Category: Indian Airforce

India is ramping up its multi-vector defense strategy

At a time when India's diplomatic commitment to rally international support against Pakistan's alleged role in the recent terrorist incursions into Indian-administered Kashmir is producing no significant result, Delhi's drive for military modernization has instead received a new boost. Fresh off a US10 billion defense deal with Russia, inked on the sidelines of the BRICS…

Chopper Deal with Putin in Goa stuck on Pricing

The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force desperately and urgently need light helicopters to maintain its position in the most difficult Siachen Glacier, but the deal signed in Goa by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin to buy 200 Kamov-226T helicopters is stuck up on the issue of pricing. The Russians…

Ecuadorian Air Force selling its remaining Dhruv helicopters

The Ecuadorian Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) three remaining HAL Dhruv helicopters are for sale, Minister of Defence Ricardo Patiño announced on 20 October. Seven of the light utility twin-engine helicopters were purchased new in 2008 for USD45 million, and were the first of the type known to operate in the Americas. However, four…

IAF’s plan to replace ailing MiG with ‘Make in India’ combat aircraft heading for trouble

An Indian Air Force plan to replace its MiG fighter fleet with a ‘Made in India’ combat aircraft is heading for trouble. As of now the choice is between two aircraft from Sweden and the US, both of which failed a comprehensive technical evaluation process in 2010. Plus, there are grumbles that other countries which…

America mustn’t bully India into acquiring Armed Drones

A global regime to manage the use of drones is slowly being put into place. The US, along with 40 other States, issued a declaration a few days back outlining the principles which in their view should govern the export and use of armed drones to ensure they do not cause instability or help terrorism…

Saab links Gripen bid with Tejas to counter F-16 production numbers

The contest to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) a single-engine, medium fighter is currently playing out as a two-horse race. US giant, Lockheed Martin, is the Goliath looking to slay the David that is Swedish firm, Saab. Lockheed Martin, which has offered to shift its F-16production line to India, is the world’s biggest defence…

Defence Budget may be hiked to 2.5 percent of GDP to pay for multi-billion dollar deals

Having signed the €8.8-billion Rafale deal, the government will have to increase the defence budget midway through this financial year to pay for new orders, domestic brokerage ICICI Securities said on Tuesday. “The amount earmarked for new purchases is so low that it has been exhausted on just one purchase alone—the Rafale fighter, whose 15%…

American Co. Lockheed Martin first to respond to ‘Make in India’ Fighter Jet Program

On Monday, US defence giant Lockheed Martin became the first international vendor to respond to an Indian Air Force (IAF) letter, soliciting interest in building a single-engine, medium fighter aircraft in India, with full transfer of technology. "We sent our acceptance [to the IAF] earlier this week", Lockheed Martin's Randy Howard, who markets the F-16…

Slow progress on India-Russia project to build Kamov-226T helicopter

Much is being made of a forthcoming agreement to build the Russian Kamov-226T helicopter in India, as one of the highlights of the 17th India-Russia Annual Summit in Goa on Saturday. In truth, however, this will really be little more than a statement that both sides will continue working to realise what is turning out…

Kamov deal:- India to get 200 copter in 9 years

NEW DELHI: India and Russia today signed a deal to jointly produce 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters, at the India Russia Summit in Goa today. The helicopters are believed to boost the capabilities of the armed forces. Below is a description of the helicopter and the deal. What is the Kamov Ka-226T helicopter? 1) It is…

HAL begins integration of Mid-Air-Refueling probe on LCA Tejas

Engineers and technicians at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's (HAL) LCA-Tejas Division have begun the extremely complex integration of the aerial refueling probe on to the Tejas fighter. During a visit to the HAL facilities, Mathrubhumi witnessed the fitment tests on the Limited Series Production-8 (LSP-8) variant of Tejas. The air-to-air probe, supplied by UK-based Cobham, is…

India-Russia ink the S-400 deal worth alone $6bn :: Pak-China rattled

India today announced that it will buy the S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia, worth over $6 billion, and collaborate in making four state of art frigates besides setting up a joint production facility for making Kamov helicopters. The deals were announced following talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir…

WHY INDIA NEEDS TO BOOST AMCA

The world has always been very dynamic in terms of geopolitical alignments. Few decades before, there existed two poles, which were pivotal to major strategic shifts, the US and Russia. But as we go by a famous proverb, change is the only constant thing in this world, China rose to power dramatically and it started…