Speaking on the news report that India is planning to replace AL-31-FP engine on its Sukhoi -30MKI fleet with a 125kn thrust class engine derivative from the basic Kaveri engine, Air Commodore KI Ravi, AVSM VSM (Retd) speaking to said that in his opinion, it is a sheer waste of time, and tax payer’s money in considering investment into the 125kn engine Kaveri for the Sukhoi-30MKI.

Air Commodore KI Ravi says that ” Russian philosophy of maintenance is so different from the western concept. Sukhoi design bureau as a part of their conceptual design to critical design review(cdr) and thereafter the prototype manufacture, followed by hours of flight testing AL-31-FPs, collected mapping of errors, corrective actions and then activating the feedback loop to make it a proven engine today “. Continue reading


Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre while replying to a question put forward by a Parliamentarian in Rajya Sabha said that Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA-Tejas will likely happen by June 2018.

Firing of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile with radar guidance already has been achieved but it will require further testing to meet FOC Standards, while Close Combat Missile (Python-5 ) testing is pending due to delays in carrying out modification required by OEM (Israel) for integration into LCA-Tejas for trials as per Industrial sources close to . Continue reading


Earlier this year, At Aero India, was first to report on Scale model of the Hindustan Turbo-Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200 Rotary engines for Helicopters displayed at the event. as per latest information provided by the Industrial sources to, HAL has started assembly of the first engine to begin ground trials.

Metal cutting had begun for HTSE-1200 in FY2016-17 and now the assembly of the engine followed by initial ground runs will be done in next few months. Continue reading


With Saab responding to Indian Navy issued, formal request for information (RFI) for 57 Multi-role Carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) with an offer of Sea Gripen carrier-based fighter, ADA official close to has confirmed that development and testing time required for SAAB on Sea Gripen will be same for LCA Navy MK2 to become reality.

LCA Navy MK2 is still going through design optimisation and final design might be frozen by 2018 and a full-scale mockup of the LCA Navy MK2 will be ready by 2018 said ADA official. Continue reading


While Major Aerospace companies will again hog the spotlight at the Paris Air Show, But India’s Major Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) too has put up stalls to promote export of many of its products to many potential buyers.

HAL at Paris Air Show can be found at Chalet 128 and will display models of LCA-Tejas, BAE-Hawk and of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) according to Industrial sources close to Continue reading


With the smooth conclusion of all major user trials of Six Dhanush Artillery guns by India Army, has been informed by reliable industrial sources that after the Initial order of 114 155mm/45- Calibre Dhanush Howitzer Gun, Indian Army is working on Second mega order deal to acquire more Dhanush Artillery guns soon.

Indian Army is likely to place an order for 300 more Dhanush Artillery guns soon over the initial order of 114 guns which are already in production by Ordinance Factory Board (OFB). Initial orders for 114 Guns will be concluded by 2019. Continue reading


Michael Koch. Vice President, Boeing India Defense, Space & Security and Dan Gillian F/A-18 and EA-18 Program Manager at Boeing while speaking at two-day International Seminar ‘Building India’s Future Navy’ organised by Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, DRDO, industry leaders from India and abroad in New Delhi made a push for Boeing F/A-18 SuperHornet to meet Indian Naval Carrier requirement .

Boeing is one of the four vendors which has responded to India Navy’s Multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) Tender to Supply 57 carrier-borne fighter jets to equip its aircraft carriers. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued Request for Quotation (RFQ) for Surveillance Radar Systems for its Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) for operations with the Indian navy and coastguard.

RFQ which has gone through, demands 3 Surveillance Radar Systems supplied within 10 months by the vendor and list out plans to procure 42 sets of Surveillance Radars Systems by 2021-22 period to fulfil 32 Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) helicopter order placed by Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) earlier this year. Continue reading


Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) officials speaking to media have confirmed that Akash NG ( Next-generation ) Surface-to-Air Aerial Defence system will be ready for developmental trials from 2019 onwards. Akash NG will have a range up to 40km and be equipped with an indigenous radar and seeker. in an earlier report (Development of Akash NG ( Next-generation ) officially cleared.)had confirmed that official clearance for development of Akash NG was cleared by Government earlier this year and DRDO is also developing Akash 1S which is further development of Akash Mark-I missile system. Continue reading


                                                            TAPAS 201 PT-2

Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) near Challakere in Chitradurga district which is all set to be inaugurated tomorrow by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley already has a Guest eagerly waiting for the new facility to be opened up. TAPAS 201 PT-2 is the 2nd prototype of TAPAS 201 which already has reached the facility to carry out its first maiden flight soon.

Maiden flight of the 1st prototype of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM – II) was successfully carried out last year from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) which is new facility developed for testing of UAVs and manned aircraft. Continue reading


Tender issued 3 days back which has gone through by DRDO invited bids for supply Transportable Containers for SFDR ( Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet Propulsion Technology) missile being developed by DRDL.

SFDR is Air-Air-Missile developed using baseline ASTRA BVRAAM which will use booster-ram jet sustainer propulsion system. The development and demonstration of SFDR propulsion system is a joint venture of DRDO and Russia. Continue reading


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Earlier this year, was first to confirm and report that DRDO (DRDO working on New Rudra M-II Air to Surface Missile (ASM) for Indian Airforce) has been sanctioned 489.06 crores to develop a new Air to Surface Missile (ASM) dubbed Rudra M-II for Indian Air force.

Recently DRDO has issued tenders which has gone through which reveals that DRDO has invited bids to build an Aluminium container for R167 Article for storage and transportation of RudraM-II Missile. Continue reading


On 4th May, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Public Sector Company on behalf of its Rotary Wing Research and Design Centre (RWR&DC) division invited Request for Information (RFI) from reputed OEMs for supply of suitable turboshaft engines for powering Indian Multi-role Helicopter (IMRH) which is an upcoming 10-12.5 tonne class helicopter being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Armed Services.

The technical details which has gone through requires following key details highlighted below Continue reading



DRDO for the first time has showcased Canister Launcher for the Indigenously developed QR-SAM (Quick Reaction, Surface to Air Missile) at Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan and Expo held at Fergusson College grounds in Pune, Maharastra.

QR-SAM Canister Launcher consists of 6 launchers capable of firing any 6 QR-SAM missiles which are transported on Ashok Leyland Super Stallion 8×8 High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) Truck. QR-SAM (Quick Reaction, Surface to Air Missile) has been co-developed by BDL, BEL and DRDO with active Private sector participation. Continue reading


Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE) developed Armour Panels for providing crew protection in Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) against 7.62mm Bullets and 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun Bullets has successfully concluded Ballistic trials of Armour Panels.

DMSRDE demonstrated technology for successful armour solution for LCH from both 7.62API and 12.7API ammunitions. Continue reading