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Numerous Attempts by Indian air force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to convince European developer and manufacturer of Meteor missiles to allow the missile system to be integrated into India’s LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jet has received another setback after MBDA again refused to differ from its stand taken by the company earlier on integration of long-range air to air missile on India’s Tejas Mk1A .

MBDA officials last year had told HAL and IAF that governments of European countries who own majority of the shares in the company have imposed a ban on the integration of long-range Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on Non-European fire control radars to protect the sensitive technology of the missile system which is considered as the best Air-to-Air missile in the world. Continue reading


Falling fighter squadron strength and lack of procurement of next-generation fighter jet has not deterred Indian Air-force’s long term force projection plans to acquire at least 100 unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) by 2030 informed industrial sources close to

Indian Airforce in past has shown key interest in the procurement of over 100 Avenger UAVs from the US-based General Atomics. Avenger UAV basically is armed drone powered by a jet engine with a basic level of stealth but sources confirm to that UCAVs which are much more advanced then Armed UAVs like Avenger are to be procured as a separate addition to the unnamed platforms which IAF is keen to operate in next decade. Continue reading


Siddharth Negi joined Indian Air Force (IAF) as a Flying Officer in 2009 and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader in a very fast time in the service that he was one of the Youngest Test Pilot at the IAF’s premier Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) only the fifth such institution in the world which evaluates aircraft and systems for induction into user organizations and only selects pilots with the best of the best flying skills who are up for flying such high-risk certification missions.

It is now confirmed that heartbreaking coincidence was that Squadron Leader Siddharth Negi lost his life on his Birthday and he had just turned 31 year old but had achieved so much in the force that many of seniors believed he was destined for much higher roles in the organizations in near future and will be missed by all in fraternity. Continue reading


                        Video grab from the crash site

News just coming in that Mirage-2000 trainer of Indian Air Force has crashed at HAL Airport in Bangalore. As per early inputs received Both pilots have ejected from the ill fated aircraft but their are also unconfirmed reports that one of pilot didn’t make it and another one has suffered serious injuries and has been taken to air force hospital but as per latest inputs he to didn’t make it .

this is second crash of IAF fighter jet in less than a week , few days back Jaguar ground attack aircraft crashed in state of UP while on routine training sortie is waiting for more news inputs for more information , so kindly hang on


11.30 : Sqn Ldr Negi and  Sqn Ldr Abrol were pilots of the Mirage-2000 trainer

11.44 : After takeoff aircraft developed snag and pilots had low ejection

11.46 : Mirage-2000 trainer was recently upgraded by HAL and was going though customer acceptance trials before it been handed over

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                                         ASRAAM ON F-35A

If reports are to be believed then the next generation infrared-guided Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile, also known as ASRAAM missile which is designed and built by MBDA UK will soon become standard air dominance weapon also for Sukhoi-30 and LCA-Tejas fleet after its successful integration with Sepecat Jaguar strike aircraft earlier as part of Part of the Jaguar upgrade programme.

New generation close combat missile (NGCCM) as defined by IAF will be replacing aging Soviet-Russian supplied R-73 short-range air-to-air missile on Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fleet and IAF and HAL along with its associated labs have already completed flight data simulation and wind tunnel testing of ASRAAM on air-frame of Sukhoi-Su-30MKI jets and it is believed that Captive flight trials will be followed up with live weapon trials by end of this year. Continue reading



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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-14 (LA-5014 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 20-January-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-14 flew for 32 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-14 is fourteen  Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-12 had completed its first flight on 28-November-2018 Successfully. SP-13 which is assembled at the second LCA-Tejas production line is also ready and will be conducting its first flight in a week. Continue reading


Larsen and Toubro Armoured Systems which was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in Hazira, Gujarat showcased first glimpses of L&T developed Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) which it aims to provide as a fully indigenously developed Infantry armored fighting vehicle to replace aging, Soviet-era BMP-2/2K infantry combat vehicle (ICV) fleet from the Indian Army.

$8-billion worth project will replace around 1900 BMP series ICV made by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) since its induction in 1980. Under Make in India’ project, the Indian Army is expected to place orders for nearly 2600 FICV for which TATA Motors, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Mahindra Defence, TATA Power SED, Reliance Defence, and the Ordnance Factory Board are in a race to provide their product for the Indian Army for trials. Continue reading


As per media reports, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) likely to conduct the first experimental trial of its newly developed surface-to-surface tactical missile Pralay from a defence test facility off Odisha coast on Saturday. but again due to unforeseen delays has forced DRDO to postpone today’s missile test for a later date. The solid-fueled Canister based Tactical Pralay surface to surface missile was supposed to e first test in September 2018 but was postponed due to technical reasons and later in December due to cyclone Pethai which led to inclement weather at the test range.

DRDO may try again tomorrow,since Pralay Missile mobile launcher with tracking equipment are already at the location and India had issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight for 17th and 18th but no missile tests were carried out and new tests were to be held today, which again didn’t happen. Continue reading


According to data provided by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which has designed and developed LCA-Tejas fighter aircraft, In 2018 LCA-Tejas Program successfully completed 624 developmental flights in the year which is the highest number of sorties carried out in the program since the inception of the test flight program from 2001. Previous best was in 2013 when 503 developmental test flights had taken place in anticipation towards Initial Operational Clearance (IOC).

2018 was no different, most of the developmental test flights were done so that the LCA-Tejas Program gets closer to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard which will clear development of FOC Standard LCA-Tejas aircraft which will start from October later this year by HAL. Continue reading


India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0430-0630 and 0830-1030 UTC for 17th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 200km.

Solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile Prahaar (“Strike”) was tested 2018 which has a range of 150km. Prahaar Project after its first trial in 2011 was revived after 7 years to build a Tactical missile system which can provide offensive firepower to the Indian Army against Chinese forces. Continue reading


Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is looking to procure 30 lightweight multi-role fighter to complement its fleet of F/A-18D and Su-30MKM, respectively and has sought bids for the same from International vendors who have shown interest are Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with FA-50 Golden Eagle, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) with JF-17 ,United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) with Mig-35 and now India too has been invited for the bids and have been urged to Send LCA-Tejas aircraft for Evaluation.

Saab could also position the JAS-39C/D Gripen as per local Malaysian reports ,this if for the first time India has told to submit their bid and also send the aircraft for the local trials in Malaysia which could open first export opportunity for the indigenous fighter jet program which already has been cleared for export by Indian defense ministry . Continue reading


In 2012, India and Russia agreed to Jointly develop Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) which Russians Call Il-214 but in 2016, India decided to withdraw from the program after serious difference cropped up due to technical specification of the Transporter forcing IAF to advise its government to back off the program.

MTA/Il-214 was supposed to replace aging An-32 light military transport aircraft which India had procured from soviet Unions in the early ’80s. IAF operates over 100 of them across the breadth of the country and is known as a workhorse of the Indian Air Force which is regularly used to access Strategically placed Airbases in Northeast and other regions for the supply of materials, equipment and for deployment of Troops.

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DRDO recently postponed the missile’s maiden test launch due to Cyclone Phethai but region continues to face Inclement weather due to which developmental trials of India’s Pralay Tactical Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) has been hold up and has forced DRDO Scientists to wait for weather gods to present them a launch window.

Pralay, is a tactical Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under a classified project to meet Indian Army’s firepower requirement in its eastern border with China where PLA also has deployed tactical missile system of similar class towards India.

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As per industrial sources close to, Ministry of Defence is likely to place follow-on orders for more Seven Chinook heavy-lift choppers American aviation giant Boeing and the US government soon to avail price validity of previous deal for 15 Chinook choppers signed earlier in 2015.

A contract for the purchase of CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing had a clause where India can place orders for seven extra Chinooks for the same price, but this clause is time bound and already previous contract has gone through 10 price validity extensions and it will be difficult for Boeing and US government to offer additional helicopters at same price if India is unable to place orders in time. Continue reading



                                                 Artist Impression

India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings on the Bay Of Bengal And North East Indian Ocean for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0230-630 UTC. As per coordinates provided, the area is around 350 kilometers in length.

Speculation is that India will be carrying out an Experimental trial of its Chinese centric Pralay Tactical Missile system which has been in development for last few years. Continue reading

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