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Ark Films, hat specializes in Films, Commercials, Visual Effects, Motion Design, Story Writing, a few days ago dropped a short film based on the Balakot strikes ” END RUN ” which has entered Film-fare short film awards for the year 2020 based On Feb. 26 pre-emptive airstrikes by Indian Mirage-2000s on Terror facility in the Balakot.

The film starts with Indian Mirage-2000 aircraft returning after conducting a pre-emptive strike on terror camps near Balakot, Mirage-2000 Pilots been told about chase from F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force on their tail at long range while Indian warplanes are heading towards Line of Control (LOC). Continue reading


Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and India premier design and nodal agency for the Aeronautical Development Agency for LCA-Tejas program in India might be competing against each other as per latest media report of ” The Hindu ” where Chairman and Managing Director of HAL R. Madhavan said company will be interested in designing and developing a Twin-engine fighter jet for the Indian Navy.

This could be the first instance where HAL has shown interest not only in manufacturing but also in designing a new fighter jet for the Navy which could see competing proposals from the two premier aerospace agencies in the country. Continue reading


The French Ministry of Defence’s DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) and Dassault Aviation are likely to offer Rafale in F4 standard to the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) which India will be sending for procurement of 114 fighter jets later this year. With Dassault Rafale’s latest F3-R which India had ordered saw significant enhancements, including full integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) with the AESA RBE-2 AA radar, integration of the Thales Talios targeting laser designator pod, and clearance of the laser-guided variant of the Safran AASM air-to-ground missile.

F4 standard Further system enhancements will be made to the Rafale’s sensor suite, including the RBE2 AESA radar, Talios targeting pod, and the OSF frontal sector optronics system. Likewise, the Spectra electronic warfare system will also receive improvements to maintain its ability to deter emerging threats. F4 standard will also be first to receive next-generation MICA NG air-to-air missile. Dassault Aviation has planned two developmental stages for the F4 standard, F4.1 in 2023 and F4.2 in 2025. M88 engine’s computer will also be upgraded to improve fault diagnosis assistance, preventative maintenance. Continue reading


Indo-Pak border in Punjab has been seeing unusually movement of drones from Pakistan side after Government of India scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, According to Border Security Forces (BSF) many of the drones are Agriculture Drones of Multi-Rotor type which can carry some level fo payload to be used for smuggling banned contraband’s or in recent cases Assault rifles. This Chinese made Agriculture Drones are completely capable of flying at higher altitudes and use the pre-feed field and flight paths with the help of the software to determine where payloads need to be dropped and once set task is done it can fly back to its home base without the need to have a Remote Pilot operator.

This Autonomous drones fly high and have a greater speed which means once sported they are difficult to track due to their speed of movement and since they are pre-feed with flight data and drop data it is very difficult to identify their drop zone. BSF has been able to spot and even managed to fire on them but the low cost of this drone available at $1500 onwards makes them a small investment to those who trade in illegal contraband and arms for terror activity. Continue reading


With India now being having one of the most active and revolving fighter jet developmental programs anywhere else in the world, continuous changes and new developments of late can create some level of confusion. so this chart will help understand the expanding LCA-Tejas family along with project background along with a brief background on each aircraft mentioned in the above chart.

LCA-Tejas Mk1: 32 ordered will form the base for the first two squadrons in IAF. 8 LSP developed by ADA will remain with the agency and will not join IAF. IAF already has received 16 IOC Configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft and will soon start receiving the remaining 16 FOC Configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 aircraft from this year onwards for start of the second squadron. Continue reading


Pakistan’s foreign minister recently in a letter to the United Nations security council has said that India has deployed BrahMos missiles in the Kashmir region and is planning to do some adventure in Pakistani occupied Kashmir. Many Pakistani Establishment appointed Ex-ISI and Pakistani military defense experts who are part of many talks shows in Pakistani media are calling it part of their imaginary false flag operations to attack Pakistani military installations to divert media attention from citizenship law protests back in India.

In February 2019, Indian Mirage-2000 fighter jet intruded inside mainland Pakistan territory for the first time since 1971 war and bombed a Terror training facility in Balakot using Spice precision-guided missile, Pakistani military claimed IAF missed the targets and all building near so-called Madarsa in the Balakot facility were still standing and Pakistan only lost few palm trees as a result of this missile strikes. Continue reading


First Computer generated renders of India’s upcoming Twin-engine Medium Class Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) fighter jet have been floating around the Internet and it is difficult to miss some of the unique features which have been disclosed in the renders which will all hope to see in the final design and much more when it is ready for first flight in 2026 and when it enters production in 2030.

5 of the Unique features of India’s ORCA has been listed below. Continue reading


In the times of cheap internet and touch screen mobile phones, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It can also become a very powerful tool for us to share the soldiers’ stories of Happiness, Sorrows, Valor, Love and many more. Eventually, the social media has become the quintessential friend that has helped us in establishing an emotional bond with the civil society, in turn keeping the faith of people in Indian Armed Forces. Advances in technology and 24×7 accessibility to mobile devices connected to the world wide web together with Indian society’s acceptance of social media in general, have drastically altered how information is spread and how people, organizations, and government entities communicate.

There has been a sincere effort from the defence fraternity too, to engage with netizens and spread positivity of the forces amongst the general public. The social media has proven to be a boon for the unknown uniformed Brave hearts whose tales of sacrifices and valor came into limelight due to the general acceptance and spread of social media amongst the Indian Society.  Continue reading


Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program will be based on the Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) jet thus making it more like an Mk2 program. This render floating on the Internet with the acronym “ORCA” refers to the ocean’s most powerful predator, which is the Killer whale which interestingly is also called “ORCA”.

TEDBF/ORCA is not a clean-sheet design as per some media reports it will be based on existing design to cut down on time required to develop it and will use the same nose and front fuselage and cockpit section from the MWF program but changes will come from the Mid fuselage and Rear section which can be seen in the renders. The mid-fuselage section will accommodate a bigger Air-intake and longer spine than the MWF thus will be able to accommodate more equipment and internal fuel and will also sport Canards for superior maneuverability. Continue reading


The New Year 2020 kicks off and a new decade is upon us, there are some of the top ten aeronautical programs which will define India’s aerial firepower and give an edge and boost to its indigenous capabilities. Based on the projects taken up by India to augment its air power, this aeronautical projects will define Indian Air Force’s in the next decade and also will make it independent from the imports.

Top 10 Aeronautical Military projects of India Continue reading


Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL greeted his followers on occasion of New Year along with a render of fighter aircraft from his Twitter account what seems to be a first official render of Twin-engined fighter jet but still leaving many confused and unanswered questions if the render was coming from HAL/ ADA or it was just a fan art due to glaring errors in it.

Render which is similar to the 17.5-ton Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) which India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) is developing and plans to have its first flight by 2023 till the rear engine bay section which shows it in a twin-engine configuration. Instead of MWF or Tejas Mk2, acronyms used on the wings are ” OCRA”. which made many Twitter users wonder if it was the 25-ton Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program which ADA is developing for the Indian Navy to replace Mig-29K. if it was TEDBF then what is the full form of ” ORCA” ?. Continue reading


Leaked Internal documents suggest that development of WS-15 and WS-19 engines for its J-20 and J-31 5th Generation Stealth fighter jets is nowhere close to entering mass-scale production and will remain as experimental engines after Chinese engineers couldn’t resolve multiple technical issues with the engine and as per leaked documents both engines will be produced at small scale at a rate of 3-5 engines per year from 2020 till 2026 while both J-20 and J-31 continue to fly with under-powered engines of Russian origin.

China’s first Stealth fighter bomber J-20 which has entered scale production with PLAAF is still powered by Russian supplied AL-31F engines and some are equipped with WS-10B engines which are based on the CFM-56 aero-engine imported from the United States in the 1980s. Both AL-31F and WS-10B engines can generate 130-140 kilonewtons class of thrust but J-20 requires engines that can generate at least 180 kilonewtons class of thrust each due to which WS-15 engines have been in development for last few years. Continue reading


After being snubbed by stiff US export control laws on sharing of 5th generation fighter aircraft technologies, Japan has taken upon itself to develop most of the technologies required for the development of a 5th generation fighter jet to be called F-3 while it continues to induct American made F-35 Stealth fighter jets in good numbers.

According to latest media reports, F-3 design will be only confirmed in 2020 but it will much bigger aircraft then X-2 Shinshin Advanced Technology Demonstrator aircraft which flew in 2016 and many defense analysts predict that Japan is going for an F-22 class fighter jet which means it could have an MTOW of over 35 tonnes and to meet power demands of such Heavy class stealth fighter jet, Japan as developed and begun testing of XF-9-1 low-bypass turbofans developed by Ishikawa Heavy Industries (IHI). Continue reading


India’s first combat jet HF-24 ‘Marut’ is now long forgotten that many of my countrymen continue to doubt capabilities of our engineers and scientists when country talks about developing upgraded Tejas Mk1A, Mk2, TEDBF and AMCA combat jet programs making India the only country after china to have so many new fighter jet programs in the world for the first time that many are wondering are we are thinking of running before even we could walk?

HF-24 ‘Marut’ had created an Aerospace Industry which could have not been in a coma if the successor programs could have got approvals of then government and the users. my countrymen tend to forget that while HF-24 suffered due to under-powered engines it performed well and was prematurely retired from the force due to the availability of cheaper jets from foreign countries. Continue reading


From HAL’s initial quote of Rs 463 crore ( $64.5), the Price for final contract price has now fallen to Rs 310 crore ( $43.6 ). In September media reports had hinted that 417 crores ($58.1) per unit cost in fly-away condition minus its weapons system was agreed upon but as per the latest report by Business Standard, price agreed is Rs 310 crore ( $43.6 ) which is good 32% cheaper then what was quoted by HAL before price negotiation committee was formed.

In comparison to its competitor in the segment, AESA equipped Tejas Mk-1A is still cheaper than Gripen C which costs $63.4 million per unit without AESA Fire control Radar which is only offered on its Gripen E Model which has per unit cost of $85 million. The current deal includes 73 Single Seater Tejas Mk-1A and 10 Tejas Mk1 Trainer. IAF already has placed orders for 8 Tejas Mk1 Trainers in first order for 40 jets which will be manufactured along with 10 more Trainer ordered by IAF first before Tejas Mk1A delivery starts in 2023. Continue reading

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