Defence minister Manohar Parrikar might have provided glimpses of hope to Saab India when he made it clear that Mig-21s will be replaced by Single engine fighter jets and not twin-engined Rafale jets and Lca Tejas or any other option will be considered if HAL cannot ramp up production of Lca Tejas .

Saab India has been camping in India ever since Gripen E was rejected by Indian air force under Technical evaluation of MMRCA tender which described in details that aircraft had failed to meet it requirements. Continue reading


Defence minister Manohar Parrikar neither used word “Cancelled ” or “Scrapped” but he still left enough hints for media to know that long-delayed plans to purchase 126 jets under MMRCA tender is dead and any future additional purchase of Rafale jets will be under G2G (Govt to Govt) deal and not directly with aircraft manufacture which, in this case, is Dassault aviation .

Sources in IAF speaking to last night said that MOD is unlikely to go for bigger orders of Rafale in near future after delivery of 36 jets ordered are complete. At best two more Squadrons will be ordered according to him. Continue reading


India has finally placed orders for 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, it will be first new fighter jets after India started getting after it started getting Russian build Sukhoi-Su-30MKI from 2001 onwards.

While Sukhoi-30 will be Backbone of Indian Air force with more than twice the amount of jet at disposal even if we include original MMRCA tender, Rafale jets will be seen playing second fiddle to Sukhois in most combat roles and in most combat zones . Both been 4++ Generation fighters aircrafts and ranked best among contemporary fighter jets in its class, comparison within Indian Air force will be hard to miss and Friendly Squadrons Rivalries will only get best for Indian Air force. Continue reading


China successfully demonstrated Worlds first Operational Anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM ) in 2010 and later followed up with a test of Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) in 2013. Two missile tests has shaken the traditional views of the many experts and also has threatened unassailable superiority which was boosted by Us Navy.

While development of ASAT and ASBM by China seems to be in response to stop intervention of Superior US Navy on possible conflict at South China Sea, India can ill-afford to ignore it and has to take note of Such development in the region and has to start planning for development of such systems since such complex system tend to have longer development period due to complex technology involved in such weapons systems. Continue reading


India will place orders for 36 Rafale aircrafts which will be of exact standard which were tested by Indian air force under MMRCA Technical evaluation trials few years back which means it will be of the current production standard which is F3.3.

Dassault is currently manufacturing Rafale fighter jets which are of standard F3.3. Egypt which recently also has placed orders for 24 aircrafts will get Same standard F3.3 Rafales said Dassault officials. F3.3 standard Rafale will be equipped with an active array RBE2 AESA radar from Thales. Continue reading


India is capable of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 km, Chairman of Armament Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr SK Salwan said on Saturday is India’s worst kept secret .

I still remember reading in newspapers how American Defense analytic were paranoid about rising Space capabilities of India and had said in a report that India will use a modified Pslv rocket to create India’s first ICBM and will gain capability to hit targets in North America thus Mythical ” Surya” missile with range of 10000 km ICBM was born in the same report . Continue reading


Built at a modest cost of just $74 million Isro’s Mangalyaan Mars craft got world attention which highlighted India’s Scientific achievements. Western media too were all praise for Isro’s MOM Mars craft successful insertion to mar orbit, Achievement which very few have succeeded in doing it in their first try.

In a Country where each ISRO mission hypnotizes millions of ordinary common man, each mission keeps them glued to their television sets. Each PSLV or GSLV Rocket launch is watched with same interest as was with last launch. Continue reading


India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) and Russian JSC Rosoboronexport/JSC Klimov have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint development of Multi-Axis Thrust Vectoring Nozzle for future generation aero-engine applications.

MoU was signed during Aero India-2015 held in Bengaluru during 19-22 February 2015. Dr K Tamilmani, DS, DG (Aero), DRDO and Dr CP Ramanarayanan, OS, Director, GTRE and the Russian team were part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU). Continue reading


Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, has designed and developed an Optical Target Locater (OTL), a laser-based portable surveillance device, for detection of passive or active optical threats. The system functions in the cat’s eye effect. Any optical system, when illuminated by a laser beam, returns some back-scattered energy. This retro-reflected energy helps in locating optical targets against a static background. The system is an important tool for detection of any active or passive surveillance Continue reading


Nuclear-powered submarine on Lease from Russia “INS Chakra ” might be Sole operational Nuclear submarine in Indian Navies fleet in 2015, but Indian government and Indian navy have drafted impressive fleet expansion plan with key focus area been induction of more Nuclear-propelled submarines in next 15 years.

In 1999 Cabinet Committee on Security, (CCS) had approved 30-year submarine-building plan, which envisaged induction of 12 new submarines by 2012, followed by another dozen by 2030. Delays in construction of submarines in Project-75 and delays in getting approvals in setting up Project-75I means original deadline will be missed by a mile and development of Nuclear technology in house means focus too has shifted from acquiring conventional diesel submarines to nuclear powered ones . Continue reading


Japan’s Super Secretive Soryu Submarine dubbed ” Crown Jewel ” of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is generating so much Interest in India, even when Japanese themselves have shown little interest in selling them to India. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar who will be leaving for Tokyo on his first official visit as Defense minister will be discussing with Japanese defense officials about the possible sale of Super Secretive Soryu Submarine.

Indian Navy under Project-75-I has a requirement for 6 Submarines, as per Contract all 6 submarines have to be build in Indian shipyard. countries like France, Russia, Germany and Sweden have expressed their desire to supply and built their Diesel submarines in India for Indian navies requirements under Project-75-I, but Japan has not expressed any interest in possible supply of Soryu Submarines to India and it will be very difficult for India to convince Japan to share Submarine technology . Continue reading


Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has decided to go with A330 as the platform for the Indian AWACS effort, DRDO had issued RFP to Major Aerospace companies for possible supply of 6 Aircraft’s to mount new AWACS radar on larger platform and Airbus emerged sole bidder .

Model of Airbus A330 fitted with a radome was recently displayed at Aero India 2015 and due to the single bidder situation they were doubts if Parrikar will clear the deal. As per tender documents which has gone through, Winning bidder also has to carry out modification to the air frame for sensors and also develop new radome and clear all airworthiness certification before it is delivered to India for Integration of Radar and other sensors. Continue reading


DRDO has set an ambitious target of making India “missile import free” by 2022, DRDO informed Prime Minister’s Office that in next 7 years India will have enough Indigenous missiles systems to substitute imported weapons systems and will not have to depend on imported missile in terms of air-to-ground, surface-to-air or the air-to-air missiles.

DRDO already has developed expertise in the field of strategic missiles such as the Agni, Prithvi and K Series SLBM missile family and is also working on Indigenous Anti-tank and Air to Air missiles which will reduce India’s dependence on Imports, but one of the crucial missiles systems which concerns our front line warships and provides defensive shield to our front line warships are ship-borne point-defense missile system which provides protection against aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs. Continue reading


Shiv aroor a Prominent journalist in his recent tweet confirmed that Russia indeed has offered Sukhoi-35 to India in case negotiation with France to purchase Dassault made Rafale fails to materialise before deadline. While he was able to confirm Russia’s offer but still there is no clarity about recent comments made by Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov that India and Russia have agreed to jointly build 5th-generation fighter aircraft based on Su-35.

Deal or no deal on purchase of Rafale, Induction of additional air superiority aircrafts will not be easy for Indian air force since they will not be able to fill the gap left by failure to procure aircrafts under MMRCA requirements, which had asked for multi-role capable aircrafts. Indian air force chief in recently concluded Aero India air show made it clear that he want MMRCA aircrafts and it doesn’t have to be Rafale but certainly not additional Su-30 aircrafts. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said few months back that if Rafale deal doesn’t materialise there is always option to go for an upgraded Su-30 aircraft which can fulfill the requirements of Indian air force, what he basically meant was that Sukhoi-30 can be further optimized in its strike capability. Continue reading


INS Sindhukirti undocked after refit but yet not delivered to India navy even after 9 years 

Indian Navy in its recommendation to Ministry of defence (MOD) has asked to avoid giving any orders to State-owned Mazagon Docks for local construction of new Conventional submarines under Project-75I.

Recommendation highlights major mistrust between Indian navy and Countries only State-owned Shipyards with any experience in building submarines in India. Experts say recommendation by India navy will not be easy to be ignored by MOD. Continue reading