Louise Donaghey, Senior Vice President – India and South Asia for Rolls-Royce Defence has confirmed to India Global Week, that company is close to announcing a partnership to co-create a new engine with India. a tweet put out by India Global Week reads ” We are planning to change the game, close to an agreement between two governments to co-create a new jet engine, India will get the IP. “The vision of Rolls Royce for India.”: Louise Donaghey, Senior Vice President, India, and southeast Asia Rolls Royce.

In 2017, India and U.K. had agreed to cooperate on developing advanced defense products such as the gas turbine engine which was confirmed by the visiting U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon. Kaveri project which was shelved due to lack of desired thrust levels achieved was to be revived with help of France and GTRE and Safran Group were working together till price steep developmental cost quoted lead to the fallout of talks. Continue reading


In 2020, the U.S. Navy began the process of integrating the AGM-158C LRASM onto the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, Trials of which they plan to be completed by 2026 and missiles system made available for entire P-8 Operator including Indian Navy which is currently the second-biggest operator of the type after USN.

AGM-158C LRASM will supersede AGM-84D Block 1C Harpoon anti-ship missiles which are currently deployed by all P-8 Operators including India and is designed to meet the needs to fight in contested environments. According to US media reports, India and Australia have been selected as the first few countries that will get LRASM to strengthen their firepower in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region Continue reading


In 2017, Then Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat had said Indigenous Attack/combat helicopters HAL Rudra and HAL Light Combat Helicopter have major shortcomings, that is in their current configuration both do not have suitable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is the main weapon of any Attack/Combat helicopters around the world.

Fast forward to 2020 and nothing much has changed since then as HAL Rudra MkIV and LCH Helicopters continue to be armed only with French Nexter 20mm turret gun and Belgian 70 mm rockets and waits for ATGM to be used as effective anti-armor, anti-bunker and anti-fortification role for the Strike Corps. Continue reading


India and the Philippines are in talks for the purchase of several defence platforms from India including the Brahmos missile and according to Philippines media and Indian, both have moved past price negotiation talks for the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia and intend to conclude a deal in Q3 of 2020 for Truck Based BrahMos Batteries for coastal defence.

Informed sources close to have told that Indonesia is also in the early stages of exploring the procurement of the BrahMos missiles from India along with Vietnam and Thailand. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has integrated the Spin recovery parachute with the HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate jet trainer (IJT) which will restart crucial spin trials later this month as per latest media reports. Bihrle Applied Research Inc (BAR) was hired by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to act as an external consultant for the HJT-36 Sitara program after the Ministry of Defence (MOD) pulled out of the official funding to the program due to prolonged delays.

HJT-36 Sitara has gone through a major modification to the airframe which according to sources close to has resulted in much-improved maneuverability at all flight regimes but the crucial spin tests were pending for want of integration of the spin recovery parachute as recommended by BAR. Continue reading


After R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) confirmed that India’s first 5.5 Generation Stealth will be built in Partnership with a Private company, it now has been confirmed that at least 4-5 companies have expressed their interests in tieing up with ADA and HAL for the new company which will exclusively manufacture 100+ AMCA fighter jets in an upcoming facility at Defense Production Corridors to be set up in Tamil Nadu.

Responding to ADA’s Expression of Interest (EOI) initial transaction documents issued some time back for the new Joint venture company, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Boeing India Inc, Lakshmi Machine Works Limited (LMW) and Vem Technologies Private Limited are some of the companies which have come forward and sent their proposals for the new proposed joint venture company as informed to Continue reading


In 2016, the US Air Force released the T-X program requirements to procure a new jet trainer to replace its T-38 Talon which it has been flying for the last 60 years and far away from the US, India’s own state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was working on next-generation Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft (SpORT), a lead-in-fighter trainer (LIFT) built on the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Trainer platform to be part of the T-X program but there was a problem.

US Air Force wanted 351 aircraft plus simulators and ground training aids for all under $10 billion and after careful examination of the RFP issued by the USAF along with Technical requirements issued for the jet, it was found that SpORT could have not meet the low-cost price point which USAF wanted and it could have been technologically more advanced than what competition was offering which was a new basic design with maximum commonality with aircraft already in the joint fleet. Continue reading


Modi government in its efforts to increase stockpiles of Air-to-Air missiles of Indian Air Force  (IAF) had placed orders under emergency purchase deals last year and according to information provided to, Russia has started shipment of the latest and upgraded inventory of three different types of Air-to-Air missiles to India to be equipped on Russian developed Sukhoi-30MKI and Mig-29UPG fleet, which make up 50% of the IAF’s fighter jet fleet.

IAF has decided to go with two different Beyond visual range Missiles (BVRAAM) from Russia after Pakistani Air Force F-16s fired AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile to target unsuccessfully Indian Su-30 MKIs on 27 February, a day after the IAF strikes on Balakot . has been informed that the missiles purchased were upgraded ones from the current stocks and now come with additional capabilities and longer range than current inventory. Continue reading


IUCAV-UHF20 engine under development for the Ghatak unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) in the next phase will conduct a study on core enhancement of the same engine once it begins testing phase in the next 3 years said informed sources close to

In the first phase, IUCAV-UHF20 engine which is a non-afterburning engine with 52 KN thrust class will be developed for Ghatak UCAV program and in the second phase, an afterburning version will be developed with 85-90 kN thrust class so that it can be offered to replace F404-GE-IN20 engines at a later stage in Tejas Mk1A fleet. Continue reading


Key Missile tests that were canceled due to Covid-19 situation in the country scheduled for March and April will likely now be rescheduled and will happen after monsoon is over by DRDO. As informed to, the Extended version of MR-SAM and BrahMos-ER were some of the key missile tests which were delayed due to the Covid-19 situation and also due to Non-Availability of Russian and Israeli team at the launch site.

All Experimental Missile launches are avoided at Monsoon period between June to August usually when the missile launch pads at Eastern India, see very heavy rains during this period. While all Missile system developed by DRDO is All-weather systems, due to their experimental nature such missile is not tested in adverse weather conditions to avoid any undue incidents at the launch pads which can damage the surrounding areas were civilian population exists. Continue reading


Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has been given go head by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to start work on New Twin Engined Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) jet as per latest media reports and as per information provided to, Senior officials from both Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) were present at the meeting and both have agreed to commit 150 jets jointly before the MOD agreed to give Go head clearance for the New ADA project.

While actual numbers of a jet produced might vary since the jet in question is at least 10 years away from entering production. MOD needed a number before another fighter jet program could have got a clearance and as per information provided to, the Navy has agreed to procure a minimum of 100 jets for its Carrier-based operations and IAF is willing to commit to procuring 50 jets if the jet meets its Operational requirements. Continue reading


Rafael Advanced Defense System developed ER Derby-I BVR (Beyond Visual Range Missile ) will be ready for integration trials on leading fighter jet particularly, Mirage-2000, Sukhoi-30MKI and LCA-Tejas if Indian Air Force (IAF) desires so said company official as IAF plans to replace Russian made R-77 BVRAAMs on frontline fighters like Sukhoi-30.

A previous version of I-Derby BVRAAM with a range of 50 km already has been integrated with the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets but this missile stock came from existing inventory procured for Navy’s Sea Harrier jets which now have been long retired and some I-Derby BVRAAM came from Spyder-SR Air Defense system inventory. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria recently confirmed that Indian Air Force (IAF) has committed to procure 100 Medium weight fighter (MWF) which are to be locally produced and have been designed by Country’s Nodal design agency Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), but IAF has asked the company to have higher participation from the private sector companies, more than what has been planned by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which is in charge of Tejas Mk1A program.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has decided to outsource the manufacturing of the entire fuselage of the upcoming Tejas Mk1A program to the private sector companies and these companies have already started manufacturing them for the current batch of FOC Configuration Tejas Mk1. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal RK Bhadauria in talks with Indian media has confirmed that Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to procure at least 6 Squadrons of upcoming Medium Weight Fighter (MWF), Project name which still goes by as Tejas Mk2 and has committed to procure 100 jets, which will comprise of 16 jets per squadron Since no trainer variant (conversion two-seaters) have been planned for each squadron at least 4 jets will be used to train new pilots and will move among this squadrons to be used as Single seater Trainer for pilots moving from Tejas Mk1/A and other squadrons.

HAL and ADA will start work on first pre-production IOC certified MWF aircraft from 2021 onwards by starting metal cutting work and final configuration freeze will happen by end of this year so that operation is smooth and on the scheduled time. Continue reading


                                   FIM-92 Stinger

Some of the Private sector companies in India have approached the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and have requested to give them funding to built Man-portable short-range air defense missiles in a deal worth $ 1.4 billion which Russia has won for its IGLA-S system for Indian forces’ immediate requirement of 800 launchers and more than 5,000 missiles under the VSHORADS (Very Short-Range Air Defence System) program.

Under the VSHORADS program all three services, beginning with the Army demanded man-portable and shoulder-fired short-range air defense missiles against low-flying threats from the air with a range of 6-8 km up to a height of 3 km. The combined tri-service requirement will be close to 15000 missiles in a deal worth close to $ 4 billion. Continue reading