US likely to make sale of Guardian drones to India

The US is likely to make a positive decision on India’s request for state-of-the-art unarmed Guardian drones for maritime surveillance, especially in the Indian Ocean. The move comes after India was designated a major defence partner of the US in June. Within weeks of that designation, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Barack … Read more

HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Takes its First Flight

India test flew its homegrown light utility helicopter for the first time, giving a boost to its military plane-maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s bid to win large orders from its armed forces for the chopper. The LUH, which is being designed to replace the ageing Chetak helicopters of the armed forces, flew for around 15 minutes … Read more

The Indian Air Force must prepare for Chinese fighters in Tibet

News reports have appeared in the Indian media about the presence of the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter at Daocheng Yading in Tibet, the highest civilian airport in the world. One article features a photograph of a J-20 on a rain-swept tarmac, with the aircraft draped in a camouflage net – in a desert camouflage pattern! … Read more

Indian Air Force to acquire 45 Bird Detection Radar from Foreign Vendors

India’s Ministry of Defence has invited responses by 30 September from overseas vendors to supply 45 bird detection and monitoring radar systems for installation at Indian Air Force (IAF) bases across the country. The 30 August request for information requires these systems to be road-mobile, capable of deployment at all altitudes and able to detect … Read more

HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter to take its First Flight Soon

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is looking to test fly Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) this week in Bengaluru, after overcoming a software issue that held back its first flight. “We are now ready to take the chopper in the air. All hurdles have been crossed and now it is only a matter of the right day … Read more

Parrikar visits US facility that will build Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters for India

On Wednesday, wrapping up his three-day visit to the US, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar flew from Washington to Philadelphia to visit Boeing’s rotorcraft facility, where India’s Chinook helicopters will be built, starting next year. Business Standard visited the Philadelphia unit ahead of that visit. Parrikar was taken to a former locomotive manufacturing plant, which Boeing … Read more

Rafale deal in final stages, file reaches Prime Minister’s Office

India’s struggle to modernise its Soviet-era fighter aircraft fleet with 36 Rafale multirole fighter jets may soon be a reality as the file on acquiring them has reportedly reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for approval. In January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande had signed an intergovernmental agreement, leaving the task … Read more

Indian Air Force Will induct Indigenous HTT 40 trainers in Large Numbers

Indian Air Force will induct indigenous HTT 40 basic trainers in “large numbers”, which will boost the capability although it was earlier keen for a Swiss aircraft. The country was looking at having a fighter aircraft under ‘Make in India’ initiative which will be a “big ticket project”, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Raha said … Read more

India and Russia to Jointly Set Up $300 Million Logistics Hub for Su30MKI

Super Sukhoi 30

India, with the help of Russia, plans to set up a logistics hub for its most lethal combat aircraft, the Su-30MKI, at the facilities of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in Bangalore. Sources from India’s Ministry of Defense said- “We are trying to ensure the maximum operational availability of Su-30MKI fighters at any given time. We … Read more

An American makeover of India’s military choppers

Few purchases are more demonstrative of the changing nature of US-India ties than the deal that will result in the gradual makeover of the Indian military’s helicopter fleet from a largely Russian line-up to a mostly American one. From choppy to chipper could well be the title of this saga, as India’s defense minister Manohar … Read more

Agusta Westland Choppers Out, Russian Chopper To be VVIP helicopter of Indian Air Force

VVIP helicopter india

The Prime Minister and other VVIPs like defence minister and home minister now have refurbished Russian Mi-17 V5 helicopters to ferry them around. These helicopters were modified at the Indian Air Force”s repair depot in Chandigarh to meet the requirements of the VVIPs since after the Agusta Westland choppers contracted during the UPA government were … Read more

Three squadrons of Sukhoi-30 MKI with BrahMos missiles may join ranks in early 2017

Su 30 MKI with bramhos

Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) multirole fighters integrated with Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles are expected to go into service of the Indian Air Force in the first four months of 2017. Three squadrons of such aircraft are set to join the ranks of the Indian army, according to the source. “There are plans to deploy and … Read more

Bad coordination delayed Tejas by a decade: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

The production of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was delayed for eight to 10 years because of “shoddy coordination” between the Defence Ministry’s agencies involved and lack of required support, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. “In 2001, when Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, the plane (Tejas) took its maiden flight and … Read more

HAL must be modernized, if Tejas are to be saved: Admiral Arun Prakash

If the recent induction of the indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has received a muted welcome from the IAF, there are very good reasons for it. While the nation and the defence-industrial complex may celebrate a milestone in military indigenisation, the service, charged with the defence of our skies, has much more to worry … Read more

New Selection Process for Candidates willing to Join Indian Armed Forces as Officers

Indian armed forces are trying out a new system of officer selection to bring the selection process in tune with the changing job requirement of a modern military officer, while allowing them to better assess the newer generation of aspirants. The new selection system, once approved, will be implemented from 2019. The existing Services Selection … Read more

A new SUPER HUNTER Jet to be in Production in India

hawker hunter

In a move long anticipated by industry insiders, Indian’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced today that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will produce a radically modernized version of the 1950s-vintage Hawker Hunter jet fighter.   The original Hunter, a British design, first flew in 1951 and was widely exported. It proved popular with the Indian Air … Read more

Fighter Aircraft’s India might receive by the End of 2016

A strength of any nation’s military depends on how well it can defend, and offend in the three fronts of war – land, sea, and air. The Air Force of any military team in the world is always one of the most important segments of the military, for a strong air team means a wider … Read more