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IAF maintenance commmand chief pitches for more indigenisation

IAF maintenance commmand chief pitches for more indigenisation Jul 14,2018

A top IAF official today stressed the need for indigenising more aircraft components by the personnel of maintenance depots for greater self-reliance of the country in defence products. Air Marshal Hemanth Sharma, Air Officer Commanding In Chief of the IAF Maintenance Command, stated this during his maiden visit to the 5 Base Repair Depot (BRD) at nearby Sulur Airforce station. Taking note of the progress made by the depot in indigenising aircraft parts, he urged the personnel to be

LCA Tejas introduced because of my efforts: Manohar Parrikar

LCA Tejas introduced because of my efforts: Manohar Parrikar Jul 14,2018

The Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) of the Indian Air Force has been introduced because of his efforts when he was Defence Minister, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday, stating that the project was “not going anywhere” before he assumed charge of the ministry in 2014. “Lot of things have been done during my tenure as a Defence Minister… Make in India, for example, was one of the best. Tejas fighter aircraft has been introduced because of my efforts. It was not going

India tells Russia to go ahead with fifth-generation fighter aircraft project; says it may join at a later stage

India tells Russia to go ahead with fifth-generation fighter aircraft project; says it may join at a later stage Jul 14,2018

ndia has conveyed to Russia that it will not be part of the project now to develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) and may join the programme at a later stage, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. “It was conveyed to Russia that they can go ahead with the project and we may join it at a later stage,” the defence minister told reporters. India’s decision came after years of negotiations between the two countries could not yield a concrete result on

Panel to review cost of Tejas

Panel to review cost of Tejas Jul 14,2018

The Defence Ministry has formed a costing committee to review the prices of Tejas Light Combat Aircraft produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited after the aircraft manufacturer quoted an exorbitant price tag to deliver the indigenous fighters to the IAF. “I have asked the panel (headed by the director of the cost in the ministry) to look into the costing of products manufactured by the Defence Public Sector Undertakings. The Indian Air Force offered to get the LCA Tejas price examined

Rafale deal offsets : JVs to help create 3,500 hi-tech top jobs in India

Rafale deal offsets : JVs to help create 3,500 hi-tech top jobs in India Jul 13,2018

France’s Thales is confident of creating more than 3,500 high-end jobs in India over the next three years, as it executes $1 billion (Rs 6,850 crore) worth of offsets over the Rafale fighter jet deal in partnership with local companies Bharat Electronics and Reliance Defence. The company, which had revenue in excess of $17 billion in 2016, is looking at India as a major hub for international orders, and has pledged to transfer key technology for radars, optronics and integration of systems

Russia Will Not Mass-Produce 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet

Russia Will Not Mass-Produce 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Jul 13,2018

Russia has no plans for mass-producing the PAK/FA Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet, the country’s first indigenously designed and built fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft, Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Yuri Borisov, said during an appearance on Russian television on July 2. In the interview, the deputy defense minister spoke about the aircraft’s recent deployment to Syria, but also noted that serial production of the Su-57 does not make sense at this stage and would only occur once the

HAL readies Tejas SP-10 for first flight

HAL readies Tejas SP-10 for first flight Jul 12,2018

The 10th series production fighter (SP-10) from Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas production line is ready. It has completed the full performance engine ground run. Weather-permitting, the low and high speed taxi trials are lined up next leading to its first flight soon. The SP-10 will be likely to be piloted by Air Cmde K A Muthanna (Retd) or Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd), both Test Pilots with the National Flight Testing Centre here.Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), under immense pressure from

Russia May Sell 48 Mi-17 Helicopters to India

Russia May Sell 48 Mi-17 Helicopters to India Jul 12,2018

Russian Helicopters is prepared to sign a contract to export 48 Mi-17-V5 helicopters to India. A source within the company confirmed to Sputnik that the deal, which the company is preparing in cooperation with Russia’s Rosoboronexport agency, is currently underway: “We are looking forward for the buyer’s final decision to sign the contract. After that we can start executing it,” the source added. The Mil-17-V5 military and transport model, which is equipped with the new Klimov VK-2500

IAF may take over Tejas project from HAL due to delays

IAF may take over Tejas project from HAL due to delays Jul 11,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) may get the control of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). The decision, likely to be made official by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) soon, is aimed at ending the blame game over the project delay, often being played out by the stake-holders of the flagship ‘Make in India’ project. Military sources confirmed to Onmanorama that the idea of an IAF official being given

India should build its own aircraft: Ex-ISRO chief Kiran Kumar

India should build its own aircraft: Ex-ISRO chief Kiran Kumar Jul 09,2018

A growing large economy like India with huge domestic market should build aircraft indigenously and make sure that it does not depend on international entities alone to meet its needs, says an eminent scientist. The former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation A S Kiran Kumar said India is now poised for a significant growth in the aircraft industry. The President-elect of Aeronautical Society of India said many of the Indian industries and private enterprises actually contribute to

Tejas misses June deadline for being fully combat-ready

Tejas misses June deadline for being fully combat-ready Jul 09,2018

The indigenous Tejas fighter, first approved way back in 1983, has missed yet another deadline to become fully combat-ready. After several target revisions, the government had repeatedly declared over the last couple of years in Parliament that the jet would get its final operational clearance (FOC) by June 2018. But the single-engine Tejas is still far away from achieving the FOC, amidst galloping costs and operational concerns, say defence ministry officials. The estimated overall

Sukhoi crash: HAL makes Rs 273-crore insurance claim

Sukhoi crash: HAL makes Rs 273-crore insurance claim Jul 09,2018

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has made an insurance claim of around Rs 273 crore on an under-production Sukhoi jet that recently crashed during its test flight near Nashik, Maharashtra. This is the first of its kind insurance claim involving a fighter jet in India. The claim was filed with a group of reinsurers led by GIC Re and sole insurer New India Assurance (NIA). As much as 90-95 per cent of the claim will have to be met by international reinsurers as such projects are heavily

Will Reconsider FGFA if given Joint-Ownership of Technology : India to Russia

Will Reconsider FGFA if given Joint-Ownership of Technology : India to Russia Jul 08,2018

India has conveyed to Russia its unwillingness to go ahead with the joint development of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) primarily due to high cost involved in the project, official sources said. They, however, said the negotiations between the two countries on the much ambitious project have not yet been shelved as India was ready to have a re-look at co-development of the jet if an appropriate cost sharing formula between the two countries was arrived at. India and Russia had

Russia’s Su-57 Jets to Be ‘Considerably Cheaper’ Than US F-35s – Lawmaker

Russia’s Su-57 Jets to Be ‘Considerably Cheaper’ Than US F-35s – Lawmaker Jul 07,2018

According to open sources, F-22 jets cost $146.2 million, while F-35s may cost between $83 million and $108 million. The Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet will be two and a half times cheaper than US Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet and F-22 stealth fighter aircraft, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Gutenev, a member of State Duma’s expert panel on the aviation industry, told Sputnik. “The fifth-generation fighter jets are undoubtedly competing with US F-22s and F-35s, but it is

Six firms send proposals for 110 fighters to IAF

Six firms send proposals for 110 fighters to IAF Jul 06,2018

Over a decade after they submitted proposals to sell India 126 fighter aircraft, six global aircraft manufacturers have submitted proposals for the Indian Air Force’s hunt for 110 fighter aircraft. In April, the Indian Air Force came out with a request for information (RFI) seeking responses for its global hunt for 110 fighter jets on the backdrop of its depleting combat strength. At present, the IAF has 32 combat squadrons but needs at least 42 squadrons to handle a two-front war

Korea to offer KT-1 Trainers after India refuses to place additional orders for PC-7P

Korea to offer KT-1 Trainers after India refuses to place additional orders for PC-7 Jul 06,2018

India and South Korea are expected to hold talks on purchase of jet trainers for the Indian Air Force during the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday. “The visit of the South Korean leader is important for India from the perspective of defence and security,” sources told FE. Trainee aircraft ‘KT-1’ of Korean Aircraft Industries of South Korea could be considered for the Indian Air Force (IAF), as it was one of the shortlisted aircraft in 2011. The issue is likely to

Insurance Company to pay the Bill for Undelivered Crashed Sukhoi Su-30

Insurance Company to pay the Bill for Undelivered Crashed Sukhoi Su-30 Jul 05,2018

State-owned general insurer New India Assurance will have to fork out around Rs 2.5 billion in insurance claims to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), following the crash of its Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet near Nashik last week. This will be the largest claim in the aviation sector for Indian insurers in the last three years, said sources. The Su-30 aircraft was on a pre-delivery test flight when it crashed last Wednesday. There were no casualties. HAL had insured the aircraft with New India

India and Israel set to seal a deal for Armed Drones Soon

India and Israel set to seal a deal for Armed Drones Soon Jul 05,2018

Indian Army would soon have armed drones in its inventory. During the annual joint working group discussion between India and Israel held in South Block on Tuesday, both sides moved forward to finalise the deal to provide 10 Heron TP armed drones for Indian Army. The deal worth $400 million had been pending for over three years. The drones, to be acquired under ‘Project Cheetah’, will help the force hit target (enemy) with air-to-ground missiles after tracking it down. Till date, Indian

Why the Indian Air Force is in dire need of combat enablers

Why the Indian Air Force is in dire need of combat enablers Jul 03,2018

Lost in the din of public discourse about the depleting squadron strength of the Indian Air Force is the equally dire need of combat enablers, without which the IAF would be severely handicapped in bringing force to bear in an optimal manner. While a Flight Refuelling Aircraft (FRA) enhances strike ranges of fighters, an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) platform creates a composite air picture by fusing the radar pictures from all ground- and air-based radars with its own. This

Old suitors line up as India hunts for fighter jets again

Old suitors line up as India hunts for fighter jets again Jul 02,2018

India’s hunt for new fighter jets is starting to take shape with six global firms set to respond to an Indian Air Force request for information (RFI) to build 110 planes locally, four people familiar with the development said. The six defence contractors who are responding to the request are Boeing (which makes the F/A-18), Lockheed Martin (F-16), Dassault Aviation (Rafale), Eurofighter consortium of BAE Systems, Airbus Group and Leonardo (Eurofighter Typhoon), Russian Aircraft Corp (MiG