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


Israeli missile and munitions giant Rafael Advance Defence Systems recently unveiled New I-Derby ER (Extended Range ) which is capable of engaging enemy target up to 100km. With ER variant Derby missile developed by Rafael has reached the optimal potential of Iconic I-Derby Beyond visual range missiles Claimed Company Spokesperson.

Rafael Claims to have upgraded new missile with new seeker that employs an advanced solid state software-defined radar which is derived from Tamir interceptor used in Rafael’s Iron Dome System. Continue reading


From an impressive fleet of 21 submarines in 80’s, Indian Navies Submarine fleet is currently down to 15 subs with four German-designed HDWs (SSKs) on the last leg of their operational life, Indian Submarine fleet could have hit rock bottom in next few years if Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had not intervened.

Reports are emerging in Indian media that French firm DCNS may get further orders to supply conventional submarines, Mumbai-based Mazagaon Dock Limited along with DCNS is already building six Scorpene submarines of which first lead ship INS Kalvari already has commenced its Sea Trials. Continue reading


Hyderabad-based DRDL which is leading the Countries Astra Missile Project speaking to media personnel confirmed that Current Astra BVRAAMs which boosts of compact dimensions will make them an obvious candidate for Internal weapons bays of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation fighter aircraft FGFA and Indian AMCA fighter aircraft.

Astra which is single stage, smokeless, solid fuelled missile has a length of 3570mm and a body diameter of 178mm but weights only 154kg which make it lightest in its class. Continue reading


It is very hard to find a fighter jet for rental in our part of the world. After searching the web patiently and persistently I shortlisted One company based on their reviews and more importantly on the range of Jets they offered. They had the added advantage of operating from multiple countries and continents.
Then came the important part of planning the trip. Travelling with my wife and two kids limited the options. I had to choose a part of the world which would offer something for the kids too. Leaving the european options, I had to choose between Las Vegas and Toronto.

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Earlier this year India air force and Royal Air-force were pitted against each other in Joint Air and Ground Exercise Indradhush. 4 Sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts of No 2 Squadron ” Winged Arrows ” based at Air force base in Tezpur Assam flew all the way to United kingdom for combined exercise against Eurofighter Typhoons.

Two-week long exercises by Indian contingent of 4 Sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts and 185 Personnel’s saw accomplishment of different missions between IAF and RAF but much stressed were laid on Air defence Missions both in BVR and WVR exercises which progressed from one versus one DACT to Two versus then even to large fixed formation flying which saw almost 20 aircrafts . Continue reading


A Report prepared by earlier this year is finally coming out to be true, in a report prepared in March ( Read INS Arihant to make debut at International Fleet Review 2016?) had informed it readers about INS Arihant likely to make debut at International Fleet Review (IFR).

Now it’s been confirmed by Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K.Dhowan that INS Arihant will be part of International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 to be held in February at Visakhapatnam which will be attended by Prime minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. Continue reading


Indian Air Force’s plans to modify 123 licence-built Jaguar Strike aircrafts by fitting them with more powerful Honeywell F-125IN turbofan engines finally has seen some progressed again.

Sources in IAF have confirmed to that plans to procure 280 Honeywell F-125IN engines for around USD2.5 billion is progressing well and MOD and Honeywell Aerospace have agreed to offset clauses after difference emerged related to it few months ago. Continue reading


Learning from its mistake on the present supply chain of the LCA-Tejas Program which uses traditional approach of carrying out Sub-Assembles, Major Sub Assemblies, and System Integration all done by Lead Integrator. ADA has envisaged plans to use Modular Design construction for development and production of AMCA Programme.

According to ADA officials, AMCA will not follow LCA approach and instead will use many Public and Private sector companies to develop AMCA aircrafts. Continue reading


Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna

If you ever Visited Aero India in last decade or so there are high chances that you might have seen witnessed a sterling Tejas demonstration flight performed by this man . if you are lucky enough you might have also had brief opportunity to catch up with Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna who is also known has Mr. LCA by supporters of the LCA-Tejas program.

Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna is only Test Pilot who has been flying various Tejas Aircrafts for more than a decade now and officially joined ADA in 2001 was piloting Chase Mirage-2000 aircraft, when first LCA Prototype TD-1 made its first flight. Continue reading


Earlier this year on display at the HAL pavilion for the tenth edition of Aero India was cutaway model of a preliminary design of new 25kN jet engine which for the first time used a 3D printing equipment and its very first visitor was none other then Prime minister of India who was given detail explanation on development of the new engine .

HAL plans to develop most of the Components for the new engine and assembly of the engine in next two years and is all set to tap 3D printing technology to manufacture components for its Rs 458-crore 25-kN (kilonewton) aircraft engine project. Continue reading


Rafael earlier this year in Aero India 2015 for the first time Introduced I-Derby ER which is a new active radar-guided air-to-air missile capable of meeting current and future threats. in its previous report had informed its readers that Executive Vice President of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd Oron Oriol had confirmed that new I-Derby Extended Range (ER) BVRAAM has been offered to India for the next generation LCA Tejas at that point IAF and HAL had not disclosed development of Tejas MK-1A. Continue reading


Cartoon drawn by Mohit Jayal which was published on December 1995 shows how Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Program even in its early days had more critics than supporters. 

As soon as Air Chief confirmed to the reporters that IAF indeed will place orders for more than 120 Tejas MK-1 aircrafts in its current configurations, One particular International news agency’s from its Indian bureau in Delhi fired the first salvo against Countries Tejas Program by ridiculing Air-forces decisions to order what they reported was a flawed aircraft and also Questioned logic behind not going for larger orders of French Rafale fighter jet .

Attack from International News Agencies on India’s LCA-Tejas Program seems to have ruffled some feathers in International Arms lobby group which seem to be worried about new-found love by IAF for Indigenous Aircraft types and its future plans which involves development and supporting indigenous types like Tejas MK-2 and AMCA to meet future needs of the air force. Continue reading


Previous Gen Tusker EW POD developed by DRDO for Mig-27 

Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha while addressing a press conference ahead on 82nd Air Force Day celebration had informed that MK1-A a new variant based on MK-1 Airframe will have 4 Key new requirements like New Radar (AESA), EW Suite, In-Flight Refueling (IFR) probes and New Beyond-visual-range missile air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).

According to a report prepared by prominent journalist Ajay Shukla advanced electronic warfare suite with inbuilt jammer might come only in a detachable Pod which is attachable to the under-wing of Tejas aircraft. Continue reading


DRDO has recently issued tender and has invited Bids to manufacture SFDR Ground Launchers, SFDR which stands for Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet Propulsion Technology was started in May 2013 with the objective of developing state-of-the-art SFDR propulsion technology, which can operate at varying altitudes and speeds. The development and demonstration of SFDR propulsion system is a joint venture of DRDO and Russia.

According to the Tender documents which has gone through has specified SFDR Ground Launcher dimension to be 5300(L)X 1060(W)X2015 mm (L) which can articulate 60-degree in elevation for missile launch . Continue reading