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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


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The squadron last flew the Indian license-built Mikoyan MiG-27ML until the aircraft was withdrawn from Indian service in April 2016.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


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



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


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


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


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 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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Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other State-owned public sector companies have been asked to Ministry of Defence (MoD) to prepare a list of projects that can be shared with the private sector companies and the MSMEs in development of Mini/Nano and combat drones to give a massive push to the Make in India initiative as India looks to develop and work with Private sector companies to develop locally series of Mini/Nano and combat drones to be used for Anti-terror operations especially in the Kashmir Valley.

MoD is also looking to procure drones which can be used for surveillance in anti-terror operations in identifying where terrorists might be hiding before troops enter any building or house. Most of the casualties happen when troops enter houses that are suspected of hosting terrorists and are hiding when search operations are been carried out. we require special sensors and airborne thermal devices that can detect movement inside the house so that our forces don’t enter blind and not have to face a volley of bullets fired by the terrorists said informed sources close to Continue reading


After its Developmental Partner, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) showcased Barak-8ER (Extended-Range) surface to air missile system with a range of 150 km which is extended variant of the Medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) named in Indian Air Force (IAF) and offered it to India, DRDO its Indian partner has decided to develop a local version of it with inhouse technologies instead of relying on the IAI.

DRDO has planned to test MRSAM missile system with an additional rocket booster which could have doubled its range from its current 70-80km to 140-150 km for the Air Force version which also requires minor changes to the mobile launch canister design and tweaking to the phased-array radars, command, and control system of the missile. Continue reading


With Rising tension with India, Pakistani Air Force (PAF) burned the midnight oil on the night of 6/7th May morning by carrying out multiple deployments of air assets where Indian OSNIT community were able to monitor 3 SAAB’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) will call sign, FATEH1, BURAQ1 and HAIDER1, and Pakistani Navy’s One ATR72 Sea Eagle maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and Hawker Beechcraft 850XP ELINT aircraft which were strangely seen patrolling over land close to Indian border possibly to gather Electronic Intelligence, while at least 3 MALE CLass UAVs were also patrolling the skies.

Unusual deployment of AWACS and MPA aircraft for surveillance and Electronic Intelligence suggests that something might have spooked PAF after reports emerged that IAF had increased Combat Air Patrols (CAP) missions near the Pakistani border at multiple sectors which could be why 3 AWACS were patrolling whole night across the border. Continue reading


Indian Intel agency has warned that Pakistan is overlooking the development of Do-it-yourself (DIY) small drone the size of a model airplane to be used to arm it with explosives to kill troops in the Kashmir and this drones might be provided to Pakistan backed terrorists and a new batch of infiltrators might be carrying them.

Rudimentary man-in-the-loop remote controlled setup with a fixed forward-facing video camera and a single front-mounted propeller drones made locally are cheaper to manufacture and can’t be traced back to the country where it was supplied to if it was manufactured by a multinational company. Continue reading


Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL has dropped hints that 2 ex Jaguar strike aircraft procured from Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) by India have been used to rebuild an existing IAF Jaguar strike aircraft which had a mangled airframe near front fuselage section and probably was put in storage due to lack of airframe structure since the production of the aircraft has been shut decades ago and retired now by all its former operators making India its lone operator in the world now.

Oman had retired its last four operational Sepecat Jaguars in 2014 and had purchased 12 in the mid-’70s and maintained the same level of fleet till 2014 when they were retired. Two airframes were procured by India to be used as spares for the existing fleet of 90 jets in the IAF. IAF also has plans to acquire 31 Ex-Jaguars from the French air force which were to be donated free of cost to India also to be used as spares. Continue reading


With 20000 Confirmed cases of Chinese virus and over 450 deaths, Niazi continues to justify his so-called ” Smart Lockdown ” after being under fire from all quarters for refusing to put the country in complete lockdown as the Chinese virus spreads. In a new low for selected Prime minister of Pakistan, who continues his obsession with Modi has now taken it to a new level by dragging his name in a pandemic situation in his country and his lack of action in his own country.

PM Imran, while addressing a conference at COMSTECH Institute, said that the Indian prime minister didn’t even think of the poor masses while announcing the lockdown. “Narendra Modi turned out to be a coward who shut down the whole country because of the pandemic,” the selected said. Continue reading



Chief of Army Staff Mukund Naravane of Indian Army while speaking to amid increased attempts by the Pakistani Army to infiltrate trained Terrorist across Line of Control (LOC) has warned Pakistani military that their policy of trying to bleed India with 1000 cut for last two decades will not work and is failing.

Chief also said that Pakistani Army Policies continue to fail but it beats his imagination that they think it will work in the first place and yet they continue to reinforce their failures in Kashmir. their strategy of death by 1000 cuts and ours will be death by 1000 cuts and the plus one will always be with us (Indian Army) and they will never succeed until they realize both countries can work for peace full borders. Continue reading