” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 

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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


T. Suvarna Raju, Director (Design & Development) of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd speaking to media spilled the beans that ongoing Collaboration with Israel to develop Improved AESA radar based on ELTA’s developed LM-2052 – Active Electronic Scan Array Airborne Fire Control Radar will also be used on fighter jets of Indian Air force.

Improved EL/M-2052 active electronically scanned array radar will be used on Tejas MK-1A aircraft and will also be used in IAF’s Jaguar Darin III upgraded jets. Continue reading


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


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Robin K. Dhowan speaking to Indian media highlighted some of the steps taken by Indian Navy to fill the operational gap due to the shortage of helicopters and also confirmed that case for procurement of additional ALH Dhruv is in the final stage of negotiations with HAL.

While in past Indian Navy had virtually written off the naval variant of the advanced light helicopter (ALH), Dhruv, saying it has failed to meet basic operational requirements. Navy only operates 6 Naval Dhruv and have refused to place further orders with HAL since it was not satisfied with the chopper’s rotor blade folding mechanism which are crucial for storage of helicopters on warships. Continue reading


India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) recently cleared the purchase of estimated Rs 40,000-crore worth of Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia last month.

But after his visit to Russia, there was no official word on what happened to possible purchase agreement of S-400. While few Indian Media houses reported that Russian officials have given Indian officials Cold response on the matter related to the sale of S-400 Air defence systems to India, now reports are emerging that Russia is arm-twisting India so has to secure another multi-billion dollar Military deal. Continue reading


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


Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) chairman T Suvarna Raju recently stated that as Indian Air Force has cleared specification termed Standard of preparation 2018 (SOP-18) for improved LCA Tejas MK-1P which clearly mentions incorporation of few key requirements such as air-to-air refueling probe, podded self-protection jammer, integration of AESA radar and improved maintainability of the aircraft .

first improved LCA Tejas MK-1P according to agreed schedules between HAL and IAF will have its first flight by 2017 and enter production by 2019 for which IAF already has committed 108 Aesa equipped MK-1P type while earlier 40 ordered LCA Tejas MK-1 will come with Israel Aerospace Industries/ELTA Systems-supplied EL/M-2032 MMR fire control radar. Continue reading


According to the Chinese Ministry of National Defence (MND) website Twin seater J-10SH belonging to PLAN’s East Sea Fleet crashed during a night training flight on 17 December with both Pilots carrying out successful ejection from the ill-fated aircraft.

Crash occurred in Zeguo town, Taizhou city, near Zhejiang Province and it is a third confirmed crash of the Chinese J-10 fighter jet this year while unconfirmed reports put a figure of 4 crashes in 2015 alone. Continue reading


Visit of Prime minister Narendra Modi to Russia carried a lot of expectation for Indian Air force which had hoped visit to could finally break the logjam in many long-pending Joint ventures which are refusing to take off due to the mutual difference between India and Russia.

News coming from Moscow on Indo-Russian 5th Generation fighter FGFA project is not much encouraging and IAF is pretty much furious about the lack of any development on the deal for last few years now.

Reports which are emerging in Indian Media reports indicate that India and Russia have again failed to find a breakthrough on talks of the development of PAK-FA 5th generation fighter jet and certain section even calling deal on Pak-FA collapsed indefinitely. Continue reading


According to a report prepared by French Newspaper ” la tribune” visiting French president Francois Hollande to India will sign two key defence contracts with India which will involve the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets and follow up orders for Conventional Scorpene Submarines.

Report also says that Since launch of first lead class Kalvari Scorpene class submarine which has been manufactured by the Indian shipyard Mazagon Dock (MDL) in India, French government has been aggressively pursuing with India to exercise follow up option mentioned in original Scorpene Submarine deal which allowed India to place orders for 3-6 Submarines of similar configuration if need arises . Continue reading


Colombo-based Sunday Observer first broke the story that India has offered to Sri Lanka its Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to counter Pakistan’s earlier bid to sell to the island nation its JF-17 fighters developed in collaboration with China.

As per a report prepared by Sunday Observer, the Srilankan government wanted to purchase Chinese developed lightweight, single-engine FC1-Xiaolong Fierce Dragon) aka JF-17 Thunder but has witnessed strong opposition from Indian Government who are preparing a counteroffer to the Srilankan government as per well-informed sources. Continue reading


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


LCA-Tejas will be making its International Debut in Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) which will start from 21st January to 23rd early next year. As per official data provided by the organiser of Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS), 108 Aircraft are now confirmed to be participating at the 2016 edition of Bahrain International Airshow.

As per Data provided Two, LCA-Tejas Aircraft have confirmed their participation which will be carrying out Static and Flying displays to prospective customers and thrill visiting audiences. Continue reading


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Robin K. Dhowan while speaking to media said that Navy will like to be part of countries ambitious project to develop its own stealth combat drones or UCAVs (unmanned combat aerial vehicles) which can carry internal weapons for Strike missions.

Defence Ministry recently cleared Rs 2650 crore project to develop futuristic Stealth UCAV with an 8-year deadline in the country for which a new “52-kN dry variant aerospace engine will be developed from the technology used in indigenously developed Kaveri engine which failed to become power plant for the Tejas light combat aircraft. Continue reading


While India’s first indigenously developed Nuclear submarine INS Arihant is busy completing the last leg of weapons trials before being commissioned into Indian Navy in February early next year, Follow up submarine of Arihant class named ” INS Aridhaman” too has been prepped for a soft launch next year as per latest media reports.

INS Arihant which was soft launched in 2009 took nearly 6 years to complete Harbour and Sea trials before it embarked on weapons trials in mid of this year, with System integration experience of INS Arihant in hand, Navy is now confident that turnaround time of INS Aridhaman from Soft launch to commissioning will be cut by half when compared to INS Arihant and will enter service in 2019 . Continue reading

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