Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on his goodwill visit to Russia from July 9 to July 12 had visited the MiG-35 complex at the Kubinka facility near Moscow, where the modernized variant of the MiG-29 fighter, which has been in service with the Indian Air Force for over three decades on offer to the Indian Air Force in a contract for 114 fighters was pushed for possible deal with India.

While the key focus remained on MiG-35, which was previously rejected by IAF in previous MMRCA tender in 2011. A small team of Russian Defence officials also made the pitch for the other Russian fighter jet in the race and briefed Air Chief about potential savings if IAF decides to select Sukhoi-35 fighter jets for local manufacturing and how it will also help lower costs for modernization of the 270+ Su-30MKI Upgrade already in the service with IAF. Continue reading


Mandus Group developed 155mm Soft Recoil Howitzer technology for US Army

A 155 mm, 39 calibre, all-steel ULH has been mounted on an Ashok Leyland Truck and will be ready to be offered to Indian Army for experimental trials soon said a reliable industrial source close to The idea was first mooted by Army chief, General Bipin Rawat when he had met Baba Kalyani on a visit to Kalyani Group facility where he was shown three ultralight howitzers.

Kalyani Group in last Defence Expo 2018 had showcased a Light Truck-mounted Advance Hybrid recoil version of the ULH 155/39 which weighed only 4.5 tonnes but Rawat suggested the development of 6.8 tonnes All Steel ULH mounted on a Medium class Ashok Leyland Stallion 4×4 Truck which was a cheaper alternative without a drop in performance in mountain terrain. Continue reading


Pakistan aviation secretary Shahrukh Nusrat, who is also director-general of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority, told the Pakistan Senate’s standing committee on aviation for the first time, what India needs to do before Pakistan opens its air space for Civilian airline operators from India. Pakistan has specifically asked India to move out fighter aircraft deployed at the forward bases and in fact have also prepared a list of the forward airbases near International border from where it wants IAF to move out its fighter aircraft.

The particular list is not a request but rather a demand which can’t be dictated to the IAF said senior ranking air force officer to PAF is fully aware that it is incapable to scramble fighter in short duration and prevent any further airstrikes has seen in Balakot operations where they arrived 10 minutes late and are using airspace has a leverage against India to dictate how many aircrafts IAF can deploy at the forward airbase where scramble time to cross the border is hardly in few minutes. Continue reading


BrahMos Aerospace Chief has confirmed that the first batch of BrahMos-A will be ready for induction into Indian Airforce by end of this year while one last trial of the missile system will happen in next one or two months before the missile is cleared of all trials. BrahMos Aerospace had pre-emptied production of the BrahMos-A to cut down production time due to which missile will be ready in shorter duration and post-Balakot airstrikes by IAF, Missile system has been further fast-tracked due to its long-range precision targeting abilities which will come handy in next missions.

Brahmos-A has been successfully tested twice, first in Anti-ship role and in the second trial, BrahMos-A took out a land-based Target of a deserted island in the Andaman Nicobar chain of islands in the Bay of Bengal. The final trial of the BrahMos-A will be tested in Anti-ship role before it is cleared for induction into IAF. Continue reading


Soon to be tested Next Generation Akash Surface to surface missile will come with better Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) then Akash SAM systems which are already inducted into Indian air force said a senior ranked air force officer to Akash has SSKP of 88% but Akash 1S due to the addition of its seeker will have further increase in its Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) of Akash missile, which will further be improved in the next-generation variant to mid ninety.

Akash SAM requires to fire a salvo of two missiles to achieve SSKP of 98% but Akash-NG due to better SSKP over its previous generation missile and due to advancement in the seeker and onboard electronics will achieve higher SSKP which will negate the use of Salvo firing mode which will cut down the cost of each kill. Continue reading


Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A air version of the missile from its front line Su 30 Mk-I fighter aircraft on 22 May 2019 and recently put out pictures of the target to show devastating pinpoint accuracy of the weapon system for the first time. BrahMos-A has been integrated on Su-30Mk-I aircraft to provide enhanced employability to our Armed Forces as an offensive weapon.

As seen in the above image, BrahMos-A has the ability to hit a specific marked target in a cluster of the infrastructure of the enemy near the target. BrahMos-A is an Air to Ground weapons system which travels at Mach 3 and has capabilities to hit targets from 290km to 450km. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased its’s Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SpORT) a next-generation fighter trainer at Aero India 2019 earlier this year, has got attention of the Indian Air force and according to industry sources close to, IAF is now actively backing development of a prototype upon which more platforms can be ordered in near future.

The Proposed lead-in-fighter trainer (LIFT) built on the Light Combat Aircraft Twin-seater Trainer platform, is a fighter trainer which can help pilots of modern aircraft including the Rafale, MWF, Tejas Mk1A, and SU-30 MKi before they start flying actual aircraft. According to HAL, SPORT was conceived at the time to compete at the U.S. Air Force T-X Pilot Training Program but the proposal was never sent due to the non-existing platform for trials and low winning chances. Continue reading


Four Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) are at the advanced stage of user-assisted trials of the gun and the Army has begun finalizing the Preliminary Specifications Qualitative Requirements (PSQR) of the 155mm, 52 caliber gun which will clear decks for production of 150 guns in the bulk production clearance order which will be split between Kalyani Group and Tata Power who have developed two guns each at the developmental stage.

The Estimated INR 36.65 billion (USD524 million) order will be won by the company depending on the performance of the gun and commercial bids and the lowest bidder who will be L1, will be awarded a contract to build 107 of the 150 ATAGSs while the runner-up will be allowed to manufacture the remaining 43 guns of the same model. Continue reading


India’s Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will be assembling initial pre-production Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) jets but that doesn’t assure that it will also get rights to manufacture them locally said Industrial sources close to Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the design agency will pay HAL to manufacture at least, two pre-production MWF fighter jets, which they plan to fly by end of 2023.

ADA is yet to appoint HAL as a production partner and according to Industrial sources, ADA is scouting for private players (Consortium) who can join hands to assemble MWF, once it enters production by 2025-26. The alleged rift between ADA and HAL has been growing supposedly after HAL proposed upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk1A without the participation of ADA which was the design agency for LCA-Tejas program. Continue reading


Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to push competing vendors in India’s air force tender for supply of 114 fighter jet to offer next-generation air to air missile if they want to be taken seriously with an option for local assembly of this missile system. According to reliable Industrial sources close to, key decisions were taken in a recent meeting by high ranking officials of IAF and Government which will also push for integration of local Air-to-Air missile weapons systems like Astra and SFDR and local maintenance and assembly of other BVR-AAMs which will come with the weapons package.

MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile is already offered with Dassault Rafale, Euro-fighter Typhoon, and Gripen-E and is already procured by India for 36 Dassault Rafale ordered in the off shelf deal with France. European MBDA has limited the sale of Meteor BVR-AAM to only European manufactured fighter jet and has declined to integrate them with Russian manufactured Sukhoi-Su-30MKI and Indian made LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. Continue reading


What could come as a major boost to the Indian Air Force and it’s Sukhoi-Su30MKI fleet, IAF is set to receive the first batch of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) from India’s state-owned missile maker Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) by end of this year, informed reliable industrial sources close to BDL last year received pre-induction orders for 50 Astra BVR-AAMs and with the help of 50 private and public sector industries involved in development and production of the different subsystems of the Air-to-Air missile, BDL is confident to start deliveries of the first batch by end of 2019.

DRDO along with IAF concluded nearly 13 rounds of trials in 2017-18 in multi-target engagements at different altitudes and combat scenarios before Astra BVR-AAM was cleared by the IAF for pre-production. DRDO had described trials as a combination of complex tests for engagement of unmanned targets in different modes of maneuvering, off-bore sight, at medium and long ranges. The missiles were telemeter-ed for evaluation of the online performance of all sub-systems, especially the data-link, RF seeker and proximity fuse for end-game performance. Continue reading


General Electric Company which previously supplied engines for India’s Tejas Mk1 fighter jet has recently offered to supply F414 Enhanced Engines to power India’s upcoming Medium Weight Fighter (MWF), and 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program. According to reliable industry sources close to, ADA officials were officially briefed by GE Officials on F414 Enhanced Engines and how it can be incorporated into e F414-INS6 engines selected by ADA for Previous MKII version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

According to GE Aviation, F414 Enhanced Engine incorporates additional technical advancements that can be retrofitted into the existing engines like F414 engines at much lower ownership cost. GE till now has supplied ADA with Eight F414-INS6 engines which generate 98kN Class of Wet Thrust but F414 Enhanced Engine can generate 116 kN Class of Wet Thrust with 1% improved fuel burn over F414-INS6 engines with negligible weight gain. Continue reading


Recently at Aero India 2019, ADA for the first time disclosed it’s intentions to develop a Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) based on its LCA-Tejas design elements but it will be, completely new program with little or no major technology borrowed from its predecessor Tejas Mk1/1A and more of its technologies will be borrowed from India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program which has been under research and development for much longer time then MWF.

According to Dr. Girish Deodhare who is Chief of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency in charge of MWF and AMCA fighter development program. Development of MWF was convinced only in 2014-15 period and the whole platform was redesigned and the previous Mk-2 design concept which was just Mk1 air frame with 0.5m fuselage plug has been discarded to allow the platform to be classified as a Medium class aircraft. Continue reading


Two IAF’s Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets came close to 12km of the LOC yesterday around 7 pm after some aerial activities were seen across the LOC by Pakistani air force near Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani Army had resorted to small arms gunfire in the area since 5.30 in the evening which was retaliated at the same intensity by the Indian Army.

Pakistani troops targeted Shahpur and Kerni areas, soon PAF jets were seen near LOC and two IAF jets scrambled closer to LOC to thwart any attempts to ingress into the Indian side of Line of control. Continue reading


While India might be getting next generation Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) along with Rafale fighter jets which will start arriving by end of this year, but, the possible sale of Meteor missile system for other platforms like Tejas Mk1A and Sukhoi-30MKI was brick walled by MBDA due to their reservations to limit their integrations only to European Radars.

Tejas Mk1A will feature Israeli ELTA’s EL/M-2052 AESA Fire Control Radar and MBDA has refused to provide source code for the missile system preventing their installation on them. IAF’s front-line Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets always had Russian origin N011M passive electronically scanned array radar which is likely to be upgraded with Russian AESA Radar System in near future. Continue reading

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