” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 

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Informed sources close to are now confirming that development of LCA Tejas Mark 2 with uprated GE-414 engines for Indian Air Force has taken a backseat after IAF agreed to place orders for updated LCA Tejas MK-1A which will now come with Four key features which were originally marked for MK-2 Variant.

Indian Air force along with HAL and DRDO are working on deal which likely will be concluded by end of this year or early next year where current MK-1 air-frames will be used to develop Stopgap MK-1A variant will feature new AESA Radar along with EW pod and In-Flight Refuelling (IFR) receiver probes with improved maintainability of aircraft by 2017. Continue reading


French Aerospace Major Dassault Aviation has agreed to provide assistance to India on designing undercarriage for the naval variant of the LCA as one of the offset conditions on India’s purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jet from Dassault Aviation.

Current Naval LCA MK-1 suffered several long delays due to over-engineered undercarriage which also was overweight in turn limiting operational capability of the jets. lack of expertise’s and understanding of safety limits required for undercarriage and landing gears lead to the design of heavier and over-engineered systems for Naval LCA MK-1. by roping in Dassault Aviation, India wants to let LCA Navy Mk.2 developers bring right balance between Safety Standards and meeting standard operational capability of the jets to avoid unnecessary delays in the programme. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha confirmed that in next few years Indian Air force will retire Non-upgraded MIG-27 fighter jets from its fleet in next 2-3 years, Non-upgraded Mig-27 make up around three squadrons which will be retired in the first batch.

Mig-23 and its Strike optimised derivative Mig-27 will be largely remembered for it’s controversial and highly accident-prone history in Indian Air force, which gave it dubious distinction of ” Widow-maker ” since it had higher crash rate per flying hour when compared to Mig-21s in Indian Air force Continue reading


After home-grown nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant successfully conducted ejection test of an underwater Dummy B-05 (K-15) missile for the first time in the Bay of Bengal, more tests are been planned for this month said informed sources to media.

INS Arihant and Dummy B-05 (K-15) missile are been tested in fully operational configuration to validate underwater Ejection mechanism and series of Ejections are planned to mimic different operational configuration under which nuclear submarine and missile firing will take place. Continue reading


In our previous report ( Read French refuse to Integrate Indian Weapons systems in Rafale jet), we had informed how French officials were refusing to integrate Indian developed weapons system in french build Rafale jet specially Airforce demands to integrate Indigenously developed Astra Beyond visual range Air to Air missile with Rafale’s Thales RBE2 AESA fire-control radar system.

As per informed sources IAF and Dassault and French officials have now come on board and have agreed to India’s request to integrate Astra BVRAAM after India agreed to pay the additional cost for system integration which also requires minimum structural changes to its wing pylons. Continue reading


Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is all set to visit India next month and much delayed and much-anticipated sale of Japanese US-2 amphibian aircraft will be inked marking the first instance of greater defence equipment and technology cooperation between two countries on the backdrop of massive Chinese military modernisation.

Japanese ShinMaywa aircraft manufacturer will tie up with an Indian company and intent to manufacture around 15-18 aircraft in India and the same production line will be used to export this amphibian aircraft to other friendly countries in the region and further co-production of the aircraft and its upgrades also have been planned and according to spokesperson of ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd many countries are closely watching industrial collaboration between India and Japan on US-2 amphibian aircraft . Continue reading


Indian again test fired 350 km ranged Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval warship in the Bay of Bengal. Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile was test-fired from the warship ‘INS Subhadra’.

India’s own advancement in the field of Submarine Ballistic missile system in last few years will raise questions on need for continuation of Dhanush Program which basically was developed as Surface to Surface missile in early 80’s under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and Army Variant dubbed Prithvi was one of India’s First short-range SSM are currently been phased out by Indian Army . Continue reading


Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s maiden trip to India in mid of December will see much talked about agreements on Nuclear and Defence deals, it also will be for the first time India and Japan will exchange note on Ballistic missile defence (BMD) system.

On backdrops of India’s successful test firing upgraded anti-ballistic missile, called AAD (Advanced Air Defence) visiting Japanese military planners will be briefed about recent developments and will also discuss possible collaboration on ballistic missile defence capability. Continue reading


Su-30SM at Latakia Airbase Syria

Earlier in the month of October it was reported that Turkey’s F-16 jets were harassed and put on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 aircraft on the Syrian border, Turkish air force spokesperson said that F-16 jets were held on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 plane for a total of four minutes and 30 seconds.

Since there was no visual confirmation of the make and country it belonged it was presumed that it was Mig-29 belonging to Assad’s air force, even though many western Defence experts were not sure if Mig-29 of Syrian airforce had such technical capability to have a radar lock on multiple fighter jets. Continue reading


last year the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had cleared the Spike ATGM deal worth Rs. 3,200 crore deal for 8,000 plus missiles, 300 plus launchers and requisite transfer of technology to an Indian firm.

Spike family includes Spike-SR (800m), Spike-MR (2500m), Spike-LR (4000m) and Spike-ER (8000m). Spike-LR and Spike-ER are also vehicle mountable and Spike-ER can also be fitted into Attack copters. Continue reading


It has been an open secret now that for last decade or more China has been making illegal copies of framed Soviet-era Air Superiority Sukhoi-27/30’s fighter aircraft to replace their ageing 3.5 generation fighter jets fleet. Many of the unlicensed basic variants produced by China like J-11/A/B were considered lesser capable fighter aircraft then the Orginal Sukhoi-27/30 aircraft supplied by Russia due to lack of proper avionics and poorly copied weapons systems which were not up to the mark when compared with original copies.

Indian Air Force operates more Advanced Sukhoi-30MKI equipped with Advance PESA Radar and Avionics of European and Indian origin which was considered as most advanced Flanker ever developed and Best Flanker Series operated by any air force in the world which had potential to dominate any Airspace. Continue reading


After Premier defence exhibitions, Defexpo (land and naval systems) was shifted to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s home state, Goa from New Delhi, Goa is preparing grounds for shifting of another Premier Aero defence exhibition to Goa.

Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has cleared Defence minister Manohar Parrikar proposal to shift Aero India 2017 Edition to Goa and Land near Betul Town which is 20kms away from Commercial Capital of Goa ” Margao” will be handed over to Central government soon. Continue reading


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) after bagging fresh orders for its Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (MALE UAS) Heron-1 and Heron-TP is also keen on selling Maritime variant of Super Heron HF UAS drones to Indian Navy.

Naval Sources close to have confirmed to us that IAI has briefed Indian Naval officials on Naval Super Heron HF (Heavy Fuel) drone which is an upgraded model of the current Heron 1 UAS. Continue reading


In first of things to come, Narendra Modi government as per media reports cleared Rs 3,000-crore plan to develop a new engine that will power India’s first unmanned combat aircraft.

Ghatak engine will be derived from abandoned Kaveri engine Program and to address Indian military requirements for weaponized unmanned systems, India will also be importing 10 Heron TP UCAV’s from Israel and will also be aggressively pursuing indigenous capabilities to develop, manufacture, operate and support platforms and technologies related to drone weaponisation. Continue reading


“Nishant” name derived from the Sanskrit name which meant ” end of the night” Sticking to its namesake also brought final closure to 27-year-old program when Two Nishant UAS (unmanned Aerial Systems ) Belonging to Indian Army crash landed twice in 15 days leading to losing of 4 Units ever Procured by Indian Army.

The Nishant program was officially sanctioned in 1988 by Indian Government based on Indian Army user requirements of RPV (remotely piloted vehicle) program ,and it had first flight by 1995 exactly two decades back. Continue reading

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