Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan has said that first flight of upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen in 2022 and it is expected it will enter production by 2023. R Madhavan who was speaking in HAL press conference at the ongoing Aero India 2019 also confirmed that since airframe will remain same, the company is treating it has an upgrade rather than a new development.

IAF and HAL are still discussing procurement of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk-1A which is likely to be cleared by end of this year. HAL Chief again confirmed that will be delivering two remaining IOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 by end of March and first FOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 will make its first flight by October 2019. Continue reading


Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat will be carrying out a sortie on the LCA-Tejas Trainer Today at the ongoing Aero India 2019. This is for the first time Indian Army Chief will be flying indigenously developed fighter jet which recently was awarded Final Operational Clearance (FOC).

Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were all present at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru. Continue reading



DRDO has finally showcased its Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) also known as Tejas Mk-2 at ongoing Aero India 2019. As previously reported by, MWF now Sports Canards but the most interesting revelation has been wingtip pylon which means MWF will now sport 11 Hard-point instead of previously estimated 9 hard-points after Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 gun position was moved from right intake to the upper spine of the MWF.

Additional Wingtip pylons for Close Combat Missile (CCM) and use of Dual pylons for BVRAAMs will mean MWF will be able to carry huge mix badge of weaponry in Mixed configuration if required for Multi-role operations. Continue reading


Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv has been showcased at Aero India 2019 with a new Automatic Rotor Blades Folding (ARBF) system that will allow the helicopter to be stored onboard ships where hanger space is at a premium.

HAL for the first time also has developed a folding section for the tail rotor so that it doesn’t take so much real estate on the Flight deck or in the hanger. Rotor Blades Folding system was first demonstrated on HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Helicopter first which was later adapted for Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv but folding of tail section is a completely new system which was adapted only for ALH-Dhruv. Continue reading


BrahMos Aerospace is currently working on a miniature version of the BrahMos missile, called BrahMos NG which is still in the design stage and development is a few years away but a mock up of the missile system has been displayed under the wings of the LCA-Tejas Mk-1 aircraft at Aero India 2019.

Mini BrahMos NG-A due to its smaller size and lower weight will allow air force to use the missile system at various fighter jets of the air force. DRDO initial had said the missile system will be ready for induction into force by 2025 but missile system is yet to carry out any developmental trials. Continue reading


India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic Nirbhay cruise missile is currently been prepped for a new round of trials which is expected to take place next month as per latest media report.

The missile was last tested in November 2017 and in total has carried out only five trials till date which saw only two complete success, one partial success, and two complete failure. In the last trial used turbojet engine instead of a turbofan engine. Continue reading


Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be holding several demonstrations for Military attachments of foreign embassies in India at the upcoming Aero India 2019 who have previously shown interested in procurement of the attack helicopters after program recently achieved a major milestone last month when LCH was cleared of all weapon trials.

LCH TD-4 which is near production variant of the LCH will be holding flying demonstrations for potential customers after Ministry of Defence (MOD) cleared HAL developed LCH for export. HAL will be soon be awarded a contract for 15 Limited Serial Production (LSP) of LCH at Aero India 2019 and HAL already have started work on first 7 LSPs of LCH. Continue reading


DRDO will be showcasing scaled models of Medium Weight Fighter (Tejas Mk-2) and AMCA 5th generation fighter aircraft at its pavilion at the upcoming Aero India 2019 in Bangalore. MWF which is based on predecessor Tejas Mk1 design and will be showcased for the first time after it was upgraded from its initial concept to be now classified as a Medium-Class fighter jet.

HAL recently issued RFI for the supply of Assembly jigs for the development of MWF which for the first time also confirmed major design changes and the introduction of Canards in the aircraft, but details of wing and tail dimensions along with other design changes still remained a mystery, but with showcasing of scaled model it is expected will clear final design of the aircraft. Continue reading


With Aero India 2019, just around the corner HAL CMD R Madhavan has said that company will be showcasing simulator of Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SPORT) which company believes will lead to the development of a 4++ Generation Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) which is usually used to train after Stage-III training which mostly involves Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT),interestingly it’s not the first time HAL has proposed development of LIFT jets and in fact its first proposal was HJT 39, Combat Air Trainer (CAT) which was showcased first in AeroIndia 2015.

HJT 39 was based on HJT-36 design also shared air-frame and came with same engines in twin-engine configuration along with avionics like Fly-by-Wire (FBW), Multi-Functional Dials (MFD), Head-Up Display (HUD) and Up Front Control Panel (UFCP) and several others common avionics and turnaround time for the project was just over 3 years once funding was cleared but the proposal was rejected by IAF back then and but 14 years down the line, MOD should be thanking its stars because HAL still hasn’t completed the HJT-36 program but announcement of SPORT LIFT should raise some eyebrows in MOD and IAF. Continue reading


Russia recently offered India Air Force, 21 Stored Mig-29A fighter aircraft which was recently surveyed by IAF officials which in their report asked Indian defense ministry and IAF to go ahead with the purchase of this air frame which will be upgraded with latest SMT Upgrade package and delivered back to India roughly around $25 million per unit.

There was a sense of confusion in India if the air frames offered to India were used or retired ones or air frames which were to build together from excessive spares from multiple aircraft. It is now confirmed that the air frames on offer to India were from a lot of 21 Mig-29A Classic design which never made into service with Russian air force due to financial issues after break of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s. Continue reading


An explosives-laden car had rammed into a bus carrying security personals in two different countries, in the region, yet both have a direct connection with non-state actors based in Pakistan. Islamic Revolution Guards Corps lost 27 of their security guards near the border with Pakistan which Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibilities for the deadly attack in Iran, while back home killing of 40 Central Police force again using Car-filled explosives, was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed both terror organization used the same tactics and both operate from Pakistan’s soil to target neighbors.

Off-late Pakistani Non-State actors have been embodied after the US Government started making plans to withdraw from Afghanistan and hand over power back to the Taliban, which is why there is too much chatter among all terror groups this day due to lax security of the American forces which are very keen to secure a face-saving exit strategy from the region. Continue reading


Off-late many countries have declared their intentions to join sixth-generation fighter development bandwagon and series of announcements have largely come from European countries, where at least Three independent 6th Generation fighter programs are racing against time to field a production-ready prototype by 2035 time-frame which can enter induction by 2040. The US, China, and Russia who all have their own 5th generation program are yet to announce any major projects of their own, yet they continue to explore and research what can be classified as 6th generation program so that it can have a clear advantage over 5th generation programs.

A sixth-generation jet fighter is supposed to be a conceptualized class of fighter aircraft design more advanced than the fifth-generation jet fighters, yet there is no clear cut explanation on how they plan to differentiate between 5th and 6th generation fighters and many European countries who have taken the lead are the ones who have skipped development of 5th generation fighter aircraft themselves raising big question mark if their 6th generation fighter jets actually will be any better then 5th generation fighter already under development and in-service?. Continue reading


The UK Ministry of Defense officials on the sidelines of Aero India 2019 will be briefing India about their new ‘Tempest’ Stealth Fighter Project which they claim will be 6th generation fighter which they are keen to develop jointly with India but the program and the circumstances around it has too many similarities with Russia’s FGFA program based on Su-57 which India recently pulled out.

The UK is increasingly facing uncertain political and economic future and their generous offer to India is more to do with what Russians wanted from India to make Sukhoi Su 57 fighter program a commercially viable project and four basic criteria laid down by the UK MOD suggests the same that the whole reasons behind offer to India were to calm down the domestic concerns about the program and to ensure the project becomes viable. Continue reading


State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has issued tenders for “Request For Information (RFI) for Design, Manufacture, Assembly, Installation, and Certification of Centre Fuselage main Assembly Jig in connection with sub-modules by adopting the methodology of jig-less concepts for Fixed Wing Fighter Aircraft. In this tender documents, most of the design concept of the Tejas Mk2 was also disclosed.

Front Fuselage will have a length of 6100 mm with a maximum width of 1100 mm. The length of the center fuselage assembly is about 4500mm with a maximum width of 2100mm approximately. The length of the Rear fuselage assembly is 3300mm with a maximum width of 1800mm approximately. Continue reading


Spets Techno Export a state-owned, Government of Ukraine will be showcasing a model of the newly developed military transport aircraft project AN-188 at the stand No B3.9, hall B at the upcoming Aero India 2019 to be held in Bangalore from 20th to 24th February later this month.

According to the information provided by the company to, AN-188 can be implemented under the Make in India program. The new aircraft of AN-188 family will be capable of based on different airfields, including airstrips, and landing on short runways of only 600-800 m in length. This greatly expands the number of airfields the aircraft can be used on, ensuring the high efficiency of the new aircraft.

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