It has been an open secret now that for last decade or more China has been making illegal copies of framed Soviet-era Air Superiority Sukhoi-27/30’s fighter aircraft to replace their ageing 3.5 generation fighter jets fleet. Many of the unlicensed basic variants produced by China like J-11/A/B were considered lesser capable fighter aircraft then the Orginal Sukhoi-27/30 aircraft supplied by Russia due to lack of proper avionics and poorly copied weapons systems which were not up to the mark when compared with original copies.

Indian Air Force operates more Advanced Sukhoi-30MKI equipped with Advance PESA Radar and Avionics of European and Indian origin which was considered as most advanced Flanker ever developed and Best Flanker Series operated by any air force in the world which had potential to dominate any Airspace. Continue reading


India recently took the crown of being largest importer of Unmanned aerial Systems (UAS) in last decade accounting for nearly 23% of all export sales of drones. The bulk of recent purchase made by India has been of IAI Heron Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned aerial Systems (UAS).

In last decade, nearly 60 + IAI Heron have been inducted by Indian Armed forces which also includes latest 4th generation Heron UAS which sports New Automatic takeoff and landing capability and multiple sensors like ISTAR/ SATCOM which provides real-time data on battlefield activities while flying in adverse weather conditions at the height of 30,000 feet. Continue reading


Recently IAF expressed its willingness to buy three more heavy C-17 Globemaster aircraft but bureaucratic delays might have denied Indian Air Force (IAF) to pick up brand new C-17s.

IAF which is the largest operator of C-17s after the US Air Force at present operates 10 C-17s and wanted to pick up three more C-17s but it is understood that Boeing only has single new C-17 available for purchase. Continue reading


One of the most critical nose-on low observability design elements going into a Stealth fighter jet is internal weapons bays. for Stealth missions aircraft entirely and critically depends on in its Internal weapons to carry out suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) or Strike missions in hostile enemy territories.

India’s own 5th generation fighter AMCA Program is all set to take off and official funding for the project is likely to be cleared by the end of this year. with aerodynamic design optimisation nearly completed AMCA’s final design is more or less frozen, but it still seems there is lack of clarity on AMCA’s Internal Weapons bay design aspect. Continue reading


Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex recently closed first export orders for JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at ongoing Dubai Air Show which will be manufactured by Pakistan.

Media reports indicate Myanmar has become the first country to purchase JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. under an undisclosed deal Myanmar will buy 16-24 jets from Pakistan but the actual agreement will take place with Chinese AVIC company which will supervise sale and maintenance contract of the jets with Myanmar Air force. Continue reading


According to media reports India officially has asked General Atomics and US Government on the possible sale of jet-powered Avenger (formerly Predator C) drone to India.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States later this year is likely to push for the possible sale of Predator Avenger drone to India even though India recently ordered Armed Heron-TP drones from Israel. Continue reading


Indian air force recently took delivery of 75th Pilatus PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft and air force chief later speaking to media said that Pilatus PC-7 MkII has been fully integrated into IAF’s training pattern and supported by Ground Simulators have streamlined training programme.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha also confirmed that IAF already has started using PC-7 Mk-II as Stage-II training aircraft due to limited availability of Kiran MK-II aircrafts and due to continuous delays associated with India’s IJT Program. Continue reading

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The criticisms are not new, the development is slow and they say time is constant here like a black hole circling over India. Many shortfalls and many waivers but still to see the bird on IAF’s hand, yes am talking about HAL Tejas (LCA), will take you back to 1960’s with up and downs in Indian aerospace industry and finally a glimpse of hope with a big order and future development plan.

What you need to have became credible force in Aerospace

Major world powers have capability to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft indigenously. Technically, this would include all major components – aero-engines, radar, aircraft design, metallurgy, weapons and sensors. Currently only USA, Russia, France and UK have these capabilities and are followed closely by Germany, Italy, China and Sweden. Continue reading


India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which remained grounded for more than two months, finally has resumed flight testing at end of last month after it was grounded due to defective landing gear systems which were first detected by Air force test pilots while carrying out weapon trials at the Pokhran range in the State of Rajasthan .

Three flights of the Tejas have taken place after it was grounded for more than two months by limited series production  LSP8 and LSP4 aircrafts. Continue reading


IAF chief Arup Raha while speaking to media again confirmed that Indian air force will not be placing any new orders for sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts and the production run of Sukhoi-30s will end after remaining aircrafts are delivered for which orders have already had been placed with State-owned HAL.

IAF and HAL were in a formal discussion about a possible small order for Sukhoi’s to replace crashed aircrafts which were lost in last few years in various accidents. Continue reading


State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is sweating hard to conduct a maiden test flight of its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in December. 3.1-tonne single-engine LUH prototype has completed series of Ground trials and currently has been involved in series of preflight testing.

HAL is under lot of pressure from Indian Armed forces to deliver on the deadline promised to them and India’s upcoming contract for purchase of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian military in the same period is direct threat to the HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter Program since both helicopters can substitute each other and if HAL fails Indian Military planners will simply place orders for Kamov Ka-226T warned Defence analyst Ranesh Rajan . Continue reading


When India started working on Development of 4th generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighter jet programme in 80’s India not lacked technical knowledge and experienced manpower to work on prestigious project 4th Generation programme but also lacked even basic Aeronautical infrastructure to support the programme.

With LCA aircraft all set to enter production soon, and all necessary Aeronautical infrastructure already been created in the country over last three decades it has been automatically assumed that AMCA programme will be able to leverage experience gained from the development of LCA Programme. Continue reading


In my previous article (Read: Why S-400 for China is a Serious threat to Indian Air Space), i had highlighted how Sale of S-400 will serve as a force multiplier for Beijing in its quest to dominate the skies along its borders.

Induction of S-400 which has claimed a range of 400 km could have allowed China to target any aerial target as far as New Delhi, Calcutta and could have made it very difficult for Indian Air force fighter jets to effectively operate even under its own airspace. Continue reading



Following the defeat of Imperial Germany during the First World War, the Triple Entity spearheaded by a vengeful France enforced humiliating limits on the number and size of the ships the German navy could operate. Any replacement ships that the German navy could induct had to displace less than 10,000 tons. When compared to the 35,000 ton leviathans that the great powers could build, this stung the Germans.

The German Navy worked around the Treaty of Versailles limitations by design three pocket battleships. These ships could outgun a heavy cruiser and outrun a battleship, in short they were faster than anything more powerful and more powerful than anything faster. They were the Deutschland class which consisted of the Deutschland, Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee. They displaced between 10,770 tons to 12,540 tons and had a heavy armament of six 11 inch main guns. Continue reading


Rosoboronexport and the Indian Defense Ministry are currently engaged in negotiation for the supply of undisclosed battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems, Contract for which is likely to be signed when Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi visits Russia later in December this year.

Russian S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, stealth fighters, missiles and drones at ranges of up to 400-km and procurement of such missile system can be dubbed as Strategic Game Changer for India Military planners. Continue reading