India’s state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will soon initiate Internal Project to convert LCA-Tejas Two Seater Trainer aircraft to be converted into Supersonic Advanced lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) for possible export in International market.

First Fighter/Trainer Variant of LCA-Tejas PV-5 (KH-T2009) had its first flight in 2009 followed by PV-6 (KH-T2010) in 2014. Trainer Variant of LCA-Tejas was primarily developed as a two-seat operational conversion trainer for the Indian Air Force Squadrons which will operate LCA-Tejas in future. Continue reading


Recently surface-to-air missile Akash, with indigenous radio frequency seeker, was successfully tested against target Banshee target drone and will enter Indian Army as Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SRSAM) after India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) cancelled the short-range surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM) competition early last year.

DRDO designed Akash was a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems since it had capabilities to hit targets over 25kms while SRSAM Class missiles like SPYDER, TOR M1 and BAMSE SRSAM which were all participating in India’s SRSAM Competition carried a lower range of 15-20kms. Continue reading


India wants to be Missile import free by 2022 at least in one crucial weapons department and break its dependence on foreign suppliers, 2018 like 2017 will see some crucial developmental trials of DRDO and its associated lab developed Missiles ranging from Ballistic missile to Strategic missiles and we have lined up some of the missiles which will break ground this year hopefully .

MPATGM: Indian Ministry of Defence last year scrapped a long-pending, $1 billion anti-tank guided missile deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel. Continue reading


The 120 mm Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) Mk-II ammunition developed by ARDE, Pune, for the rifled gun of MBT Arjun was successfully tested (Phase I to III) by the user at PXE, Balasore. The lethality, toxicity, safety and consistency of the ammunition were successfully established during the trial.

Phase IV and V of user trials were conducted at PFFR Pokhran during 3-13 July 2017. Critical parameters of consistency and accuracy were achieved as specified in the QR during these trials. Achievement of a greater depth of penetration of 500 mm in 230 mm RHA plate by the 120 mm FSAPDS Mk-II ammunition will lead to improved fire power of MBT Arjun. Continue reading


Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra, a pioneer in design and development of state-ofthe-art parachutes, transferred the technology to manufacture brake parachutes for LCA Tejas to Ordnance Parachute Factory (OPF), Kanpur, in a function held on 20 July 2017.

Shri Debashish Chakraborty, OS and Director ADRDE handed over the documents pertaining to Transfer ofTechnology (ToT) to Shri GC Rout, IOFS, General Manager, OPF, Kanpur. The documents have been duly vetted by CEMILAC, Bengaluru. The brake parachute for LCA Tejas is made of nylon and Kevlar material.

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Chinese military spokesman confirmed that China’s first stealth fighter J-20 has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force thus becoming third stealth fighter to enter service with any air force, after the F-22A Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

J-20 made its first official first flight in 2011 and made into People’s Liberation Army Air Force one year before assessment made by Pentagon which had told its government that it will become operational by end of 2018 but Defence experts are still skeptical if the aircraft is fully operational at squadron level. Continue reading


Organisers of Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2018 announced that several major Aerospace companies have confirmed and signed up for forthcoming International Airshow to be hosted at Sakhir Air Base, Kingdom of Bahrain, from 14-16 November 2018.

Among Aerospace companies who confirmed their participation, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has already booked a large space at the Exhibition Hall to jointly showcase LCA, LCH, HTT-40 and ALH Dhruv to the prospective clients. Continue reading


A clash between two fighter planes depends on much more on the skill of the pilots flying them then the technologies incorporated in them. Many examples can be presented where a Russian fighter has drowned its western counterparts. Similar is true vice-versa. In many instances, the aircraft involved were at the same technology level. So it is true that the pilot matters the most.

Coming to the competition, are the two contenders really capable of making itself into IAF? Gripen is a multi-national component machine, similar to Tejas. It’s C/D version are not battle proven. Gripen-E is still an evolutionary phase. 40% of its parts are procured from the USA. So, as per analysts, USA can pull the plugs on Gripen by any hook or crook and that too at a time of its choosing. Continue reading


India’s longest running Premier Public sector Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is facing order crunch due to the ever-increasing participation of Private Aerospace companies in Indian Defence Sector. Crunch especially has been felt at fighter aircraft segment after Government of India decides to keep HAL off the Single engine and Twin engine fighter jet requirement for 200 fighter jets and instead allowed Private Aerospace companies to partner with winning International partner.

HAL Chief recently voiced his concerns about this, since production and assembly of fighter aircraft for HAL always has been a very lucrative business which contributes immensely towards companies year-on-year growth and profits, while company is doing good business with its Rotary orders it still faces no new orders as a production agencies for its fighter aircraft division. Continue reading


Last month Army Aviation Corps (AAC) got a major boost when Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accepted the recommendation of Indian Army Headquarters and agreed to procure Six Apache attack helicopter which will see service with AAC instead of command and control of Indian Air Force.

For Now, DAC has dismissed an earlier request made by Army for full three squadrons of 39 Apache attack helicopters and IAF will be allowed to keep earlier ordered 22 Boeing AH-64 Apache for time being but sources close to say that small victory which AAC got, will only intensify war on command of Aviation assets like Apache in future . Continue reading


After a tedious MMRCA tender, with years of trials and all, the tender was scrapped. IAF is facing acute shortage of fighter jets and IN too needs more carrier based fighters. IAF needs another line of light fighters to replace MIG 21/27 fleet to fill the gap with a cheap, low maintenance and effective fighter. A good decision to fill the void as soon as possible.

But, on what basis it was decided that a light fighter can be the one viz single engine? A light fighter should be classified based on it’s performance attributes, procurement and maintenance costs and not by it’s engine if the ultimate goal is to fill the gap with an effective fighter. In my opinion, it is an unfair and weird discrimination policy for defense procurement’s? Let’s take F-16 and F 18 for an example, the procurement cost of F 18, a twin engine jet is slightly more than F-16 but the maintenance cost of F-18 is the least among all Front line fighters in US Forces. Continue reading


                                                          REPRESENTATIONAL PICTURE

Indian Air Force is getting a Desi Aerial fire power make over as DRDO and Ministry of Defence have been clearing major projects to develop a cluster of aerial weapons systems which will replace expensive imported weapons systems used by Indian Air Force for its operations.

What started off almost a decade back to replace basic aerial weapons with indigenous replacement is fast gaining space to develop series of new aerial weapons which will make Indian Air Force completely independent from foreign weapons manufacturers in less than a decade. Few of the Project initiated by the DRDO has been listed below.

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T Suvarna Raju Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Hindustan Aeronautics while speaking to CNBC-TV18 said that the company is expecting to close orders for more 200 units of Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) over orders for 73 which it has already secured for its Advanced Light Helicopter in 2017.

Earlier this week, HAL bagged contract for the supply of 41 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy and In March this year, HAL had signed a contract for the supply of 32 ALH to Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. Continue reading


Sandeep Unnithan. Exec Editor, India Today who was first broke stories on development of INS Arihant and development of K-15 and K-4 Submarine Launched Ballistic missile has revealed, more about India’s Nuclear Submarine Plans and has confirmed that INS Aridhaman which will be India’s Second Ballistic Missile Submarine will be stretched Arihant Class ship which has double the Missile carrying capabilities and is unlikely to be called Arihant sister ship rather will be known as Aridhaman lead ship of a new SSBN Class .

Sister ship of Aridhaman which will be similar to the lead ship Aridhaman currently is designated as S4 and another follow on Sister Class dubbed as S4* (Plus) will make up Three Aridhaman Ballistic Missile Class Submarine fleet of Indian Navy. Continue reading


While Indian Air Force plans to conduct no hold barred User Trials of India’s first indigenously developed Beyond Range Air-to-air missile Astra Missiles in few days to gauge the performance of the missile system in real threat operational environment, makers of LCA-Tejas have decided to start working on integrating Astra BVRAAM into LCA-Tejas soon.

Limited Serial Production lot of 50 Astra BVRAAM which has entered production at the recently opened production facility by Defence minister Arun Jaitley will exclusively be used to train pilots to understand strength and weakness of the missile system so that it can be used at optimal level and initial lot will also be used for integration work with other fighters in IAF fleet . Continue reading