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Senior Scientists at India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) while speaking to Defense correspondence Dr. Anantha Krishnan M, have confirmed that seventh trial of India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile ” NIRBHAY ” will feature an Indigenous Seeker and Small gas-turbine Manik Engine developed by GTRE, which they plan to test fire within years time.

Officials at Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is in charge of the Nirbhay program also confirmed that development work on the Nirbhay program is now complete and now their focus has shifted towards development of user-specific variants for the Air force, Navy, and Army based on their requirements which they plan to accomplish within the next 3-5 years. Continue reading


India’s all-weather beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile Astra missile has been cleared for a limited production run recently and pre-production samples ordered by Indian Air Force will be getting an indigenous RF Seeker which was also tested successfully in the recent tests, thus replacing Russian Agat 9B1103M active radar seeker used on the Astra trials in the past.

Industrial sources close to have now confirmed, that development of second Astra BVR-AAM variant too might be cleared soon and will incorporate an indigenous Imaging infrared (IR) seeker with dual waveband imaging infrared seeker which with its RF Seeker variant can dodge any counter-measures deployed by target aircraft. Continue reading



After Hectic round of trials with Arrestor Hooks and software upgraded, Pilot controlled Leading Edge Vortex Controller (LEVCON) system, LCA-Navy NP-1 is all set to head back to the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) facility commissioned into the Indian Navy at INS Hansa in Goa what could be the last round of trials before it is cleared for Aircraft carrier trials from INS Vikramaditya.

NP-1 will demonstrate landing with use of Arrestor hook at SBTF before it can be cleared for Aircraft carrier trials said reliable industrial sources close to all flights trails of the new Arrestor hook have been successfully and LEVCONS which is a small extension to an aircraft wing surface will now improve the airflow at high angles of attack and low air-speeds. Continue reading


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The Directorate General of Air Defence Artillery of Indian Army has proposed, local development of Medium Range Precision Kill System (MRPKS) to be equipped for its light regiments and to also replace its aging Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm BM-21 “Grad multiple rocket launcher systems from its inventory.

Need for MRPKS was felt by Indian Army due to limited usage of current Pinaka and Smerch Multiple launcher Rocket system in the mountainous terrain due to poor road development in these areas which prevents deployment of Heavy 8×8 and 10×10 Vehicles, which are used for mounting Pinaka (214 mm) and Smerch (300mm ) MLRS systems in this regions. Continue reading


State-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has confirmed that the developmental trial phase of long-delayed Nirbhay Sub-Cruise missile is officially over and the DRDO has approached Indian Navy and Indian Army to come up with their own specific variant requirements, which will enable the missile system to enter production in next three years.

Indian Navy has asked, DRDO for a Ship-based Nirbhay Sub-Cruise missile variant with a range in excess of 1500 km and could prefer a range close to 2000 km, which DRDO is currently studying by making available extra onboard fuel in the missile and by also improving fuel burn ratio but Indian Army has come up with new requirements which can take more developmental time. Continue reading


Dr. Girish Deodhare, Director General, ADA speaking to the Indian media has confirmed that flexibility studies of Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft based on AMCA design have been completed and the flexibility study report has been accepted by Indian Navy and the program is set to enter design phase by end of this year. Indian Navy in 2016, had approached ADA to develop a carrier deck version of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and soon flexibility studies were commissioned in 2017 to see if it is viable to convert Airforce-AMCA design into Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft.

While ADA is tight-lipped on proposed changes which AMCA will have to go through to be converted into a Carrier based 5th generation fighter aircraft, Industrial sources close to have said that ADA is well aware of challenges that it will face in the program and is counting on Navy Mark-2 program to provide necessary experience that it believes will act as a stepping stone towards the development of N-AMCA program. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has confirmed that HJT-36 Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) had flawless flight yesterday after been grounded for nearly three years. As per picture realized by HAL, Tail section of the HJT-36 has gone through a high level of modification which was recommended by the BAe, hired as the consultant by HAL.

The modification was based on comprehensive wind tunnel studies said HAL official. As seen in the picture above, Tail has been moved little further south and ventral fins have been added so that aircraft can be easily recovered when in spin even by a rookie trainee pilot. Continue reading


HAL has revived its intermediate jet trainer programme to help rookie IAF pilots and the first flight of heavily modified Hindustan Jet Trainer (HJT)-36 was carried out from HAL Complex in Bengaluru by Wing Commander Pratyush Awasthi (Retd) and Group Captain Subroto Chaki successfully today as per media reports.

The chronic spin problem, which had grounded the aircraft for many years now, according to HAL officials has been addressed with changes made to the air frame and after few initial flights, aircraft will be available for Spin tests in coming weeks. The intermediate jet trainer has been facing the problem with the stall and spin trials which was never resolved and aircraft was declared unfit to be flown by rookie pilots due to which Government of India and IAF had stopped further funding for the program, a few years back. HAL was suggested to fix issues with HJT-36 with internal funds of the company or scrap the programme altogether. Continue reading


Adani Defence & Aerospace which has tied up with Ilyushin Aviation Complex of Russia to offer Ilyushin Il-112 light military transport aircraft to Indian Air Force (IAF) to replace aging An-32 light military transporter after India walked away from joint venture to manufacture Il-214/MTA a 20-tonne aircraft to replace the An-32 transport aircraft in service in both the Indian and Russian air forces.

According to Ilyushin Aviation Complex, Il-112V is designed for transporting and parachuting of light weaponry and equipment, cargoes and military personnel, as well as for transporting a wide variety of cargoes when operated in commercial service. Il-112V is capable of auto landing approaches to categorized aerodromes (minimum requirement being ICAO category II) and manual landing approaches to aerodromes poorly equipped with or having no radio technical equipment. Continue reading


According to confirmed media reports, Nirbhay subsonic land-attack cruise missile tested today by India, was powered by Russian NPO Saturn 36MT mini turbofan engines and not by the indigenously developed Manik mini turbofan engine. The missile covered 650km in 42.3-minute fight duration and performance pre-set trajectory and maneuvered as low as five meters to a range of 2.5km during it’s entire flight regime .

This is for the first time the missile flew such low, which in military terms is called as Tree top level of flying to remain under radar coverage but it also demonstrated that it posses anti-ship capability by flying close to 10 min or nearly 150 km at such low altitude which is a record for any local weapons itself. Continue reading


The Gun Carriage Factory recently handed over 5 of the 114 guns that the Army had ordered and Indian Army is already transporting them to Line of Control (LOC) to beef up Army capabilities at the border with the Pakistan. The Army will induct one complete Dhanush regiment, with 18 guns, by the end of this year and 155mm x 45mm artillery guns like Dhanush are increasingly required to supplement firepower provided by Bofors guns to retaliate against shelling by the Pakistan Army along the LoC in the current round of confrontation.

Dhanush has a hitting range of 11 km more than the original Bofors gun and is equipped with an inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, onboard ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system. Dhanush Weights less than 13 tonnes, with has a high ground clearance of 400 mm, ‘Dhanush’ is the “most maneuverable artillery system” and can be easily deployed in mountainous terrain. Continue reading


After spending nearly 15 days in Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia, Two Tejas fighter jet along with IAF contingent will be heading back to India with fuel stops in Myanmar and then back to Kolkata said official twitter handle of Indian Airforce.

IAF’s IL-76 and C-130J aircraft landed at Langkawi, Malaysia yesterday to ferry back, ground crew and a team of HAL engineers who were part of the IAF contingent at LIMA 2019. Tejas fighter jet was part of the static display as well as performed daily sorties at the Airshow & captivated the audience with a scintillating performance. Continue reading


The Netra airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft flying well within inside Indian Airspace was the operational brain that guided Indian Air Force’s 12 Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet which was used to bomb multiple camps operated by the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot and in other areas. Operational success and continues use of Netra AEW&C for providing surveillance and radar coverage in the area has improved image of the aircraft among Top brass of IAF who always favored bigger AWACS platform with longer radar coverage and platform range that DRDO is now planning to offer upgraded Netra AEW&C Radar package on new platform to IAF.

While DRDO is working on Bigger ” AWACS INDIA ” program which will use a bigger platform like Airbus A-330 wide-body jets, DRDO has approached IAF and has offered upgraded Netra AEW&C Radar package which can be mounted on an Airbus C295 tactical air-lifter which now will be manufactured by Airbus-Tata locally in India soon. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited chairman R Madhavan recently said that HAL and IAF are close to sealing a final agreement on production of 83 upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet and anticipating fresh order in near future, HAL is now augmenting its production capacity which can be rampped up to 24 jets per annum once Mk1A fighter jet goes into production.

Production capacity for the Tejas will be doubled from eight a year to 16 from next year onward when a second production line at the Aircraft Division (Bangalore Complex) will be ready but due to delays in placing of orders for Mk1A fighter jet yet, first flight is now been planned only in 2021-22 but to compensate for loss of time, HAL plans to use its underutilized Nashik facility to further argument its production capacity. Continue reading


Speaking at a media briefing at the 2019 LIMA exhibition in Langkawi, Russian officials have confirmed that the Russian Government is set to clear export of the Sukhoi Su-57 PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft to many prospective customers like India and to countries in the middle east and Asia.

Su-57E (Export) could be officially unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November 2019 and middle eastern countries seem to be the prime focus of Russian officials but India and China are other two long term allies of Russia who will be offered the aircraft. Russia already has closed a deal for 24 Su-35 with China and Su-35 is also offered under India’s tender for 114 fighter jets and Russians officials believe both countries will gradually warm up to Su-57E in near future. Continue reading