State-owned behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is hopeful of flying its future multi-role helicopter, a mock-up of which was unveiled at the just-concluded Aero India here, by 2019 — but the engine for it has not yet been finalised.
Finer details of the chopper, which will be the biggest rotary wing aircraft ever made by India, will be finalised only after specifications are received from the users to develop the different versions that are planned. Continue reading
Six countries in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East consider buying Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets armed with BrahMos cruise missiles, BrahMos Aerospace representative Previn Pahtak told Sputnik.
Chief executive of the Indian-Russian joint venture, Sudhir Mishra, earlier said that the test launch of an airborne version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from an Su-30MKI was slated within the next two months. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
GE Aviation has handed over two F414-GE-INS6 engines which will eventually power Tejas MK-II by 2020. GE Aviation is in process of handing over 6 more F414-GE-INS6 engines this year alone confirmed GE Aviation to Indian media.
In October 2010, the F414-INS6 derivative of the F414 was been selected to power the MK-II version of India’s HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). India expects to purchase up to 99 installed engines. Continue reading
SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
March 10 is the date set by India to test BrahMos with an enhanced range of 450km. Existing inventories of BrahMos will all soon get software updates which earlier capped their range to 290km due to MTCR regulations.
BrahMos missile which is already in service with Indian Army and Indian Navy will have its software limitations removed allowing it to hit targets up to 450km which is 55% more range than existing blocks. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
What has been the impact of India gaining a seat, last year, at the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) – a global club it courted for years before being finally let in?
The man who answered was none other than the boss of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr S Christopher. He chose the Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missile BrahMos to make his point. Continue reading
Now, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) may have to pay the government for getting accurate timings on par with the global standard for various activities like launch of satellites and flight operations.
So far, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has been extending the service free of cost to ISRO, IAF, Indian Railways, State Bank of India and several other agencies. The move is aimed at ramping up NPL’s chronometer infrastructure to match global standards. Continue reading
A grenade-dropping drone, 3D fly-on-the-wall radar to see through a 20-m-thick wall and a ‘dogo robot’ armed with remote pistol are some of the latest weaponry provided to the NSG to undertake lethal counter-terror operations with a punch of stealth. The federal contingency force, drawing from its experiences in combating terror attacks and hostage situations in closed spaces in urban areas, has inducted some of the smartest gadgets and arms used by Special Forces and SWAT teams world over.
A senior official told PTI the ‘black cats’ force, giving an edge to its sharp-shooters, has recently upgraded sniper rifles and inducted the German PSG1 A1 which carries an enhanced number of 20 rounds to engage and pin down targets for a longer time and is complemented with longer range and extreme accuracy. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
The media is yet again in hyperdrive over the possibility of a military restructuring in the country: With ongoing talks of appointing a single-point military adviser, tri-service commands/integrated theatre commands/China-style commands being formed, synergy being brought into the military; all signalling that the greatest ever restructuring of the Indian military is in the works.
But somehow, we fail to remember that similar hype over the restructuring is created periodically; which may well be termed as the bureaucratic “great game”. Reference to political masters is irrelevant here because they depend on the bureaucracy; and as the bureaucracy says, “governments come and governments go, but we are there forever.” Continue reading
The army has lost 26 soldiers in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir in the first two months of 2017, while the security forces have stepped up the heat against militants, killing 22 ultras in 50 days — the highest since 2010.
While 20 army personnel including an officer lost their lives in avalanches in the valley, six soldiers were killed during counter-insurgency operations across the state that led to the killing of 22 militants as well, security officials said. Among the security force personnel killed was an officer of the rank of Major who laid down his life while battling militants in Handwara area of Kupwara district on February 14. Continue reading
The printing presses in Lahore and Karachi owned by the Office have returned with fake Rs.2000 note that was launched by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to curb terror financing and
also eliminating black money through an almost two-months long arduous demonetization drive.
The Office is code word for Pakistan ISI Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) production unit that runs various clandestine printing presses using sophisticated technology to destabilize India’s financial system. What is more worrying for intelligence officials is that Rawalpindi based ISI headquarters has activated Bangladeshi network headed by Amanulla and Khaliq to pump in newly manufactured fake Rs.2, 000 bills via Dubai. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE QUINT
The 11th edition of Asia’s biggest air show ‘Aero India’, will draw to a close on Sunday on 18 February 2017. As per reports in the media, this edition witnessed participation of 30 countries and over 72 state-of-the-art aircraft. Over 270 companies from India and 279 from abroad would have participated in the air show, which is expected to see a footfall of more than two lakh business visitors.
Having spent over a decade in Bengaluru, first at the Aircraft & Systems Establishment, Indian Air Force (IAF) and then at Naval Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Project Office at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore, I have seen the air show grow from strength to strength. In the 2003 edition, I was fortunate to fly in the Composite Formation – an arrowhead formation comprising two of each, HJT16 (Kiran), Mirage 2000 and Su 30 MKI, led by a lone Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Delhi Police suspect that the Rs100 fake Indian currency notes recovered from two persons in Sonia Vihar on Friday, were to be supplied to eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, where assembly polls are being conducted in seven phases.
Sources in the special cell said that the two men, Sanjeev, 31, and Arvin, 35, have disclosed that in the past two months, they circulated fake notes worth Rs 2 crore within Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-NCR, including areas of Noida and Ghaziabad. Continue reading
Everyone wants an eye in the sky, relaying live videos in clandestine avatars. Blurring the military-civilian divide, the market for mini unmanned aerial vehicles (mini-UAVs) is on the verge of an explosive boom.
The just-concluded Aero-India 2017 had enough small drones on display to indicate the impending trend. But pushed by firms — big and small, domestic and foreign — the mini UAVs had a distinct feature — all were fixed-wing, agile and designed for stealth. Unlike the quadcopters sold commercially, the fixed wing could take off silently, rise up to altitudes of one km and quietly relay live feeds of enemy territory. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
It is an unusual line-up, not very easily seen elsewhere in the world. The majestic Russian Sukhoi-30, the highly advanced French war-plane Rafale, and the American warhorse F-16, all streaking across the sky, with an occasional sonic boom signalling their friendly banter over Bengaluru.
Every two years, in February, most of the global manufacturers in the aerospace industry assemble in the south Indian city to parade their finest products. Their aim — to entice one of the world’s biggest military spenders, which is also home to several dozen rich who count private aircraft and helicopters among necessities of life. Continue reading
It is not often that a senior government official publicly recommends a book by an academic, especially if the former is in the Pakistani military and the latter at an American university. However, that is exactly what Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s new Chief of Army Staff, did in December 2016 during a gathering of senior army officers at Rawalpindi Garrison in the General Headquarters.
The military had no business in running the government, Pakistani newspaper The Nation quoted Bajwa as saying, and the General asked the gathering to read Steven Wilkinson’s Army and Nation: The Military and Indian Democracy Since Independence (Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2015. 295 pp) to understand civil-military relations in Pakistan’s arch rival. Continue reading