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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Some Conversations are not meant to be forgotten and I am recalling a conversation which has come back to haunt me this day. It was 2011 when I decided to attend Aero India 2011 out of my busy schedule just to witness all Contenders participating in India Air forces ” MMRCA ” Tender come together in India for one last time before L1 bidder was supposed to be announced later that year.

After witnessing stunning aerial aerobatics from Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, Mikoyan MiG-35, and Saab JAS 39 Gripen, I was going around visiting stalls asking questions about aircraft and weapons systems been offered to India under MMRCA tender with various Company representatives who were in clear mood in entertaining lot of curious visitors to their stalls . Continue reading

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With Media reports emerging about major differences emerging between India and Russia on Joint development of a 5th generation fighter jet based on Russia’s Pak-fa over price demanded by Russia for Customization and Indian air force still not convinced about the maturity of the technology developed for Pak-Fa , it seems more or less Project is in the back-burner if not completely dead .

Russians officially now seem to have strategically tied sale of S-400 Air defence System to India only if they have deal on Pak-fa with India, it is pretty much clear now that Russians do not have funds nor Research to complete the project unless India injects much-needed funds into Pak-Fa project which will provide India little share in technological know-how of complex next-generation aviation technology since India’s Work-share is quite limited to provide nonessential systems for the project . Continue reading

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Indian Navy recently successfully test-fired newly developed Barak-8, aka long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) from Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer INS Kolkata. Barak-8 LRSAM Successfully destroyed maneuverable Mig-29K on its path at extended range effectively demonstrating its full operational capabilities in fully autonomous mode while working in tandem with MF-STAR radar system and other on-board warship sensors.

Many Defence Analysts have termed development of India’s new Naval SAM Batteries has a game changer in the region allowing Indian Naval Ships to effectively counter Chinese Ship-borne Subsonic Cruise missiles along with various Anti-ship missiles effectively. Continue reading

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Marketing Arm of Swedish defence major Saab India has been campaigning in India even when their offer on sale of Gripen fighter aircraft for MMRCA tender was rejected due to aircraft not meeting Indian Air Forces Air Staff requirements few years back.

Saab India for some years now has been making attempts to sell their Gripen fighter jets in neither in transfer of technology or Joint venture offer even when India’s homegrown LCA-Tejas project has been gaining traction and recently IAF placed an order for 108 improved LCA from HAL. Continue reading

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India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) aka INS Vishal might still be in the preliminary design stage, but it is pretty evident now that Two Cold war Bitter Rivals will join hands with India in the development of Next Aircraft carrier for Indian Navy which will help it dominate seas beyond its area of influence.

Russia’s Neva Design Bureau is closely working with Indian Navy’s Naval Design Bureau (NDB) which has been tasked to design and develop Biggest Warship India has ever developed in Country. Continue reading

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is all set to visit India next month and much delayed and much-anticipated sale of Japanese US-2 amphibian aircraft will be inked marking the first instance of greater defence equipment and technology cooperation between two countries on the backdrop of massive Chinese military modernisation.

Japanese ShinMaywa aircraft manufacturer will tie up with an Indian company and intent to manufacture around 15-18 aircraft in India and the same production line will be used to export this amphibian aircraft to other friendly countries in the region and further co-production of the aircraft and its upgrades also have been planned and according to spokesperson of ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd many countries are closely watching industrial collaboration between India and Japan on US-2 amphibian aircraft . Continue reading

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Indian again test fired 350 km ranged Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval warship in the Bay of Bengal. Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile was test-fired from the warship ‘INS Subhadra’.

India’s own advancement in the field of Submarine Ballistic missile system in last few years will raise questions on need for continuation of Dhanush Program which basically was developed as Surface to Surface missile in early 80’s under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and Army Variant dubbed Prithvi was one of India’s First short-range SSM are currently been phased out by Indian Army . Continue reading