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Successor of Burhan Wani and Top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Zakir Rashid Bhat in an 11-minute grainy video message has asked stone pelters and separatist sympathisers to stop using words ‘Azadi’ or ‘Pakistan’ since the objective is to fight and create Kashmir for the supremacy of Islam, in short, to work for an Islamic caliphate.

While Indian officials are still scrambling to understand the change of stance but it might be a deliberate decision to delink pro-separatist movement into something bigger and to prepare it to be taken to a global stage. Continue reading

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After living Eight years in the oblivion, India is all set to revive its 14-seater Saras civil passenger aeroplane project. development of the twin-turboprop Saras plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew on board.

NAL is currently preparing to carry out flight testing and evaluation of SARAS PT1N aircraft. PT1 has been converted into PT1N incorporating design improvements along with new state of the art Arnic-429 compatible intergrated digital avionics systems and new landing, brakes and lightweight materials to get its weight back to its planned reduction. Continue reading

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This is Part 3 and Final series of BrahMos ER (Extended Range) and its impact from Air ( Kindly Read Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here ).

Many Western Defence Analysts were surprised when India announced that it will integrate 2.5 tonne Brahmos Cruise missile with Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. Their ignorance was largely based need for India to take all the trouble of integrating such a heavy cruise missile which requires extensive structural  modification to the aircraft when it can buy similar Air-to-Surface launched Cruise missiles with a similar range from friendlier countries with ease.

While India is yet to test fire a BrahMos-A from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets but it has already created excitement among all Sukhoi-30 operators, which has lead to many countries already asking India about procuring such system and also closely monitoring its developmental progress and even Russian Air force to has shown interest in acquiring Brahmos-A for their Sukhoi-30SM fleet. Continue reading

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This is Part 2 series of BrahMos ER (Extended Range) and its impact on China & Pakistan (Read Part 1 Here ).

China

China’s increasing military presence including bases closer to India, particular in Tibetan Plateau region and construction of all-weather highways up to Indian border had assured that PLA in event of war with India will be able to move and relocate much faster than Indian Army in the region.

But India already had made plans to deploys BrahMos in the region, which was protested by Chinese media indicating BrahMos in the region was making Chinese nervous. India also developed Block III version which boasts of advanced guidance and upgraded software which enables the missile to hit it target with precision strike capability in mountain warfare. Continue reading

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India’s Chinks in Naval Power projection and its poorly constructed Aircraft carrier plans were recently exposed by Chinese military strategist Liu Kui when in his assessment dubbed India’s aircraft carrier strategy a failure recent decommissioning of INS Viraat, left India with one aircraft carrier, which he believes has shown that India’s long-time strategy to dominate the Indian Ocean with three aircraft carriers was “falling flat”.

India’s locally developed first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (IAC-1) might go operational by end of next year in Indian Navy but India is still short of one aircraft carrier and plans to build second aircraft carrier is yet to take off even when INS Vikrant suffered from repeated delays in its construction. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara as an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) for Stage-II Pilot training program is now officially dead and it won’t be receiving any further funds from the government of India and Indian Air force to continue its development.

According to media reports, Internal assessments done by Government of India and also by a separate team of IAF officials have termed aircraft as “unfit” for service, raising doubts on abilities and capabilities of Countries major Aerospace company. Continue reading

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With MTCR restrictions gone now, India is all set to explore Brahmos true capabilities and extend its range further down the line.Recently India test fires Brahmos Supersonic Cruise missile with the range of 450 kilometers but has for media reports Brahmos range will have even further extended till 800 kilometers which is a 176% jump in its range from an earlier capped range of 290 kilometers.

DRDO has confirmed that current production batch of Brahmos will be the first block to get an extended range of 800 kilometers and in phase wise, all the existing BrahMos inventories will be upgraded to 800 kilometers range at the later stage. Indian Army and Indian Navy will be the first Service commands which will be first to switch to the extended range version of Brahmos missiles. Continue reading

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Indigenously developed combat version of advanced jet trainer aircraft “Hawk” which was showcased at recently concluded Aero India 2017 might have been rejected by Indian Air Force but in past IAF has gladly accepted trainer jets to be used in front line roles up against formidable leading fighter jets of their time.

Combat Hawk might not find space in India’s frontline fighter jet fleet for all practical reasons today and also due to evolving threat perception today as described by many Defence Analyst for ultimate rejection of Combat Hawk. Continue reading

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According to emerging media reports, Indian Army has asked DRDO to carry out fully redesign of Arjun Mk.II’s hull and turret structures to reduce weight by close to 3 tonnes without losing on all the improvements asked by the Indian Army on Arjun MK-2.

Indian Army reportedly has asked DRDO to use newer lightweight materials to construct new hull and turret structures so that the weight of Arjun MK-2 can be reduced from 68.6 tonnes. Continue reading

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DRDO indigenously developed TAPAS 201 (Rustom-II) medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) currently going through trial phase will get a major boost this year after DRDO confirmed that it is planning to develop and flight test at least 3 more Prototypes of TAPAS 201 by end of this year.

Naval and Air force variant likely to emerge this year and DRDO has made plans to develop at least 10 pre-production TAPAS 201 to test and develop different sensors for tri-service requirements. Continue reading

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Manik Engine on TestBed

Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) developed Small gas-turbine Manik Engine has made considerable progress recently and as per latest media reports, GTRE plans to now go for further improvements to make it viable to be used on Cruise missiles.

Manik Engine was recently displayed at Aero India 2017 and according to GTRE officials has been going through regular testing on a test bed and has achieved desired 4.25kN Thrust as per design. Continue reading

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Safran a French-registered Aerospace, Defence and Security company, will be taking over India’s Kaveri engine program from DRDO’s GTRE Laboratories which has been working on the jet engine for last thirty years and lately has been facing last mile technical issues to complete the program and mass produce the engine.

Safran will fix technical issues currently associated with the Kaveri engine like excessive weight, performance issues at higher altitudes, bang noise when engaged with afterburners. But with GTRE able to demonstrate engine performance at the full thrust of 81kN at under test conditions suggests the program which has matured enough and can be fixed in next two years as suggested by DRDO Chief. Continue reading

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Indian Navy recently has issued a global request for information (RFI) to procure vertical launch short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to replace Israeli Barak-1 air defence systems from onboard frontline Indian Navy ships.

14 Page RFI issued has asked for a vertically launched system with 360° coverage to engage hostile targets at Mach 3. Vendors also have been asked to provide if their missile system will able to integrate and work with the current network of sensors and radars. The potential list of candidates likely to be in the race are … Continue reading

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Just a few weeks after Government of India cleared HAL proposed plans to set up Second production line for LCA-Tejas which can produce 8 LCA-Tejas per year, HAL is keen on adding another assembly line but this time it is open for a Private Defence Company to take the lead this time.

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chief T. Suvarna Raju on sidelines on Aero India 2017 spoke to many Senior management officials of Private Defence Company to gauge their interest levels in setting up a third assembly line for LCA-Tejas with the ability to produce 8 aircraft per year. Continue reading

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In Terms of design and development of indigenous Destroyer Class warships, India has come a long way, Both Kolkata class and Vishakhapatnam Class Destroyer-Class can easily be counted among the best in their class when compared to their contemporaries and in fact India’s next Generation Visakhapatnam Class is already considered among top three in its class even before been completed .

While Kolkata class and Vishakhapatnam Class Destroyers carry standard Air-to-Air interceptor missiles against Conventional Aerial threats, they don’t carry missile designed to intercept ballistic missiles at lower and higher altitudes. Continue reading

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