First batch of Su-35 fighters to arrive in China between 2017 and 2018


China is likely to receive the first batch of Su-35 fighters from Russia between 2017 and 2018, if the contract can be signed this year, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada.

The first Russian unit to receive the Su-35 was the air force training center located at Lipetsk Oblast. Like Russia, China is likely to equip the tactical training center of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in Guangzhou with Su-35 fighters. Three frontline units of the PLA Air Force will likely receive Su-35 fighters due to their experience of operating the Su-30Mkk fighters. (more…)

AMCA announcement at Aero India 2015?

SOURCE:  SP Guide Publications

Hectic activity at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru suggests that there could be news to share on the indigenous Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fifth generation multirole stealth fighter programme. With project definition and preliminary design achieving finality, ADA is ready for the next big step: tapping the government for funds to facilitate the crucial engineering phase that will lead to prototyping and technology demonstrations in next 8-10 years. (more…)

HAL team in Equador, Dhruv Choppers Restricted From Flying After Mishaps


India-made Dhruv helicopters sold to Equador have suffered accidents recently, prompting an order of “restricted” operations on the remaining ones, a development that could cause concern to the government which is planning expansion of export of military hardware.

Ecuadorian Air Force had bought seven Dhruv helicopters from state-run HAL in 2009 under a deal estimated to cost about USD 45 million. Two of them had crashed earlier while two suffered accidents recently, in a span of about a fortnight.   (more…)

Teen attacked after parents refuse to give him up for ISIS


The Mumbra police have booked six men, including four identified as maulvis, for beating up a 16-year-old boy and trashing his father’s car in an attempt to make him enlist to fight for terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Furquan Shaikh, a class X student, was attacked near his residence in Kausa area of Mumbra on January 26, three days after the six men approached the family seeking that he dedicate the rest of his life to fight for Islam, but were rebuffed by his parents. (more…)

Ecuador loses another Dhruv helo to crash


Ecuadorian Air Force had lost Dhruv helicopter earlier this month too 

The Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) lost a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv utility helicopter to a training accident in late January, the second to be lost this month and the fourth since deliveries began in 2009.

The accident, which is reported to have occurred on 27 January (the Ministry of Defence has yet to confirm it), happened near the town of Tena in the remote interior of the country. (more…)

What Direction US-India Defence Deals?


To nobody’s surprise, India and the US led by BJP’s PM Narendra Modi and the Democrat President Barrack Obama renewed the 10-year Defence Framework Agreement first entered into by governments led by the Republican President George W. Bush and UPA’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005, and which was due to expire in August this year. The US might have expected that the Defence Framework would open the doors for India to become a full-fledged military ally with all that entails. India might have thought it would unlock the doors for receiving advanced US defence and other advanced technologies. But the reality has been somewhat different, at least till now. (more…)

DRDO raise use of fibreglass components in New Tejas MK-II from 65% to up to 80%

SOURCE: Business-standard.

The Indian defence sector is expected to spend Rs 20,000 crore in a decade on products made out of fibreglass for use in the latest weaponry systems, said the top official of country’s premier defence research organisation.

“The fibreglass (composite) content in the defence industry will alone be Rs 20,000 crore from the total Rs 200,000 crore worth spending in the development of indigenous defence systems in the next 10 years,” said Avinash Chander, chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), today. (more…)

Use of composite materials set to grow exponentially in defence, civilian applications



Use of composite materials in indigenously developed aircraft, missiles and in defence and civilian sectors is poised for big growth, where Indian companies are set to get into manufacturing mode.

Avinash Chander, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, and Secretary and Director-General, DRDO, said India has developed technologies for composite materials and these would increasingly find their way into products and then into various usages. (more…)

‘DTTI initiative with India furthers US strategic goals’


Facing a resource crunch, the initiative to co-develop and co-produce hi-tech military hardware with India at a considerable low cost would further America’s strategic interest, a top Pentagon official has said.

Making the remarks days after India and the US renewed an enhanced Defence Framework Agreement for the next ten years, the official said that China’s with its massive defence expenditure is fast catching up with the US. (more…)

Make in India must help reduce import dependence of defence manufacturing sector


India is the largest importer of defence equipment in the world. It imports 70% of its weapons and technology, and this has its own costs, the kickbacks and corruption being only one of them. Between 2004-08 and 2009-13, India’s share of international arms imports increased from 7% to 14%. Russia was the largest supplier (75.7%) of India’s defence imports, the US a distant second (6.8%). (more…)