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SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Recently IAF expressed its willingness to buy three more heavy C-17 Globemaster aircraft but bureaucratic delays might have denied Indian Air Force (IAF) to pick up brand new C-17s.

IAF which is the largest operator of C-17s after the US Air Force at present operates 10 C-17s and wanted to pick up three more C-17s but it is understood that Boeing only has single new C-17 available for purchase. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India’s Defence circle lately has been buzzing with talks that Ministry of Defence (MOD) is now actively considering closing down HAL’s intermediate jet trainer HJT-36 Sitara project which has not made any substantial progress for last few years and also has repeatedly missed its deadline to achieve IOC.

Earlier this year Indian Air Force (IAF) had asked the state-owned firm to stop its efforts to produce the Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT) since the project has been in tailspins for years now without no fixed date for final operational clearance in sight. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

One of the most critical nose-on low observability design elements going into a Stealth fighter jet is internal weapons bays. for Stealth missions aircraft entirely and critically depends on in its Internal weapons to carry out suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) or Strike missions in hostile enemy territories.

India’s own 5th generation fighter AMCA Program is all set to take off and official funding for the project is likely to be cleared by the end of this year. with aerodynamic design optimisation nearly completed AMCA’s final design is more or less frozen, but it still seems there is lack of clarity on AMCA’s Internal Weapons bay design aspect. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex recently closed first export orders for JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at ongoing Dubai Air Show which will be manufactured by Pakistan.

Media reports indicate Myanmar has become the first country to purchase JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. under an undisclosed deal Myanmar will buy 16-24 jets from Pakistan but the actual agreement will take place with Chinese AVIC company which will supervise sale and maintenance contract of the jets with Myanmar Air force. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)/ IMAGE COPYRIGHT KAUSHIK CHAKRABORTY

INS Chennai built at the Mazagon Docks was pictured fully completed currently been going through system integration so has to commence sea trials by the end of this year or early next year before it ready to be inducted by Indian Navy by mid of 2016.

INS Chennai has been built under Project 15A and is the third ship of the Kolkata-class destroyers being built for the Indian Navy. The 163-meter long warship, propelled by four gas turbines is designed to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. Continue reading

SOURCE :  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

According to media reports India officially has asked General Atomics and US Government on the possible sale of jet-powered Avenger (formerly Predator C) drone to India.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States later this year is likely to push for the possible sale of Predator Avenger drone to India even though India recently ordered Armed Heron-TP drones from Israel. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

” The EJ200 engine provides so much thrust that it can get the Typhoon from ‘brakes off’ to 40,000 feet in under 90secs.” claimed advertisement placed on an Indian Aerospace Magazine by Eurojet.

For long Eurojet has been offering India its EJ200 engines. first it narrowly lost to GE’s F414 to power Tejas MK-II since then they have again offered an Enhanced variant of EJ200 to be used as Power plant for India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet programme even though GE’s F-414 engines are favorites among AMCA developers. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Indian air force recently took delivery of 75th Pilatus PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft and air force chief later speaking to media said that Pilatus PC-7 MkII has been fully integrated into IAF’s training pattern and supported by Ground Simulators have streamlined training programme.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha also confirmed that IAF already has started using PC-7 Mk-II as Stage-II training aircraft due to limited availability of Kiran MK-II aircrafts and due to continuous delays associated with India’s IJT Program. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) After Successfully completing Hot and High Altitude flight trials recently has been currently been prepped to integrate rocket launchers, turret gun and air-air missiles for possible live weapon firing trials currently been planned for mid of 2016 said sources close to idrw.org.

Recent flight trials have established low-high speed handling characteristics at varying altitudes under its basic configurations and performance and handling qualities have been found satisfactory as per sources. Continue reading

SOURCE : Ranjan Kumar Parida / IDRW.ORG

The criticisms are not new, the development is slow and they say time is constant here like a black hole circling over India. Many shortfalls and many waivers but still to see the bird on IAF’s hand, yes am talking about HAL Tejas (LCA), will take you back to 1960’s with up and downs in Indian aerospace industry and finally a glimpse of hope with a big order and future development plan.

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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which remained grounded for more than two months, finally has resumed flight testing at end of last month after it was grounded due to defective landing gear systems which were first detected by Air force test pilots while carrying out weapon trials at the Pokhran range in the State of Rajasthan .

Three flights of the Tejas have taken place after it was grounded for more than two months by limited series production  LSP8 and LSP4 aircrafts. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is sweating hard to conduct a maiden test flight of its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in December. 3.1-tonne single-engine LUH prototype has completed series of Ground trials and currently has been involved in series of preflight testing.

HAL is under lot of pressure from Indian Armed forces to deliver on the deadline promised to them and India’s upcoming contract for purchase of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian military in the same period is direct threat to the HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter Program since both helicopters can substitute each other and if HAL fails Indian Military planners will simply place orders for Kamov Ka-226T warned Defence analyst Ranesh Rajan . Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

IAF chief Arup Raha while speaking to media again confirmed that Indian air force will not be placing any new orders for sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts and the production run of Sukhoi-30s will end after remaining aircrafts are delivered for which orders have already had been placed with State-owned HAL.

IAF and HAL were in a formal discussion about a possible small order for Sukhoi’s to replace crashed aircrafts which were lost in last few years in various accidents. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When India started working on Development of 4th generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighter jet programme in 80’s India not lacked technical knowledge and experienced manpower to work on prestigious project 4th Generation programme but also lacked even basic Aeronautical infrastructure to support the programme.

With LCA aircraft all set to enter production soon, and all necessary Aeronautical infrastructure already been created in the country over last three decades it has been automatically assumed that AMCA programme will be able to leverage experience gained from the development of LCA Programme. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Even at peak of its Squadron strength, IAF never in its fleet had over 25 % of aircrafts which were powered by Twin-engine fighter jets but come 2015 with coming retirements of single engined Mig-21 and Mig-27 Squadrons of which will be replaced by heavier Twin engined Sukhois operational and Life cycle cost of IAF has been steady on the rise which has started to worry Ministry of Defence (MOD) .

MOD already has raised this issue with Indian Air force about its rising operational costs and how new measures can be applied not only to reduce rising fuel costs but also factor in optimum utilisation of resources. Continue reading

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