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IAF to Procure 110 Fighter Jets, Six Global Defence Manufactures Are Likely to Submit Response to Request For Information

IAF to Procure 110 Fighter Jets, Six Global Defence Manufactures Are Likely to Submit Response to Request For Information Jul 02,2018

Six aircraft manufacturing companies are set to respond to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Request for Information (RFI) for procuring 110 fighter jets. These aircraft are to be produced locally. The entire deal will be of worth $ 15 billion. According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the defence manufacturing companies are which are expected to respond are Boeing (which makes the F/A-18), Lockheed Martin (F-16), Dassault Aviation (Rafale), Eurofighter consortium of BAE Systems, Airbus

After India opts out, Russia orders fifth-gen Sukhoi-57 fighters

After India opts out, Russia orders fifth-gen Sukhoi-57 fighters Jul 01,2018

In a reminder of what the Indian Air Force (IAF) is missing, the Russian Air Force (RAF) has placed its first order of the Sukhoi-57, the Russian fifth-generation fighter that New Delhi recently decided not to co-develop and co-manufacture with Sukhoi. “The first contract for 12 [Sukhoi-57] aircraft will be signed soon, and the deliveries under this contract will begin shortly,” said Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko on Saturday, according to Russia’s Sputnik News. The

Rafale: ‘So Used to Being Jerked Around IAF & GOI Think This is The Normal’

Rafale: ‘So Used to Being Jerked Around IAF & GOI Think This is The Normal’ Jul 01,2018

Senior Air staff officers have, of late, been talking confidently of the combo of the 6,000 air defence missiles ordered as part of the S-400 system that India is buying from Russia and the Su-30MKI (hopefully upgraded to “super Sukhoi” configuration that will convert IAF’s Su-30 squadrons into a fleet of near FGFAs) as being more than sufficient to handle PLA Air Force (PLAAF) on the Tibet-Arunachal front. The front line role of the Sukhois against the stronger, more comprehensively

Tejas Mk.1 cockpit with CSIR developed HUD

Tejas Mk.1 cockpit with CSIR developed HUD Jun 30,2018

Tejas Mk.1 cockpit with CSIR developed HUD The indigenously developed head-up display (HUD) offers compact size, low weight and power consumption being tailor-made for the Light Combat Aircraft. It has an edge over its global competitors, with multiple operational modes - including low visibility and standby sight mode if a mission computer failed to guide and aid the pilot - high display brightness, high contrast ratio with maximum display luminance, high degree of accuracy and precision,

Denied information on high-tech fighter jet equipment, India develops its own

Denied information on high-tech fighter jet equipment, India develops its own Jun 29,2018

Any gaming aficionado would love it: A space age fighter jet cockpit with information on weapons locking systems, enemy planes and flight information flashing on the windshield. This high-tech system is likely to be adapted soon for fighter aircraft in India with technology developed indigenously. The head-up display (HUD) has been developed by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) in Chandigarh, a constituent unit of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

Dassault offers Rafale, stage set for MMRCA 2.0

Dassault offers Rafale, stage set for MMRCA 2.0 Jun 29,2018

French aerospace vendor Dassault says it will offer the Rafale in a global tender floated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on April 6, inviting vendor interest for supplying 110 fighter aircraft. Dassault’s representative in India, Posina Venkata Rao, confirmed to Business Standard on Wednesday that the Rafale would be fielded in the contest.That sets the stage for a re-run of the failed “medium multi-role combat aircraft” (MMRCA) procurement that the IAF conceived in 2000, officially

Under-production Sukhoi jet crashes in Maharashtra’s Nashik

Under-production Sukhoi jet crashes in Maharashtra’s Nashik Jun 27,2018

An underproduction Sukhoi jet crashed today in Maharashtra’s Nashik. No casualties have been reported yet. Both pilots are said to have ejected safely. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI was an under-production aircraft of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Therefore, it wasn’t yet part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) At least eight Sukhoi-30MKIs have crashed since they were inducted. The IAF has inducted around 240 of the 272 Sukhoi-30MKIs contracted from Russia for $12 billion, the bulk of them

Govt stunned by HAL’s offer of Tejas Mark-1A at 463cr per jet,more than Sukhoi-30MKI

Govt stunned by HAL’s offer of Tejas Mark-1A at 463cr per jet,more than Sukhoi-30MKI Jun 27,2018

The euphoria within the defence establishment over the induction of the first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft into the IAF appears to have subsided with the Defence Ministry forming a committee to look into the “high price” demanded by Bengaluru-based public sector manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), for Tejas Mark1A. Sources told The Indian Express that in response to a request for a proposal for 83 Tejas Mark1A fighter jets issued by the IAF in December last year, HAL

LCA Tejas Gears up for Aerial Refuelling

LCA Tejas Gears up for Aerial Refuelling Jun 25,2018

The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is all set to commence its Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) flight trials. Aeronautical Development Agency has been carrying out various tests regarding the AAR for the past few months which have been successful.’ But, the process is a challenging one, and hence, it is very much important to make it flawless. All the simulated ground tests have been successfully completed as Tejas was refuelled by placing it at various attitudes. The technical integration for AAR

IAF, HAL end impasse over Tejas trainers

IAF, HAL end impasse over Tejas trainers Jun 23,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) seem to have arrived at a consensus to end the stalemate over Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas trainers. Onmanorama can confirm now that IAF will have to probably wait till 2021 to get the Tejas trainer of their ‘liking.’ It means there won’t be any trainers from the first block of 20 Series Production (SP) line for now, which will be in tune with the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standards. As per the original

Russian Su-57 or US F-35 - Which one will India buy ?

Russian Su-57 or US F-35 - Which one will India buy ? Jun 21,2018

The US-Russia Rivalry, the SU-57 vs F-35 Fighter Jet Competition is just heating up. Russia’s elite SU-57 stealth fighter jet is aggressively competing with the American F-35. As EurAsian Times reported, Turkey was also evaluating the SU-57 Fighter Jets, before finally getting the much-anticipated American F-35, only the second country after Israel. In this US-Russia rivalry, the US seems to be edging past Russia. While the Su-57 fighter jets program is still trapped in the theoretical

Tejas squadron to be shifted to Sulur air base in Jul

Tejas squadron to be shifted to Sulur air base in July Jun 20,2018

The Flying Daggers or the No. 45 Squadron which operates the indigenously developed supersonic fighter aircraft Tejas will be shifted from Bengaluru to the Sulur Air Force station based in Coimbatore in July. With this, the Flying Daggers will become the first fighter squadron to be a part of the Southern Air Command of the IAF headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram. Highly reliable sources told The Hindu that the No. 45 Squadron, which operated in Bengaluru for two years after the induction of

Can India Make 5th Generation AMCA like F-22 Raptor

Can India Make 5th Generation AMCA like F-22 Raptor Jun 17,2018

AMCA is designed by ADA and manufactured by HAL. AMCA will be a single seat, Twin engine, stealth multi-role fighter jet. First stage of AMCA is done and stage two work is started. It’s first flight is scheduled in 2025. It is supposed that it will consist of all modern weapons and modern avionics, some of them are under development and remaining taken from Tejas, Rafale, Su-30mki and other modern fighter jets. Speed of AMCA will be 2,655 km/h and this fighter jet will be powered by

US approves sale of Stinger missiles to India

US approves sale of Stinger missiles to India Jun 14,2018

The US state department has approved the direct sale of powerful stinger missiles to India, along with six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles. Pentagon’s defence security cooperation agency notified US Congress about the state department’s decision. The sale is expected to pass through if no lawmaker opposes the notification, PTI reported on Wednesday. However, the sale of Stinger Block I-92H missiles, if it takes place, will bolster Indian Army’s short-range air

IAF not keen on getting more Sukhoi fighter jets

IAF not keen on getting more Sukhoi fighter jets Jun 13,2018

At a time when the Russians have offered to sell 40 more Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft to India, it seems that the Air Force is not keen to add more of these heavy weight and expensive to maintain fighter jets in its inventory. The Indian Air Force (IAF) already has more than 220 of these Russian planes in its fleet and has plans of inducting all the 272 planes ordered by it over the years by the end of 2020. “The Russians along with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which assembles the

IAF BVR MISSILE R-77

IAF BVR MISSILE R-77 Jun 10,2018

R-77 (AA-12) "Adder" being loaded onto an Indian Air Force Su-30MKI. The RVV-AE (R-77, NATO designation AA-12 'Adder') is an active radar BVR missile similar in function to the US AIM-120 AMRAAM. The most noteworthy feature of the RVV-AE/R-77 design was its four pop-out tailfins, which use a lattice construction similar to that found in SS-21 'Scarab' and SS-23 'Spider' short-range ballistic missiles. Obviously, the fins on the RVV-AE/R-77 were much smaller and lighter. This design approach

Looking for Rafale orders , Will Start Training IAF Pilots Soon : French Envoy

Looking for Rafale orders , Will Start Training IAF Pilots Soon : French Envoy Jun 10,2018

On June 6 and 7, Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler was on one of his busy bi-monthly visits to Bengaluru, a fast growing industrial and innovation magnet for French interests ranging from space and aeronautics to education. Here, he gives a sense of what could be next in the Indo-French ties that are still flush from French President Emmanuel Macron’s trip in March. Excerpts from the interview: India and France announced a major space cooperation in March. Could you

Rafale delivery will commence in September 2019

Rafale delivery will commence in September 2019 Jun 09,2018

In April, the Indian Air Force carried out the largest war games in the last three decades by bringing together more than 1,100 aircraft. The exercise, named Gagan Shakti, was used to test the IAF’s combat readiness for a short and intense war. It boosted the confidence of the Air Force, especially with regard to fighting a two-front war. At the biannual meeting of top IAF commanders held on May 31, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman praised the force for carrying out such a major exercise

HAL carries out hot weather tests on its LUH in city

HAL carries out hot weather tests on its LUH in city Jun 07,2018

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) carried out some critical tests on its latest platform named Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), in the city on Tuesday.Speaking exclusively to The Hitavada, HAL’s Chief Test Pilot Wg Cdr Unnikrishna Pillay(Retd) informed that the LUH has tremendous demand from all the three wings of Defence services, mainly for its utility of being used as an Air Ambulance, that can carry two stretchers, one doctor and one attendant, or load of 1.2 tons, besides the crew of