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March 10 is the date set by India to test BrahMos with an enhanced range of 450km. Existing inventories of BrahMos will all soon get software updates which earlier capped their range to 290km due to MTCR regulations.

BrahMos missile which is already in service with Indian Army and Indian Navy will have its software limitations removed allowing it to hit targets up to 450km which is 55% more range than existing blocks. Continue reading

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The Tejas turning over an F1 circuit during the Bahrain Air Show

Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed (Minister for Transportation and Telecommunication of Kingdom of Bahrain) who was down in India to attend Aero India 2017 told Indian media that he could like Indian developed LCA-Tejas Fighter jet to come back at next year’s BIAS-2018 scheduled for 14-16 November.

Excellency said that India’s indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas impressed everyone with its manoeuvrability and received a significant positive response from many visiting delegations. Continue reading

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DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher while speaking to media has hinted that Pinaka MK-1 multiple barrel rocket which first bagged major orders from Indian Army a decade ago (2007) and currently in production at Ambajhari ordnance factory outside Nagpur producing 5000 Rockets a year feels its right time to consider it for export.

DRDO already has demonstrated Guided Pinaka MK-II with under 75km range recently and is anticipating orders for Advance and improved variants in future. DRDO Chief feels export of MK-1 version can keep current existing production open for few more years allowing the country to recover its investment in its development. Continue reading

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According to Indian media reports, Government of Indonesia through official channels has asked Indian government about details on indigenously developed LCA-Tejas combat jet.

Accordingly, India is planning to brief Indonesian air force on the technical aspect of LCA-Tejas followed up with detail proposal if Indonesian air force is interested in the purchase of LCA-Tejas combat jet. Continue reading

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Reports of Myanmar having advanced negotiations with Pakistan to licence-build JF-17 fighter has not gone down well with Pakistani Netizen who have criticised its government decision, even when Pakistan government has repeatedly raised Rohingya issue at UN, OIC.

Pakistan is seen has a leading Muslim voice in the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and seeking the intensification of diplomatic and moral pressure on the government of Myanmar to grant adequate citizenship rights to the Rohingya community, in accordance with international humanitarian laws. Continue reading

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Chinese media has indicated that China is working on a new long-range air-to-air missile that seems tailor-made to give rival air forces problems when operating in the region.

Photographs posted on Chinese media show China’s J-11B and J-16 fighters carrying an unnamed missile that Chinese state-run media confirms has a range of nearly 400kms. New very long-range air-to-air missiles are especially threat to India’s high-value targets, which usually operate beyond operational range of BVRAAMs. Continue reading

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IAF authorised squadron level which is already down from 42 squadrons to 33, with Combat jets inventory of only 660, will only see major slide in squadron level by end of this decade or at the most by early next decade, when IAF will phase out all the MiG-21 and MiG-27 aircraft on account of which the strength of combat squadrons will dwindle further to 25 which is 500 aircraft .

Although the IAF will induct nearly 40 Tejas Mk I and 36 Dassault Rafale by 2020, IAF will only partially recover in terms of fleet inventory since the production of LCA-Tejas MK1A will only start from 2021. Continue reading

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With Major American and Russian Aeronautical companies out of Light Fighter class category for some time now, Countries with Minimal threat perception also with the lower budget are constantly looking out for cheaper but modern Combat Jets to replace older Migs or F-4/5s from their fleet.

New Combat jets from Major American and Russian Aeronautical companies in Light Fighter class category have disappeared largely due to revolving Air Force doctrine around the world which now is more and more looking out for Multi-role functions from Medium class aircraft due to various reasons. Continue reading

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While India is currently busy carrying out preparation for Developmental trials of countries longest K-4 Submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in next few days, the buzz around is that next big thing to emerge in Indian Strategic calculus in missile technology might be seeing fastening development of K-5 SLBM over Agni-VI.

Not so secretive K-5 SLBM will have a range of in excess of 6000 km with 2-tonne payload which can carry four multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads of 500kgs each. Continue reading

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Recently Indian Navy floated a Request for Information (RFI) for a newer generation of aircraft which can operate from the two aircraft carriers it will operate in next few years.

RFI doesn’t mention if the requirement is for single or twin-engined fighter aircraft but the requirement for 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) for deck operations in technical departments hints at twin engine requirements for safety reasons. Continue reading

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What a spectacle the 2017 Republic day parade was. But hidden among the grandeur was something no one had seen in Indian colours before, a model of the AH-64E ‘Apache’ on one of the air force tableau. This was interesting because, although the Indian air force has a firm order for 22 helicopters, they are still not in the IAF inventory.

After a long protracted process that saw Boeing grant 13 price extensions, the MoD finally approved the purchase of 22 Apaches in Sep 2015, with deliveries expected to begin in 3-4 years. This would mean the end of 2018 or early 2019 at the very least. Continue reading

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Russia’s refusal to provide India with Transfer of Technology (TOT) for BM-30 Smerch Multiple rocket launcher has come boon for Indigenously developed Guided Pinaka Rocket program from its previous avatar.

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in 2012 had signed a MoU for a joint venture with Russian Rosoboronexport and Splav ‘Spa’ to manufacture five versions of Smerch rockets based on the transfer of technology from Russia but post Sale of more than two regiments of the Smerch rocket to Indian Army,Russia later refused TOT of BM-30 Smerch citing that India might copy the technology to develop indigenous Rockets . Continue reading

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DRDO developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) was caught preparing for Republic Day parade where it will be showcased to the world for the first time. DRDO has transferred Two ATAGS Howitzer Prototypes especially for the Republic Day parade but when placed next to each other, it is hard not to find that there are striking dissimilarities between the two Prototypes.

DRDO to cut delays had started parallel development of ATAGS Howitzer Prototypes, one Prototype of ATAGS was developed by Tata Power (SED) and another by Kalyani Group and both were independently tested. Continue reading

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While Pakistan Army still believes that it has simply nullified Indian Cold Start Doctrine by developing Tactical nukes with Hatf-IX, or Nasr Short ranged Ballistic missiles but their rhetoric and the recent test of Nuclear-tipped Babur-III Cruise missiles from an undersea mobile platform has lead to come back of sorts of India’s Cold Start Doctrine from Cold Storage.

Indian Army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat was first Army chief who openly admitted that their existed a Doctrine called ” ColdStart ” developed by the Indian Armed Forces for use in a possible war with Pakistan. ColdStart centred around the objective of rapid mobilisation of conventional forces to conduct offensive operations as part of unified battle groups inside Pakistan. Continue reading

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Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) attempts to get export clearance to procure 22 multimission General Atomics Predator Guardian UAVs for the Indian Navy via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route since June before President Barack Obama leaves office has fallen flat and India is hoping a deal is concluded under new upcoming administration.

President-elect of the United States of America Donald Trump in coming weeks will take a call if Indian request for 22 Predator Guardian drones to monitor the presence of Chinese submarines and warships in the Indian Ocean can be concluded. Continue reading