Category: Indian Airforce

Official: India Will Postpone S-400 Triumf Purchase

NEW DELHI — Contrary to the defense minister's claim in parliament Tuesday that the Indian Air Force will acquire five firing units of the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) system between 2017 and 2022, one senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official who requested anonymity says a budget crunch will prevent such a purchase for at…

AgustaWestland chopper scam: Now, UK finds flaws in India’s request for ‘middleman’ Christian Michel’s extradition

After refusing to deport liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the United Kingdom has now found deficiencies in India’s request seeking extradition of British citizen and alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper deal, Christian Michel. Flagging the flaws, London has sent a list of queries back to India. One of these is that the extradition request does…

Flat Refusal: India Dismisses US Offer of F-16 Jets

India's defense minister expressed that India is not interested in acquiring US F-16 fighter aircraft despite aggressive lobbying by Lockheed Martin. In what can be seen as a sharp denial to the US, India has dismissed a proposal made by Lockheed Martin Corp to build F-16 fighter jets in India. India's defense minister Manohar Parrikar…

India to Get Russian S-400 Triumf Missile System in 2017

According to Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, "The five firing units of the S-400 Long Range Surface to Air Missile system are planned for induction in Indian Air Force in the 13th plan period (2017-2022)." The Indian Air Force plans to introduce Russian S-400 Triumf Missile System to its military arsenal next year. The cost…

Defence minister hints at Pilatus probe

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday indicated a probe into the 2012 deal inked with the Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus, but clarified the trainer aircraft from the firm already in service will not be grounded. Responding to a calling attention motion on the AgustaWestland deal in the Lok Sabha, the minister mentioned the Pilatus deal…

Indian Air Force’s front line Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet is facing engine crisis​

India’s frontline fighter aircraft Su30 MKI was forced to land on single engine 34 times since April 1, 2014 due to engine trouble mid-air, government said on Friday. The fleet of twin-engine aircraft has encountered mid-air engine problems due to which single-engine landings were effected, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in reply to a written…

Now, Rafale and Pilatus Deals by UPA Also Under Scanner

After the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, two other defence deal signed during the UPA 2 regime are under the NDA government's scanner. According to government sources, the Defence Ministry has ordered probe into the selection of the Pilatus and Rafale deals. The decision to probe the two deals comes even as the government and the…

Indian combat helicopters to be equipped with Stinger missiles

Stinger missiles will soon add firepower to India’s combat helicopters with the Defence Ministry signing an agreement with the US Department of Defence to acquire 245 Stinger air-to-air missiles made by Raytheon, an American defence contractor and missile maker. The Indian military will receive the Stingers as part of a $3.1 billion FMS (foreign military…

Pakistan knew about Osama bin Laden’s hideout: Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of US State Hillary Clinton made strong claims that senior officials in Islamabad knew about the hideout location of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, asserting that it was too much of a coincidence that the 'unusual-looking house' where the wanted terrorist was hiding, was surrounded by retired military professionals. In…

French Rafale Jet Fighter Deal Yet to Cross First Hurdle in India

The ongoing negotiations between India and France on the purchase of 36 French Rafale fighter planes by India is still at its nascent stage. Despite a number of agreements already put in place, a French deal to sell 36 Rafale fighter jets to India is encountering difficulties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that, "Except…

The way forward in military command

    In a small amphibious training exercise called Jal Prahar that terminated last week, India’s military paid token obeisance to the notion of tri-service command, which serious, warfighting militaries have embraced decades ago. Jal Prahar was conducted by the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), India’s only tri-service command --- which means it owns assets…

MoD starts process to further liberalise FDI in defence

    Just five months after the government liberalised foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence, by permitting global vendors 49 per cent stake in Indian joint ventures (JVs) without the need for further permissions (i.e. “under the automatic route”), the doors for foreign vendors are being opened wider. So far, incremental liberalisation has failed to…

India’s focus should be peace with China, not US military ties linked to sea row

  The military partnership that India has embarked upon with the US has special focus on South China Sea. Their ‘dangerous handshake’ has sent a powerful message to China with which India has a long-standing border dispute. The move not only violates India’s non-aligned policy but also may face stiff resistance from parties. Since coming…