Develops Stealth Fighter Military Technology

China is developing new 5th generation "stealth" fighter, which isbeing developed under a programmed variously referred to as XXJ, J-X,or J-XX by Western intelligence sources and is apparently designated asJ-14. Here, Coniglio details China's internal installations and fullscale development of J-14.

The first picture has recently become available of the new Chinese 5thgeneration "stealth" fighter. The aircraft, which is being developedunder a programme variously referred to as as XXJ, J-X or J-XX byWestern intelligence sources (the real Chinese name is not known), isapparently designated as J-14.

The aircraft in the above photo looks at first sight as a completeprototype, but it  
actually is a very detailed full-scale engineeringmock-up. It can be speculated that, after having been used to study theaircraft's internal installations, the mock-up has also received anexternal finish for presentation purposes. Its real function at thispoint, however, is probably to buttist in the definition of therequired logistic support (i.e., access to the various avionics boxesand on-board systems, ground support equipment like the various laddersand the external power source units, air conditioning units and so on)as well as to study the engines' removal-installation procedures.

Since some time now it has been known that the rapidly-developingChinese aeronautical industry is studying a new and technologicallyvery advanced combat aircraft, also boasting significant low signaturecharacteristics. This programme is a logical step in China's "LongMarch" towards full independence in designing, developing and producingcombat airplanes of a technological level in line with China's statusas the "other" world superpower, on an equal footing as Russia andeventually even the USA.

The scarce information available about this new advanced combataircraft indicates that two, possibly competing, study groups (bothpart of the AVIC I Group of aeronautical industries) are or have beenworking on the subject. One of these groups (601 Insbreastute)originates from Shenyang Airplane Corporation (SAC) which is in chargeof the large, twin-engine J-8 fighters in service with the PLAAF(People's Liberation Army Air Force) as well as of licence productionof the Su-27SK under the local designation of J-11. The overallconfiguration of SAC's preliminary design, apparently designated J-13,owes significantly to the American F-A-22, being a tailed delta butwith wing and horizontal tailplanes more in line with those of theF-16. The other study group (611 Insbreastute) from Chengdu AirplaneCorporation (CAC), has developed the J-12, a concept which follows theless conventional canard layout used with success in the company's J-10.

While previous information (albeit admittedly unconfirmed), gave to theSAC concept the edge, perhaps as a result of the company's experiencein large twin-engine fighters, this seems to have since been reversedin favour of the Chengdu design. It is however still not clear whetherthe designation of J-14 is intended to suggest a successor design toboth the J-12 and the J-13, and whether the existence of the J-14engineering mock-up (clearly based on the J-12) indicates that the typehas been selected for development, or the compebreastion is still goingon with parallel activities underway on another such mock-up based onthe J-13.

While no data is available about the J-14, some speculation can be donein the attempt to extrapolate the aircraft's characteristics and thusthe roles it is called to perform. The following considerations arebased on what can be seen in the photo, but also involve making somebuttumptions on the basis of what is known of the Chinese armed forces'perceived priorities in operational requirements, the domesticindustry's approach to combat aircraft design and, finally, thewell-know Chinese weaknesses in some technological fields. In addition,the well-developed cooperation with Russian companies, particularly inareas such as powerplant, avionics and possibly computer-basedfly-by-wire flight control systems is also taken into consideration.
General Configuration

The J-14 will surely be fitted with a fly-by-wire flight control systemand be designed for artificial stability. The Chinese should by nowhave matured an adequate experience in this field through a number ofexperimental programmes and application to actual in-service types.

The general configuration of the aircraft is clearly born out fromCAC's experience in developing the J-10, with its canard layout andventral air intake. But while the J-10 is known to be related to theIsraeli LAVI, this new and much more ambitious design rather appears tohave a definite relationship with the ill-fated Russian 5th generationfighter studied a few years ago, the MiG 1.44 MFI and in fact it sharesa number of elements which can doubtless be traced back to the Russiandemonstrator. It is thus very probable not to say certain that anagreement has been reached between the Russian and Chinese governmentsallowing for the transfer of information and technological data as wellas consultancy services being provided by RSK MiG and Russian researchcentres (arguably including the TsAGI aerodynamic researchinsbreastute) to develop the new Chinese fighter.

The J-14's planform closely matches that of the MiG 1.44, i.e. a canardlayout (the canard surface are fully movable) with mid-positioned wingand widely separated twin-vertical surfaces canted outward, whichcontinue under the wing in twin ventral fins, these too being cantedoutward à la J-10. While not visible in the photo, wind tunnel modelsshow that the 1.44 configuration has been maintained also in the boomsprotruding from the wing and contributing to support the verticaltailplanes and ventral fins. These booms probably end with radomescovering electronic warfare antennas and possibly also a rearwardfacing radar, similar to the installation experimented in the Su-37 afew years ago. In the MiG 1.44, the portion of wing between thefuselage-engine pods and the booms is extended rearward past the wingtrailing edge and includes a couple of moving surfaces contributing,together with the all-moving canard surfaces, to the longitudinalcontrol of the airplane. It is not yet possible to buttess whether thissolution, too has been maintained for the J-14.

But while the overall aerodynamic configuration of the J-14 followsthat of the MiG 1.44 demonstrator, a radical redesign has beenimplemented in the pursuit of a significant reduction in the radarcross-section value. In particular, the aircraft incorporates apronounced wing-body blending, which was totally lacking in theoriginal Russian design. Further, the air intake, while in the sameventral position under the forward fuselage, has a completely newshape, and by the same token the upper part of the airplane is alsocompletely different and shows towards the rear the protuberances ofthe engine "pods" which blend with the fuselage and wing roots in acurious reminiscence of the Northrop YF-23. Also, the front fuselagemerges down into the upper wing, blending with the separated engine baybulges while maintaining some relation with the "clbuttical" Su-27forward fuselage shape. The search for enhanced stealth performance isalso apparent in the "flattened" profile of the entire front fuselagesection (nearly identical to the Su-32), as well as in the generaliseduse of serrated doors to cover the landing gear and missile bays.

On the other hand, it remains clear that a canard configuration ishardly the ideal solution from the point of view of a reduced radarsignature. Summing up, it would thus seem safe to buttume that the J-14is a "stealth-optimised" aircraft rather than un uncompromising stealthdesign à la F-A-22 or (in a different clbutt) the F-35 JSF.

Above the raised front fuselage is located the single-seat pilotchickenpit. This is closed by a single-piece frameless bubble-typetransparent canopy which appears technological very demanding undervarious aspects such as manufacturing process, adequate opticalqualities and bird-impact resistance, yet allowing through-ejection. Onthe other hand, the pilot is provided with superb all-around visibilityalso due to the position of the chickenpit above the forward fuselage"hump", again a reminiscence of the Su-27.
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The main landing gear, with single wheels mounted on telescopic legs,retracts outward, with the legs being accommodated in the fuselage sideblending into the wing bottom and the wheels into the wing (a similargeometry has been selected for the F-A-22). In order to minimise thevolume of the bay occupied by the gear in the retracted position, thetelescopic main gear legs are shortened via a pulling bar acting on alever, similarly to what has been introduced in the EurofighterTYPHOON. While not clear in the photo, it is possible that the samelanding gear leg shortening design has also been selected for the nosetwin-wheel element.
Powerplant Installation

In view of the twin-engine layout of the J-14 and its estimated TOweight in air combat configuration (some 25-28 tons with full internalfuel, gun ammunition, 2 x SRAAM and 4 x MRAAM), its engines should givea thrust in the range of 13-14 tons in afterburning mode, so achievinga thrust-to-weight ratio in the order of 1:1. Now it seems difficult toenvisage a stateof-the-art Chinese engine, particularly in this thrustclbutt, achieving full production status by the mid of the next decadewhen the J-14 could reasonably be expected to enter service. Even forthe J-10 a Russian engine has been at last preferred. It can thus bebuttumed that a Russian engine has been selected for the J-14 as well,and indeed the model which can be seen in the picture to the rear ofthe right wing of the mock-up has the accessory gearbox mounted abovethe engine in the traditional Russian style. If, as it is highlyprobable, this engine is a member of the Saturn-Lyulka AL-31-41 family(but it could also be a prototype of the Chinese Liming LM WS10A in thesame thrust clbutt), this would make the type not fully interchangeablewith the version selected for the J-10, which has the accessory gearboxlocated on the engine bottom, Western-style. It is also possible tospeculate that the idea is to have the prototypes powered by thelower-thrust AL-31 as used in the J-11-Su-27SK-Su-30MKK, with either anevolved higher-thrust version of AL-31 or a series-production versionof the AL-41 being then adopted for the series aircraft.

Coming to the engine-airframe installation, the air intake located inthe bottom part of the front fuselage is of the fixed geometry typewith no moving ramp, unlike the case with the J-10. This solution hasmade it possible to eliminate the sharp angles and slots between themoving ramp and in general to provide smooth shapes which reduce radarreflectivity. The pronounced bulging up of the air intake inner ducthelps avoid a direct presentation of the critically reflective enginefan-compressor face to enemy illuminating radar from the forwardemisphere. In addition, the bulge is needed to make room for the noselanding gear bay and, even more, for the bottom fuselage weapons bay.Notwithstanding its fixed geometry, the air intake shows elements whichshould generate a couple of oblique shock waves before the normal one,thus guaranteeing an adequately efficient dynamic pressure recovery inthe supersonic flight regime. The well-shaped bulge along the bottom ofthe centre fuselage entering the air intake, which forms the upper partof the air intake duct, seems reminiscent of the latest LockheedMartin's vaunted design for a fixed-ramp, multi-shock air intakeplanned for use on the production F-35 and already experimented on anF-16. This peculiar layout, together with the forward-raked air intakelip (already seen in the late 1950s on the F8U-3 CRUSADER III) isclearly intended to generate the oblique shock waves mentioned above.

The location of the air intake under the fuselage is well suited toprovide a smooth distortion-free airflow to the engines. From thisparticular point of view, the hinged bottom lip present in the TYPHOONworks even better at extreme angles of attack, but it implies thepenalty of a higher radar signature. In more general terms, the choiceof a single air intake configuration in a twin-engine airplane may beopen to some criticism, in that it is less than ideal to maintaincorrect working conditions (i.e., smooth undistorted airflow to theremaining engine) in the event of an engine flaming out for whateverreason. The air intake thus establishes a potential single pointfailure in an otherwise completely redundant twin-engine installation.

It can be expected that Thrust Vector Control (TVC) nozzles, probablyof the axisymmetric type (despite their not insignificant contributionto overall nuclear signature), will be a standard feature of the J-14to both enhance manoeuvrability and reduce trim drag in cruise flight.

Chinese design derived from a Russian model such as the GSh-6-23 23mminstalled in the MiG-31 and the Su-24. The gun is installed in theupper right fuselage side, just above the canard surface. The firingport, unlike the F-A-22 is left permanently open, hence generating anot so negligible radar reflection.

The main armament is carried in three weapons bays, whose arrangementlooks like virtually a clone of the F-A-22. Two smaller bays arelocated on the fuselage sides and appear to be tailored to eachaccommodate a single short-range air-to-air missile, while the largeunderfuselage bay, closed by twin doors, will probably accept at leastfour medium-range AAMs. It may be speculated that the J-14 is intendedto carry "compressed carriage" clipped-wing versions of the AAMsalready in use with the PLAAF, i.e. the PL-8 and the Russian R-73 forshort-range dogfights and the R-77 and the indigenous PL-12 formedium-range work. The R-77 is already suitable for carriage in aninternal bay in its standard version, being equipped with very smallspan wings while the lattice tail control fins can be fold forwardflush with the missile body.

Underwing store stations are surely foreseen to carry additionalweapons and fuel tanks, when there is no need to maintain a high levelof stealthness.
Combat Avionics

 J-14 is already in full-scale development, the mainchoices related to the avionics systems should have already been made,at least at the conceptual level. However, the Chinese domesticindustry is almost certainly not in a position to supply the advancedavionics required in a sophisticated aircraft like the J-14, andcontributions from abroad will be required - from Russia, Israel andarguably even Europe.

The J-14 being intended to enter service in around 2012-2015, it may beexpected that the Chinese are aiming at equipping it with a radar withelectronically scanning (ASEA) antenna, capable of multiple targetsengagements - provided that a source for such a radar could beidentified. In the Russian tradition, a pbuttive search and tracksystem based on optronic devices (FLIR with integrated laserrangefinder) is expected to be also installed in a retractable orfaired turret. As already mentioned, the dual rear booms could carry,in addition to various pbuttive and-or active defensive systems also arear-facing radar.

Finally, it can be expected that the chickenpit instrumentation for theproduction version will be based on an Helmet Mounted Display-Sight(HMD-S) totally replacing the HUD, although the latter instrument isclearly visible in the photo. The head-down displays would probablyinclude three or four large Multi Function Displays (MFD), which shouldhave the possibility to present a digital map and a complete tacticalsituation. A real-time data link is also an expected addition to thefully integrated avionics system to enhance the situation awareness ofthe pilot, particularly when operating in multiships combat groups tomake the most use of the commonly available information from thevarious platforms.
Operational Aspects

The most likely enemies that China can expect to have to confront inthe future are India and the USA, this latter possibly as a result of aChinese attempt to follow a military option against Taiwan. Both ofthese potential enemies have powerful air forces equipped with largefleets of state-of-the-art fighters and fighter-planters trained tooperate, in particular the Americans, as complex expeditionary forces,well balanced in their different components and supported by a networkof other essential buttets like satellites, AWACS airplanes, dedicatedelectronic warfare types, aerial tankers, and more in general a wholearray of "force multiplier" elements. Given the expected operationalenvironment, the air defence-air superiority role is obviously thePLAAF's #1 priority, with surface attacks against powerful naval forceswith strong aerial support (i.e., the US Navy carrier task forces)coming possibly as priority #2.

Hence, it is not surprising that the most advanced Chinese combatairplane ever seen appears being tailored to the air combat role,although air-to-surface roles cannot be discarded for futureincorporation into the design. Considering what is known of therelatively modest development pace of Chinese surface attack guidedweapons, currently there seems to be a very limited potential for theinternal carriage of such weapons, and accordingly surface attack rolescould only be carried out by compromising the aircraft's stealthperformance.

Should future information confirm that the aircraft depicted in thisphoto is actually in full scale development, then the J-14 wouldeventually emerge as the first true credible compebreastor to theF-A-22 and its "air dominance fighter" concept. The appearance of sucha similar-clbutt compebreastor in China, and possibly in an unexpectedshort time, will probably be more than enough to justify continuingproduction of the F-A-22 well above the currently planned meagre totalof 179 aircraft.

The Chinese are still lagging behind in a number of criticaltechnologies, but their pace is well set to achieve their aims. Thosewho like to dismiss the Chinese defence industry as being able only toproduce low-quality clones of outdated Western or Russian designs arewell served. Perhaps someone in the USA should possibly remember thegeneral complacent atbreastude towards the "Japs" before 7 December1941, and the very brutal awakening when the ZEROs wiped the P-40s,BUFFALOs and WILDCATS clear off the skies.

Very much the same applies to those European governments that arecurrently playing with the idea of resuming arms sales to China. It isclearly preposterous to fantasise about the possibility of selling theChinese the TYPHOON or the RAFALE to replace their older aircraft; theJ-14 is admittedly still a decade or so away from operational service,but it is clearly intended to be at least half a generation moreadvanced than the European designs. At the very maximum, what can berationally expected are some contracts for the supply of specificequipment which the local industry is not yet capable to produce, andwhich the Chinese can not or would not get from Russia. Whether itwould be in the long-term European interest to supply this equipment,is a different question altogether.

Pakistani’s 5th generation Stealth Fighter Pics

HAL Dhruv Weapons system integration

  HAL started Weapons system integration (WSI) project of DHRUV and is facing some delays however the work is going on in full swing.

 HALhopes to use the ALH Dhruv platform to develop two variants, one forNavy and another for Air-force and Army. Currently prototype's of bothvariants are flying, HAL is using old Navy Dhruv ASW helicopter (IN701)which was rejected by navy to develop the Naval variant. 

People livingaround HAL Airport in Bangalore were seeing this aircraft undergoingRadar and Sonar tests. Wide array of sensor and weapons are beingintegrated into the helicopter to make it more lethal.

Air-force and Army Variant:

Close Air Support (CAS),
Combined Anti-Tank and CAS role, 
Air to Air combat 
Weapons System:
# Turret Gun
# Rocket
# Air to Air Missiles
# Air to Ground Missiles (Anti-Tank)

Sensors System:
# Electronic Warfare (EW) Suit (Radar, Laser, Missile warning receivers)
# Flares and Chaff Dispenser (FCD)
# Fixed Sighting System
# Helmet Pointing System (HPS)
# Data Link
# Infrared jammer
# Infrared suppressor
# On-board inert gas generator (OBIGG)
# Integrated Architecture and Display System (IADS)

# Moving Map
# Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS)

Naval Variant:

# Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
# Anti-Surface Vessel Warfare (ASV)
Weapons System:
# Torpedo
# Depth Charges
# Anti-Ship Missile

Sensor System:
# Surveillance Radar (360 Degrees)
# Low Frequency Dunked Radar (LFDR)
# Electronics Support Measure (ESM)
# Torpedo pre-setter and electronics
# Tactical Mission System (TMS)


Taliban Attack on Afghan Nato helicopter


At least one person was killed and eight wounded when arocket-propelled-grenade was fired at a Nato helicopter in Afghanistan,Nato officials say.
They say that the Chinook helicopter had just landed in the easternprovince of Kunar and was off-loading when it was hit through its cargobay.

The attack by the Taliban killed an Afghan interpreter and wounded seven Nato soldiers and an Afghan policeman.

Correspondents say that an attack such as this is rare in Afghanistan.

It is certain to raise questions about security at the Kunar base.

A Nato statement said the landing site had now been secured by troops.

There were about 26 people on board at the time of the attack.

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