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Two years ago when IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules landed in Daulat Beg Oldie, Ladakh it was a clear Political Statements and a show of strength to China, that aircraft which belongs to a tactical transport aircraft of the special operations squadron demonstrated that it is capable of rushing special forces commandos to the theatre if necessary.

Ability to operate near Line of Actual Control (LAC), the scene where intrusions and stand-off with Chinese troops are becoming a norm in last few years Gives the IAF a six-fold increase in deployment capabilities. Recently India and United states agreed to enhance Indian air forces C-130J with specialized electronic intelligence kits called as “Senior Scout ” which is an Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system. Continue reading


According to Russian media reports, Russian Army will start receiving, 20 units of beta versions of a future main battle tanks which will usher in the 5th generation MBT for next-generation warfare.

While characteristics and appearance of the platform remain classified, but there is no doubt in minds of many Russian defence experts that as soon as Production line is streamed line Russia will offer an export variant to countries which operate Soviet era Main battle tanks like T-72/T-80/T-90 . Continue reading


Saab’s factory in Linkoping has started final assembly work on the first prototype of Gripen E and the aircraft is due to be rolled out by 2016, followed by first flight. Saab plans to add 2 more jets before Certification is completed by 2018 and aircraft enters production in 2018-19 onwards.

Collapse of MMRCA tender and Defence minister Manohar Parrikar clarifying that only Light aircraft will replace Mig-21 in Indian air force has reactivated Gripen Lobby in India, but a plan observation of above-mentioned timeline will clear many misconceptions that G2G deal for Gripen E will resolve all problems of depleting fleet strength of Indian Air force . Continue reading



A Jingle by online E-commerce website which says ” Hindustani dil kehta hai aur dikhao aur dikhao ” which roughly translates into ” It’s an Indian heart which says show me more (options), makes me wonder if access to too many options is actually delaying procurement of crucial defence equipment for our armed forces .

Spoiled by options of too many, defence tenders are leading to longer procurement delays since each proposal has to be studied thoroughly and product offered also needs to be evaluated at all parameters and to avoid risk of losing company going to Courts and stalling the projects, armed forces also need to give detail explanation on what grounds their equipment was rejected and how it failed to meet user requirements . More the options more delays are observed in many ongoing tenders lately. Continue reading


Indigenous content in INS Visakhapatnam which will be launched today and also will be India’s biggest Destroyer stands at 65 % which includes 11 indigenous weapons and sensor systems of indigenous content.

Ship will enter into water for the first time and weapons and other integration will take place in next few months and the ship is poised to be inducted by June 2018. Continue reading


last month Dornier Do-228 belonging to Indian Navy Aviation Squadron 310, took off from INS Hansa in Goa for a night operation but crashed 25 nautical miles off the coast of Goa, Navy pressed 12 search and rescue ships and four aircraft, but it was almost a day later that wreckage of the ill-fated Dornier could be located along with bodies of co-pilot and observer officer.

” As we continue to grow ( Naval Aviation ) and fly more over Sea we will require faster flow of rescue operations at sea, every hour is critical ” Said Naval Source to from the very same base which lost Two of its finest in that crash . Continue reading


Mini Collapse of MMRCA deal has clearly shifted focus back to the development of Tejas MK-2 now. Defence minister Mahonhar Parrikar and Indian air force are closely monitoring the progress of Tejas MK-2 and have begun a monthly review of the project. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is developing Tejas MK-2 is feeling the heat but is confident that things will fall in place soon as a major review of the project will be undertaken soon with all concerned parties.

Tejas MK-2 will get final Technical freeze by the end of this year. project definition of Tejas MK-2 will be completed and the project will finally provide a road map to complete all the tasks to be executed over a fixed period of time before Aircraft is ready for Induction. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) missed another Internal deadline, which went unnoticed in National media. HAL which has skipped many deadlines in the past again failed to get its act together and failed to deliver series production (SP-2) variant of India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas before March deadline. Continue reading


Indian Navies largest warship ” INS Vikramaditya ” which was missing crucial air defence systems for some time now is all set to get at least some of them Air Defence Systems in its first refit at Karwar.

INS Vikramaditya currently has been docked in INS Kadamba Naval base located near Karwar in Karnataka. Sources have confirmed to that Russian license build AK 630 close-in weapon system (CIWS) will be integrated with the ship. CIWS is a crucial system for defence against incoming air attacks at very close range. Continue reading


When Modi government was sworn in last year, Jaitley was selected by newly elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to be the Minister of Finance and Minister of Defence in his cabinet. Many Modi fans called it master stroke since it allowed Jaitley to review various defence contracts and financial viability of projects. others criticized how defence which is such an important portfolio can be handled by Minister who is already holding another important portfolio. Continue reading


Dassault aviation was playing hardball from the very beginning said IAF source close to, “Dassault aviation became too greedy on its margins” said French defence experts after India only placed orders for 36 jets. But it is not one instance but several instance which could question Dassault companies ethical business practices. let start from beginning, Dassault aviation as per request for proposal (RfP) in bidding process itself failed to provide full technical details of Rafale fighter jets and was close to being eliminated, when diplomatic intervention prevented its early exit of the biggest fighter jet competition in the world . Continue reading


Defence minister Manohar Parrikar might have provided glimpses of hope to Saab India when he made it clear that Mig-21s will be replaced by Single engine fighter jets and not twin-engined Rafale jets and Lca Tejas or any other option will be considered if HAL cannot ramp up production of Lca Tejas .

Saab India has been camping in India ever since Gripen E was rejected by Indian air force under Technical evaluation of MMRCA tender which described in details that aircraft had failed to meet it requirements. Continue reading


Defence minister Manohar Parrikar neither used word “Cancelled ” or “Scrapped” but he still left enough hints for media to know that long-delayed plans to purchase 126 jets under MMRCA tender is dead and any future additional purchase of Rafale jets will be under G2G (Govt to Govt) deal and not directly with aircraft manufacture which, in this case, is Dassault aviation .

Sources in IAF speaking to last night said that MOD is unlikely to go for bigger orders of Rafale in near future after delivery of 36 jets ordered are complete. At best two more Squadrons will be ordered according to him. Continue reading


India has finally placed orders for 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, it will be first new fighter jets after India started getting after it started getting Russian build Sukhoi-Su-30MKI from 2001 onwards.

While Sukhoi-30 will be Backbone of Indian Air force with more than twice the amount of jet at disposal even if we include original MMRCA tender, Rafale jets will be seen playing second fiddle to Sukhois in most combat roles and in most combat zones . Both been 4++ Generation fighters aircrafts and ranked best among contemporary fighter jets in its class, comparison within Indian Air force will be hard to miss and Friendly Squadrons Rivalries will only get best for Indian Air force. Continue reading

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