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Russia’s new fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet, currently in the testing phase, incorporates elements of automation which make it more like a robot than a fighter plane, explains a representative from the Rostech corporation.The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the plane’s whole control system.

“The PAK FA is already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of the flying apparatus,” explained deputy head of the Concern Radioelectronic Technologies [KRET] unit of Rostech, VladimirMikheyev. “That is, the reaction of the aviator is a part of the control loop.” Continue reading


The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase no less than 50 new Tu-160 (Blackjack) heavy strategic bombers when production is renewed, Russian Air Force Commander Col.Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Thursday.“No less than 50 aircraft over time will be purchased in order to cover the costs that will go into production,” Col.Gen. Bondarev said without specifying when production would begin. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has conducted weapons tests with its license-built BAE Systems Hawk 132 advanced jet trainer (AJT), and is confident of the project’s export potential.

The light attack Hawk upgrade also includes display and avionics modifications revealed at the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February.“We are looking at exports of the weaponised Hawk or Light Attack Hawk and feel that there would definitely be a requirement for this type of aircraft in many countries,” says HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju. Continue reading


James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet’s intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future while attending a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, reports the Defense News.

The event was held to discuss the PLA Navy’s shipbuilding progress and challenges. It concluded that the PLA Navy is making achievements and will continue to grow. Most experts and scholars attending the conference agreed that the PLA Navy has devoted more resources to develop new vessels including destroyers, frigates and submarines armed with with the capability to hit and destroy enemy warships. Continue reading


The newest Virginia-class nuclear submarine for the U.S. Navy has completed initial sea trials to demonstrate its systems and capabilities.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, who’s Newport News Shipbuilding is constructing the vessel, John Warner, in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, said the initial sea trials were completed last Saturday. Continue reading


India has sounded out Germany for a direct government-to-government deal to buy six submarines, bypassing a competitive bidding process in what could be New Delhi’s costliest military acquisitions programme.

The Indian Navy is now in the middle of finalising the specifications for and choosing a shipyard for its P75i programme to acquire six conventional submarines. The submarines must be capable of firing missiles to attack targets on land and must have air independent propulsion (AIP) that gives them more endurance to stay underwater. Continue reading


Self-credited world’s leading IT company Axact which is a Pakistani software company recently has been accused by ” The New York Times ” investigative story reporting that said that Axact ran at least 370 fake degree and accreditation mill websites.

While Axact Claimed to be Top IT Company in Pakistan holding and contributing impressive 60 % Stake in total software export shares, it failed to highlight any reputed Client list to back it claims. Continue reading


A parliamentary committee of Pakistan today passed a resolution condemning Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks that “terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists” and asked the government to take up the matter with the UN Security Council.

The resolution was unanimously passed during a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence at the Parliament House here with Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed presiding over the proceedings. Continue reading


The Kalyani group is all set to scale up its presence in the defence production sector. The group will concentrate on operationalising its three foreign joint ventures and at the same time, also explore opportunities in the aerospace sector. Speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Rituparna Bhuyan, Kalyani group chairman Baba Kalyani said the armed forces require over 4,000 guns right now with the average price of one single unit expected to be around Rs 12 crore.

This totals to Rs 50,000 crore worth of guns which no single company will make and therefore, the group plans to set up a ‘Make in India’ cell for the same. The group is looking to make jet engines and sees lot of opportunities in aerospace segment, added Kalyani. Below is verbatim transcript of the interview: Continue reading


Today, German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, began an official two-day visit to India with the aim of promoting stronger bilateral defense cooperation.

While in New Delhi, she held talks with top Indian officials, including her Indian counterpart. Von der Leyen offered Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar German submarine technology as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter, manufactured by a consortium of European defense contractors, Der Spiegel reports. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Talks are on between India and Germany to either co-produce or have direct deal for the supply of six next-generation submarines.Sources told The Tribune that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar raised the matter during a meeting with his German counterpart Dr Ursula von der Leyen in New Delhi yesterday.

India reportedly asked Germany what all it could offer if a direct deal was struck between the two countries on next-generation submarines. The move comes after India recently announced to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. Continue reading


Germany’s defence minister held out the prospect of more talks on a possible sale of Eurofighter jets to India and, on a visit to New Delhi, said Berlin stood ready to back a multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has just marked his first year in office, cut through an impasse over a troubled tender for high-end combat jets by announcing a deal in France last month to buy 36 Rafales from Dassault.

India has since said the original tender, launched by the last government to acquire 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, is all but dead, but rival jet makers are hoping the $14 billion tender will be reopened.The Eurofighter, made by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, was knocked out in the final round of the tender by Rafale. But controversy over the lifetime cost of operating the French plane blocked a final deal. Continue reading


Having lost to France in the race to supply fighter jets, Germany is now pressing the throttle to partner India in manufacturing new-generation stealth submarines in an even bigger project.

Officials said Project-75-India, under which six advanced submarines are to be built by an Indian shipyard with foreign collaboration, figured prominently during delegation-level talks between visiting German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen and her Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday evening. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force is set to junk a $400-million upgrade plan for its workhorse planes with a bulk of its transport fleet hostage to a new cold war centred between Ukraine and Russia.

Ukraine and Russia are pulling apart as the West and Nato side with the former Soviet republic and Moscow has shut military supplies to the country. Continue reading


Indian companies—big and small, known and unknown—want a piece of the defence equipment business and have applied for industrial licences from the ministry of commerce to locally manufacture military equipment, including airplanes and warships.The list of companies, now up on the website of the ministry, makes for interesting reading.
For instance, among the applicants is telecom infrastructure company Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd (HFCL), as famous for its outrageous bids for telecom licences in the late 1990s as for its run-ins with the stock market regulator. Both are now behind the company, which is seeking an industrial licence to make airplanes, weapons and ammunition.

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