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India’s Current Defence minister Manohar Parrikar likes to save money and that too in major ways and latest casualty and off from his to-do list, might be the development and construction of India’s Second 65000 tonne Aircraft carrier with Nuclear propulsion. Recent media reports indicate that IAC-2 or INS Vishal is off the priority list of Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Navy is unlikely to get official funding for the project anytime soon due to complex and high development cost enabled with the project after carrying out in-depth discussion with American and Russian Industrial partners.

The Indian Defence Ministry is now actively considering the development of sister Vikrant class conventional indigenous aircraft carrier with added and improved capabilities which might be named INS Virat-II after INS Virat-I which was a British designed Centaur-class aircraft carrier recently decommissioned from the Indian Navy service in keeping with Navy tradition of renaming warships of the same class. Continue reading


After nearly 50 years of the Indian Navy having its own design directorate , Indian Army has finally decided that it cannot forever depend on State-owned Public sector Defence companies for its arms requirements and now plans to design and develop own pieces of machinery, like tanks and guns.

Indian Armies Army Design Bureau (ADB) will be similar to Navy’s Naval Design Bureau (NDB) in concept but Naval Design Bureau does not actually design weapons but weapons systems and platforms like Nuclear Submarines,frigates,destroyers or a Aircraft carrier and procures offensive and defensive weapons and other equipment like engines and auxiliary units either within India or from established weapons manufacturer from around the world . Continue reading


Despite production backlog of only 15 aircraft which will be completed by end of 2017, Lockheed Martin is keen to establish an F-16 line in India to meet not only IAF needs but also the global spares and support market for their legacy product.

F-16V on offer to India will formally be given Block 70/72 designation when it enters production. The F-16Vs specification is primarily centred around a Northrop Grumman AESA radar and improved cockpit layout and externally will be very similar to UAE operated Block-60 and most striking feature of the F-16V will be two shoulder-mounted conformal fuel tanks, integrated FLIR and targeting system (IFTS) and Falcon Edge electronic-warfare (EW) suite . Continue reading


According to leaked WikiLeaks cables realised few years ago, highlighted how Americans denied US-built AESA radar for Gripen-NG which was pitched for Norwegian requirements and later Americans pressurised French and Israel to pull out of talks with Saab in providing their AESA radar for their Gripen-NG to protect their changes in India’s MMRCA tender .

After India withdraw MMRCA tender earlier this year , India has accepted Americans proposal for supply and manufacturing of their F-18 and F-16 fighter jets in India and also has been in discussion with SAAB in Parallel which has been pitching India its Gripen-E fighter jets with full Transfer of technology and possible collaboration on Tejas MK-II and later on India’s 5th Generation AMCA project . Continue reading


Last year Russian Navy for the first time fired 26 Kalibr 3M-54 land attack cruise missile from the Caspian Sea at 11 targets in Syrian territory controlled by the Islamic State. land attack cruise missiles traveled nearly 1500km over Two different countries airspace before it struck its target with precision .

Such long range attack carried out by Russian Naval cruise missiles demonstrated to the West that it now has the capability to strike from long range using subsonic cruise missiles with precision which was formerly monopolised by the US and its allies. Continue reading


India has drops plans to order 3 more Scorpene submarines from France after secret data of its latest conventional submarine was published in the Australian newspaper last month and now doubts have been raised in certain section of Indian media if India will allow France’s DCNS to compete for Project-75-I under which India plans to build Six more Next generation Stealth Conventional Submarines for Indian Navy .

officials at Mazgaon Docks speaking to Indian media were seen saying that they were pretty convinced that Indian government could have gone for upgraded next generation Scorpene-class submarines to save cost and to maintain commonality but now there is uncertainty in that part, now due to recent development . Continue reading


French defence firm DCNS might take few weeks or months to come clean on the massive security leak involving India’s latest Conventional Diesel Submarines . While the first submarine is currently going Sea trials in India, we might have many changes to equipment and components which have leaked but now India should seriously consider now to fast track development of its own indigenous conventional diesel submarine program .

Project-75-I was supposed to be last conventional diesel submarines to be acquired from foreign manufacture before Naval Design Bureau (NDB) was supposed to start work on the Indigenous development of Conventional submarines to meet its future demands after concluding Project-75 and Project-75-I . Continue reading


India’s nearly two decades old Nishant unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program came crashing down last year when Indian Army lost its entire fleet of Nishant drone to series of accidents even before entering full-fledged production could begin but Modi administration since taking charge has been quietly working on pushing for establishing a strong Private sector participation in unmanned aerial system development in India which will have positive results in near future .

Many Industrial Giants like Reliance and TaTa have now actively started working in establishing their strong presence in drone developments and many smaller start-ups like Idea Forge to have excited many other private companies to enter the race to supply drones for Indian Military . Continue reading


Problem creeping from Indian Air Force to Indian Navy Indian Navy(IN) is all set to develop its Naval Air Arm as the guardian of Indian Ocean. The mainstream of Naval air arm has been its aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant & INS Viraat for the last few decades operating Sea Harrier as the main fighter. These V/STOL aircraft carriers are gradually replaced by STOBAR carriers INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant operating Mig-29K and Tejas Mk2 in the future. The future proposals of Indian Navy(IN) project astonishing similarities to Indian Air Force(IAF) procurement. IN has a proposal for CATOBAR carrier and four amphibious assault ship (AAS).

Catobar carrier can only launch F-18 SH or F-35 JSF or Dassault Rafale. The kind of cost associated with Rafale, rules out the purchase of more than 40 fighter costing $10billion. EMALS Technology will force IN to buy American fighters for easier usage. The proposed four Amphibious Ships needs 48 to 60 V/STOL fighters (F-35B). Also HAL has proposed naval version of AMCA for IN. Continue reading


India and the United States of America are currently engaged in talks to help India develop next Aircraft carrier which can take on China’s mighty Navy right in its backyard which is the South China Sea . Indian naval planners,designers and shipbuilders are seeking help in planning and building a warship of magnitude which India has never build in our shipyards and is keen to seek all possible help from a Country which has perfected the art of building Super aircraft carriers for its navy.

Indian Navy plans to build its very own Indian super aircraft carrier which will be much larger than first Indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1 aka INS Vikrant ) but also enhance India’s Maritime battle worthiness two-fold when it comes to Naval firepower in Indian ocean region or in South China sea . Continue reading


India’s Indigenous Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) developed by DRDO’s Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) for Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAVs) is reportedly progressing well and may be flight tested by end of 2016 or early 2017 from a modified Dornier Do-228 which will act as flying test bed (FTB) for the program said a well-informed sources close to .

LRDE’s SAR will be integrated with India’s Rustom-2 which is Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs at later stages of its development but at present LRDE will be using it on modified Dornier Do-228 dedicated flying test bed in the initial stage of developmental testing and trials . Continue reading


India might be lead sub-contractor for the supply of components to the submarine project involving Australia and France said a recent media reports . In parallel India and France have started initial conversations in partnership for construction of Six new indigenously developed attack Nuclear submarines for Indian Navy .

Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A which Australia has selected is conventionally powered diesel-electric derivative of Barracuda class submarines that are nuclear attack subs (SSN) of French Navy and for long DCNS has been in talks with India to offer this derivative to India under India navies Project-75I program under which Indian navy plans to acquire Six new next generation Conventional submarines . Continue reading


The Indian Defence Sector is right now witnessing an unprecedented amount of action. The decisions, policies and company strategies are changing in a matter of weeks, these things used to take months even years to change. The defence sector is in a phase of transition, it’s not stable rather it’s fluctuating, and no correct conclusion can be drawn from a fluctuating system. So let’s take a step back and to try to analyze how did we reach this state. Are the things really moving or are they stagnant?

Starting off with the Rafale deal, this deal has brought India and France to an on & off relationship. At one point 126 were going to be part of the IAF, but buying just 36 seems like a mammoth task. When things seem to be going well, something happens which takes the deal back to square one. Continue reading


Larsen & Toubro (L&T)-Samsung team were recently declared winners of Indian Armies self-propelled tracked howitzer contract under which Army had made plans to procure 100 155mm howitzer guns mated to tracked Chassis and final agreement between India and L&T-Samsung for the K-9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzer will be completed within next two months .

But nearly 15 years ago Indias’s DRDO had successfully mated South African state-owned Denel 155mm / L52 howitzer gun with Arjun MBT derivative chassis successfully which had also cleared Indian Army trials when before it could enter production corruption allegation against Denel meant it was blacklisted by the Indian government Continue reading


Induction of C-17s have made remarkably Improvement in IAFs strategic lift capability but the bulk of transport is actually done by tactical transporters like An-32 and Avro aircraft which are not only both ageing and becoming absolute assets but are also facing severe serviceability issues which have deteriorated considerably lately .

Missing An-32 and patchy overhaul and modernisation of An-32s by Ukrainian company and lack of procurement of new transporter to replace Avro has exposed crippling deficiencies in medium lift capabilities of Indian Air force which have started to hurt airforce with a spate of accidents . Continue reading

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