American Aerospace Company Boeing is still a dominant player when it comes to its market share in Civilian Aerospace sector but when its comes to its defence subsidiary it makes its bosses all Jittery due to lack of growth projected in the sector in near future.

Boeing is only supplying F-18 SH to United States Navy orders for which is also drying up since US Navy is all set to make the transaction from F-18 SH to F-35B and F-35C 5th generation fighter jet programme spearheaded by rival Lockheed Martin Aerospace company. Continue reading


Indian Air Force in past few months might had a change of heart when it agreed to place orders for upgraded Tejas MK-1A which will now come with a host of improvements which were earlier marked for Tejas MK-II.

Tejas MK-II project is officially in the backburner, at least for Indian Air force which is clearly not interested in the MK-2 project, for now, which was recently confirmed by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Raha who while speaking to media said: ” As of now we are not interested in MK-II “. Continue reading


India will finally finalise design aspect of INS Vishal or IAC-II by the end of this year which will take another decade or more to materialise and enter service with Indian Navy but that is not stopping three countries from approaching India with their Naval carrier capable fighter jets for operations from INS Vishal.

Rafale M

India and France are holding negotiations for the likely sale of Rafale M. India likely will be offered new Standard F3 which became operational in 2009 which saw improved Thales Spectra electronic warfare suite and software enhancements to the radar and new targeting and reconnaissance pods. Continue reading


It was nearly 50 years ago in 1967 when India demonstrated its self-reliance in the development of indigenous weapons when Two key projects initiated by Government of India was successful.In the year 1967, HAL delivered the first batch of HF-24 Marut fighter jet designed with help from framed Aircraft designer DR.Kurt Tank to Indian Air force which was inducted into No.10 Squadron of Indian Air Force.

Very Same year in Mazagon Docks in Mumbai Indian Navy launched “INS Nilgiri ” lead Leander class of frigates which was the first major warship built in India from keel up in collaboration with Yarrow Shipbuilders UK and Royal Navy. Continue reading


Naval Commodore (Retd) close to has confirmed that Indian Navy is looking to buy four carrier-based- airborne early warning and control aircraft for INS Vishal aka IAC-II for which Northrop Grumman has provided Navy technical information on its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye which is only AEW platform which can operate from aircraft carriers.

India and United States are working closely in framing final design and technical aspects of 65000-tonne Indigenous aircraft carrier which India plans to build next. India is also keen on integrating Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aircraft catapult systems from the United States. Continue reading


Last July Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the floor of parliament informed Parliamentarians that Indian government has spent over 2,101 crores on the development of the indigenous Kaveri Engine but also earlier last year media reported that DRDO along with GTE had decided to wind up the Kaveri engine (GTX-35VS ) programme, signaling an end to a desi dream of equipping its own fighter jet with a home-grown power plant.

Same year GTRE officials on the sidelines of Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan in Goa also had confirmed to me that Kaveri engine will no longer power LCA and more or less project was on the back-burner due to constant delays over the years and bad press which lead to official delinking of the project with LCA-Tejas programme which eventual lead to funds drying up . Continue reading


Israeli Defence Analyst Caroline B. Glick who served has Captain in Israel Defense Forces in her latest report has urged Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in effort to maintain Israel’s qualitative edge against Iran should not depend on American solely on supply fighter jet after US administration rejected Israel’s requests for additional F-15 systems which it could have used to defend against Iran attacks.

US administration also has rejected Israel’s request to outfit its own electronics systems and bunker buster bombs in its current fleet of F-15 and instead wants Israel to buy F-35 which has been facing technical issues and will take next few years to fully become operationalised. Continue reading


We all have watched “TopGun ” and we have always wondered about a scenario at some point in time when our Naval Aviators knocked out rival naval fighters out of the sky.

with India and China already investing heavily in the development of indigenously developed Aircraft carriers for their navies and both navies with their new found Blue water Navy capabilities are all set to patrol each others backyard in a show of dominance in the region.

In next decade to come, both navies will have fully operational Aircraft carriers along with naval fighter jets which will likely see an interesting contest in the middle of the ocean. Tailing or buzzing of rival aircraft carriers in the open sea to gauge offensive and defensive capabilities of each other is quite a norm among navies around the world which have often resulted in diplomatic protests but such incidents never have lead to any serious confrontations in the sea. Continue reading


India’s Centre for Airborne systems (CABS) and DRDO along with Indian Air force will commence User trials of India’s AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control ) system integrated with Embraer’s EMB-145 aircraft which was ordered in 2008 by India to relaunch Countries ambitious Airborne Early warning programme.

First two aircraft likely will be handed over to IAF for operational use in 2016 and DRDO in principal has permission to develop five more systems based on an EMB-145 platform if air-force makes such a request with DRDO. Continue reading


Indian air force’s arsenal of the air-to-air missile has come a long way since 1971 war with Pakistan when IAF literally fought with onboard cannons against Sidewinder AAM equipped fighter jets after infamous Soviet-supplied K-13 AAM simply turned out to be a dud and had to be scrapped after the war.

Today Indian Air Force can be credited for acquiring new and potent next generation air-to-air missiles developed by European and Israeli firms which easily can be counted among the best AAMs in the world.

The article surveys new generation air-to-air missiles which are currently been acquired by Indian Air Force for its current fleet of fighter jets and skips under development AAMS or already inducted AAMs. Continue reading


India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) finally rolled out the first Prototype of turboprop Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) trainer aircraft in Bangalore recently after the whole programme which was in doldrums due to stiff resistance from Indian Air Force.

HAL plans to start ground runs and taxi trials in next few days and plans to complete its first flight by mid of this year so immediately certification trials can be started which it plans to complete by 2017 for the aircraft to enter Production by 2018-19. Continue reading


INS Vishal is the powerful carrier planned by Indian Navy (IN). The most striking feature is the nuclear propulsion and EMALS technology. The construction of INS Vishal might take 7yrs (USS Gerald R. Ford) or 9yrs (INS Vikrant). Project is expected to start once the INS Vikrant is commissioned.

IN has asked for fighter proposal from four countries and order will be close to 30-40 fighters. The contenders might be F-35C, Rafale and Mig-29K. Also Saab has pitched the Sea Gripen for carrier. Dassualt and RAC-MIG has issued statements showing keen interest in the program. Continue reading


For long Indian Naval, Planners have argued need to have three aircraft carriers in service which could allow two aircraft carrier battle groups (CBGs) each a self-contained flotilla with air, surface and sub-surface capabilities to cover Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal simultaneously.

INS Vishal aka IAC-2 which is still on drawing boards will be the ship which will see first Major Naval cooperation between India and United States on Strategic and high tech transfer of equipment and influence of western designers in India’s Second indigenous aircraft carrier which complete its final design by the end of this year. Continue reading


India and Russia have finally agreed to reduce Research & development (R&D) cost on the development of India’s 5th generation fighter jet based on Russian Pak-Fa which will now be under 4 $ Billion for both countries and has also agreed to India’s demands to allow them to purchase smaller fleet than originally discussed earlier.

Indian Air Force as per earlier media reports had indicated that it will go for 3 Squadrons of nearly 60 5th generation fighter jet based on Pak-fa down from 120 jets due to the higher unit cost which will be pegged at twice the cost of Sukhoi-30MKI at 220$ million per unit. Continue reading


According to latest media reports coming in, American and British intelligence agencies have successfully broken the encryption on transmissions made by Israel’s UAV fleet, which means Western intelligence agencies were able to watch and monitor what Israel Air Force droneS were up to for last few years now.

Photos/files leaked by former NSA and CIA analyst Edward include screenshots from videos recorded during the drones operations, which documented everything the powerful cameras of drones saw. Continue reading