Category: Indian Airforce

No demand from IAF; India goes slow on Hawk variant

India is going slow on the development of a combat variant of the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) as there has been no demand for it from the Indian Air Force. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and BAE Systems have teamed up to develop the combat variant, which will be a slow flying, ground support aircraft.…

An incredibly advanced development of the MiG-29, the advanced MiG-35 jet can simultaneously capture 10 targets and can strike four to six targets at the same time. The aircraft can reach speeds of Mach 2.23 and fly as high as 19,000 meters. The MiG-35 also has a set of avionics which enables the use of…

New Fighter Aircraft Deal – Again?

The ink has barely dried on the acquisition of the French Rafale fighter aircraft, and India has once again entered the international arms market with the intention to procure hundreds of fighter jets, albeit with the proviso that they be manufactured in India. The Rafale deal, for outright purchase of 36 twin-engined medium-weight multi-role combat…

US offers big-ticket military tie-ups with India

NEW DELHI: The US has now proposed joint development and production of futuristic military helicopters as well as infantry combat vehicles in the first such big-ticket programmes under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative+ (DTTI) with India. Top government sources said the two projects would be discussed threadbare in the ensuing DTTI meeting (probably February)…

2nd Squadron of the C-130J Super Hercules to be housed in West Bengal

India is set to position its second squadron of special operations aircraft C-130J in Panagarh, West Bengal, to increase flying in areas close to the disputed boundary with China. “The second squadron of C-130J would be located at Panagarh. The flying will start by March-April 2017,” Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said here on Wednesday…

Why AMCA will be Game-Changer For Indian Airforce

MANY OF US ARE VERY MUCH FRUSTRATED WITH LCA TEJAS PROJECT. OF COURSE, IT’S AWESOME AIRCRAFT BUT THE WAY INDIAN PSUS HANDLED IT WAS MAKING IT DISASTER. THANK GOD THAT AT LEAST NOW IT’S INDUCTING INTO INDIAN AIR-FORCE. OR MAYBE LATER, EVEN IN THE INDIAN NAVY.   Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is an Indian…

Sarsawa air base likely to host first Rafale squadron

The first squadron of Rafale fighter jets are likely to be based at the Sarsawa air base of Indian Air Force in Uttar Pradesh, informed sources said on Friday. According to sources, the air base is being geared up for the squadron, while two more bases are to be identified. The deliveries of the aircraft…

IAF to buy last US C-17 Aircraft left

"We will now buy whatever we can and are planning to buy the single aircraft left with the US. In this regard, we are planning to move our proposal in a key Defence Ministry meeting planned to be held this month," a senior IAF source told Mail Today. Unable to process its request in time…

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat to be the new Army chief

NEW DELHI:  Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the next chief of the India Army, the government announced today. Lt General Rawat belongs to the famous 5th Battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles. He is the current Vice Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army. Air Marshal BS Dhanoa meanwhile was named the next chief of…

India’s Indigenously Developed Tejas Challenges Ahead

T Suvarna Raju, CMF Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has said India is ready to export LCA Tejas in the future. Raju also said that with the ramping up of LCA Tejas from 8 to 16 aircraft per annum and with outsourcing and participation of private players HAL will be able to speed up export process.…

How PAK-FA Stealth Fighter Could Match the F-22 Raptor (Think Speed)

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) has started ground testing a next-generation engine for the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation stealth fighter according to a statement by the company. The PAK-FA—which is under development—is currently powered by a pair of 33,000-pound thrust class Saturn AL-41F1 afterburning turbofans. However, the AL-41F1—a version of which is also installed on…

Boeing Unveils An AMCA ‘Sweetener’

Following the lead of Swedish company, Saab, Boeing has linked its offer to build a fighter aircraft in India with the promise of assistance in designing and building an Indian fifth-generation (Gen-5) fighter. Boeing’s plan involves first setting up an Indian factory and the aerospace eco-system to build the Block II Super Hornet, which will…

India’s First BVR Missile Astra on Verge of Commercial Production

Indian Air Force is expected to receive country's first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) Astra by the end of this year. Indian defense scientists had set this revised timeline due to delay in getting critical components. The scheduled date of completion of the project was September 2012. "The project was delayed because of…