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Air India One was recently clicked while carrying out ferry flight from one Boeing facility to another for the first time showcasing its new livery scheme which is for the first time is different from the Standard Air India Paint scheme. Two Boeing 777-300ER replaces the nearly 25-year-old Boeing 747 used by Air India to ferry President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to be inducted by July.

VT-ALW seen in the picture was manufactured in 2018 and was part of Air India’s 2006 order of 68 aircraft given to US-based aircraft maker Boeing. Both Boeing 777-300ER has been upgraded with defensive countermeasures against Surface to air missile, direct Satellite communications, and encrypted communication systems at an additional cost of Rs 810.23 crore. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is on its way to establish a third production line for the Tejas Fighter Jet by end of November later this year and which will be used to manufacture initially 18 Twin Seater LCA-Tejas Trainer variant which is part of 8 Trainer order that IAF has placed previously under Tejas Mk1 contract and 10 additional order soon to be placed under Tejas Mk1A contract, said a report filed by Mail today.

30,000 sq meters of HAL land have been used near Nekkundi to set up a third production line for the Tejas fighter jet which is equipped with structural assembly hangar, process shop, and sheet metal shop, among others. Continue reading

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The latest Video probably shot in early May shows, Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF) personals damaging PLA’s Dongfeng 4×4 Light Tactical Vehicle and holding one of the regular PLA personal to the ground. In the video, Indian forces can be heard saying ” Beat them ” in Hindi and Dongfeng CSK131 which comes equipped with digital map software, and Beidou satellite communication and positioning system were seen being damaged by the Indian forces.

Contrary to some reports in Indian media that, which claim they that Chinese PLA Troops are sitting 3km inside the Indian side of the LAC, Latest Satellite images acquired by the Multiple OSINT Community does confirm that PLA Troops are sitting near LAC on their side and not on the Indian side. Continue reading

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The Indian MoD has approved the procurement of the Infantry Combat Vehicle (BMP-2/Sarath) manufactured by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Medak (OFMK) which is Indian license-produced variant of the BMP-2 developed by the Soviet Union.

BMP-2 Sarath is a second generation, amphibious infantry fighting vehicle introduced in the 1980s in the Soviet Union and license-produced in India from 1987 by OFMK. BMP-2 is still active with more than 30 operator countries and since 1987, OFMK has manufactured over 1250 BMP-2 for the Indian Army in various variants. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal RK Bhadauria wants Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to carry out conversion of the first 16 IOC (Initial Operational Clearance ) configuration aircraft from the first Squadrons to the FOC (Final Operational Clearance ) configuration as seen in the second squadron so has to maintain combat effectiveness of both the Tejas Mk1 Squadrons without relying on State-owned HAL ‘s LCA- Division team which it has relied on all these years for regular maintenance works of the first squadron.

Bhadauria wants BRD and Squadron level technicians to take over full maintenance activities of the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fleet henceforth and rely on HAL only for major maintenance activities like when they are due to for ” Major Overhauls ” as prescribed by the manufacture like IAF does for all other fighter jets in its fleet. Continue reading

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The upcoming fighter jet will no longer be called as Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) or as Tejas MkII Internally anymore and soon IAF and ADA will propose a New Project name for the aircraft so that it is not associated with the LCA-Tejas Program due to incremental additional capabilities the aircraft will come with.

ADA and MOD are still calling upcoming fighter jet in Medium Class as Tejas MkII in its Internal documents since original Mk2 program started as a re-engineering program for the Tejas Mk1 aircraft with a more powerful engine and since that has been dropped and a new design with higher weapons and combat range capabilities have been approved, it no longer can be called as Tejas Mk2 or LCA anymore. Continue reading

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On the Day, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria operationalized No. 18 Squadron, ‘Flying Bullets’, second indigenous LCA-Tejas Squadron at the Sulur air base, Second Final Operation Clearance (FOC) certified LCA-Tejas SP-18 was also sported in full IAF livery ready to join the second squadron in next few days.

According to media reports, SP-18 will commence its Low and High-speed trials soon and will complete its first flight soon and after mandatory pre-delivery flight tests it will be flown to Sulur for official handover to the 18 Squadron, ‘Flying Bullets’. Continue reading

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The State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after demonstration of critical six-turn spin test capability is now one step closer to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) as testing of the aircraft post lockdown is in full swing and latest media reports confirm that Indian Air Force (IAF) and HAL are all set to ink a contract for 70 HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) soon.

IAF recently canceled the previous proposal to acquire follow on 36 Pilatus PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft from Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland and instead might go with HAL HTT-40 BTA to boost Made in India aircraft orders down the line. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria recently has confirmed the air force’s intention to acquire 70 HTT-40 BTA from HAL. Continue reading

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Second Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Squadron in Final Operational Configuration (FOC) will be resurrected by the No. 18 Squadron, Flying Bullets to be inducted into the Indian Air Force on 27 May 2020 as per information provided by the ” Delhi Defence Review “.

The squadron last flew the Indian license-built Mikoyan MiG-27ML until the aircraft was withdrawn from Indian service in April 2016. No.18 Squadron (Flying Bullets) will be initially be based in Sulur Air force Station in TamilNadu and might later move to Kalaikunda Air Force Station which was the previous base for the Squadron, No.18 Squadron also has operated from Air Force Station Hindan in the past. Continue reading

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Ministry of Defence and Government of India intends to procure Micro Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for the Indian Army with an operational range of up to 5 Kilometers, weighing not more than 6 Kilograms (All Up Weight) and endurance of not less than 60 Minutes and with Vertical Takeoff and Landing mode (VTOL).

Micro RPAS should be lightweight, to be used as an aerial surveillance platform with day and night sensors to enhance the situational awareness of squad and troop involved in various special operations tasks. As per Tender documents, initial requirements are for 150 Micro Remotely Piloted Aircraft System which needs to be delivered within 12 months of the contract. Continue reading

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Brazil’s ambassador to India Andre Aranha Correa do Lago in An interview with India’s Public Broadcaster Doordarshan has said that Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is welcome to explore a tie-up with Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer Aerospace company after Boeing pulled out of a $4.2 billion deal to acquire the commercial plane division of its Brazilian rival Embraer.

Former Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dr.R.K.Tyagi has written a letter to Hardeep Singh Puri who is Minister of Civil Aviation of India had advocated India buying at least 51% stake in the Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer S.A., so that E-Jet E2 medium-range jet airliners and ERJ145 Regional Jet can be used to meet the requirements of the UDAN scheme where according to him there is a requirement for nearly 300 aircraft in next decade or so. Tyagi says these jets can be manufactured in phase manner in India and Government should considering buying the majority stake in the company before others especially China makes an offer. Continue reading

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State-owned HAL after lockdown has commenced its operations and production line of indigenous LCA-Tejas MK1 fighter jet was restarted but as per media reports it is not moving at the pace like before and the supply of some of the components from foreign suppliers are also hit due to Chinese virus situation.

SP-21 which now has been given new tail number SP-17 will be carrying out a few more mandatory flight test before it is handed over to IAF and SP-22 (SP-18) which has completed its integration and currently has been moved to Paint workshop to get a new paint coat before it commences Low and High-speed trial before it is cleared for the first flight by the first week of June. Continue reading

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Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. that IAF will buy additional 83 jets, apart from an earlier deal for 40 aircraft, for $6 billion and also said that “The IAF is saying, I would rather take the indigenous fighter, it is good.” when asked about the global tender for jets under which IAF had plans to buy 114 jets from Global vendors like Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp, JSC Rosoboronexport , Dassault, Eurofighter Consortium and Saab AB who have send their proposals for their fighter jets.

Procurement of 114 jets from a foreign vendor was over 83 LCA-Tejas Mk1A jets which IAF had finalized with state-owned HAL and was due to be inked by now but was delayed due to CoVID-19 situation in the country. Amid recent calls by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who stressed the need to buy locally made products to boost an economy battered by the Covid-19 outbreak,it was expected that IAF might drop plans to buy from a foreign vendor. Continue reading

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Boeing 707-337C SIGINT platform used by Aviation Research Centre (ARC) the airborne wing of R&AW and flown and maintained by the Indian Air force (IAF) was found flying over Pakistani airspace on popular real-time and world’s most popular flight tracker application called ” Flightradar24 ” most likely due to a technical glitch.

Flightpath of IAF’s Boeing 707-337C SIGINT over Pakistani air space was posted and flagged on Twitter by some in the Indian OSNIT community members which use the Flightradar24 app for regular monitoring of the flights of AWACS, Transport, VVIP and SIGINT platform used by IAF and Pakistan Air force on both sides of the border.

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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a rare admission made a sensational claim that 36 persons have embraced Shahadat only in last month due to Indian ceasefire violations on Line of control which put Indian OSNIT community in overdrive since Pakistani ISPR or Media never reported such high casualties and in fact as per report filled by Pakistan’s DAWN News Paper on 11th May 2020, who spoke to Syed Shahid Mohyiddin Qadri secretary of civil defense and disaster management in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, who put the civilian death toll in the ongoing year to only seven !.

As per Pakistan media reports which idrw.org went through for April only four civilians killed near LOC by Indian Army fire were confirmed, which leaves many to wonder who remaining 32 dead were as claimed by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. As per DGISPR claims, only 3 Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Rakhchikri Sector on 3rd April due to Indian Army fire which means nearly 29 are still unaccounted for. Continue reading

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