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Russian officials are again gearing up to offer its ultra modern 4.5++ Generation Mig-35 to India soon. Souped up Mig-29 in new Avtaar does share design cues from its older sibling but Internally it is completely new beasts and can brag of being among best 4.5++ Generation fighter jet presently available.

With over 100 + Mig-29 variants in operation fleet of both Indian air force and Indian navy, Mig-35 should have been an obvious choice for India but that clearly is not the case with Mig-35 due to troublesome Mig-29 service history with India. Continue reading


For last few years India has been working out to streamline its export regulations and also streamline its export licencing policies to make way for export of Indian made weapons to the world and allow it to break into the exclusive club of defence exporting countries within next decade.

Africa could be one of the Defence markets which India like to enter before it can break into other exclusive markets in the middle east and South America. Price sensitive African Defence export market is clearly dominated by Chinese weaponry and off course due to corruption and Chinese Government diplomacy, it is also the only market which could be the ideal market for India to start off with before thing smoothens up in other regions. Continue reading


In the past few years a lot has been said about the HAL Tejas (LCA) and many experts believe the aircraft is not good enough, it is here just to serve the purpose of increasing the numbers and nothing else. Yes agreed Tejas has had its fair share of problems in the past, but the whole idea of it being “not good enough” comes because we are assigning a wrong role to the LCA. It is a lighter fighter so let it be a light fighter instead of making it a medium-multirole aircraft.

We all remember how easily Tejas performed high-G maneuvers at the Bahrain Air Show, this aircraft is designed to be a high G fighter but in the efforts to make it multirole we sacrifice this capability by putting huge 2000Lbs Kh-59 or 1200lt drop tanks. Instead work should be done on improving the air-air capabilities of the fighter making it a perfect interceptor which employs Derby, Python-5, Astra, R-77 and R-73. The main duty of LCA should be to deny enemy our airspace at all cost, as it is small it can be loaded and dispatched very quickly, and is fit for the role of QRT (Quick Reaction Team). Continue reading


In Russia’s premier international air show MAKS 2017, Russian defence ministry is finally started to think beyond Mig-35 and Pak-fa to remain relevant in global demand for new fighter jets and have finally revealed plans to pursue development of Four new fighter jets which will be able to replace older Russian supplied jet and also met changing advancement in fighter jet while remaining lighter on the operators pocket .

Mig Corporation seems to have taken the lead and already has started working on Mig-31 replacement aircraft which will continue to rely on its Superior Mach Number to defeat all known Surface to Air defence systems. Since Mig-31 can hit Mach 3 when required, new replacement aircraft is rumored to be Mach 4-5 capable and will use its speed and high altitude operation ability to remain technical relevant in an era of Stealth age. Continue reading


A Report prepared by ” The Hindu ” if confirmed, then Japanese firms Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have both responded to India’s quest for acquiring six new stealth Conventional submarines and will take part in the tender process.

Both companies jointly have developed Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Soryu-Class Submarines which is considered among deadliest of the Diesel submarine in the production. While report failed to report if Soryu-Class Submarines have been offered to India or Soryu technology based submarine export variant will be on offer it does mark change in Japan’s attitude towards India’s in the export of its weapons. Continue reading


Ukraine’s Antonov which was instrumental in designing some of the Soviet-era marvels like An-225 (world’s largest cargo aircraft) and produced thousands of other medium and small cargo planes is planning to inject western technologies and spares to bring back massive Air-lifters of USSR era being revived with Western technology.

With Ukraine’s relationship with Russia now non-existent, Antonov has taken up its self and has successfully revived An-132, which is an improved version of the Antonov An-32 with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 turboprop engines and Antonov An-178, which is an improved version of the Antonov An-158 and is now aggressively targeting all its old customers for fresh orders . Continue reading


Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division (SPD) earlier this month tested improved Nasr short-range ballistic missile with flight maneuverability improvements. Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa immediately commented that “Nasr has put cold water on cold start” it was a direct message to his counterpart General Bipin Rawat, who had dropped a bombshell by acknowledging the existence of the Army’s Cold Start strategy earlier this year.

Rawat had stressed that India needs to keep reorganising its limited war concept along more aggressive, offensive and keep focussed on streamlining mobilisation while still maintaining the fundamental Strike Corps. Pakistani defence analysts and Military planners had long presumed that Indian army had abandoned this limited war concept altogether after the development of Pakistan’s ‘Tactical nuclear weapons’ (TNW) along with Nasr SRBM but Rawat’s comments came as a surprise instantly creating a panicky situation in Pakistani Army. Continue reading


After the procurement of any modern weapon by Indian Armed Forces, Pakistani Government gives a one line answer that they have Tactical Nukes (TNWs) which are made for the battlefield to counter Indian cold start doctrine. In reply, Indian side has made it clear that if Pakistan uses a single TNW on Indian troops, we will retaliate with a full scale nuclear strike. But in reality, the chances of India doing so are very slim even if Pakistan uses a TNW and that is why India is investing heavily to create a multi-layered missile defense system.

To protect its major cities, India is in the process of buying S400s from Russia. India is also working on perfecting its own BMD System. Apart from that, India already has S300s and other missile defense systems which can stop a ballistic missile. But if India decides to move these systems along with the conventional forces in a cold start doctrine, it will lead to risking the multi billion missile defense systems under immense irrational threats which can be dealt easily with cheaper alternatives. Continue reading


Agni-V can be dubbed as first Indian weapon system which was called “China Centric” and caught the attention of the world and peaceful rise of India has a Regional Super Power which was moving away from being Pakistan centric mindset and started focusing on its larger regional rival in the east which had started breathing fire near its border .

Since then India has slowly but steadily has made remarkable progress from shifting its Military and Weapons development doctrine from Pakistan centric to China Centric to enable its armed forces to fight an effective possible two-front war. India is not trying anyway to match Chinese conventional which is to have minimum deterrence to provide forces with enough firepower to hold any attack. Continue reading


Kindly read Part-1 to know the background of this Article

Background to India’s quest for 5th Gen fighter

Indian Air Force needs 42 Squadrons of it sanctioned fighter jet fleet to keep itself fighting fit for possible Two front war with China and Pakistan, But Question still remains what percentage of this fighter jets will be based on 5th Generation fighter jets? , Well IAF could love to have a fleet of a 5th generation all making up required 42 squadrons but that is simply not possible due to various reasons but many Defence Analysts will confirm that there is an Internal mechanism in place which decides what percentage of jets IAF will maintain.

Informal Rule has been that 30% of the jets will be of Advanced and Frontline jets while 40% will be Upgraded yet modern Fighter jets and lower tier will make up 30 % which comprises of older and obsolete jets if same logic is adopted for future IAF then IAF will require at least 30% of 5th generation and 40% of 4.5++ Generation fighters and another 30% of 4++ Generation aircraft. Continue reading


France and Germany have announced their intention to work together to develop a new advanced “European” 5th Generation fighter jet which will be the successor to the France’s Dassault Rafales and Germany’s Eurofighter Typhoons. France and German are planning to come up with a Road Map by Mid of 2018.

European fighter jet is still in infancy and a clean slate program which India has been looking for long to help its workforce get enough experience in design and development of advanced 5th generation fighter jet so that it can be helpful to develop its own 5th generation AMCA fighter aircraft. Continue reading


Agni-VI !!! What’s that? Never heard about it . were the actual words used by DRDO chief Dr S Christopher when asked by media about Agni-VI Program a few months back, while Government and DRDO continue to refuse to confirm or deny existence or development of successor of Agni-V, Chatter around seems to hint that India is just a few days or a few months away from surprising the world by testing China Centric Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in coming days.

Agni-5 India’s first China Centric ICBM recently turned 5 and also underwent its fourth and final test-firing last year and will now undergo at least two user-trials by the tri-service Strategic Forces Command (SFC) before it enters full-scale production and induction, which has lead to wide-scale speculation among Defence and Nuclear analysts worldwide on possible debut of Agni-VI pretty soon . Continue reading


Six months ago, Modi Government appointed a three-star officer to look into different aspects of the multi-billion dollar fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) programme to co-develop a stealth fighter with Russia, since then nothing much has been confirmed or denied about it by government officials in the media nor discussed in recently concluded Modi’s visit to Russia .

FGFA programme was first contacted in 2010 and preliminary design stage was completed in 2013 after spending Rs 1,500 crore but even after seven years project has not made any headway’s while Current Government is preparing to hand out a 100 fighter jet deal to American Companies to dump their 40-year-old F-16s in India. Continue reading


Earlier this year Pakistan confirmed first successful test of the submarine-launched Babur missile. dubbed Babur-3, Pakistani have been very vocal that Sub-Sonic Babur-3 is a Nuclear capable Cruise missile which can carry a tactical nuclear bomb up to 450 km towards its target and it completes Pakistan’s nuclear triad.

Pakistan also has developed Air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) Raad which can also carry a nuclear warhead up to 350km and recently Pakistan also confirmed the development of Raad-II which has improved range of 550km. Pakistani Military has made it clear that to complete its Nuclear triad their go-to weapons will be Subsonic cruise missiles which pose real threats to targets even in India, which bring out a new level of threats since they are harder to detect. Continue reading


Recent crash of Indian Air Force ALH Druv Helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh while aiding local administration at the time of Arunachal Floods some time fails to gauge the risk a Helicopter crew takes while flying in toughest terrain in our eastern sector where bad weather is 365-day affair and dense jungle and high altitudes test best of the skills of the Man-Machine combination when flying in this extreme conditions .

Not only Helicopters are a lifeline but also sometimes only means of transportation to reach the eastern side of the India which still has poor road mobility and if the need arises for emergency Military Redeployment or when pressed into service in case of civil disaster, Helicopter is frontline assets which will be deployed on this side of India . Continue reading

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