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The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crore.

A statement made by DAC said, “These guns have been indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO and will be manufactured by production agencies, as nominated by the DRDO. They are likely to be the mainstay of artillery in the near future. A nod to these major schemes will provide a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ push by the government, help create self-reliance in defense manufacturing, and make the defense industry a major engine of India’s economic growth,” the statement said. Continue reading

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The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of four Sets of Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM) systems from aboard ,which will go on to replace aging Israeli Barak-1 air defense systems on Naval Warships.

But what’s interesting in the DAC Statement was that 10 systems will be indigenously developed. there was no clarification if indigenously developed means overseas defense companies would need to forge local partnerships with domestic companies to carry out 30 percent offsets obligations and include indigenous manufacturing of this SRSAM systems or it will be a complete new DRDO developed system. Continue reading

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Officials of Mig Corporation while speaking to India media who were attending Army-2018 Int’l Military Technical Forum held in Moscow region of Russia, have confirmed that they have not received Request for Information (RFI) for 57 Carrier Based Fighter Aircraft issued in early 2017 by Indian Navy.

This is Strange since media reports in India have been Quoting Indian Naval officials which at one point had confirmed that four vendors reportedly Rafale (Dassault, France), F-18 Super Hornet (Boeing, US), MIG-29K (Russia) and Gripen (Saab, Sweden) have responded to the RFI which usually is sent to almost vendors even if they don’t have any carrier capable fighters. Continue reading

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Pakistan’s latest procurement of 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries developed T129 ATAK helicopter gunships over Cheaper Chinese CAIC Z?10 helicopter gunships might have something to do with T129 abilities to perform adequately over the higher altitudes which AH?1F Cobra gunships and Mil Mi?35M Hind helicopter gunships presently in Pakistani service are ill-equipped to do so.

Indian Army till a few years ago suffered from the same problem, Mil Mi?25/35 could not be pressed into service during Kargil War and makeshift aerial Helicopter firepower provided by Mi-8/17 Helicopters with Rocket Pods were grossly inadequate and one Mi-17 while attacking a hilltop position was hit by a man-portable surface to air missile leading to death of the whole crew. Continue reading

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Pakistani establishment off late has been actively pursuing Russian Government to allow them to procure unspecified numbers of Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ multi-role fighter aircraft after Islamabad failed to procure additional F-16s from the United States.

Pakistani air force at present is made of four different types of fighter aircraft and fly’s Vintage Dassault Mirage-5s, Chinese-manufactured F-7s, Lockheed Martin F-16s and Chinese JF-17 Thunder which they license assembled in Pakistan and is powered by a Russian supplied Klimov RD-93 Afterburning Turbofan engine. Continue reading

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According to Russia media outlet ” Tass, ” Russia’s MiG Aircraft Corporation has started working on the MiG-41 fifth-generation fighter-interceptor, which eventually will go on to replace MiG-31 interceptor. According to MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko, both Manned and Unmanned Variant are under active consideration.

According to Russian defense analysts, MiG-41 is a pure interceptor and like it, predecessor will have a speed of about Mach 3.5 and will fly near outer space and can also be armed with hypersonic missiles. According to Tarasenko, MiG-41 will be invisible to enemy radars and even be able to work in outer space. Continue reading

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The US might have given India a Waiver for purchasing Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system recently but that doesn’t mean any new purchase will not under scrutiny and as per latest media reports, India has been requested not to consider Russian Amur-1650-class diesel-electric submarine for Indian Navy’s ongoing Project-75I Tender under which Indian plans to procure Six Next Generation Conventional Submarines.

Under Project-75I four foreign ship-builders have emerged as the main contenders for the government’s ambitious project to build six advanced stealth submarines at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore under the strategic partnership model but Indian Navy is nowhere close in announcing a winner yet. Continue reading

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and DRDO developed Medium Range surface to air missile (MRSAM) have started to be deployed on vulnerable airbases of Indian Airforce from 2016 onward and as production capabilities soon will touch 100 missiles per year, Airforce and Army is all set to nearly seal the western airspace with Pakistan with all new age air defence system which will force Pakistani air force to stay out of Indian airspace in event of war.

IAF’s and Army’s version of MR-SAM by 2023 will be deployed at full Strength and more firing units and regiments will be added to give near perfect coverage of border airspace but that’s not all indigenous Akash Short range Surface to air missiles too are proving their mettle and both airforce and army are happy with its performance. Continue reading

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India’s longest-range Intercontinental ballistic Agni-V missile is just one test away from been officially inducted into the nuclear arsenal of the country, but the successor program is nowhere to be seen even though DRDO almost 5 years ago had confirmed it has all the building blocks to develop next longest-range ballistic missile.

While DRDO and Defence Ministry have not acknowledged but sure have denied the existence of any Agni-VI program but off late media reports do hint that program doesn’t have the political backing in light of maintaining continuous International backing to the country’s Nuclear program which has received a major boost after several agreements of cooperation were sealed with many countries off late. Continue reading

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India’s first indigenous stealth ‘Ghatak’ unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) program will make its first steps towards its reality when DRDO developed prototype codenamed SWiFT (stealth wing flying test-bed), which is Ghatak’s scale model will be flown this year.

SWiFT will be fitted with a Russian NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine which will act as a flying test bed to record flying characters of the design which already has gone through several years of Wind tunnel refinements. SWiFT features a low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force’s 272 multirole air superiority fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI fleet might be boosted to 312 if Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force agree to procure 40 Su-30MKIs more Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and as per latest media reports looking like all three parties will come to a positive consensus after a recent meeting with all concerned parties.

A Final decision will be taken by end of this year but it is most likely HAL will get a fresh contract for 40 more Su-30MKIs which they are offering at a very competitive price as the country already has required infrastructure and manpower to manufacture them without any additional cost same as previously supplied. Continue reading

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As a kid my grandfather would tell me ” China can’t do anything to India! We have the Himalayas”. my grandfather’s belief was an assumption that was passed down from a generation of Indians who for centuries knew that India can never be invaded from the North-Eastern sector largely attributed to the long mountainous terrains which simply made it very difficult terrain to fight a war and even more difficult to capture or move into Indian plans.

1962 Sino-India war was wake up call to many in India but Chinese withdrawal from parts of the state of Arunachal Pradesh which Bejing calls its South Tibet also pointed out the weakness of the Chinese military which logistically and geography were too far away from their supply chains to sustain their occupation for long ultimately leading to their withdrawals from areas which it calls its own. Continue reading

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India quietly has started design works on Indigenous Medium category fighter aircraft which will replace all of its Medium Class fighter aircraft like Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 fleet which makes up over 150 aircraft in the Indian Air Force. Indian Airforce already has a number and that number is ” 201″, that the number of aircraft IAF has committed to procuring when the aircraft is ready for production in 2028-30.

Program earlier was simply called as Tejas MK-2 but to due to considerable changes to the General characteristics of the aircraft, the program no longer can be associated with Light Combat Aircraft acronym nor will carry on the Tejas name given to its predecessor which was confirmed by IAF Chief recently and new aircraft will be a Medium category class fighter aircraft thus need to avoid LCA-Tejas legacy. Continue reading

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            File Picture of High-Altitude Test Facilities

Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) has initiated the process to conduct High-Altitude Tests for its Kaveri Engine after it cleared technical audit conducted by French Aerospace engine maker Safran. GTRE recently issued tender asking High-Altitude Test Facilities to send in their proposals which can offer their facilities to test Kaveri engine. (Read: Safran Audit Clears Kaveri Engine for Aircraft Integration)

High-Altitude Test Facilities allow Experimental engines to be tested in a test cell which simulates altitude and speed conditions. High-Altitude Test Facilities usually are capable of testing Experimental engines up to Mach 2-3 and can also simulate altitudes up to 75,000 feet. Continue reading

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India has become the third Asian country after Japan and South Korea to get the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status after the U.S. issued a federal notification which now describes India as a Major Defence Partner and recognizes India cleared for export of items known for their Dual usage.

STA-1 will not only upgrades India as Close key Allie of the United States but also ensures that India can now procure Top tier weapons systems like Armed Drones and fighter jets like F-35 without going through export control regimes. Continue reading