First, of the aircraft coming from the second LCA-Tejas line, SP-5 successfully conducted its maiden flight yesterday after suffering delays of few months due to technical reasons. SP-5 after few rounds of Initial flights will be handed over to the No. 45 Flying Daggers, the first Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron to be equipped with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

SP-5 reportedly suffered from Technical issues due to the shoddy job at the second line which was developed by HAL from an erstwhile Kiran hangar. The main production line has the capacity to assemble 5 aircrafts and the second line has a capacity of 3 aircrafts per annum. Continue reading


Current Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat was the first serving Army chief who acknowledge India’s cold start Doctrine for the first time. Rawat was also first to confirm that cold start doctrine which Pakistan felt was defeated after the development of tactical nukes was still alive and kicking and was likely to be further enhanced and modified to take care of Pakistani tactical nuclear threats.

In 2016 elite Mathura-based Strike Corps of Indian Army carried out major exercise ” Shatrujeet” which involved 30000 personal. Aim of the strike crops what to carry out a simulation to validate and skills to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) warfare. Continue reading


According to a report prepared by Shiv Aroor, India’s Public sector Aerospace Design Major Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) who are jointly working on development of India’s first Stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) are planning to carry out first flight trials of a scaled model of Ghatak UCAV Codenamed SWiFT (Short for stealth wing flying testbed) by end of this year .

ADA and IITK researchers are using a scaled down model powered by a Russian Supplied NPO Saturn 36MT turbofan engine to test their design. The remotely piloted scaled model will act as subscale technology demonstrator to record airflow and stealth characters of the design for its entire flight regime. Continue reading


For years, an eye was kept on Lhasa airfield through Google Maps. The Lhasa airfield being a forward staging base does not have any aircraft shelters or ammunition dumps. Some four years before, Lhasa airfield used to host a detachment of 5 Su-27s. The satellite imagery of Lhasa airfield hosted by, has not been updated for a long time.

So, through this image, we can see that how Lhasa airfield used to look like. To the east of the terminal building is the PLAAF apron. A detachment of five flankers could be seen. Later a detachment of J-10s were rotated against Flankers. When J-10s came to Lhasa, a detachment of J-10s was maintained for the first time in Hotan airfield in Xinjiang. This was the situation even when both PLA and Indian Army were locked in tent pitching war somewhere in Depsang plains. Continue reading


According to Chinese Military specialist while speaking on Indian Naval Capabilities in a Military show hosted by state broadcaster CCTV channel, identified long-range surface to air missile (LRSAM) jointly developed by Israel and India has one of the key weapon system which can neutralise firepower of the People’s Liberation Army Navy while operating in the Indian ocean to a great extent.

Advanced air and missile defence system joint development by IAI and DRDO were designed specially to take down Chinese developed Sub-sonic cruise missiles in anti-ship role. Israel Navy Ship (INS) Hanit in 2006 was attacked while patrolling off the Lebanese coast with Chinese C-802 cruise missile which was supplied to Iranian forces but was smuggled to target Isreali Navy. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Government in India might have just little over a year before Country goes back to election mode, this time to elect new government in the centre but after Budget 2018 was announced it seems like it is unlikely Modi government is in any mood to acquire or take any big decision on procurement of big-ticket defence items which has been stuck from the time of previous UPA Government .

Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy which are all three important wings of Indian armed force, have many big-ticket defence items which had been stuck for last 10-15 years or more at the hands of Defence Ministry due to red tape and procedural delays but it seems Modi is failed to free Defence Ministry from the slow bureaucratic system of India. Continue reading


While India is yet to select an engine which will power India’s efforts to develop a 5th generation fighter aircraft dubbed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) but as per Industrial sources close to, the long pending decision on the selection of the supplier might take place this year.

India till now has received proposals from General Electric, EuroJet Turbo GmbH and Rolls-Royce on supply of low bypass turbofan jet engine which could be used as the power plant of the AMCA and then there is also offer from Safran to co-develop a new engine using Kaveri engine core to meet AMCA’s Specific demand to generate 110kN Class of Thrust . Continue reading


Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) which has been working on a new 7.62-mm fully automatic assault rifle to replace in-service INSAS rifle from 2016 is sweating it hard to deliver 50 Indigenous Assualt rifle in time by end of April so that final trials of the Gun can begin by Indian Army as per latest media reports.

New Indigenous Assualt rifle will meet General Staff Quality Requirements (GSQR) issued by Indian Army says, insiders of OFB after, pre-production models send for Army evaluation threw up some inconsistencies during the basic trials. Continue reading


Strava, the fitness-tracking app which relies on the smartphone GPS to track a user’s exercise sessions, which includes cycling, running finds itself the subject of a controversy. According to reports, a heat map shared by Strava, which shows the exercise activity of its users across the world, has ended up revealing secret military bases for the US and other countries as well. The app lets users post their activities on the social network and also follow others, who are into the same fitness activities on the app.

The map, which was first shared by the company in November 2017, includes? a total of one billion activities from all Strava data through September 2017. The heat map also shows 3 trillion latitude and longitude points and includes around 10TB of raw input data, according to the company’s original post. Continue reading


With over 96% indigenous content and with the solid backing and orders from Indian Army and Indian Airforce, India’s indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile is fast emerging as Reliable, efficient and yet low-cost weapons system which has potential to replace several vintage Air Defence system used by many countries in the Asian region.

As part of performance enhancements package, Akash will be receiving an addition of Seeker on the basic Akash-1 version to further improve its interception reliability against aerial targets. Continue reading


India’s present development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) and Smaller Drones locally is pathetically low to meet a large number of requirements felt by the Indian Armed forces. with technology trajectory of UAV’s and Drones moving to next level in the usage of their military applications, Rising Regional Power like India is embarrassingly depended on imported Drones to meet its requirements.

Some of the local projects initiated by India which has seen success are Pilot-less Target Drones like Abhyas and Lakshay and Netra which is a light-weight, autonomous UAV for surveillance and reconnaissance operations, India still doesn’t have a significant drone program which has tasted any success. Continue reading


Longtime Critic of F-35 Program, US President Donald Trump has reportedly cleared US Militaries officials and Lockheed Martin’s proposal to explore completely new potential customers for its 5th Generation F-35 fighter aircraft outside its traditional circle of allies who largely procure the US made weapons.

One of the reasons for the exploring new potential buyers of F-35 is due to the United States Air Force’s inability to procure 1,763 F-35A jet by end of 2038. With a shorter production run of only 60 F-35A per annum from earlier proposed 80 per annum could seriously derail cutbacks in the cost which Lockheed Martin had announced after President Trump took office. Continue reading


Internally initiated by India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in 2008, Development of India’s first 5th generation multi-role aircraft with stealth characters is yet to take off even after it had officially received Air Staff Requirements from Indian Air Force for development of 5th generation fighter aircraft way back in 2010.

For the Developers of LCA-Tejas, Development of AMCA has come as a real shocker due to much more complex and mammoth project requirements which years of LCA-Tejas experience seemed insignificant. without any technical milestone in the project to flaunt, AMCA is yet to get official full-scale clearance from the Ministry of Defence and PMO which has pushed back initial induction timeline of AMCA in IAF from 2025 to 2030-35 period. Continue reading


Indigenously designed and developed India’s first long-range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay which can carry warheads weighing up to 300 kg towards a target located 1000km away will be making its Republic day debut this time.

Two-stage missile is 6 meters long, 0.52 metre wide with a wingspan of 2.7 meters. It can fly at a speed of 0.6 to 0.7 Mach. Its launch weight is about 1,500 kg an for the first time was spotted in Republic day Parade rehearsal with Missile Launcher. Continue reading

SOURCE:   Indrajit Majumdar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s been more than 30 years now from when India truly started perusing its DEW dreams especially in Laser technology. It was Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), the key institution on whose shoulder it was putting its trust for its dreams to become real. Since then LASTEC developed and tested several types and classes of Laser sources, Lasing mediums, associated technologies for each types and classes, several types of laser applications etc. etc.
LAB in the Centre Stage:
Yes the LASTEC it was, the central lab responsible for all the actions on that field. And there are reasons that why LASTEC and why not others. The question is valid because peoples may think that when the LASTEC stands for Laser Science and Technology Centre, it’s obvious that it will be given the work because it was meant for the type of work.

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