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Impressed by Quick 22 Sorties, Navy back to support Navy-LCA Team

Impressed by Quick 22 Sorties, Navy back to support Navy-LCA Team Aug 25,2018

After the agonising suspense over Aero India, here’s some good news for Bengaluru – and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Navy programme, which had more or less been relegated to the hangars, has done a star turnaround and the Indian Navy is now fully backing it. The programme was grounded since March 2017 following reports that the Indian Navy had rejected it as the LCA Navy did not meet the its requirements (it was said to overweight to operate on aircraft

CSIR tech to make combat aircraft Tejas 20% lighter

CSIR tech to make combat aircraft Tejas 20% lighter Aug 25,2018

Technology indigenously developed by a government laboratory for manufacturing carbon components will make India’s light combat aircrafts 20% lighter. The technology developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – National Aerospace Laboratory (CSIR-NAL) uses indigenously developed carbon fibre, which is pre-impregnated with the organic polymer ‘resin’, to make complex parts like fin, rudder, wing spars and fairings in a single mould. “For making the composite

Russia offers to upgrade Indian Su-30MKI along with its own Su-30SM

Russia offers to upgrade Indian Su-30MKI along with its own Su-30SM Aug 25,2018

Russia has offered to upgrade the Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30MKI fighter jets along with the improvement programme of the Russian Air Force’s Su-30SM aircraft. Such a move would lead to cost effectiveness and bring in some technologies and systems which have been planned for the Su-30SM aircraft, said A.A. Mikheev, General Director of Russian Arms exporter, Rosoboronexport here on Friday. A part of the IAF Su-30MKI fleet was approaching its mid-life overhaul period and carrying out the

Deliveries of Brahmos Air Launched Missiles to the IAF may start in 2019

Deliveries of Brahmos Air Launched Missiles to the IAF may start in 2019 Aug 23,2018

Deliveries of air-launched BrahMos missiles for the Indian Air Force's Su-30MKI fighters may start in 2019, BrahMos spokesman Praveen Pathak said Tuesday. "One more test on a ground-based target is planned for the end of the year - November-December. After that, deliveries of weapons will start, we have already received the order from the Air Force, so we are waiting for the completion of this test," Pathak said on the sidelines of the Army 2018 defence industry forum. BrahMos, the world’s

Russia developing vertical take-off plane on Putin’s instruction

Russia developing vertical take-off plane on Putin’s instruction Aug 23,2018

Russia is developing a prototype of a completely new vertical take-off plane on the instruction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Tuesday. “This work has, indeed, been included in the state armament program and is being conducted on the instruction of the supreme commander-in-chief. Now work is underway to develop conceptual models and prototypes,” the vice-premier said. This work is focused on developing a completely new aircraft rather than

HAL’s Russian JV to submit plan for new chopper to Defence Ministry; deal likely during Putin’s visit

HAL’s Russian JV to submit plan for new chopper to Defence Ministry; deal likely during Putin’s visit Aug 23,2018

Indo Russian Helicopter Pvt Ltd (IRHL) , a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Russian Helicopters, will submit a proposal to supply 200 Ka-226T helicopters in a few days.According to Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters, the Indian Defence Ministry has extended the deadline for submitting RFP for 200 Ks-226T helicopters, which had earlier been set for August 1. Boginsky was addressing the media at the Army2018 military forum here earlier this week.Russian

AMCA first flight by 2032

AMCA first flight by 2032 Aug 20,2018

The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), India’s next indigenous fighter, is expected to make its first flight by 2032. Development work on the jet is under way. “The AMCA will feature geometric stealth and will initially fly with two GE-414 engines. Once we develop our own engine, it can be replaced with that. We expect the first flight in 2032,” a defence source said. “There are two major ways of making a military platform stealthier. One is geometric stealth and other is material

CSIO develops tech for Tejas’ air-to-air refuelling at night

CSIO develops tech for Tejas’ air-to-air refuelling at night Aug 20,2018

The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) laboratory has developed drogue illumination system for light combat aircraft Tejas, making India third in the world after the US and France to have this technology. This will enable airto-air refuelling, which is not possible during night/cloudy skies for fighter aircraft. The system is expected to be ready by year-end. Also, the indigenous lighting system will be one fifth of the cost available with offshore vendors and have greater

India tests Smart anti-airfield weapon with live warhead, Clears developmental trials

India tests Smart anti-airfield weapon with live warhead, Clears developmental trials Aug 20,2018

India has successfully test-fired indigenously designed and developed long-range precision-guided anti-airfield bomb that was dropped from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday. The Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) system was successfully tested at the Chandan firing range in Rajasthan. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted from August 16 to 18, a defence spokesperson said. “The weapon system was integrated with live

Rising Cost and delays in FOC’s, How HAL lost LCA-Tejas Program to IAF !

Rising Cost and delays in FOC’s, How HAL lost LCA-Tejas Program to IAF ! Aug 07,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF), which has long opposed the large-scale induction of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), could soon be given charge of manufacturing the Tejas in the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) complex in Bengaluru. And Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has not so far toured the facilities of HAL, which remains India’s only aircraft manufacturer, is poised to accept the IAF’s bid for control. The defence ministry, the IAF and HAL have all declined to comment on

Rafale deal: Internal notes flag loss of L1status if plane was made locally

Rafale deal: Internal notes flag loss of L1status if plane was made locally Aug 07,2018

One reason for the NDAgovernment’s June 2015 decision to scrap a request for proposal (RFP) for a 126 fighter aircraft deal arrived at under the previous administration was because DassaultAviation, the L1or lowest bidder, would have lost that position after taking into account its commercial offer to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), where some of the aircraft were to be locally manufactured. Moreover, the Eurofighter, produced by EADS, would have come into contention. In the event

How will Rafale 2.0 play out? The story runs between ‘arms dynamic’, state, contractors and taxpayers

How will Rafale 2.0 play out? The story runs between ‘arms dynamic’, state, contractors and taxpayers Aug 07,2018

Front-line fourth-generation modern fighter Rafale, manufactured by the French major Dassault Aviation, was chosen as the winner in the global tender for 126 MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) before the Narendra Modi government took over in 2014. The deal was shelved and subsequently replaced by announcement of a new contract for direct purchase of 36 Rafale at a cost of about Rs 60,000 crore—the process for which has already been under way since 2015

LCA-Tejas Program under IAF Soon, MK-2 flight by 2023 to surpass Mirage-2000 performance

LCA-Tejas Program under IAF Soon, MK-2 flight by 2023 to surpass Mirage-2000 performance Aug 06,2018

The government is poised to hand over control of the Bengaluru division of State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). This is to prevent more time and cost overruns on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. This comes at a particularly crucial time as the next phase of the LCA project, development of the MK2 variant, as well as the country’s next fighter aircraft programme, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), begin to take

HAL successfully completes demonstration flight of 10 kg Rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

HAL successfully completes demonstration flight of 10 kg Rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Aug 03,2018

Defence Aviation PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully demonstrated flight of a 10 Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV) here.HAL in a statement here on Friday said the RUAV is powered by a 2-stroke petrol engine, with twin blade main rotor and tail rotor, It had a payload capability of 2.5 Kg including live stream video camera and range of the vehicle is 8-10 Km with an endurance of one hour. The flight carried out recently lasted for about ten minutes

Lockheed Martin engages Indian MoD over C-130J offsets

Lockheed Martin engages Indian MoD over C-130J offsets Aug 03,2018

Lockheed Martin told Jane’s on 1 August that it is co-operating with the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to discharge defence offset obligations linked to its sales of C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The comments follow media reports in India that the MoD has cashed in part of a bank guarantee from Lockheed Martin in relation to a fine linked to an alleged breach of offset obligations tied to the C-130J programme. As per Indian defence offset rules if

LCA-Tejas FOC most likely only mid of 2019

LCA-Tejas FOC most likely only mid of 2019 Aug 01,2018

The target for the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to achieve Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is December 2018, the Government informed Parliament on Monday. However, official sources said this is likely to slip further to the middle of next year as there are several capabilities yet to be validated. “Production for 20 LCA will be taken up after FOC by Aeronautical Development Agency, for which current target is December 2018,” Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre

NDA bought customised war machines for IAF: Pon Radhakrishnan

NDA bought customised war machines for IAF: Pon Radhakrishnan Aug 01,2018

With the Centre coming under fire from the Congress on the Rafale deal, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, justified the agreement for 36 Rafale fighter jets valued at Euro 7.87 billion or about Rs 59,000 crore, and asserted that the NDA did not buy “flying tins” but bought “customised war machines for stronger IAF.” Lashing out at the Congress president Rahul Gandhi for targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on the defence deal between

Government Confirms FOC of LCA-Tejas Changed again

Government Confirms FOC of LCA-Tejas Changed again Jul 31,2018

Two contracts were signed between IAF & Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for procurement of (i) 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard aircraft on 31st March 2006 to be completed by December 2011 and (ii) 20 Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft on 23rd December 2010 to be completed by 2016. Out of total 20 IOC aircraft (16 fighters and 4 trainers), 9 fighters have been delivered by HAL to IAF till date. The production of remaining 11 IOC aircraft (7 fighter + 4

IAF considering more Israeli Weapons for LCA-Tejas : Israeli Media

IAF considering more Israeli Weapons for LCA-Tejas : Israeli Media Jul 18,2018

The Indian Air Force is planning a series of tests to prove the integration potential of some advanced Israeli-developed systems on its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas. The list includes air-air missiles and precise air-ground weapon systems.Recently, a Rafael I-Derby air-air missile was launched from the LCA over a test range in the Goa region. Following the successful test launch and integration, the Indian DRDO has decided to equip one squadron of the LCA with the Israeli missile. The

Tejas’ price can’t come down

Tejas’ price can’t come down Jul 18,2018

Even as the Indian Air Force has got the Defence Ministry’s nod to get the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas’s price reviewed by a committee following reports that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) has quoted an exorbitant price for the MK-1A version of the aircraft, the Bengaluru- headquartered defence Public Sector Undertaking has defended its price tag. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week said that a committee had been formed to look into the cost of products