Was India planning a Covert Military Strike on Pakistan’s Nuclear Reactor?

The Idea of India attacking Pakistani Nuclear Reactor may sound absurd to many but the Fact is India had considered attacking Pakistani nuclear reactor at Kahuta. In his book, India’s Nuclear Policy —1964-98: A Personal Recollection, K Subrahmanyam a prominent international strategic affairs analyst, journalist and former Indian civil servant recollected that India proposed to … Read more

Tejas will be equipped with ‘BrahMos Light’

After the successful launch of the supersonic Brahmos cruise missile from the Sukhoi-30, ensuring a tactical advantage for the armed forces, work on ‘BRAHMOS Light,’ a lighter version of the missile that can be fired from the Tejas, the indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft that the Indian Air Force is acquiring, has begun. The new … Read more

Russia unveils super-Jet ‘MiG-35’, offers it for Indian Air Force: Report

Russia has begun testing its super fast, and extremely lethal, MiG-35 fighter jets which can simultaneously capture 10 targets. According to a report in Daily Star, MiG-35 is an advanced version of  MiG-29 and can reach speeds of Mach 2.23 and fly as high as 19,000 meters. The report adds that the MiG-35 aircraft is … Read more

Indian Air Force Fighter Jet Tejas to Make Republic Day Debut

India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will make its debut run in the Republic Day Parade this year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on Thursday. Besides Tejas, the flypast will include Su-30 aircraft in Trishul formation and also a high speed run by a single Su-30, followed by vertical Charlie, which means the aircraft … Read more

U.S. Air Force Official: F-35 Could Beat Russia’s Stealth PAK-FA or China’s J-31 in a Fight

An F-35 fighter pilot says he would be confident flying the Joint Strike Fighter against any enemy in the world, including Russian and Chinese 5th Generation stealth fighters. An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to use its sensors, weapons and computer technology to destroy Russian and Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth fighters in a high-end … Read more

IAF does not raise Bills for PM’s visits Abroad on Air Force Planes

The Prime Minister is entitled free travel on Indian Air Force planes for which no bills are raised, IAF said in a RTI response. Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra had sought information from the Prime Minister’s Office on the laid down procedure for clearing bills of IAF BBJ aircraft chartered flights for the Prime Minister’s foreign … Read more

What Everyone Wants to Know About Russia’s New MiG-35 Fighter

A decade after the MiG-35’s first flight, the Kremlin’s new warplane will finally begin testing with the Russian air force in January 2017, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. The fighter should be fully operational in 2020. It’s not every day the Russian air force starts flying a new-ish plane. New-ish because despite … Read more

Russia Preparing For Modern War? 5 New Supersonic Jets To Join Already Massive Fleet

The Russian Air Force will reportedly receive five new fighter jets this year as part of a major modernization effort, The Moscow Times reported Friday. Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev announced five Sukhoi T-50 jets will join an already massive fleet that includes 20 Su-30SM fighter jets, as well as upgraded Tu-95 and Tu-160 strategic missile … Read more

Frontline Indian Air Force base in West Bengal likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron

Frontline Indian Air Force base in Hasimara in West Bengal is likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron, informed sources said on Friday. The first squadron is likely to be based at the Sarsawa base in Uttar Pradesh. One more base for the third squadron remains to be identified. Each of … Read more

T-50 Stealth Fighter Jet To Enter Russian Air Force In 2017

Russia’s Sukhoi PAK FA, a fifth-generation fighter jet, will enter service with the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2017. “Designing new kinds of weapons, military and special equipment for the Russian Armed Forces will continue in 2017 as well as their procurement for the Russian Land Force, Aerospace Forces and the Navy. Thus, the T-50 aircraft … Read more

Why America (and the World) Fears the Su-27 Flanker

To the West, most of the legendary Soviet aircraft of the Cold War came from the design bureau Mikoyan Gurevitch, which spawned such aircraft as the MiG-15 “Fagot,” MiG-21 “Fishbed,” MiG-25 “Foxbat” and MiG-29 “Fulcrum.” The single best Soviet fighter of the Cold War, however, was Sukhoi’s Su-27 “Flanker.” Intended both to defeat U.S. fighters … Read more

If the J-20 Stealth Fighter Is So Amazing Why Is China Buying Russia’s Su-35?

Even as China is publicly showing off its new Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter , Beijing is continuing its efforts to acquire advanced Russian fighters. Indeed, while a pair of J-20s have garnered the attention of the world’s media, the Russian government quietly announced that it has started work on building 24 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters for … Read more

Russia’s Lethal Su-35 Fighter Is Now Part of China’s Air Force

Russia has apparently delivered an initial batch of four advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E jet fighters to China. The aircraft appropriately arrived at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force training center in Cangzhou, in China’s Hebei province, on Christmas day from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) plant in Russia according to the BMPB blog—which is … Read more

F-16 vs Gripen: Which combat jet will rule supreme in Indian fighter dogfight?

As India looks to replace its ageing Soviet-era lightweight combat aircraft fleet, two players have emerged as possible contenders, American defence major Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 70 and Swedish defence major Saab’s Gripen E fighter aircraft. Indian Air Force (IAF) has requirement of over 400 fighter aircraft, which is far higher than the 126 aircraft that … Read more

Two M777 Howitzers To Be Delivered To Indian Army In Six Months For Testing

BAE Systems will deliver two of the contracted M777 ultra-light howitzers within six months to the Indian Army to test integration of local ammunition for the gun. “Two guns will be delivered to the Army within six months from the signing of the LoA for preparing the range tables and calibration,” The Hindu quoted an … Read more

Which fighter aircraft for Indian skies? Ageing fleets crying for replacement

The dogfight for picking the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) for the security of the Indian skies is beginning anew, this time for a much larger number than the 2007 figure of 189 asked by the Indian Air Force (IAF) — an estimated 400 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and 60 for the Indian … Read more

India Floats Radar Tender For Light Combat Aircraft

Indian state-owned military aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has floated global bids to procure around 100 state-of-the-art active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for an improved variant of the HAL Mark-I Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), dubbed Tejas Mark-IA, according to local media reports. “The tender in the form of Expression of Interest (EoI) … Read more

Major Roadblock hits India’s Ambitious Project for making Air Force One for Prime Minister’s Foreign Travel

An ambitious project of creating a dedicated fleet of aircraft for the Prime Minister’s foreign travel has hit rough weather. Last year, the government had proposed to take away two Boeing-777s from Air India’s fleet to be dedicated for the PM’s use abroad, on the lines of the US President’s Air Force One. Air India … Read more

Sonia Gandhi had no role, driving force was Indian Air Force: A K Antony on AgustaWestland deal

In the wake of bribery charges in VVIP chopper deal, former Defence Minister A K Antony today came out strongly in defence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi saying she had no role in the procurement and BJP will make a “laughing stock” of itself if it drags her name into the matter. He also said … Read more

Indian Air Force to induct DRDO AEW&CS Aircraft on Dec 23 at Chitradurga Range in Karnataka

After a delay, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) would help in enhancing Indian Air Force’s capability to snoop and detect activities of Pakistani and Chinese air force as it is planning to induct the indigenously-developed snooping plane later this month. “The plan is to induct the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft … Read more