President Vladimir Putin at a regular defense meeting has said that Russian Air forces will take deliveries of more 76 of the Sukhoi-Su-57 fifth-generation jet which will be contacted soon by 2028. New contract for 76 jets will argument initial order for 16 such jets placed by Russian air force earlier. Manufacture of the Su-57 reportedly has offered both the aircraft and equipment at a reduced price of 20% and is promising further reduction for Export customers like India and China with whom Sukhoi company officials have engaged in the past for possible purchase.

Sukhoi Company (JSC) is developing Su-57E which is an Export model for countries like India, China and to other international customers who usually buy Russian weapons. The Su-57E could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019. Continue reading


Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) aka Tejas Mk2 which was showcased earlier this year at Aero India 2019 for the first time will come with a host of new improvements before it enters production said Industrial sources close to, as the final Air Staff Requirements is yet to finalized. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the nodal design agency for the program is working on additional capabilities which were not disclosed at Aero India but will be gradually added once flight development commences.

MCF model featured a fixed in-flight refueling probe at Aero India 2019, but work is in progress to find a suitable vendor to develop a retractable in-flight refueling probe is in a cavity on the right side of the forward fuselage section which will feature in the production variant. ADA is also working on the addition of Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) fitted closely to the profile of an aircraft near its spine so that external pylons on wings don’t need to carry additional external tanks which also free up pylons for an extra ordinance. Two CFTs will able to carry 1000 liters of additional fuel each which will boost the range of MCF by 20-25%. Continue reading


US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin India head Vivek Lall recently said in a interview that if his company wins orders for its F-21 from India then F-21 fighter jet will not be sold to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes. lall also added that if Lockheed wins the contract, it will not only set up a state-of-the-art F-21 manufacturing facility along with the Tata Group but will also help India create an ecosystem for overall growth of the country’s defense manufacturing.

While Lall was asked how F-21 is similar to Lockheed’s F 16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significant differences between the two platforms. An example given by Lall was that F-21 will have 12,000 hours of service life airframe compared to 8000 hours previously seen in F-16 Block 70 which is an absolute gimmick because U.S. Air Force had commissioned structural work studies known as service life extension program (SLEP) which will encompass lengthening the lifespan of up to 300 F-16C/D Block 40-52 aircraft from 8,000 to 12,000 flight hours and is not F-21 Exclusive at all, in fact, will be carried out even on older F-16s so has to keep the fighter jets flying past 2048. Continue reading


No. 51 Squadron equipped with MiG-21Bison which is based at Srinagar Air Force Station and took part in the aerial intercept and killed a vastly superior PAF F-16 in the close combat dogfight with an R-73 close combat missile by a Mig-21Bison flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was seen with ” Falcon Slayer” Badges issued to the squadron pilots.

Vardaman has been officially moved from No. 51 Squadron to No. 23 Squadron (Panthers) which is equipped with MiG-21Bison and based at Suratgarh Air Force Station but the F-16 kill will remain with his previous No. 51 Squadron but the kill will be credited to Vardaman. Continue reading


According to latest Intel reports, spooked Pakistani Army post-Balakot airstrike by IAF, is still positioned nearly 400 armored vehicles out of which nearly 300 are said to be Main Battle tanks composing of T-80U and Al-Khalid Brigade stationed at strategically vital Shakargarh bulge that had witnessed key battles in 1965 and 1971.

According to previous imagery of the area, Nasr short-range missile, along with support vehicles were found to be located at Rahwali Cantonment near Gujranwala which could have also stationed low-yield nukes in a bid to forestall Indian advances across the border. Continue reading


The US again has offered to sell India it’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System if it scraps a deal with Russia on procurement of S-400 anti-aircraft weapon system even though weapons offered in question do not supplement each other, yet it stirs up an interesting debate for India and the way forward for military planners.

S-400 is an anti-aircraft weapon system which is capable to shoot down any maneuverable fast moving aircrafts close to a range of 400km and also has capabilities to bring down cruise missile and Ballistic missiles but Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System is a land-based element capable of shooting down a ballistic missile both inside and just outside the atmosphere and has no anti-aircraft capability literally, since interceptor batteries works on hit-to-kill concept against short-, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and have no warheads and minimum effective attitude range are 50-60km which is much higher then any aircrafts fly. Continue reading


IAF at the Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA took delivery of the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter which is seen as a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet with an option for more 39 helicopters but after a enduring a bitter turf war with Indian Army which funded the procurement .

Next Six AH-64 E (I) helicopter will be part of Army Aviation Corps rather then IAF and IA will continue to push for the transfer of current fleet of 22 Apache back to it but Ministry of Defense (MOD) is keen to avoid duplication of assets and effective use of system and with growing need for Attack helicopters in Army Aviation Corps is it time for to invest in the development of Desi Apache attack helicopters ? Continue reading


India’s Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will be assembling initial pre-production Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) jets but that doesn’t assure that it will also get rights to manufacture them locally said Industrial sources close to Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which is the design agency will pay HAL to manufacture at least, two pre-production MWF fighter jets, which they plan to fly by end of 2023.

ADA is yet to appoint HAL as a production partner and according to Industrial sources, ADA is scouting for private players (Consortium) who can join hands to assemble MWF, once it enters production by 2025-26. The alleged rift between ADA and HAL has been growing supposedly after HAL proposed upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk1A without the participation of ADA which was the design agency for LCA-Tejas program. Continue reading


In early 2018, ” The Hindu ” had reported that a human Error might have caused considerable damages to India’s first Nuclear ballistic missile submarine which required nearly 10 months of repair work, the report never received any official reaction due to sensitive nature of the program but many Defence analysts raised more questions on this alleged incident and glaring inconsistencies in the report which mentions that water entered Arihant’s propulsion compartment and damaged it, after a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake.

Defense analysts wondered how a submarine which has Russian double hull design with a sealed nuclear reactor section and no hatches at the rear as mentioned in the report could damage the propulsion compartment ?. Even though the report was highly dubious in nature it was latched on by many armchair defense blogs even though it was never reported by other agencies. Continue reading


‘Dalla’ is a notorious word in India which means a person who works as a mediator between a customer and a call girl, but it became quite a common reference name to many Indian journalists who are part-time arms lobbyists, who are referred to as ” Dalla” by many defense analysts and enthusiasts for promoting import of weapons from certain weapons manufactures who pay them to promote their product.

Some section of Indian Dalla’s are busy trying to paint a very grim picture of Balakot Strikes and even suggesting that casualty figures which IAF believes could be hundreds actually be in close to nothing arguably without much proof or evidence to suggest that strikes failed to meet it their target. Even bigger, distortion of facts has been of repeated questioning of IAF claim that it shot down F-16 in events that followed after failed PAF raid across the line of control. Continue reading


The United Kingdom and India are reportedly working on possible collaboration in design and development of aircraft carrier based on Elizabeth class aircraft carriers operated by Royal Navy according to media reports.HMS Queen Elizabeth has no catapults or arrestor wires and is instead designed to operate V/STOL aircraft like F-35B, which means it won’t be able to operate carrier-based airborne assets like Mig-29k and N-AMCA which requires at least STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration to function.

But the Indian Navy is firm about one thing that it wants a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) for its New Aircraft carrier which will require considerable design changes to the deck section and British designers have proposed a new design which was initially proposed to Royal Navy but was not selected. As seen above, Elizabeth-class developers had two design in mind when the program was at the design stage and one was a V/STOL configuration which was selected by the Royal Navy and other was the STOBAR configuration which was overlooked. Continue reading


Russian-Indian joint venture Brahmos Aerospace was supposed to work on the development of hypersonic BrahMos 2 cruise missile which was later renamed as BrahMos 2K, K standing in memory for Kalam but the program development which has been in talks from 2011 onwards is yet to see the light of the day, makes many wonder, why the program is yet to take off and remains only to be seen at defense expo.

BrahMos 2K missile was capable of flying at speeds of Mach 5-Mach 7 and according to then BrahMos chief in 2012, they had carried out series of lab tests at the speed of 6.5 Mach and first fully-functional prototype of the missile was supposed to make it debut by 2017-18 which has long gone. Continue reading


Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria today assumed charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. Bhadauria who has clocked more than 4050 flying hours on 26 types of Fixed wing fighter jets is an avid supporter of the homegrown LCA-Tejas program and with him being at Top, Defence Analyst back home are expecting fresh orders for 83 more advanced variant of Tejas Mk1A and also steady support for the next-generation Medium Combat Fighter (MCW) program too which is about to go critical, but contenders at the MMRCA 2.0 might be nervous due to his past association with procurement of 36 Rafale by IAF.

Bhadauria was head of the contract negotiation team with France on Rafale Deal and under his watch complex hurdles were overcome, thus paving way for the deal of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France. Rafale made for India have serial number RB and according to Indian media reports RB are initials of Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria but some reports hints it’s not. Continue reading


Indian Airforce (IAF) is arguing against development of 65000 tonne Mega Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy as per latest Indian media reports. Indian Navy which will require over 50000 cr for the development of the brand new aircraft carrier will also require an equal amount of funding for new fighter aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters to be, operated upon from the new aircraft carrier, which IAF feels can be better utilized by use of strategic airbases in Andaman command as a deterrence against any possible intervention of the Chinese naval fleet in the Indian ocean.

The tri-service rivalry is also due to the encroachment of turf war between the forces due to the growth of Aviation assets which both Indian Army and Indian Navy are keen to expand which IAF feels will diminish its role in the chain of command in management of air assets. In January last year, the Indian Navy had kick-started the process of procuring 57 carrier-based aircraft and has also has invested in the development of Naval LCA and AMCA in the near future which will limit the roles of IAF over Sea. Continue reading


In a recent report in the Pakistani media, the Pakistani military is trying to procure Russian designed Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery weapon system for its forces after Indian Airforce for the first time since 1971 war breached Pakistani airspace for ground strikes in terrorist hubs in Balakot which is well inside Pakistani. The same report also said that the Pakistani Army is also interested in procuring 300 T-90 Main Battle Tanks along with 30-40 fleet of Mig-35 fighter jet for its airforce.

In a deal worth close to $9 Billion just has one tiny bit of problem that is Russia is not interested in losing its arms market in India, where it in last 6 months it has sealed orders worth billions even under cloud of US sanctions and presently in negotiation for more deals which will keep Russia as a Top exporter of weapons to India which was briefly taken by the United States in last few years. Continue reading