Indigenous AESAR Radar

HAL has decided to stick with imported Israeli EL/M-2052 Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) Radar over Indigenous Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESAR) AESA Radar developed by LRDE to be used on 83 LCA-Tejas Mk 1A even though DRDO is trying to fast-track development of AESAR with the active partition of Private sector companies.

As per information coming from reliable sources close to, HAL is set to announce a winner to the global tender which was floated by the company under which three vendors had responded with their AESA Radar technology, the contract is likely to go with ELTA which makes EL/M-2052 AESA Radar with local assembly clause in the contract along with some level of transfer of technology. Continue reading


US Military is in process of initiating a futuristic new helicopter program which will go on to replace OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, UH-60 Black Hawks, and AH-64 Apaches medium-lift category armed and reconnaissance helicopters from its current fleet. Under a Program called Future Vertical Lift aircraft, US Military plans to develop a family of helicopters which will go on to serve their forces from 2030 onwards and Washington is keen to have New Delhi onboard its futuristic helicopter Program.

According to reliable industry sources close to the first offer came from Obama administration about India being part of the futuristic helicopter Program and even now the current dispensation and Pentagon is still very much wants India to be part of this program considering India in future will have a massive requirement to replace its aging medium-lift category helicopters of its forces. Continue reading


Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited T Suvarna Raju flew the indigenous LCA-Tejas from HAL Airport here today. The twin seat variant of LCA (PV5) was piloted by Group Captain KK Venugopal, VM (Retd) HAL’s CTP. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has claimed Rs 273 crore from the Insurance company after recent crash of underproduction Sukhoi Su-30MKI but according to Industrial sources closes to, IAF may never get a brand new Sukhoi Su-30MKI instead even after Insurance is settled and the production line will close as planned earlier.

Indian Air Force till now has lost 8 Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft,including the recent crash of the undelivered Su-30MKI after their induction from 1997 onwards. In 2009, IAF for the first time lost back to back first and second Su-30MKI in the very same year, due to which IAF placed orders for Two additional aircraft as attrition replacement of the 2009 crashes which were accommodated in 2012 follow-on orders for 42 jets. Continue reading


Yakovlev Design Bureau has offered Indian Air Force a Customised Yak-130 Combat Trainer to take place of ill-fated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara as an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) for Stage-II Pilot training program in a Government to Government offer.

According to Industrial sources closes to, Since is not the first time the Advanced Jet trainer has been offered to India, the First offer came in 2012 and current offer is no different than the previous offer, but the offer actually might be to grab additional follow-on orders of British Hawk Mk-132 from BAE Systems which has failed to materialise after years of negotiation due to high price . Continue reading


Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) successfully fred Derby air-to-air Beyond Visual Range Missile (BVRM) to expand its fring envelope as well as to demonstrate safe operation of the aircraft during missile plume ingestion into the aircraft engine under worst case scenarios. The missile was launched from LCA Tejas piloted by Wg Cdr Siddharth Singh on 27 April 2018 from the firing range off the Goa coast after exhaustive study of the missile separation characteristics and plume envelope.

Integration of Derby is one of the major objectives of Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas. Tejas has been designed and developed by DRDO’s autonomous society Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). The aircraft was tracked by two other Tejas aircraft in close formation to capture the firing event in the specially instrumented high speed cameras for detail analysis and comparison with the simulation model for validation. Continue reading


According to information provided by BAE Systems, India will get the first batch of five M777 ultralight howitzers in September 2018 after a preliminary investigation found faulty local ammunition supplied by India’s State-sector companies behind the explosion of the barrel of the US-manufactured M-777 during a field trial in Pokhran last year, in short, giving clean sheet to the Gun manufacture .

Last May, Indian Army got Two new long-range ultra-light (ULH) howitzer M777 for local ammunition homogenization process but after the explosion of the barrel, M777 gun had undergone mandatory quality tests but after an investigation, it was cleared. Continue reading


Last month, L&T Defence at an event to mark the production of 1,000th Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware for Akash missile at L&T Defence’ facility at PMSC Coimbatore also showed first glimpses of Next Generation Akash which will likely enter developmental trials from 2019 onwards but with the radical new design than its predecessor Akash-1 and Akash-1S.

Posters of Akash-NG (Next Generation ) shows that Akash-NG comes minus four long tube ramjet inlet ducts which are usually mounted in the mid-body between wings in Akash-1 and Akash-1S as seen in the above picture suggesting Air-breathing Second stage Ramjet rocket propulsion system might have been dropped for Akash-NG. Continue reading


In Aero India 2017, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased a 1.1 scale mock-up of 12.5 ton Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH) in a civilian VVIP configuration which HAL plans to develop for Indian Armed Forces to meet their Medium Transport Helicopter requirements.

Project initiated internally by HAL was to present Tri-Service Military planners a first look at the Countries first proposed Indigenous Medium Transport Helicopter Program which can be developed using a common platform to meet Tri-Service requirement but according to Industrial sources close to, Indian Army Planners are not impressed since they that completely different plans for a Medium Transport Helicopter requirement. Continue reading


A Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of the Indian Air Force reportedly managed to detect the latest Chinese Chengdu J-20 jet fighter, which is supposed to be a top-of-the-line stealth aircraft operated by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), reports Indian Defence Research Wing. According to the outlet, when the new Chinese jets where conducting flight training over Tibet, Indian pilots on Russian-made Su-30MKIs managed to detect and track them from Indian airspace.

“The Sukhoi’s radar can see them. The new Chinese jets are not so invisible after all. No special technology is required to detect the J-20, as it can be detected by ordinary radar stations,” Indian Air Force commander Arup Shaha said. Continue reading


India’s indigenous developed Uttam AESA radar is likely to fly after it completes its integration on LCA Tejas LSP-2 soon but Uttam AESA radar might not be installed on next batch of Tejas Mk1A if industrial sources close to have to be believed.

DRDO’s LRDE lab which developed Uttam AESA radar has been pushing for use of the radar on 83 Tejas-Mk1A aircraft under development, while Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is keen on picking up either Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd developed EL/M-2052 Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) or Thales developed RBE2 radar derivative on offer soon. Continue reading


French weekly financial newspaper ” La Tribune ” in its latest report has said that France and India are on track to power the Indian light combat aircraft (LCA) with the M88 as part of the Kaveri program which currently is been resurrected with French help.

La Tribune report says that Major Announcement will be made when Emmanuel Macron is on a trip to India from March 10th onwards.

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DRDO has confirmed that a modified Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) Lakshya-II has successfully carried out several rounds of Weaponised trials of the drone, making remotely Pilotless Target Aircraft India’s first Armed drone.

Lakshya achieved 20m circular error probable (CEP) precision strikes on designated targets as per information provided by DRDO and the program has completed more than 9 successfully flights. Continue reading


Navy’s representatives part of Land-based Prototype (LBP) for Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System 

The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology after missing several crucial deadlines has finally seemed to be back on track after land-based trials of the AIP Module in its Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) lab at Ambernath was reported progressing smoothly.

As per information coming in, NMRL was able to demonstrate AIP operation for the endurance of 14 days which was monitored by a team deputed from Indian Navy to monitor land-based trials of the AIP Module under simulated underwater condition. Continue reading


Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has issued Request for Expression of Interest to seek vendors who could manufacture Two Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) who once selected will also be in charge of manufacturing prototypes.

ADA which is the design agency will be supplying detail drawings to the selected vendor who will be in charge of setting up required infrastructure and other test facilities which can even execute final assembly of the jet. Continue reading