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


Like Mig-21Bis, R-73E short-range air-to-air missile was on verge of retirement after IAF planned to replace them with much improved European heat seeking Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) among all platform,but missile system received a much-needed boost to the image when R-73E a Standard missile model procured in the ’80s managed to bring down a Pakistani F-16 last month.

ASRAAM procurement will be on and will be standard air to air missile system on all current and future aircraft but due to high procurement cost, Sources close to have informed India is now actively considering procuring improved model of the missile system called K-74M which Russia has developed to be armed on next generation Mig-35, Sukhoi-35 and Sukhoi-57 fighter aircrafts.

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India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which is developing Infrared image search and track system (IRST) for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force to replace its current Russian origin OLS-30 IRST system will also find its way also into India’s Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) fighter jet which was recently showcased at Aero India 2019.

MWF will have an internally mounted infrared search and track (IRST) sensor developed by BEL. IRST system under development will have a detection range up to 100km, new heat seeker acclimatized for Indian Hot conditions, new algorithms, and advanced software so that it can outperform the Russian OLS-30 IRST system currently equipped on Sukhoi Su-30 MKI Fighter jet. Continue reading


According to reliable industry sources close to, IAF and ADA are discussing the possibility of having a common Non-TVC and TVC Turbofan engine rated at 110kN with afterburner for both platforms to reduce the cost of the new engine development and also lower the cost of each unit due to the higher scale of production.

Initial pre-production Medium weight fighter (MWF) and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be powered by GE Aero Engines-supplied F414-INS6 turbofan rated at 98kN with afterburner but the production variant for AMCA will require higher engine rated at 110kN with an afterburner which India plans to co-develop with foreign assistance based on established product in the near future soon. Continue reading


Michael Koch. Vice President, Boeing India Defense, Space & Security has confirmed to press at ongoing Aero India 2019 that last unsold C-17 before production line was closed will be delivered to India by August this year and will be 11th on to join IAF fleet making it second-biggest operator of the type in the world after USAF which operates nearly 220 of them.

Koch also added that as per contractual agreements with India, Boeing has to maintain operational serviceability of 75% for the entire C-17 fleet in India but it has achieved 85% after its Induction. Continue reading


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