As India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (INS Vikrant, IAC-1) reaches its third and final phase of construction at the Kochi Shipyard in South India, with sea trials to start in mid-2020, Chief of Naval Staff Sunil Lanba confirmed to AIN that the design for the follow-on IAC-2 has been frozen. India currently has one aircraft carrier, the refurbished 44,000-tonne Soviet-era Kiev-class carrier INS Vikramaditya, which is equipped with RAC MiG MiG-29K fighters.

IAC-2 will take at least a decade to construct and will be a 65,000-tonne conventionally powered vessel in CATOBAR (catapult-assisted takeoff but arrested recovery) configuration. “This will give the navy an operational capability of two battle groups at a time. We have decided on the form and fit and costing details of IAC-2,” said Lanba. Continue reading


Indian defense ministry has stated that Russia’s Igla-S is the winner of multi-billion tender for very short range air defense missiles (VSHORADS) on Wednesday.

The defense ministry has also added that it is aware of US financial sanctions for arms purchases from Russia under Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which may impact procurement.”Defense procurement is carried out based on threat perception, operational and technological aspects to keep the Armed Forced in a state of readiness to meet the entire spectrum of security challenges,” Subhash Bhamre replied to question of a lawmaker who asked whether the Government is aware that this deal is under the shadow of CAATSA. Continue reading


The Indian Navy has selected the US General Atomics EMALS for its second aircraft carrier, IAC II, which should be operational in about 10 years. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba told India Strategic in an interaction that the case for EMALS, or Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, is being progressed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). EMALS, for launching, and its accompanying technology AAG or Advanced Arresting Gear for recovering landing aircraft, are the emerging technologies for future carriers and that is why the Navy has selected them.

Admiral Lanba however did not specify any company or manufacturer but observed: “As far as system for launching and recovery of aircraft is concerned, Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear is an emerging technology that is replacing the older systems and would be more suitable for a new project that is likely to remain in service for next four decades.” Continue reading


The massive and ongoing modernisation plan of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will entail induction of more and sophisticated fighter planes over the next few years, till the IAF reaches its sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons. In a free-wheeling chat with Manish Kumar Jha , Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa talks of the firepower of the IAF.

We see emergence of warfare that is unconventional, erratic and full of  hurdles. What will warfare be like in the future?  

The IAF is equipped to face challenges that emanate across the entire spectrum. Modern warfare is essentially a metamorphosis of  hybrid warfare. Nations go to war to further policy. Continue reading


The indigenously built Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) which will replace the ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters being used by the armed forces is set to undertake high altitude cold weather trials in January 2019. The LU recently achieved a major milestone of flying at 6 km altitude during a trial test in Bengaluru which was carried out under the envelope expansion tests, which is a critical requirement towards the certification of LUH.

The LUH is a 3-ton class new generation helicopter being indigenously developed by state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to meet the requirements of both military and civil operators. The machine which has been developed by Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWR&DC) of HAL will be manufactured at a green field helicopter manufacturing facility at Tumakuru which is under progress. Continue reading


It was a magnificent sight by any account. The 17-metre-long missile, with its nose pointed into the blue sky, taking off in a cloud of dust, even as a monotonous voice ticked off the seconds towards launch. The Agni-5 is quite an achievement all around. In its seventh test, the three-stage missile seems to have performed perfectly, as its trajectory was measured by a phalanx of monitors on land, sea and air. It seems that this is set to be the crown jewel of India’s Strategic Force Command, when it is inducted in 2019.

To understand the significance of the missile test, some basic facts about the missile and the test have to be understood. First, though the range was not part of the official announcement, it has so far been publicly presented as a 5,000-km range missile. On a regular map, this seems more than capable of reaching major cities like Beijing and parts of Europe, provided it is fired from the eastern coast, from where it was launched in the present test. Continue reading

SOURCE : U.S. Pacific Fleet

U.S. 7th Fleet and Indian Navy officials convened the 21st executive steering group on bilateral naval cooperation in New Delhi, Dec. 12. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer is co-chairing the two-day conference with Indian Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. G. Ashok Kumar. The leaders are reviewing progress of current initiatives and renewing their commitment to expanding exercises, exchanges and port visits that benefit both navies.

“Our naval partnership gets stronger from working together on initiatives throughout the year,” said Sawyer. “We share an enduring commitment to providing security across a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Continue reading


IT product and services provider, Ramco Systems said on Wednesday, in a filing to Bombay Stock Exchange that, “ it has bagged an order from a leading Defense Contractor, global enterprise cloud software specialist Ramco Systems today announced that it has secured yet another deal from a leading adversary air (ADAIR) services provider to the U.S. Defense Forces, to manage its fleet of fighter aircraft used for highly complex training fleet and Defense contract requirements.”

The company said that, “it will implement its full suite Ramco Aviation Suite V5.8, covering modules for Engineering and Maintenance, Supply Chain Management, Safety & Quality, Flight Operations, integrated with Finance. Bundled with the latest features for Mobility, Hubs and Dashboards, Ramco’s next-gen Aviation suite will enable paperless operations across remote locations, thereby aiding clients’ rapid expansion plans. Interestingly, Ramco was positioned in 2018 Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Asset Management, which released recently.”  Continue reading

SOURCE : The Pioneer.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet her Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Thursday during which they will discuss ways to strengthen defence ties between the two nations, officials said.

Shoigu’s visit to India assumes significance as India had in October signed a deal to buy Russian S-400 air defence missile system.The two countries have also signed a deal to build two frigates in Goa for the Indian Navy. Continue reading


Taking note of a January 2017 video uploaded on social media by a BSF jawan complaining about the poor quality of food served to them, a parliamentary committee has questioned the random sampling methodology of a third-party study ordered after the video went viral. The study had found 97% of BSF personnel surveyed satisfied with the quality and quantity of food.

The panel has now recommended commissioning a fresh study that would adopt selective sampling focused on remote areas with harsh climatic conditions where the quality of food is more likely to be compromised.The jawan in question, Tej Bahadur Yadav, was dismissed after a BSF staff court of inquiry found him guilty on charges of indiscipline, including uploading the video “in violation of laid-down rules and procedures”. Continue reading


The Air Force has 13.09 per cent of women officers, the highest among all three forces, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said Wednesday.The Army has 3.80 per cent of women officers, while the Navy has six per cent of women officers, he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. The Air Force has 13.09 per cent of women officers in its force.

Women are recruited in the Army, Navy and the Air Force only in the officer’s rank. In response to a question, on import of missiles from Russia that could attract US sanctions, the Minister said the government was aware of all developments that may impact the procurement of defence equipments. Continue reading


PAKISTAN’S sudden decision to open the Kartarpur shrine for Indian pilgrims predictably raised suspicions in India. Pakistan had earlier opened other Sikh holy shrines, like Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib Gurdwara in Lahore, under a bilateral agreement. The decision to open the Kartarpur shrine, located virtually on the India-Pakistan border, was, however, conveyed ‘informally’ by Pakistan’s army chief Gen Bajwa to Punjab’s tempestuous minister, Navjot Sidhu. Interestingly, General Bajwa’s sudden interest was manifested much after repeated requests by Indian leaders, including former PM Vajpayee, were ignored.

This unusual action by Pakistan’s army chief raised hackles in New Delhi, as the Pakistan army controls the gurdwaras there through the Pakistani Gurudwara Prabandak Committee. This committee’s first head was former ISI chief, Lt Gen Javed Nasir, the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. ‘Khalistani’ flags are often provocatively raised during visits of Sikh pilgrims from India. Continue reading

SOURCE : Tribune News Service

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will make history next week when a Russian-origin AN 32 transport plane will be formally flight tested using a mix of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and bio-fuel.The plane will fly from the IAF base at Chandigarh with a blend of around 10 per cent bio-fuel. Trials have been on since mid-November and the first scheduled flight is slated on December 17. Some modifications have been made to the plane.

AN 32 flies regularly from Chandigarh to Kargil, Leh and Srinagar to drop supplies, equipment and men. The need for air effort is more during winter months as passes on the Manali-Leh road and the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh route get closed down due to snow. Continue reading


The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday (December 12) stated that the number of terror related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 2018 have nearly doubled with state recording 587 incidents till now. The year saw 238 terror operatives being neutralised by security forces in the state till December 2, 2018.

In terms of sheer numbers, this is maximum success for security forces for a given year in the last decade. But, the penultimate year of Narendra Modi government has shown that despite pressure from security forces the number of terror incidents are on the rise. Continue reading


The indigenously development Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft (AEW&C) “Netra” is participating in its first ever International exercise in ongoing Ex CopeIndia 2018 with the visiting United States Air Force crew.

Group Captain Pradeep Batra who is the commanding officer of the AEW&C Squadron speaking to the media said that ” AEW&C is indigenously developed and recently inducted into IAF and also added that AEW&C since its induction has participated in various air exercise and this was the first time aircraft participated in an International exercise. Continue reading