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Boeing Sees Two-Year Wait for World’s Biggest Fighter Jet Deal in India

Boeing Sees Two-Year Wait for World’s Biggest Fighter Jet Deal in India Jun 04,2018

It could be another two years before India picks the winner of the world’s biggest combat aircraft order, according to a senior Boeing Co. executive. Boeing is well placed in the race to supply the Indian Air Force with 110 fighter jets, Gene Cunningham, Boeing vice president of global defense sales, told Bloomberg News on Sunday on the sidelines of a security forum in Singapore. The company is a finalist in a separate competition to supply the Indian navy with 57 fighter jets. “We have

IAF’s Meteor missile plans likely to take a hit

IAF’s Meteor missile plans likely to take a hit Jun 04,2018

India’s plans to equip its Russian SU-30MKI and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas with long range Meteor beyond visual range missiles may get hit. Its European manufacturers have informed the government that they would not integrate their weapon on any Israeli or Russian platform. The Air Force has plans of equipping the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) with the Meteor missiles to get an edge over its Chinese and Pakistani adversaries but Israeli firms have been chosen for supplying the

Tata Boeing Aerospace delivers 1st AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage from Hyderabad facility

Tata Boeing Aerospace delivers 1st AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage from Hyderabad facility Jun 02,2018

Tata Boeing Aerospace on Friday announced the delivery of the first AH-64 Apache combat helicopter fuselage ahead of schedule from its state-of-the-art facility in Hyderabad. The fuselage will now be transported to Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona, for integration into the final assembly line. This delivery comes within a year of the aerospace joint venture facility becoming operational. The facility, which is spread over 14,000-square meters and will be

Indian Su-30 MKI upgrade inches forward

Indian Su-30 MKI upgrade inches forward May 31,2018

India’s ministry of defence, air force and Russian firms are in active discussions for the mid-life upgrade of 44 Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs. The upgrade programme involves the integration of five new missiles and the fitting of Russian, Western and indigenously developed systems. The major upgrades are related to the radar, weapon control system, mission computer, and communications suite. State owned airframer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) is aggressively pursuing the lead role for the upgrade

Ukraine says kickbacks worth Rs 17.5 crore to Ministry of Defence officials, asks for help

Ukraine says kickbacks worth Rs 17.5 crore to Ministry of Defence officials, asks for help May 31,2018

Ukraine is investigating alleged kickbacks to the tune of $2.6 million (Rs 17.55 crore) in India’s purchase of spares for military transport aircraft An-32 in which its Anti-Corruption Bureau suspects the involvement of Indian Defence Ministry officials. On February 13, this year, according to records accessed by The Indian Express, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NAB) sent a “request for international legal assistance” to the Ministry of Home Affairs via the Indian envoy

India to Locally Build Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI

India to Locally Build Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI May 29,2018

India has decided to design and develop a long-range dual-band infrared imaging search and track system (IRST) which will strengthen the capabilities of the Su-30MKI in detecting ultra-stealthy aircraft like the F-22 and Chengdu J-20 possessed by its adversaries. Only last year, China operationalized the J-20 fighter jets which are made up of radar-absorbing materials that are supposed to make it hard to detect at long ranges. “The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded approval for

India set to get S-400 Triumf air defence missiles for IAF as talks with Russia conclude

India set to get S-400 Triumf air defence missiles for IAF as talks with Russia conclude May 29,2018

India has concluded price negotiations with Russia for a nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force, officials said. They said the two countries are now trying to find a way out to evade the provisions of a US law that seeks to punish countries and entities engaged in transactions with the defence or intelligence establishment of Russia The negotiations for the missile deal have been concluded. The financial component has been

Jaguar is IAF’s first fighter with cutting-edge AESA radar

Jaguar is IAF’s first fighter with cutting-edge AESA radar May 25,2018

Jaguar strike aircraft number JM 255, parked in a Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) hangar in Bengaluru, is superficially similar to the other 600-odd fighters in the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet. In fact, it is unique in IAF history as the first Indian fighter to be integrated with an AESA – or active electronically scanned array – radar. Ten test flights have been conducted since JM 255 first flew with the Israeli Elta EL/AESA 2032 radar on August 10 and pilots are pleased with its

India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Faces Further Delays

India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft Faces Further Delays May 24,2018

The serial production of India’s first domestically designed and produced light fighter aircraft, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is facing additional delays as the Indian Air Force (IAF) has requested upgrades to existing systems and the incorporation of a new ones, sources within India’s state-owned aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) told IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly on May 22. The Tejas LCA is a supersonic, single-seat, single-engine multirole light fighter

After Rafale splurge, a sensible Jaguar upgrade

After Rafale splurge, a sensible Jaguar upgrade May 24,2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF), after being criticised for spending $9.2 billion on 36 Rafale fighter aircraft, is closing in on a far more prudent deal — the rejuvenation of 80 ageing Jaguar fighters into highly capable, multi-role, combat aircraft for a mere $1.5 billion or so. This long-delayed project, which was resurrected last month, involves replacing the Jaguar’s underpowered engines.Separately, the uprated fighter will get state-of-the-art avionics for striking ground targets more

World War II-era Spitfire to take wing again

World War II-era Spitfire to take wing again May 24,2018

Close on the heels of a vintage DC-3 Dakota transport aircraft taking wing after undergoing an exhaustive restoration process in the UK, the Indian Air Force has firmed up plans for undertaking a similar exercise on a World War–II era Spitfire fighter plane. The Supermarine Spitfire, one of the most widely produced Allied warplanes during the world war, remained with the Air Force for about 16 years from February 1944 to January 1960. Various versions of this aircraft were operated by 15

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,