NSG ON TOP OF  TAJ HOTEL
RUDRA ALH-WSI
INS Mumbai and INS Trikand exercise VARUNA 2018
The Indian T-72 Ajeya Tank
Indian Air Force C- 130
Indian ATG on trial
INS Vikramaditya
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Tejas raring to go in fight
GSLV-MKIII
SU -30MKI
Tejas Mark 1A faces delay as air force adds to demands

Tejas Mark 1A faces delay as air force adds to demands May 19,2018

A key reason for delays in indigenous weaponry such as the Tejas fighter and Arjun tank has been the military’s tendency to repeatedly enhance specifications, preventing weapon systems from leaving the drawing board and entering production. This is now happening with the Tejas Mark 1A fighter.It was to enter production in 2020-21 with five specific enhancements. But, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has demanded additional features and the fighter could be entering a

Post upgradation Tejas’ Mark-2 to become a medium weight fighter

Post upgradation Tejas’ Mark-2 to become a medium weight fighter May 18,2018

India is redesignating the Mark-2 upgrade of the homegrown Tejas aircraft as a medium weight fighter due to its increased weight and weapon carrying capacity. It is also designing the plane to replace the Mirage-2000 fleet of the Indian Air Force. Aeronautical Development Agency, the design agency of the indigenous fighter aircraft programme, has finalised the systems and is looking to freeze the design of the medium weight fighter in a couple of months, a top scientist told ET. It is expected

HAL ready to supply 40 more Sukhoi Su 30-MKI fighters to IAF

HAL ready to supply 40 more Sukhoi Su 30-MKI fighters to IAF May 18,2018

The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which was building the Su-30MKI under licence from Russia's Sukhoi, is on the verge of delivering the last of the fighter jets to the IAF. But the aviation company is planning to supply 40 more Su-30MKIs to the IAF and will send its proposal to the Ministry of Defence soon. According to a report in the Business Standard, HAL Chairman T Suvarna Raju will offer 40 Su-30MKI at Rs 425 crore each. "We will offer a very competitive price. Since 2010, we have

Will India buy more upgraded Su-30 MKIs

Will India buy more upgraded Su-30 MKIs May 17,2018

The Indian defense contractor Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has voiced its interest to produce more Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. The HAL manufactured Sukhoi makes up the backbone of India’s Air Force. Its fleet would grow to 312, if the company’s proposal external link to produce 40 more planes is accepted by the Ministry of Defense. India originally received standard Su-30MKs, while its government and industry worked with the Russians to develop the more advanced Su-30MKI, complete with

India issues an RFP for acquiring 200 Kamov helicopters from Russia

India issues an RFP for acquiring 200 Kamov helicopters from Russia May 16,2018

India has moved a step further and reached a milestone in its project of procuring and co-producing 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters worth Rs 21,000 crore from Russia for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, defence ministry officials privy to the matter said. The ministry, a few days ago, issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project to the manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, part of Russian corporation, Rostec. “The RFP for the 200 Kamov helicopters was signed and given a week ago to

HAL offers 40 more Sukhois at one-third of Rafale’s cost

HAL offers 40 more Sukhois at one-third of Rafale’s cost May 15,2018

With the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter — the backbone of the air force fleet — nearing the end of its production run, its manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), is taking up a case to build 40 more. If the defence ministry accepts HAL’s proposal, the inventory of the Russian fighter would be enhanced from the planned 272 to 312. With HAL offering to price the additional Su-30s at just Rs 4.25 billion, the fighter will be barely one-third the cost of the Rafale. According to a Business

Boeing says F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet can help India grow its aerospace ecosystem

Boeing says F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet can help India grow its aerospace ecosystem May 15,2018

US aerospace major Boeing has said its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet can help India grow its aerospace ecosystem which can be utilised for its Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft programme. Boeing’s current F/A-18 production involves 60,000 jobs and 800 suppliers in 44 states in the US and this can be replicated in India, Thom Breckenridge, vice president, global sales, Boeing India, told PTI in an interview, as the company seeks to enterb India’s fighter jet bidding process. Eyeing the mega

IAF planning to give Tejas MK1A a Meteor edge

IAF planning to give Tejas MK1A a Meteor edge May 14,2018

Seeking to enhance the capability of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, the Indian Air Force is planning to equip it with a long-range missile of the Meteor class which will help it get an edge over the jets of the adversaries. The missiles are required to be equipped on the 83 Mark 1A LCAs for which an order has been placed by the air force with the public sector unit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. “The request for proposal has asked the aircraft to be equipped with a long

Indian Mi-17 helicopters to get new EW suites

Indian Mi-17 helicopters to get new EW suites May 12,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to fit 90 legacy Mi-17-family helicopters with new electronic warfare (EW) suites, according to the Tribune newspaper.”The IAF is upgrading its ageing Mi-17 helicopters, equipping them with EW suites in order to increase their capabilities to operate in effective manner in hostile environments,” the newspaper says. The Chandigarh-based 3rd Aircraft Repair Depot will equip 90 IAF Mi-17-family helicopters, including 56 Mi-17s and 34 Mi-17-1Vs,

Why India needs to invest more in indigenously built Tejas fighter jet to power up Indian Navy

Why India needs to invest more in indigenously built Tejas fighter jet to power up Indian Navy May 11,2018

In its pursuit of global maritime dominance, China has decided to create a force of three aircraft-carriers — one for each of its fleets. Like India, China first acquired an old Soviet-era aircraft-carrier, but (unlike us) refurbished it at home and commissioned it as the ski-jump equipped Liaoning in 2012. A bigger, indigenously-designed and- built ship, designated “Type 001A”, followed in April 2017. An even larger successor, designated “Type 002”, shunning the ski-jump and

Let's put our money in the light combat aircraft

Let's put our money in the light combat aircraft May 11,2018

By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) In its pursuit of global maritime dominance, China has decided to create a force of three aircraft-carriers -- one for each of its fleets. Like India, China first acquired an old Soviet-era aircraft-carrier, but (unlike us) refurbished it at home and commissioned it as the ski-jump equipped Liaoning in 2012. A bigger, indigenously-designed and- built ship, designated "Type 001A", followed in April 2017. An even larger successor, designated "Type 002", shunning the

Israeli Super AESA Radars for India's LCA Fighter Jet with enhanced combat capability

Israeli Super AESA Radars for India's LCA Fighter Jet with enhanced combat capability May 11,2018

The home grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is set to be equipped with Israeli super radars that will give it the combat edge to engage multiple air and ground targets simultaneously. Israeli firm ELTA is likely to shortly bag an order for a new set of AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radars for an air force order of 83 LCA Mk 1A jets. The Israeli firm appears to have beat off competition from French firm Thales for the contract that has been in the works since 2016. Sources said

Why Walking out of Indo-Russian FGFA will do wonders for India’s AMCA fighter program

Why Walking out of Indo-Russian FGFA will do wonders for India’s AMCA fighter program May 05,2018

When India confirmed to Russia that it is no longer Interested in pursuing joint development of 5th generation fighter jet program based on its Su-57 fighter. Back Home Air Chief B.S.Dhanoa had some pretty serious explaining to do to the media on why Indian Air Force decided and even recommended Ministry of Defence (MOD) to pull out from such a prestigious program. In one to one Interaction with media, Dhanoa, when asked how IAF plans to counter Chinese developed 5th generation fighter which

IAF adds Dakota DC-3 aircraft to its historic collection

IAF adds Dakota DC-3 aircraft to its historic collection May 05,2018

To add to its collection of historic aircraft; Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday welcomed a refurbished World War-II Dakota DC-3 VP 905 aircraft in at Hindon Air Force station. According to an official release by the Air Force, the aircraft commenced its journey from the United Kingdom on April 17 and covered a distance of 9,750 km to India and making several stops in France, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Bahrain and Oman. The aircraft landed at Jamnagar Air Force Station on April 25 and reached its

AIR DEFENCE UPGRADE

AIR DEFENCE UPGRADE May 02,2018

AIR DEFENCE UPGRADED Air defence upgrade S-400 Triumf deal is welcome but India’s military purchases are moving at a snail’s pace After several years of talks and negotiations, the Narendra Modi Government is in the final stages of negotiations for acquiring the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air air defence system from Russia. This highly advanced air defence system, one that is feared by opposing air forces from across the world, would be a major upgrade for air defence systems in Indian

Lockheed offers F-35 radar tech to India in fighter jet bid

Lockheed offers F-35 radar tech to India in fighter jet bid May 01,2018

n defense contractor Lockheed Martin is sweetening a potential deal with India, offering to fork over the latest fighter jet technologies in a bid for the world’s largest aircraft order. India is seeking proposals for a total 110 aircraft, totaling a reported minimum of US$15 billion. Advanced radar fitted on their fifth-generation F-35 combat jets will be offered on the F-16 jets, Lockheed vice-president Vivek Lall said in an interview reported by Bloomberg. “There are a lot of

Tough bargain may halt Rs 2,000 crore Indian Air Force deal of 20 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer planes

Tough bargain may halt Rs 2,000 crore Indian Air Force deal of 20 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer planes Apr 30,2018

A defence deal expected to cost over Rs 2,000 crore to buy 20 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer planes is likely to be called off by the Air Force as the negotiations for it have been stuck for almost three years now over steep price hike by the vendors. The Air Force is also not interested in the upgrade of its fleet of over 120 Hawk planes that were inducted into service after a deal with Britain in 2004. The HAL is offering to upgrade the Hawk fleet of the Air Force to Hawk India jets by adding

Il-38 plane of Indian Air Force makes emergency landing at Moscow Region’s airport

Il-38 plane of Indian Air Force makes emergency landing at Moscow Region’s airport Apr 29,2018

The Ilyushin Il-38 plane of the Indian Air Force has safely landed at Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport, with its nose landing gear fold, a spokesman for the Ilyushin company said on Saturday. “The Il-38 has safely landed with its nose landing gear fold. No fire followed,” the spokesman said, adding that no one was hurt. The airport has temporarily stopped receiving civil flights following an emergency landing of the Ilyushin Il-38 plane, a source in emergencies services told