Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is all set to visit India next month and much delayed and much-anticipated sale of Japanese US-2 amphibian aircraft will be inked marking the first instance of greater defence equipment and technology cooperation between two countries on the backdrop of massive Chinese military modernisation.

Japanese ShinMaywa aircraft manufacturer will tie up with an Indian company and intent to manufacture around 15-18 aircraft in India and the same production line will be used to export this amphibian aircraft to other friendly countries in the region and further co-production of the aircraft and its upgrades also have been planned and according to spokesperson of ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd many countries are closely watching industrial collaboration between India and Japan on US-2 amphibian aircraft . Continue reading


Indian again test fired 350 km ranged Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval warship in the Bay of Bengal. Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile was test-fired from the warship ‘INS Subhadra’.

India’s own advancement in the field of Submarine Ballistic missile system in last few years will raise questions on need for continuation of Dhanush Program which basically was developed as Surface to Surface missile in early 80’s under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and Army Variant dubbed Prithvi was one of India’s First short-range SSM are currently been phased out by Indian Army . Continue reading


Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s maiden trip to India in mid of December will see much talked about agreements on Nuclear and Defence deals, it also will be for the first time India and Japan will exchange note on Ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

On backdrops of India’s successful test firing upgraded anti-ballistic missile, called AAD (Advanced Air Defence) visiting Japanese military planners will be briefed about recent developments and will also discuss possible collaboration on ballistic missile defence capability. Continue reading


Su-30SM at Latakia Airbase Syria

Earlier in the month of October it was reported that Turkey’s F-16 jets were harassed and put on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 aircraft on the Syrian border, Turkish air force spokesperson said that F-16 jets were held on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 plane for a total of four minutes and 30 seconds.

Since there was no visual confirmation of the make and country it belonged it was presumed that it was Mig-29 belonging to Assad’s air force, even though many western Defence experts were not sure if Mig-29 of Syrian airforce had such technical capability to have a radar lock on multiple fighter jets. Continue reading


last year the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had cleared the Spike ATGM deal worth Rs. 3,200 crore deal for 8,000 plus missiles, 300 plus launchers and requisite transfer of technology to an Indian firm.

Spike family includes Spike-SR (800m), Spike-MR (2500m), Spike-LR (4000m) and Spike-ER (8000m). Spike-LR and Spike-ER are also vehicle mountable and Spike-ER can also be fitted into Attack copters. Continue reading


It has been an open secret now that for last decade or more China has been making illegal copies of framed Soviet-era Air Superiority Sukhoi-27/30’s fighter aircraft to replace their ageing 3.5 generation fighter jets fleet. Many of the unlicensed basic variants produced by China like J-11/A/B were considered lesser capable fighter aircraft then the Orginal Sukhoi-27/30 aircraft supplied by Russia due to lack of proper avionics and poorly copied weapons systems which were not up to the mark when compared with original copies.

Indian Air Force operates more Advanced Sukhoi-30MKI equipped with Advance PESA Radar and Avionics of European and Indian origin which was considered as most advanced Flanker ever developed and Best Flanker Series operated by any air force in the world which had potential to dominate any Airspace. Continue reading


India recently took the crown of being largest importer of Unmanned aerial Systems (UAS) in last decade accounting for nearly 23% of all export sales of drones. The bulk of recent purchase made by India has been of IAI Heron Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned aerial Systems (UAS).

In last decade, nearly 60 + IAI Heron have been inducted by Indian Armed forces which also includes latest 4th generation Heron UAS which sports New Automatic takeoff and landing capability and multiple sensors like ISTAR/ SATCOM which provides real-time data on battlefield activities while flying in adverse weather conditions at the height of 30,000 feet. Continue reading


Recently IAF expressed its willingness to buy three more heavy C-17 Globemaster aircraft but bureaucratic delays might have denied Indian Air Force (IAF) to pick up brand new C-17s.

IAF which is the largest operator of C-17s after the US Air Force at present operates 10 C-17s and wanted to pick up three more C-17s but it is understood that Boeing only has single new C-17 available for purchase. Continue reading


One of the most critical nose-on low observability design elements going into a Stealth fighter jet is internal weapons bays. for Stealth missions aircraft entirely and critically depends on in its Internal weapons to carry out suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) or Strike missions in hostile enemy territories.

India’s own 5th generation fighter AMCA Program is all set to take off and official funding for the project is likely to be cleared by the end of this year. with aerodynamic design optimisation nearly completed AMCA’s final design is more or less frozen, but it still seems there is lack of clarity on AMCA’s Internal Weapons bay design aspect. Continue reading


Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex recently closed first export orders for JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at ongoing Dubai Air Show which will be manufactured by Pakistan.

Media reports indicate Myanmar has become the first country to purchase JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. under an undisclosed deal Myanmar will buy 16-24 jets from Pakistan but the actual agreement will take place with Chinese AVIC company which will supervise sale and maintenance contract of the jets with Myanmar Air force. Continue reading


According to media reports India officially has asked General Atomics and US Government on the possible sale of jet-powered Avenger (formerly Predator C) drone to India.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States later this year is likely to push for the possible sale of Predator Avenger drone to India even though India recently ordered Armed Heron-TP drones from Israel. Continue reading


Indian air force recently took delivery of 75th Pilatus PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft and air force chief later speaking to media said that Pilatus PC-7 MkII has been fully integrated into IAF’s training pattern and supported by Ground Simulators have streamlined training programme.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha also confirmed that IAF already has started using PC-7 Mk-II as Stage-II training aircraft due to limited availability of Kiran MK-II aircrafts and due to continuous delays associated with India’s IJT Program. Continue reading

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The criticisms are not new, the development is slow and they say time is constant here like a black hole circling over India. Many shortfalls and many waivers but still to see the bird on IAF’s hand, yes am talking about HAL Tejas (LCA), will take you back to 1960’s with up and downs in Indian aerospace industry and finally a glimpse of hope with a big order and future development plan.

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Major world powers have capability to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft indigenously. Technically, this would include all major components – aero-engines, radar, aircraft design, metallurgy, weapons and sensors. Currently only USA, Russia, France and UK have these capabilities and are followed closely by Germany, Italy, China and Sweden. Continue reading


India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which remained grounded for more than two months, finally has resumed flight testing at end of last month after it was grounded due to defective landing gear systems which were first detected by Air force test pilots while carrying out weapon trials at the Pokhran range in the State of Rajasthan .

Three flights of the Tejas have taken place after it was grounded for more than two months by limited series production  LSP8 and LSP4 aircrafts. Continue reading


State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is sweating hard to conduct a maiden test flight of its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in December. 3.1-tonne single-engine LUH prototype has completed series of Ground trials and currently has been involved in series of preflight testing.

HAL is under lot of pressure from Indian Armed forces to deliver on the deadline promised to them and India’s upcoming contract for purchase of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian military in the same period is direct threat to the HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter Program since both helicopters can substitute each other and if HAL fails Indian Military planners will simply place orders for Kamov Ka-226T warned Defence analyst Ranesh Rajan . Continue reading