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Twin-engine Medium Class Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) or Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program born out of the necessity of the carrier-based requirements of the Indian Navy after it rejected plans to develop a single-engine fighter jet based on the LCA-Navy Mk2 concept which was rejected by the Navy due to various reasons but the questions remains will IAF will be part of the project which is not planned by it?

The timeline of the different developmental programs of fighter jets in India makes TEDBF/ORCA fall into two major programs which ADA along with HAL is developing for the air force, which is MWF-Mk2 and AMCA fighter jet programs respectfully. Air Force hopes MWF-Mk2 program will fill the bulk of the gap which will become void once Mirage and Mig-29 fleet could leave making it one of the prime and possibly the last 4.5 generation fighter jet initiated anywhere in the world. Continue reading


Pakistani Defense analyst Maria Sultan who also heads Director General South Asian Strategic Stability Institute University, in a recent interview with Pakistani News Media has said that the detection of the Wuhan Virus in Kashmir shows that the Indian state is spreading the virus in the region amid lock-down and chaos to inflict casualties in the region.

The insurgency-torn region reported its first case of corona virus recently but has been relatively unaffected by the virus and many have said that due to restrictions it has seen such low cases in the valley.Pakistan recently used the SAARC video conference on corona virus to raise Kashmir and called for the lifting of ‘lock-down’. Sultan said that due to lock-down it was impossible for Kashmiri locals to be inflected by the virus and blamed the Indian Government for bringing the virus to the region. Continue reading


Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and multiple lobby group in sync with the Indian Embassy in the United States of late have been able to demonstrate what Indians can do with offensive diplomacy if it wants to be and how Indian-American lobby group is emerging as a most powerful lobby in the American political circuit after Jews in Washington.

Attempts to raise India’s Internal issues in Washington and try to pass resolutions condemning India in a way has been the main objective of many Liberal Indian Americans activists and Politicians in Washington and with money backing coming from many Pakistan backed Kashmiri groups attempts to circle India due to the removal of Art370 and CAA protests have been derailed multiple times by HAF with firepower provided by the Indian diplomats in Washington. Continue reading


As the first final operational clearance (FOC) configured Tejas fighter aircraft, SP21 took to the skies recently came back the question why Tejas Mk1 is still been inducted without its Russian Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barreled 23 mm autocannon gun been cleared for use, even when ground trials of the gun was carried out way back in 2015 and since then no air to air testing of the critical weapon component of any fighter jet still waits trials.

LSP-7 LCA-Tejas Mk1 is been prepped according to an report to be used for calibrating and testing the Gun so that it can later be cleared for all the other jets which have been supplied to the IAF. IAF even allowed the FOC certification for the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jet program to be awarded minus its Gun trials while all the other weapons trials were conducted successfully and tested on multiple occasions and were even judged best air to ground aircraft in IRON FIST Aerial exercises. Continue reading


Turkey has claimed that it recently operations it has destroyed eight Syrian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile/gun systems belonging to the Syrian Army in Syria’s war-battered Idlib province and even provided rather embarrassing video footage of the Pantsir missile systems getting destroyed while being in operational and radar in search mode.

While Russia has disputed this claim and said only Two Pantsir missile systems were partly damaged and refuted Turkey’s claim that 8 were destroyed since only four were operational in the entire Idlib province, but Russia can’t hide that the missile system which was specially developed to counter drones and low flying aircraft was taken down by Turkey’s battlefield weapon of choice in Libya it’s Bayraktar TB2 armed drones. Continue reading


The State Department recently cleared the sale of its NASAMS II integrated air defense system to India worth $1.87 billion. While the deal is still to reach the contractual stage with India with the scope of further delays expected from the Indian side due to the steep price of the weapon system but the missiles that have been cleared with the NASAMS II will certainly raise few eyebrows in the regions.

NASAMS II integrated air defense system to India will come with 118 AMRAAM C-7/C-8 missiles which are far more advanced then what has been supplied to Pakistan by the United States for its F-16 fleet. While C-7/C-8 AMRAAMs are basically to be used as an air defense missile system to engage and take-down aerial threats ranging from attack helicopters and fighter jets and will be part of India’s integrated inner circle air defense system. Continue reading


Billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk shocked the world when he said that F-35 Stealth fighter jet which is considered among the best of the fighter jets presently will become irrelevant in less than a decade from now and also said that “the fighter jet era has passed” and also went on to make another controversial statement when he said that a remote-controlled Stealth UCAS in control of a human, but with its maneuvers augmented by autonomy could easily defeat a manned F-35 even when in superior numbers.

While many dismissed Elon Musk observation has an imaginary future aerial encounter which is unlikely to be encountered any time soon, while many came in defence of the F-35 program, but several illustrations of an imaginary future aerial encounter do predict that AI-powered Fighter jets will overwhelming Manned Fighter jets in future even if both jets have the same level of technologies in them. Continue reading


Indian Air Force has just confirmed that two of its front-line Air superiority fighter jets have been cleared for the integration of India’s first Astra air-to-air missiles on its Mig-29UPG and Su-30MKI Fleet as IAF plans to balance slight tilt in the balance of air to air missile which went in PAF side after the acquisition of AIM-120-C5 AMRAAMs. but it’s not where things end and it has been cleared that now IAF and DRDO are in talks for development of a new array of weapons system based on Astra AAM experience that plans are in works to develop more distant cousins of the long-Range Air-To-Air Missile Family in the country.

There has been much speculation and confusion about what missile India will be developing next but whatever is out in the media does seem to suggest that the IAF is concerned that it may be close to matching, or even exceeding, the range of the latest Astra AAM variant with host of other advanced features after DRDO was able to develop a KU Band Advance Seeker locally thus replacing the Russian Agat 9B1103M active radar seeker used on RVV-AE (R-77). Continue reading


A screengrab of a J-16 fighter of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force purportedly carrying the PL-15 missile

Chinese PL-15 beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) will knock Indian fighter jets out of airspace from nearly 200 kms and will render European-origin MBDA Meteor missile which India is acquiring for its Dassault Rafale useless is the latest scaremongering which has been peddled recently by few in the Indian defense community, most likely to favor imports of more long-range BVRAAMs,even when IAF Chief clearly confirmed that with induction of Astra which he confirmed is at par with  American AIM-120C-5 both in range and specification, will get further boost India’s air to air capabilities when MBDA Meteor AAMs will join the air force this May with deliveries of Dassault Rafale .

PL-15 is significantly longer than the AMRAAM With a length of over 4 metres but it still uses a conventional rocket motor and as per footage of the PL-15 missile being carried on the Shenyang J-16 it seems its much-touted greater range than contemporary systems like the US-built AMRAAM and Russian Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) is due to additional booster and dual-motor and it doesn’t look it will have range of 200kms for a fighter-sized aircraft. Continue reading


Rotary-wing of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in Aero India 2017 displayed for the first time full-scale mock-up of its proposed development of Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) program to replace India’s huge fleet of Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-17 Medium weight Helicopter already inducted in the Air force and Army by end of 2030.

Proposed 10-12 tonne helicopter will be an indigenous alternative and simple replacement for Mi-8/17 fleet which will come in two engine options. Recently HAL also announced plans to develop a Heavy attack class Helicopter in lines of AH-64 Apache helicopter which is been inducted in IAF and Army based on the IMRH platform using technology already developed for HAL’s LCH and IMRH program in near future. Continue reading


Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has hit where it could shake Indian Navy the most when he confirmed that clearance for construction of the 65000-tonne aircraft carrier called ” INS Vishal ” might not happen any time soon and some of the points made by him, also backing of many in India who didn’t see why Navy should be allocated big budget for single warship program which might not come in next 10 years.

Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1) has been under construction from 2009 and it will likely be ready for induction only in 2022 which means it took India 13 years to develop and test a 45000-tonne aircraft carrier for India when even 100000-tonne Nuclear super aircraft carrier developed by the United States just takes only 7 years and China has been developing 65000-tonne aircraft carriers even at faster rate in just 4 years. Continue reading


India’s MMRCA Circus just continues to get new candidates after American Aerospace major Boeing decided to offer it’s F-15EX to India, which makes it third American jet to enter the race after rebadged F-16 aka F-21 and F-18E/F. What prompted Boeing to bring another one of its legacy platforms to India is still a mystery since logically it makes no sense for India to procure another Heavy Category aircraft like F-15EX when we already have difficulty maintaining our Su-30s fleet.

At the time when the cost of 5th Generation fighter jets like F-35A is falling each year, it is interesting to realize that F-15EX cost is same as F-35A now but due to the slow production line and high technology issues still plaguing F-35 program, USAF has decided to go ahead and procure 144 F-15s at it latest avatar to complement its F-35 fleet this is what has been told to their local media but is this the actual reason behind recent orders? Continue reading


Newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said 114 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force need to be purchased in small batches so that technological obsolescence along with high procurement cost required for such a mega order can be avoided due to the stalled budget but that also means Making in India 114 jets of foreign origin will also make it more expensive for India due to batch orders over the years which will need to be adjusted for material and manpower cost inflation over the years.

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is currently producing the Su-30MKI at a flyaway cost of around $62 million per aircraft, which according to our Parliament is around $22 million higher than the Su-30 jet supplied by Russia. Over 272 jets were produced over the years in batch orders but it simply never translated into a cheaper jet for India from then directly buying from Russia. Continue reading


BrahMos Corporation has confirmed what was told in defense community in India that the company has been tasked to develop a revolutionary new air to air missile based on the framed Supersonic BrahMos while retaining a 500km engagement range to protect Indian airspace from all enemy aircraft specifically large enemy support aircraft such as tankers, command centers and AWACS platforms which usually fly well within their own air space.

BrahMos – AWACS killer is India’s attempt to denying hostile powers the use of force-multiplying support platforms such as AWACS systems when conducting air attacks close or inside Indian air space. Continue reading


State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the first time has confirmed at DefExpo 2020 has revealed that India is working on a new tactical ballistic missile capable of striking targets at a range of 200km. Close Range Ballistic Missile (CRBM) has been named Pranash, while it has its origin to the Prahaar missile, but as per configuration asked by the Indian Army, Pranash carries different designs and specifications then Prahaar missile other than just additional 50km range as mentioned by National Media.

Pranash CRBM has a length of 6.7m vs 7.32m of Prahaar and is 0.38m vs 0.42m in Diameter, which makes it shorter and much skinnier than the Prahaar missile while the weight of both missiles still stands at 1.3 tonnes and still carriers a 200kg payload and has an accuracy of CEP <20 meters but Pranash is now mounted on a 6×6 High Mobility Vehicle (HMV) allows better mobility at mountain terrain. Continue reading