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Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Paresh Raval and Dr Kirit P Solanki in Lok Sabha today informed Parliamentarians that Government of India has not entered into any agreement with any European aircraft manufacturer for the development of Tejas Mk-II aircraft.

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on sidelines of Paris Airshow earlier this year had said that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has offered to help develop the Mark II version of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA MkII) and also set up a manufacturing hub in India. Continue reading


As per media reports Ministry of Defence (MOD) will likely clear a Proposal send by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to set up a Second production line for LCA-Tejas to crank up its production rate and reduce the time taken to assemble each aircraft.

IAF is likely to place orders for 108 Tejas MK1-A aircraft which will make up six squadrons, Second production line for Tejas MK1-A will likely be cleared by the end of Q4 by Government said informed Industrial sources close to Continue reading


German Company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) which was initially considering offering Type-212A /Type-214 Conventional submarines for India’s Project-75I is now open to offering more recently designed Type 218 diesel-electric submarine developed by its HDW subsidiary to beat rising competition in upcoming Indian Submarine tender to procure Six Stealthy Diesel Submarines equipped with AIP Systems.

According to media reports, TMKS which have started manufacturing two new Type 218SG diesel-electric submarines for the Republic of Singapore Navy is willing to offer new submarine customised as per Indian Navy requirements to meet India’s Project-75I technical requirements. Continue reading


In a Major Boost to Indian Private defence sector companies, tri-service purchase requirements of Very Short Range Air Defense (VSHORAD) tender issued in 2010 will be scraped again for the second time to allow Indian Private defence sector companies to become co-developers of selected equipment in India after Transfer of Technology (TOT).

India’s initially will purchase 5185 units followed by local production along with TOT for follow-up order might be of around 15000 units, which will be manufactured in India with selected Indian Partner by selected winner. Continue reading


India lost one of the gems of Test Pilot who had achieved a legendary status in Indian Air force year ago in a criminal act. Retd Air commodore Parvez Hamilton Khokhar who has been credited with more than 5000 flying hours on 62 different type of aircraft will always be remembered has a maverick of test pilot India has ever seen for decades to come.

Parvez Khokhar graduated as an experimental test pilot in 1978 from framed ASTE Air Force Test Pilots School and was soon deputed to test high-risk trials on HF-24, Ajeet and Mig-21 fighter jets. Continue reading


Informed sources close to are now confirming that development of LCA Tejas Mark 2 with uprated GE-414 engines for Indian Air Force has taken a backseat after IAF agreed to place orders for updated LCA Tejas MK-1A which will now come with Four key features which were originally marked for MK-2 Variant.

Indian Air force along with HAL and DRDO are working on deal which likely will be concluded by end of this year or early next year where current MK-1 air-frames will be used to develop Stopgap MK-1A variant will feature new AESA Radar along with EW pod and In-Flight Refuelling (IFR) receiver probes with improved maintainability of aircraft by 2017. Continue reading


French Aerospace Major Dassault Aviation has agreed to provide assistance to India on designing undercarriage for the naval variant of the LCA as one of the offset conditions on India’s purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jet from Dassault Aviation.

Current Naval LCA MK-1 suffered several long delays due to over-engineered undercarriage which also was overweight in turn limiting operational capability of the jets. lack of expertise’s and understanding of safety limits required for undercarriage and landing gears lead to the design of heavier and over-engineered systems for Naval LCA MK-1. by roping in Dassault Aviation, India wants to let LCA Navy Mk.2 developers bring right balance between Safety Standards and meeting standard operational capability of the jets to avoid unnecessary delays in the programme. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha confirmed that in next few years Indian Air force will retire Non-upgraded MIG-27 fighter jets from its fleet in next 2-3 years, Non-upgraded Mig-27 make up around three squadrons which will be retired in the first batch.

Mig-23 and its Strike optimised derivative Mig-27 will be largely remembered for it’s controversial and highly accident-prone history in Indian Air force, which gave it dubious distinction of ” Widow-maker ” since it had higher crash rate per flying hour when compared to Mig-21s in Indian Air force Continue reading


After home-grown nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant successfully conducted ejection test of an underwater Dummy B-05 (K-15) missile for the first time in the Bay of Bengal, more tests are been planned for this month said informed sources to media.

INS Arihant and Dummy B-05 (K-15) missile are been tested in fully operational configuration to validate underwater Ejection mechanism and series of Ejections are planned to mimic different operational configuration under which nuclear submarine and missile firing will take place. Continue reading


In our previous report ( Read French refuse to Integrate Indian Weapons systems in Rafale jet), we had informed how French officials were refusing to integrate Indian developed weapons system in french build Rafale jet specially Airforce demands to integrate Indigenously developed Astra Beyond visual range Air to Air missile with Rafale’s Thales RBE2 AESA fire-control radar system.

As per informed sources IAF and Dassault and French officials have now come on board and have agreed to India’s request to integrate Astra BVRAAM after India agreed to pay the additional cost for system integration which also requires minimum structural changes to its wing pylons. Continue reading


Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is all set to visit India next month and much delayed and much-anticipated sale of Japanese US-2 amphibian aircraft will be inked marking the first instance of greater defence equipment and technology cooperation between two countries on the backdrop of massive Chinese military modernisation.

Japanese ShinMaywa aircraft manufacturer will tie up with an Indian company and intent to manufacture around 15-18 aircraft in India and the same production line will be used to export this amphibian aircraft to other friendly countries in the region and further co-production of the aircraft and its upgrades also have been planned and according to spokesperson of ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd many countries are closely watching industrial collaboration between India and Japan on US-2 amphibian aircraft . Continue reading


Indian again test fired 350 km ranged Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval warship in the Bay of Bengal. Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile was test-fired from the warship ‘INS Subhadra’.

India’s own advancement in the field of Submarine Ballistic missile system in last few years will raise questions on need for continuation of Dhanush Program which basically was developed as Surface to Surface missile in early 80’s under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and Army Variant dubbed Prithvi was one of India’s First short-range SSM are currently been phased out by Indian Army . Continue reading


Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s maiden trip to India in mid of December will see much talked about agreements on Nuclear and Defence deals, it also will be for the first time India and Japan will exchange note on Ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

On backdrops of India’s successful test firing upgraded anti-ballistic missile, called AAD (Advanced Air Defence) visiting Japanese military planners will be briefed about recent developments and will also discuss possible collaboration on ballistic missile defence capability. Continue reading


Su-30SM at Latakia Airbase Syria

Earlier in the month of October it was reported that Turkey’s F-16 jets were harassed and put on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 aircraft on the Syrian border, Turkish air force spokesperson said that F-16 jets were held on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 plane for a total of four minutes and 30 seconds.

Since there was no visual confirmation of the make and country it belonged it was presumed that it was Mig-29 belonging to Assad’s air force, even though many western Defence experts were not sure if Mig-29 of Syrian airforce had such technical capability to have a radar lock on multiple fighter jets. Continue reading


last year the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had cleared the Spike ATGM deal worth Rs. 3,200 crore deal for 8,000 plus missiles, 300 plus launchers and requisite transfer of technology to an Indian firm.

Spike family includes Spike-SR (800m), Spike-MR (2500m), Spike-LR (4000m) and Spike-ER (8000m). Spike-LR and Spike-ER are also vehicle mountable and Spike-ER can also be fitted into Attack copters. Continue reading

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