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Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command has again confirmed after few doubters questioned if Nambiar made a positive statement for LCA-Tejas Mk1 only to support the indigenous program on Twitter. Nambiar responded by saying ” No…. I was just stating facts… The Tejas has a few teathing problems….Weapon delivery accuracy is thankfully NOT one of them!.. I’m proud to be the oldest serving member of Team Tejas!”

Nambiar in his piece written for a ” Salute ” Indian defense magazine had said that in LCA-Tejas Mk1 had emerged with the best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018. Continue reading

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Just around when the Chinese government officials confirmed that they have started work on the construction of their third aircraft carrier and have plans to have 5-6 aircraft carrier group and one might be marked for Indian ocean region. India on another hand also officially confirmed it has quietly given go-ahead for the construction of its second indigenous aircraft carrier.

IAC-II (INS Vishal) which will be India’s Second aircraft carrier with Displacement of over 65,000 tonnes has come with tactical backing from the United States of America which has agreed to help India overcome technological and resources challenges which Indian engineers and shipyards are going to face in the construction of the behemoth vessels. Continue reading

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Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces, has said that ” LCA Mark II will replace the MiG 29 in the next ten years, the Jaguar in the next 15 years and the Mirage 2000 in the next 20 years. All combined, this adds up to a total of twelve squadrons.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa in recent media interviews did say that six squadrons (108) aircraft of LCA Mk-II has been planned in immediate future, Nambiar’s twelve squadrons remark might have included fighter aircraft procurement in the long term which might involve future variants of LCA Mk-II aircraft. Continue reading

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Earlier this year , In the largest military Air- Exercise ” Gagan Shakti 2018 ” in last three decades. Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets in the air exercise which also saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft like Jaguars and Mirage-2000s.

In 14-day high-intensity combat Air Exercise, LCA performed remarkably well and emerged with best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018 disclosed Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces. Continue reading

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Indian Naval Team of Experts will be soon visiting Russia to finalize between K-391 Bratsk and K-295 Samara Akula-II Class Submarine lying in Amur Shipyard, which will later go on the become India’s third Nuclear attack submarine which will India take on lease from Russia post 2022 when current INS Chakra II (K-152) is returned back after completion of 10-year-old lease.

INS Chakra III is most likely, will be the name given to the third leased nuclear attack submarine by India. As per previous media reports, In past, Russia had offered India K-322 Kashalot which was commissioned in 1988 over India’s interest in uncompleted Iribis Akula-II Class Submarine which has been lying in Russia’s Amur Shipyard Uncompleted from 1994 on wards. Continue reading

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Dr. S Christopher, Previous Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2017 edition of Aero India had announced that Indigenously developed Kaveri engine developed by its associated lab Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), will power an LCA-Tejas Prototype by 2019 edition of Aero India.

Many back then had questioned the viability of having a workable Kaveri engine in a such a short period of time even though it was officially known at that time that Safran, a French company which manufactures engines for Rafale combat jets had become the technical consultant for the GTRE to help fix issues with the Kaveri engine. Continue reading

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China and Pakistan air forces carried out joint training exercise dubbed as “Shaheen VI” last year in the month of September, where China had dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops and Pakistani air force had sent older J-7s and their new inducted JF-17 which they had co-developed with Chinese.

According to China Youth On-Line (CYOL), 2 Shenyang J-11( Copy of Sukhoi Su-27) fighter aircraft were on the tarmac preparing for the take off to have a rare encounter between with pair of JF-17 Thunder belonging to visiting Pakistani air force when one of the J-11 aircraft developed some technical problem but other Chinese pilot named ” Zhu Zhenhua” in command of second J-11 was adamant to continue with the mock dogfight which was set up by both air-force and soon took off with his plane alone. Continue reading

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National Herald, a Congress mouthpiece in one of its article ‘Rafale: Modi’s Bofors’ compared the Rafale deal to the Bofors scam which by the way Congress has never admitted of any wrongdoing, It also raises a question why Congress till date, which has always denied any wrongdoing in the purchase of 155mm field howitzers in the 1980s, want Rafale deal to be compared to Bofors scandal which caused major political uproar for then Rajiv Gandhi government.

Bofors scandal investigation had revealed a Middle Men (Ottavio Quattrocchi) and the payments details which have been produced in the courts, yet no one went to the jail due to Political interference, but this did lead to the Congress losing power in subsequent elections. Continue reading

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Rising costs and numerous procedural process and delays have resulted in a frustrating scenario where Indian air force has realized that only way moving forward is focusing more on indigenous fighter program after initially being reluctant to fully supporting the country’s LCA-Tejas program.

Tejas Mk-1A will now be the main component of the IAF’s Low-tier Point Air defense fighter fleet which will be replacing aging MiG-21 fleet which will also come as a boost to the shrinking fleet of the air force. Full support to the Tejas Mk-1A program shows that IAF finally has realized that the potential of the indigenous program that they have started to think ahead of future programs. Continue reading

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Lack of modern fighter fleet and with no advance aerospace industrial ecosystem in the country to fall back on, Pakistani air force (PAF ) is fast limiting its self to two or three type of fighters to meet all its operational roles in the region, but that has not stopped PAF from initiating ” Project Azm ” under which top military planners of the PAF say will lead to the development of a first 5th generation fighter aircraft based out of its requirement to meet its future requirements.

Under ” Project Azm “, PAF wants its local universities and public sector companies to develop systems and sub-systems which ultimately can be used on a 5th generation fighter aircraft but there is clearly lack of any clarity if the aircraft devised under ” Project Azm ” will be fully developed locally from the scratch, which seems highly unlikely due to lack of infrastructure and aerospace ecosystem in the country to support such an ambitious project but also due to super ambitious timeline of 10-12 years which even an established aerospace giant will have difficulty meeting. Continue reading

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Indian Army has declared that Russian firm’s Igla-S system as the winner of Very-Short-Range Air Defence, or VSHORAD program after nearly 8 years of tendering and trial process from various international vendors. Russian made Igla-S air defense systems with man-portable systems will be replacing its predecessor Igla-M which has been with India armed forces from the early ’80s.

France-led consortium MBDA and Swedish Saab Group which were other participating vendors in the VSHORAD program previously have complained to the Indian defense establishment that the Russians were given too many chances and the Russian weapon system was given undue advantages even when the weapon system failed to intercept targets in Indian conditions several times due to malfunctions. Continue reading

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The enhanced capabilities in the Rafale fighters sought by India will see 14 India Specific Enhancements Exclusive to be incorporated to India bound 36 Rafale fighter jets which will be added by the company once the delivery of all the jets is completed by 2022.

14 India Specific Enhancements for India bound Rafale fighter jets have been listed out

1) Upgraded Sigma 95N INS: A Hybrid inertial navigation/GPS system used on the Dassault Rafale fighter jets will now support Indian developed Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS ) also called as NAVIC which provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services for India and a region extending 1,500 km around it. Continue reading

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Delivery and Production of the Kalvari class diesel-electric attack submarines based on the Scorpène-class submarine have been back on track in the last few years, yet procurement process to acquire six next-generation diesel-electric attack submarines with Air-independent propulsion (AIP) modules for enhanced underwater patrolling capacity is literally moving at snail’s pace while Prime Minister Narendra Modi inches closer to complete his 5 years in power.

Assuming that Narendra Modi is back in Power in 2019 and Project-75I is executed as planned between Public and Private sector shipyards in the country, will it again face scam allegation based on the interpretation of the immature leader of the opposition who may again question the multi-billion worth of contract to a private company over a public sector company ?. Continue reading

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The Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba while speaking to a media outlet, revealed that development of Indian nuclear attack submarine project which was sanctioned only earlier this year will take over 10 years to mature and as per latest media reports, Indian Navy has been told to fast-track the development and deliver the first submarine in less than 15 years from now.

Navy’s submarine design bureau which is in charge of the design and development of Six classified nuclear attack submarine project is still working out on staff requirements of the submarines and evaluating technological challenges with all stakeholders before it starts work on the design. Continue reading

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Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa, while addressing the annual press conference ahead of the October 8 Air Force Day spoke in great length of Indian air force’s future induction and the up gradation of the existing aircrafts, while Speaking on the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Dhanoa informed that IAF has a plan for induction of 231 LCA which will include four squadrons (83) LCA Mk-1A and six squadrons (108) of Mk-II. LCA is being manufactured by HAL. IAF is expecting delivery of the Mk-1A to begin around 2021/22. The development of the LCA Mk-II is under progress.

Former DRDO Chief S. Christopher In a submission made to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence for additional funds to develop the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk2 had requested additional 800 crore for work on the LCA Mk2, also, said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had committed itself to 201 LCA Mk2, in addition to the 123 LCA Mk1/1A or order or being contemplated at the moment. The naval LCA was also intended to be based on the LCA Mk2. Continue reading