The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project of India has gone deep into the detail design phase now. Along with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), hundreds of scientists spread across at least 20 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) labs are now engrossed in critical work to find solutions to a number of gen-next technologies that need to be proven.

With the Project Definition Phase (PDP) getting over in 2017, Onmanorama can confirm that scientists have already walked some distance designing the AMCA, India’s stealth fighter. ADA, the designers of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is spearheading the AMCA mission. Continue reading


Lockheed Martin offered India a new combat jet, F-21, on Wednesday to be made locally, in a bid to win a large military order worth over $15 billion.The U.S. defence firm had earlier offered its F-16 fighter used by countries around the world for the Indian air force’s ongoing competition for 114 planes to be made in India.

But Lockheed, unveiling the plan at an airshow in the southern city of Bengaluru, said it was offering India a new plane configured for its needs.“The F-21 is different, inside and out,” Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said in a statement.

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When France’s Dassault Aviation was declared the lowest bidder for the tender to supply the Indian Air Force 126 fighters in 2012, reams of paper and digital space were devoted to speculating on the boost in defence capabilities the Rafale would give India. The tender was frequently referred to as the ‘mother of all deals’. The trials for evaluating the six aircraft on offer to the IAF, and subsequent negotiations with Dassault for the Rafale, were keenly followed by the global defence aviation industry.

The excitement persisted until Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on a visit to Paris in April 2015 that India would buy 36 Rafale jets directly from Dassault, terminating the negotiations for 126 aircraft. Continue reading


Pakistan attempted to disrupt the last Indian national elections in 2009 too with a major terror event that was backed by heavy infiltration of Jaish and Lashkar terrorists from across the Line of Control, a leaked, top secret US government cable reveals. Diplomatic sources fear that a similar plan may be unfolding ahead of the general elections this year as well with the Pulwana terror strike that has left the Indian government will no option but to respond with military action. There is also a belief that the attack bears the strong signature of a Pakistan ISI backed move to hit India and engineer a divide ahead of the elections.

A similar plot was being rolled off when the senior Indian leadership, including then National Security Advisor MK Naryanan briefed visiting US officials a week before elections in April 2009 that a dramatic increase had taken place in the number of terrorists crossing over and that it was inconceivable that “this escalation is not orchestrated by elements of the Government of Pakistan”.  Continue reading


Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan said on Tuesday that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban militants would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a deadly bombing in the Kashmir region. The remarks by Zahid Nasrullah come as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors has risen sharply over the killing in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday of 40 Indian paramilitary police in a suicide bomb attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group.

U.S. envoys say Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan peace effort, given its links to the Taliban. Continue reading


Bulletproof vehicles, explosive detectors, and deployment of 1,200 personnel with latest gadgets are among the measures the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has suggested to secure Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports, two officials familiar with the matter said.

The security of these three airports in the militancy-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be taken over by the CISF from the state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) next month. CISF currently guards 61 of the country’s 100 operational airports. “We have asked for three bulletproof vehicles, one each for these airports, to patrol the area outside the terminal. Apart from this, we have also requested for bulletproof vehicles for transportation of our staff . And we would like the accommodation (for the staff) to be near the airport as moving personnel long distances is not good idea,” said one of the two, a senior CISF official. Continue reading


When Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says that he will act if he gets “any actionable intelligence,” not many will buy this at face value. For, Pakistan has been sitting on “actionable intelligence” for quite a while when it comes to the Jaish-e-Mohammad — and hasn’t responded to several official requests for help against Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

In fact, Azhar was named by India in two key investigations: the 2001 Parliament and the 2016 Pathankot attacks.
Two Red Corner notices were issued against Azhar by the Interpol, first in 2004 for the attack on Parliament and in 2016 for his role in the Pathankot airbase attack. Continue reading


The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday gave its approval for setting up a new company under the Department of Space, to commercially exploit the research and development work carried out by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

The initiative would provide various avenues for commercial exploitation of ISRO programmes, including small satellite technology transfer to industry, wherein the new company shall take license from DoS/ISRO and sub-license to industries; manufacture of small satellite launch vehicles in collaboration with the private sector; transfer of technology developed by ISRO centres and marketing of some spin-off technologies and products, both in India and abroad, among others, an official release said. Continue reading


The United Kingdom which has committed to strengthening UK-India defence ties is leading a big delegation to take part at the India’s premier air show – Aero India 2019. The UK Pavilion, organised by ADS UK Ltd and the UK Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO), will host around 20 UK companies this year.

The UK companies which are taking part at the show includes Aerospace Wales, BAE Systems, Cobham plc, Collins Aerospace, Cranfield University, Gardner Aerospace, GKN, MBDA UK, Rolls-Royce, Sherborne Sensors, Strongfield Technologies Ltd, Techtest Ltd (HR Smith Group), Thales UK. Continue reading


Premier American aerospace & defence companies under the umbrella of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) to take part at the India’s premier air show – Aero India 2019. The USIBC on Tuesday launched its ‘Executive Defence Mission’ to Aero India 2019 led by Dr Vivek Lall , Vice President of Lockheed Martin indicating industry’s commitment to deepen defence and security partnerships between the United States and India.

USIBC, formed in 1975 at the request of the US and Indian governments, is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, based in Washington, DC, with a global presence in New York, San Francisco, New Delhi, and Mumbai. Continue reading


A senior MP of the ruling Conservative party on Tuesday joined calls for foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to retract his conception of Jammu and Kashmir as ‘India-administered Kashmir’ in a statement last week following the Pulwama terror attack. The incident drew condemnation from across the political spectrum, but riled many over the phrase used, including senior Labour MP Virendra Sharma, who wrote to Hunt. The latest to seek retraction is Bob Blackman, MP from Harrow East.

He wrote to Hunt: “In your tweet you refer to the state as ‘India-administered Kashmir’ which implies that India has expanded its territory at the expense of another nation. This is, of course, factually incorrect as Jammu and Kashmir has always been an integral part of India. Since its inception in 1947, it chose to be part of India.” Continue reading


BrahMos Aerospace is currently working on a miniature version of the BrahMos missile, called BrahMos NG which is still in the design stage and development is a few years away but a mock up of the missile system has been displayed under the wings of the LCA-Tejas Mk-1 aircraft at Aero India 2019.

Mini BrahMos NG-A due to its smaller size and lower weight will allow air force to use the missile system at various fighter jets of the air force. DRDO initial had said the missile system will be ready for induction into force by 2025 but missile system is yet to carry out any developmental trials. Continue reading


Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv has been showcased at Aero India 2019 with a new Automatic Rotor Blades Folding (ARBF) system that will allow the helicopter to be stored onboard ships where hanger space is at a premium.

HAL for the first time also has developed a folding section for the tail rotor so that it doesn’t take so much real estate on the Flight deck or in the hanger. Rotor Blades Folding system was first demonstrated on HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Helicopter first which was later adapted for Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv but folding of tail section is a completely new system which was adapted only for ALH-Dhruv. Continue reading


India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic Nirbhay cruise missile is currently been prepped for a new round of trials which is expected to take place next month as per latest media report.

The missile was last tested in November 2017 and in total has carried out only five trials till date which saw only two complete success, one partial success, and two complete failure. In the last trial used turbojet engine instead of a turbofan engine. Continue reading


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is looking for potential partners to co-develop an engine for its planned Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and five other future technologies, its chairman G. Satheesh Reddy said on Monday. It is on the lookout for collaborators to realise the other military technologies that it hopes to have in around five years — Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) and UAVs, materials, sensors, avionics, and artificial intelligence, he said at the inauguration of a two-day international seminar connected with Aero India 2019.

“In all six areas, we are looking for partners with the capability and experience, within the country or outside. An aeroengine of the 110-kilo Newton type that we want for the AMCA is not available today. We will evaluate and involve them in research and development. Materials development is another very important area for making aircraft or missiles light and stealthy [or undetected],” he said on the sidelines of the seminar on emerging frontiers in aerospace technologies. Continue reading