The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching several types of swarm drone technology that could be used on the battlefield and According to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord, one particular program has impressed Indian air force (IAF) due to which both the United States and India have discussed collaborating on such efforts to build a relatively low-cost unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a “mother ship” transport aircraft like C-130J which IAF already has in its fleet and then be recovered by the same mother ship after their mission is complete.

IAF also wants to include other “mother ship” transport aircraft like its C-17 fleet as well and primarily talks were held last year between two government officials about collaboration with US Air Force Research Laboratory and India’s Defence Research and Development Organization and further talks will likely be held later this year to work on the technicality of the proposed joint venture. Continue reading


Boeing will be offering its second candidate F-15 EX to the air force for its requirement of 114 fighters that are to be produced domestically, bringing American aircraft tally to 3 after F/A-18 Super Hornet and the F-21 ( a variant of the F-16) that are already on offer. Both the F/A 18 and the F-21 on offer to India are powered by engines manufactured by the US engine-maker General Electric (GE) but the entry of F-15 EX brings to the table engine offerings from its arch-rival Pratt & Whitney for the first time in a market dominated by General Electric (GE).

40 Tejas MK1 and 83 Tejas Mk1A will be powered by F404-IN20 after-burning turbofan engine and India’s upcoming Tejas MK2 will also be powered by F414-INS6 turbofan engines which have made General Electric (GE) undisputed market leader in India, as India works on development of more locally developed fighter jets to meet its demand. Continue reading


40 Years old fighter bomber Su-22 was recently in news over Syria after Turkish F-16 fired AIM-120-C5 Beyond visual range missile was successfully dodged by the aircraft over long-range. The incident occurred on March 3rd before that Turkish F-16 was shooting down jets over Syria with AIM-120-C5 BVR AAMs with ease and already had 4 Kills in recent times as seen below graphics.

Before the March 3rd incident, Turkish Armed Forces managed to shoot down three Syrian Air Force jets over the skies of rural Idlib, this prompted the Russian military to get involved to limit the SyAAF’s losses. AMRAAM Kills in Syria 2012 onwards shows a particular situation where AMRAAMs were effective only when fired up within 30-40km range and not at DMAX range of over 100km as Pakistani air force wants to show to its people. Continue reading


A country which pans to develop its own 5th Generation fighter jet and is already is working on the development of Tejas-Mk2 a 4.5+ Generation fighter and already has developed Tejas Mk1 4th Gen fighter and now plans to develop a Mk1A 4++ Gen fighter is still depended on the original equipment manufacturer for upgradation and modernization of what it calls the backbone of its airforce fleet? , let examine if India has local technology to upgrade them in the first place.

Since IAF is only planning to upgrade only its avionics and electronics so this report will focus on this aspect.

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In Recent drills at the Telemba training range in Buryatia part of Russia, “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” according to the Russian media reports and some media outlets were quick to jump to conclusion that since India is getting S-400 systems from Russia from 2021 onwards, India now has capabilities to target to take down Hypersonic weapons.

While live-fire exercise as confirmed only carried out simulated Hypersonic weapons attack and took down the same effect, there is no confirmation at what stage this weapon was taken down and how it was taken down. While S-400 has a missile called 40N6E which is Effective against low-altitude targets at extremely long-range of 400km, there is no confirmation that it is as effective against legacy Ballistic and cruise missiles will also make it effective against Hypersonic missiles. Continue reading


Bihrle Applied Research Inc (BAR) hired by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to act as an external consultant in Identifying stability & control issues in the Intermediate jet trainer (IJT) program is confident that modifications carried out on the test aircraft would prove successful in upcoming Spin Test which has been main bottleneck issue with the program which almost killed the program.

BAR has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry in support of every major manufacturer and government agency and has used Wind Tunnel Testing and simulation database to collect data for upset modeling (stall, departure & recovery, spin, failures) of the IJT after which it recommended moving of the horizontal fins and rudder further down the fuselage. Continue reading


India’s first and probably only 5.5 Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program currently underway, is now heading towards final design phase with many key notable changes in the design which is now nearing completion and now features new 3D Diverterless Supersonic Inlet (DSI) compared to a conventional intake sported in earlier scale and graphic rendering of the AMCA.

While exact radar cross-section (RCS) of AMCA will be classified, further RCS reduction measures have been carried out which full fills all the concept of stealth but its the next generation homegrown avionics and electronics including its gen-next weapons and ability to be used as a manned, unmanned, stealth and non-stealth modes which make it more lethal then current 5th generation fighter jets. Continue reading


India’s DRDO called off a crucial missile test recently due to the outbreak of the Chinese Virus in the country which was followed by lock down announced by the government and closing of all International flights which prevented the participation of some critically important observers from Russia for crucial BrahMos test flight which now stands canceled.

India which is now a part of the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) carried out internal software upgradation to the Indo-Russian developed BrahMos missile which removed its 290km range limiter and also successfully tested it’s up to 400km range recently, but desired longer version of the missile remains to be done and it was reported that now canceled test was actually of the new BrahMos with Extended range which has been designated as ” BrahMos-ER “. Continue reading


It’s more or less now confirmed that India’s upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet will be getting two new Air-to-Air missiles after one of the Israeli supplied Python-5 failed to get firing clearance due to unresolved inflight vibrations issues in its captive flight trials. Tejas Mk1A will also be getting locally developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile along with MBDA developed ASRAAM within visual range (WVR) missiles.

Israeli supplied Derby BVRAAM missile has been successfully integrated and tested with the current lot of 40 Tejas Mk1 fighter jets but that won’t be enough since Derby BVRAAM missiles came from the unused stock of Indian Navy’s Sea Harrier jets which now have been retired from its fleet. Continue reading


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


Indian Air Force (IAF) for the first time has been allowed to lease aircraft under new defense equipment proposal which will see IAF procuring much required In-Flight Refueling Tanker Aircraft at the fraction of the cost and will have the ability to add additional aircraft without the need for actually buying it in Wartime emergency to maintain its global reach and strategic advantage.

Leasing of aircraft in the civilian sector is quite common and practiced the world over since buying an airplane is quite expensive and leasing costs just about 1% of aircraft cost per month which makes economical sense for airliners who can’t afford the purchase of several aircraft in one order and leasing of military aircraft too works in similar functions but has additional facilities for its customers. Continue reading


RSK MiG Corporation is offering India it’s Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jet with a new AESA radar which was unveiled for the first time at MAKS 2019 international air show. Phazotron-NIIR Zhuk-AME AESA radar started test flights on a demo aircraft in early 2019 and currently still going through airborne trials but the production clearance is likely to be secured only by end of 2021 said informed sources close to

AESA radar has extended detection range of over 160-180km for a fighter size aircraft which can track 30 and engage 6 targets at the same time. Zhuk-AME has time before failure [TBF] rate of no less than 500-600 hours, which is quite an improvement over legacy Radar which came with the original Mig-29A procured by IAF in the early 80s now upgraded to Mig-29UPG Standard. Continue reading


As per acquisition planned by the airforce for the year 2020-21, IAF plans to upgrade avionics of the Six Il-78MKI aerial refueling tanker based on the Il-76 strategic air-lifter and also re-engine them with the modern Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 engine thus replacing the original Aviadvigatel D-30KP2 engines currently powering them.

IAF also plans to procure Two more Israeli EL/W-2090 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) radar system mounted on the Il-76 A-50 heavy air-lifter to supplement its current fleet of 3 AEW&C Radar of the same system But it is not confirmed if it will be based on Surplus stock of air-frame to be sourced from Ukraine as originally planned, or will be based on Il-76MD-90A which is Russian version currently produced at the new production line located in Aviastar’s facility in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Continue reading


Indian Air Force(IAF) Top Brass has decided to integrate India’s locally developed Beyond Visual range Air-to-Air missile Astra Mk1 with the 60 odd fleet of upgraded Mig-29UPG Air Superiority fighter jet after IAF started receiving Limited serial production batch of the Astra Missile for its front-line jets like Sukhoi-30MKI.

IAF had placed orders for 50 Astra Mk1 BVRAAMS with a range of 100km with DRDO and now plans to order around 200+ missile in bulk for Sukhoi-30MKI and Mig-29UPG initially and then later it will feature in other jets in the IAF fleet. Continue reading


Note Picture is of MBDA ASRAAM

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its associate Labs along with Indian Air Force (IAF) have started deliberation on the development of Next Generation Close Combat Missile (NGCCM) for Air force fighter jet fleet while IAF decides to arm its entire fleet with MBDA developed Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM).

Sources close to have indicated that this will be a completely new program to develop an advanced imaging infrared seeker based short-range air to air missile for upcoming 5th generation fighter jets like AMCA Mk1 and 5.5gen fighter jets like AMCA Mk2 and once specifications and air staff requirements are fixed it will reach out to the government for funds. Continue reading