” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 

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Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) fought hard with Indian air force and Ministry of defence (MOD) to Save Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft project from been dropped in favor of imported Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircrafts which are already used by Indian air force as a Basic trainer aircraft (BTA) to provide basic training at Air Force Academy (AFA).

But going by past record of HAL and the mess Indian air force is in due to delays in Intermediate jet trainer (IJT) project which already has missed Seven Internal deadlines and failed to get Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) last year, DAC on request of Indian air force will now appoint a Ministry of defence (MOD) Committee which closely monitor the project and will report all progress to Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) . Continue reading


“Buzz around Indian Air force personnel is that FGFA’s technical specification might be downgraded ” Said Journalist while speaking to who didn’t want to be named. Facing continuing deadlock over R&D draft with Russia over the development of stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) which will be based on Sukhoi’s T-50 Stealth aircraft.

India is planning to take Sukhoi-30MKI route in development of FGFA which will be developed as per IAF requirements over the years and technology required by IAF will be sourced from existing suppliers which thus will reduce R&D draft contract which stands at 11$ Billion Continue reading


Indian air force request to procure Second hand French Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft has been cleared. Aircraft will be supplied by French Armée de l’Air (Airforce ) from their Reserve and will replace Mirage-2000TH trainer which had crashed in 2012.

IAF operated 10 Mirage-2000TH trainer aircrafts, but in 2012 IAF lost Two Mirage-2000s in accidents and both aircrafts were trainer variants. now down to 8 trainers IAF had made a request to Ministry of Defense to buy 2 Mirage-2000TH trainer aircrafts as Attrition replacement but the purchase of only one has been cleared by MOD. Continue reading


Moscow has agreed to sell China six battalions of the state-of-the-art S-400 missile system. While Chinese media has been propagating that new missile systems will enhance its air defense capability against the United States and its allies in the Western Pacific (Japan).

Indian media or Armed forces are yet to make any threat assessment of S-400 missile system sale to china and how it could create a regional imbalance in south Asia. Missile sale will still pose a serious threat to Indian Air Space not the only in the northeast but the also in the western sector. Continue reading


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a Press Release informed that he has initiated Quality Audit of eight factories which will be undertaken by a globally reputed firm to improve upon the existing processes and attain Zero Defect production system. of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Continue reading


According to Ministry of defence, (MOD) Press Release ‘Ghatak’ assault rifle (7.62X39mm) developed by Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) has been cleared by Paramilitary forces. ‘Ghatak’ assault rifle (AR) has met all the technical parameters of General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQRs) issued by Paramilitary forces which fall under Ministry of Home affairs. Continue reading


Sitanshu Kar Spokesperson for Ministry of Defence (MOD) has tweeted and confirmed that Homegrown 155mm 45 Caliber Artillery Gun Dhanush has met all tech parameters in Winter and Summer Trials. desi Bofors howitzer completed its final round of user trials in Pokhran field firing ranges after successful winter trials in the mountains of Sikkim.

Earlier last year Indian army has placed a part order with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to make 20 pieces of these howitzers which will be followed by bulk order of more than 100 guns which now will be placed since it has cleared final rounds of user trials now . Indian Army final order might be of more than 400 guns and OFB can produce 100 guns every year after guns are cleared for production. Continue reading


Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted that “One C-130J Super hercules aircraft of IAF has just taken off from Hindon with NDRF teams for Kathmandu”. He said after dropping the NDRF team, C-130J will perform an aerial recee to check road communication to Pokhara and return to Hindon.

An IL-76 a/c of IAF will leave at 1800 hr for Kathmandu from Bhatinda carrying NDRF teams.One C-17 Globemaster III will fly later this A/N from Hindan to Kathmandu carrying Rapid Reaction Aero-Medical Team. Continue reading


Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to P Nagarajan in Lok Sabha today informed Parliamentarians that Government of India has delivered three Cheetal Helicopters with allied equipment and spares to the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on the agreement with the Ministry of External Affairs. Continue reading


Two years ago when IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules landed in Daulat Beg Oldie, Ladakh it was a clear Political Statements and a show of strength to China, that aircraft which belongs to a tactical transport aircraft of the special operations squadron demonstrated that it is capable of rushing special forces commandos to the theatre if necessary.

Ability to operate near Line of Actual Control (LAC), the scene where intrusions and stand-off with Chinese troops are becoming a norm in last few years Gives the IAF a six-fold increase in deployment capabilities. Recently India and United states agreed to enhance Indian air forces C-130J with specialized electronic intelligence kits called as “Senior Scout ” which is an Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system. Continue reading


According to Russian media reports, Russian Army will start receiving, 20 units of beta versions of a future main battle tanks which will usher in the 5th generation MBT for next-generation warfare.

While characteristics and appearance of the platform remain classified, but there is no doubt in minds of many Russian defence experts that as soon as Production line is streamed line Russia will offer an export variant to countries which operate Soviet era Main battle tanks like T-72/T-80/T-90 . Continue reading


Saab’s factory in Linkoping has started final assembly work on the first prototype of Gripen E and the aircraft is due to be rolled out by 2016, followed by first flight. Saab plans to add 2 more jets before Certification is completed by 2018 and aircraft enters production in 2018-19 onwards.

Collapse of MMRCA tender and Defence minister Manohar Parrikar clarifying that only Light aircraft will replace Mig-21 in Indian air force has reactivated Gripen Lobby in India, but a plan observation of above-mentioned timeline will clear many misconceptions that G2G deal for Gripen E will resolve all problems of depleting fleet strength of Indian Air force . Continue reading



A Jingle by online E-commerce website which says ” Hindustani dil kehta hai aur dikhao aur dikhao ” which roughly translates into ” It’s an Indian heart which says show me more (options), makes me wonder if access to too many options is actually delaying procurement of crucial defence equipment for our armed forces .

Spoiled by options of too many, defence tenders are leading to longer procurement delays since each proposal has to be studied thoroughly and product offered also needs to be evaluated at all parameters and to avoid risk of losing company going to Courts and stalling the projects, armed forces also need to give detail explanation on what grounds their equipment was rejected and how it failed to meet user requirements . More the options more delays are observed in many ongoing tenders lately. Continue reading


Indigenous content in INS Visakhapatnam which will be launched today and also will be India’s biggest Destroyer stands at 65 % which includes 11 indigenous weapons and sensor systems of indigenous content.

Ship will enter into water for the first time and weapons and other integration will take place in next few months and the ship is poised to be inducted by June 2018. Continue reading


last month Dornier Do-228 belonging to Indian Navy Aviation Squadron 310, took off from INS Hansa in Goa for a night operation but crashed 25 nautical miles off the coast of Goa, Navy pressed 12 search and rescue ships and four aircraft, but it was almost a day later that wreckage of the ill-fated Dornier could be located along with bodies of co-pilot and observer officer.

” As we continue to grow ( Naval Aviation ) and fly more over Sea we will require faster flow of rescue operations at sea, every hour is critical ” Said Naval Source to from the very same base which lost Two of its finest in that crash . Continue reading

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