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Rail gun is a weapon capable of launching projectile without the usage of explosives or propellants, but, are launched at extremely high velocities, mach 7 (at sea level) or more. Capability of launching projectiles at velocities higher than guns and cannons makes rail gun hit targets at greater ranges capable of hitting the target with extreme speed and accuracy thus nullifying the escape factor of the enemy platform or an approaching projectile. With the usage of rail gun the hazards of usage of explosives and chemical propellants are evaded as well.

In a conventional gun system gas expansion resulting from the usage of explosives and chemicals prohibits launching a projectile to velocities greater than 1.5 km/s and also limits the range to 80 kilometers. Ballistics of a rail gun far outperforms the efficiency of conventional cannons/gun system. Provisioning of one million amperes of current will create a tremendous force on the projectile thus accelerating it to a speed of many kilometres per second . A rail gun can hit a target 250 miles away traveling at a speed of around 16,000 meters per second in 6 minutes. Such a typical rail gun power supply may require a launch current of 5 mega-ampere for a few milliseconds. Continue reading


India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Quest for Affordable Air power has led to two major developments for Indian Air Force lately. Sukhoi has agreed to cap joint development cost of FGFA 5th generation fighter jet at $ 4 Billion each which means the Earlier price of $ 12 Billion demanded by Russia due to price inflation has successfully been reduced after hectic negotiations with visiting Sukhoi officials.

Parrikar was also instrumental in forcing Dassault to agree to sell Rafale Fighter jets at 2011 price submitted to India and refused to budge demands made by French negotiators who were adamant to sell Rafale fighter jets after adding current price inflation. Parrikar and his team were also successful in tackling many bluffs made by French team to force India to agree on a higher price. Continue reading


Part II of a two-part series on Why India should rope in Boeing to help in AMCA fighter jet. Click here to read Part I.

2016 seems to have not changed fortunes of Boeing’s defence unit when last week U.S government and Pentagon gave defence contractor Northrop Grumman go head to work on estimated $80 Billion worth of contract to develop Long Range Strike Bomber Program for US airforce.

LRS-B is a proposed affordable long-range strategic heavy-payload stealth bomber which will make up numbers which US Air force could not make up when B2 Stealth Bomber came at $2 billion each price tag leading to only 21 B-2 been ever produced out of 132 planned initially. Continue reading



Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar with his recent statement that by the end of this year a Private defence company will be selected to produce one or two fighter jet to replace retiring Migs from India air force has caused a flutter among International fighter jet manufacturers.

Buzz among Indian Defence Journalist among major publications is that Lockheed Martin F-16 might be pushed to India has one of the fighter jets which will be Made in India by Private defence firms for Domestic and Export Market which could be also used as a major spare hub for more than 26 air-forces around the world. Continue reading


American Aerospace Company Boeing is still a dominant player when it comes to its market share in Civilian Aerospace sector but when its comes to its defence subsidiary it makes its bosses all Jittery due to lack of growth projected in the sector in near future.

Boeing is only supplying F-18 SH to United States Navy orders for which is also drying up since US Navy is all set to make the transaction from F-18 SH to F-35B and F-35C 5th generation fighter jet programme spearheaded by rival Lockheed Martin Aerospace company. Continue reading


India will finally finalise design aspect of INS Vishal or IAC-II by the end of this year which will take another decade or more to materialise and enter service with Indian Navy but that is not stopping three countries from approaching India with their Naval carrier capable fighter jets for operations from INS Vishal.

Rafale M

India and France are holding negotiations for the likely sale of Rafale M. India likely will be offered new Standard F3 which became operational in 2009 which saw improved Thales Spectra electronic warfare suite and software enhancements to the radar and new targeting and reconnaissance pods. Continue reading


It was nearly 50 years ago in 1967 when India demonstrated its self-reliance in the development of indigenous weapons when Two key projects initiated by Government of India was successful.In the year 1967, HAL delivered the first batch of HF-24 Marut fighter jet designed with help from framed Aircraft designer DR.Kurt Tank to Indian Air force which was inducted into No.10 Squadron of Indian Air Force.

Very Same year in Mazagon Docks in Mumbai Indian Navy launched “INS Nilgiri ” lead Leander class of frigates which was the first major warship built in India from keel up in collaboration with Yarrow Shipbuilders UK and Royal Navy. Continue reading


Last July Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the floor of parliament informed Parliamentarians that Indian government has spent over 2,101 crores on the development of the indigenous Kaveri Engine but also earlier last year media reported that DRDO along with GTE had decided to wind up the Kaveri engine (GTX-35VS ) programme, signaling an end to a desi dream of equipping its own fighter jet with a home-grown power plant.

Same year GTRE officials on the sidelines of Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan in Goa also had confirmed to me that Kaveri engine will no longer power LCA and more or less project was on the back-burner due to constant delays over the years and bad press which lead to official delinking of the project with LCA-Tejas programme which eventual lead to funds drying up . Continue reading


We all have watched “TopGun ” and we have always wondered about a scenario at some point in time when our Naval Aviators knocked out rival naval fighters out of the sky.

with India and China already investing heavily in the development of indigenously developed Aircraft carriers for their navies and both navies with their new found Blue water Navy capabilities are all set to patrol each others backyard in a show of dominance in the region.

In next decade to come, both navies will have fully operational Aircraft carriers along with naval fighter jets which will likely see an interesting contest in the middle of the ocean. Tailing or buzzing of rival aircraft carriers in the open sea to gauge offensive and defensive capabilities of each other is quite a norm among navies around the world which have often resulted in diplomatic protests but such incidents never have lead to any serious confrontations in the sea. Continue reading


India’s Centre for Airborne systems (CABS) and DRDO along with Indian Air force will commence User trials of India’s AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control ) system integrated with Embraer’s EMB-145 aircraft which was ordered in 2008 by India to relaunch Countries ambitious Airborne Early warning programme.

First two aircraft likely will be handed over to IAF for operational use in 2016 and DRDO in principal has permission to develop five more systems based on an EMB-145 platform if air-force makes such a request with DRDO. Continue reading


Indian air force’s arsenal of the air-to-air missile has come a long way since 1971 war with Pakistan when IAF literally fought with onboard cannons against Sidewinder AAM equipped fighter jets after infamous Soviet-supplied K-13 AAM simply turned out to be a dud and had to be scrapped after the war.

Today Indian Air Force can be credited for acquiring new and potent next generation air-to-air missiles developed by European and Israeli firms which easily can be counted among the best AAMs in the world.

The article surveys new generation air-to-air missiles which are currently been acquired by Indian Air Force for its current fleet of fighter jets and skips under development AAMS or already inducted AAMs. Continue reading


INS Vishal is the powerful carrier planned by Indian Navy (IN). The most striking feature is the nuclear propulsion and EMALS technology. The construction of INS Vishal might take 7yrs (USS Gerald R. Ford) or 9yrs (INS Vikrant). Project is expected to start once the INS Vikrant is commissioned.

IN has asked for fighter proposal from four countries and order will be close to 30-40 fighters. The contenders might be F-35C, Rafale and Mig-29K. Also Saab has pitched the Sea Gripen for carrier. Dassualt and RAC-MIG has issued statements showing keen interest in the program. Continue reading


While Russian aerobatic team Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) and lone F-22 from USAF is expected to hog limelight in upcoming Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) which will commence from January 21-23 at Sakhir Airbase, But now it seems legendary Indo-Pakistan rivalry will overshadow the event with both India and Pakistan will be flying in LCA-Tejas and JF-17 Fighter jets developed in their respective countries .

Feeling the heat and trying to make most of the Rivals BIAS officials have confirmed that LCA-Tejas and JF-17 Fighter will also be parked next to each other in the Tarmac of Sakhir Airbase and BIAS officials are counting on Indian and Pakistani diaspora settled in Gulf Countries to come in large attendance to make BIAS largest attended event ever. Continue reading


Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, spearheads Iran’s global terrorist campaign.

When Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’ made a remark that “Why Army Should be used to neutralise a terrorist why not a terrorist can do that job for us ” created a flutter in Indian media and in Parliament.

While his statement came under severe attack within India by Political rivals / Presstitutes and left minded Intellectuals who were terming his statement as a new dimension in India’s Strategic shift which encouraged low-intensity conflict threat or State Sponsored terrorism against its rivals in the region to maintain the area of influence. Continue reading


AMCA is a crucial project for self sufficiency of fighters in IAF inventory. AMCA will be fifth generation medium weight multi role fighter aircraft capable to penetrating air defenses. The design work has started long before the maturity of LCA Tejas aircraft. HAL & ADA is battling hard to solve teething problem of Tejas MK1. The improved version Tejas 1A is expected to start production by 2018.

Meanwhile HAL & ADA is expected to work on Tejas Mk2/ Naval Tejas version with GE F414 engine and is expected by 2022. IAF might produce a list of operational problems in Tejas 1A for rectification. The Gripen NG project started in early 2008 with Gripen Demo (with GE F414 engine) and the first production aircraft will be inducted only by 2018. Also the first GE F414 engine was expected to arrive by 2015 end. The Tejas Mk2 timeline of 6yrs (2016-2021) for development, prototype, testing and induction seem to be too tight. Once again HAL & ADA has provided a timeline which might be too small. Continue reading

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