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The longstanding demand of Indian Air Force to allow its Test pilots to flight-test one of Russia’s 5th generation T-50 fighter jet will be met soon after a formal Joint development agreement for the development of FGFA based on T-50/PAk-Fa is signed between India and Russia said UAC President Yuri Slyusar.

Earlier this year India and Russia have agreed to reduce the cost of joint Sukhoi/HAL Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project by 40 percent and Both have since reached consensus on cutting the project costs to $8 billion, to be invested by India and Russia over the next seven years. Continue reading

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Rail gun is a weapon capable of launching projectile without the usage of explosives or propellants, but, are launched at extremely high velocities, mach 7 (at sea level) or more. Capability of launching projectiles at velocities higher than guns and cannons makes rail gun hit targets at greater ranges capable of hitting the target with extreme speed and accuracy thus nullifying the escape factor of the enemy platform or an approaching projectile. With the usage of rail gun the hazards of usage of explosives and chemical propellants are evaded as well.

In a conventional gun system gas expansion resulting from the usage of explosives and chemicals prohibits launching a projectile to velocities greater than 1.5 km/s and also limits the range to 80 kilometers. Ballistics of a rail gun far outperforms the efficiency of conventional cannons/gun system. Provisioning of one million amperes of current will create a tremendous force on the projectile thus accelerating it to a speed of many kilometres per second . A rail gun can hit a target 250 miles away traveling at a speed of around 16,000 meters per second in 6 minutes. Such a typical rail gun power supply may require a launch current of 5 mega-ampere for a few milliseconds. Continue reading


India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Quest for Affordable Air power has led to two major developments for Indian Air Force lately. Sukhoi has agreed to cap joint development cost of FGFA 5th generation fighter jet at $ 4 Billion each which means the Earlier price of $ 12 Billion demanded by Russia due to price inflation has successfully been reduced after hectic negotiations with visiting Sukhoi officials.

Parrikar was also instrumental in forcing Dassault to agree to sell Rafale Fighter jets at 2011 price submitted to India and refused to budge demands made by French negotiators who were adamant to sell Rafale fighter jets after adding current price inflation. Parrikar and his team were also successful in tackling many bluffs made by French team to force India to agree on a higher price. Continue reading


Mig CEO Sergei Korotkov said that Indian Air Force and Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) never officially debriefed Mig Corporation, why its Mig-35 fighter jet offered under MMRCA Contract was eliminated and what were technical reasons for ouster from MMRCA Race, before EAD’s Eurofighter and Dassault Rafale fighter jets were shortlisted by India for final rounds .

Success of Mig-29UPG programme and India’s commitment to procure one or two fighter jets over 36 French Rafale fighter jet currently been negotiated has reignited Mig Corporations hope of landing a deal with India to manufacture Mig-35s in India with Private defence partner but he also confirmed that Mig corporation nor Russian government had held any official discussions with Indian government on possible sale of Mig-35 to India. Continue reading


With Indian Air Force coming aboard and placing orders for Updated Tejas Mk.1A based on MK-1 air frame which will now come equipped with AESA fire control radar of Israeli origins, along with In-flight refueling probe and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) which will be carried externally in a pod instead of within fuselage will be available for testing from 2017 According to Dr S Christoper Chief of DRDO.

Dr S Christoper speaking to Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review has confirmed that proposed LCA Mk.II which will come with General Electric F414-GE-INS6 engines generating 98 kN thrust along with lengthened fuselage will no be ready before 2024. Continue reading


Part II of a two-part series on Why India should rope in Boeing to help in AMCA fighter jet. Click here to read Part I.

2016 seems to have not changed fortunes of Boeing’s defence unit when last week U.S government and Pentagon gave defence contractor Northrop Grumman go head to work on estimated $80 Billion worth of contract to develop Long Range Strike Bomber Program for US airforce.

LRS-B is a proposed affordable long-range strategic heavy-payload stealth bomber which will make up numbers which US Air force could not make up when B2 Stealth Bomber came at $2 billion each price tag leading to only 21 B-2 been ever produced out of 132 planned initially. Continue reading



Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar with his recent statement that by the end of this year a Private defence company will be selected to produce one or two fighter jet to replace retiring Migs from India air force has caused a flutter among International fighter jet manufacturers.

Buzz among Indian Defence Journalist among major publications is that Lockheed Martin F-16 might be pushed to India has one of the fighter jets which will be Made in India by Private defence firms for Domestic and Export Market which could be also used as a major spare hub for more than 26 air-forces around the world. Continue reading


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

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