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Rawat speaking to media has confirmed that current fleet of Air defence Guns and Air Defence Missiles are obsolete and Army is in critical need for their replacements.

Indigenously developed Akash Surface to Air missile has been inducted successful by Indian Army and are largely used for the Static and semi-mobile role while Mechanised infantry soon will be getting a quantum jump in air defence capability, with induction of MR-SAM and QR-SAM. Continue reading


Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat speaking to media has lambasted that both 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.

Rawat said that Air version of indigenously developed Helina based on NAG ATGM developed by Countries DRDO is not likely to be ready in near future leaving a critical void in operational capability of this two helicopters. Continue reading


Drop trials for the formidable supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos from Su-30 MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out last year at the Pokhran firing range in Jaisalmer was found in IAF’s official video .

Success of drop trials would give a major fillip to the BrahMos air-launched flight test programme which  will pave way for the real fire of BrahMos from the Russian made Su-30. Continue reading


What could come has a major boost to India, Israel’s defence ministry has eased the previously severe restrictions it had imposed on local companies seeking to export unmanned air systems. The change in policy was prompted by growing competition in the market for such equipment.

Israel which is one of the Major suppliers of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to India had restrictions on technology transfer requirements, which meant India could not build this UAVs locally but emerging pressure from rivals who are now offering TOT to Indian Private defence partner might have contributed to change in export licences. Continue reading


IAF authorised squadron level which is already down from 42 squadrons to 33, with Combat jets inventory of only 660, will only see major slide in squadron level by end of this decade or at the most by early next decade, when IAF will phase out all the MiG-21 and MiG-27 aircraft on account of which the strength of combat squadrons will dwindle further to 25 which is 500 aircraft .

Although the IAF will induct nearly 40 Tejas Mk I and 36 Dassault Rafale by 2020, IAF will only partially recover in terms of fleet inventory since the production of LCA-Tejas MK1A will only start from 2021. Continue reading


Recently LCA-Tejas KH-2018 (LSP-8) with integrated operational In-Flight Refueling Probe carried out its first flight on 31st Jan 2017 for the first time. The relatively new position of In-flight refuelling probe which is nearly centric was criticised for being a visual obstruction to the pilot.

Previous images of LCA-Tejas equipped with Dummy In-flight refuelling probe towards it right seemed like the perfect position for many Defence Analysts, was informed by sources close to it, that new closer to centre position of In-flight refuelling probe integration was carried out after taking feedback from Pilots who fly the plane. Continue reading


Just ahead of AeroIndia 2017, has been briefed about some new bit of information on India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet project from industrial sources. Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project currently pending for approval with PMO and MOD is likely to go official this year, with official sanction of funds.

Improved Design

ADA which has been tasked with designing AMCA is closing on its final design and two proposed designs are currently been pursued and ADA along with IAF are closely working on bringing out major stealth improvements on the design. Continue reading


India’s stalled Kaveri gas turbine engine developed for combat planes received a major boost after leading French defence manufacturer Safran agreed to help revive the Kaveri project and make it combat-worthy in 18 months was cleared by Ministry of Defence (MOD) as offset obligation on 36 Rafale fighter jet deal.

As per Industrial sources, close to LCA-Tejas Prototype will be used to start Ground trials and by 2018, DRDO plans to integrate Kaveri engine into the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft. Continue reading


According to DRDO officials, ADA and HAL are contemplating integrating another Short Range Air-to-Air Missile in addition to Python-5 and R-73 air-to-air missiles (AAMs) which have already been integrated with LCA-Tejas.

ADA and HAL are looking at MBDA’s ASRAAM has another weapon that is being considered for the aircraft. HAL already as been tasked to integrate the ASRAAM to a helmet mounted display for the air force Jaguar DARIN III upgrade, so no challenges are expected in the integration of the weapon with the Tejas. Continue reading


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which was expected to conduct a fresh trial of countries long-range nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) K-4 from an underwater platform today has been postponed as per latest news buzz.

Reliable sources close to have confirmed that indigenously built K-4 underwater missile test was postponed due to unknown reasons. Continue reading

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LCA-Tejas LSP-8 fitted with in-flight refuelling probe (IFR) today flew for the first time successfully today. An air-to-air refuelling probe, supplied by UK-based Cobham has being fixed in front of the canopy and on the right side of the aircraft.

Today’s flight test was to collect air data and to monitor aircraft performance in its flight. LSP-8 has gone through structural modifications along with software updates and Ground-based trials of IFR has been carried out and refuelling process already has been demonstrated. Continue reading

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Final Preparation is underway for the fourth series production Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas-SP4 to make its first flight in next few days in the month of February.

HAL is planning to carry out its first flight before AeroIndia 2017 and in next few days, HAL is planning to carry out low-speed taxi trials (LSTT) followed by the high-speed taxi trials (HSTT). Continue reading


According to highly informed sources close to, HAL has started assembling the second Prototype of the HTT-40 (Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40) basic training aircraft just ahead of Aero India 2017.

Second HTT-40 Prototype assembly will be completed within next 10 days and will be ready to be part of Aero India 2017 as a Static display while the first Prototype also participating will be part of Aerial Display. Continue reading


Russia is all set to offer India, again an upgraded Mig-35 reportedly equipped with AESA radar and 5th Generation communication avionics to meet India’s requirement for new 4++ Generation fighter jets.

While Mig-35 fighter jet is still predominantly based on Baseline Mig-29 design but comes with new equipment and avionics to which will be offered in its modern avatar to existing customers of Mig-29 as a replacement and will start inducting them from 2019 onwards in its own fleet to replace ageing Mig-29s and other light fighter aircraft. Continue reading

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