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“Nishant” name derived from the Sanskrit name which meant ” end of the night” Sticking to its namesake also brought final closure to 27-year-old program when Two Nishant UAS (unmanned Aerial Systems ) Belonging to Indian Army crash landed twice in 15 days leading to losing of 4 Units ever Procured by Indian Army.

The Nishant program was officially sanctioned in 1988 by Indian Government based on Indian Army user requirements of RPV (remotely piloted vehicle) program ,and it had first flight by 1995 exactly two decades back. Continue reading


According to report prepared by US Department of Defense’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) on rising Ballistic Cruise Missile Threat around the world, China’s land-based nuclear-armed missile systems operated by the Second Artillery Corps operates nearly 400 shorter-range ballistic missile launchers most visibly
consisted of solid-fuelled missiles such as the DF-41 and DF-31 variants.

Report prepared by Jane’s Intelligence Review suggests that Chinese military due to increasing ballistic missile defense (BMD) by opponents such as the United States and India. Continue reading


A two-decade-old Rs 90 cr Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programme has proved a dud, with the Indian Army shelving the system and cancelling any further orders after three of the four systems supplied by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) ended up in crashes. As a result,DRDO may need to write off a Rs 5 crore overspend it incurred on the project in the hope of recovering the money from the maintenance and servicing of the systems.

The Nishant UAV programme, which has been in the works since 1995, was launched with the aim of providing the Army with indigenous systems for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. While four of the UAVs were inducted in 2011 after a long delay, at least three are confirmed to have crashed. The last one went down on November 4 in Jaisalmer. 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


India’s Defence circle lately has been buzzing with talks that Ministry of Defence (MOD) is now actively considering closing down HAL’s intermediate jet trainer HJT-36 Sitara project which has not made any substantial progress for last few years and also has repeatedly missed its deadline to achieve IOC.

Earlier this year Indian Air Force (IAF) had asked the state-owned firm to stop its efforts to produce the Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT) since the project has been in tailspins for years now without no fixed date for final operational clearance in sight. 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


INS Chennai built at the Mazagon Docks was pictured fully completed currently been going through system integration so has to commence sea trials by the end of this year or early next year before it ready to be inducted by Indian Navy by mid of 2016.

INS Chennai has been built under Project 15A and is the third ship of the Kolkata-class destroyers being built for the Indian Navy. The 163-meter long warship, propelled by four gas turbines is designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. 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


” The EJ200 engine provides so much thrust that it can get the Typhoon from ‘brakes off’ to 40,000 feet in under 90secs.” claimed advertisement placed on an Indian Aerospace Magazine by Eurojet.

For long Eurojet has been offering India its EJ200 engines. first it narrowly lost to GE’s F414 to power Tejas MK-II since then they have again offered an Enhanced variant of EJ200 to be used as Power plant for India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet programme even though GE’s F-414 engines are favorites among AMCA developers. Continue reading


HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) After Successfully completing Hot and High Altitude flight trials recently has been currently been prepped to integrate rocket launchers, turret gun and air-air missiles for possible live weapon firing trials currently been planned for mid of 2016 said sources close to

Recent flight trials have established low-high speed handling characteristics at varying altitudes under its basic configurations and performance and handling qualities have been found satisfactory as per sources. 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

SOURCE : Ranjan Kumar Parida / IDRW.ORG

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.

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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

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