Category: Indian Airforce

Rafale fighter jet deal to create thousands of jobs, India Inc to get 3 bn Euros worth biz

9h8 A decade after then defence minister AK Antony approved the Request for Proposal to buy 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, the Indian Air Force will get its first Rafale fighter jets in the next 33 months from French company Dassault Aviation. The 36 aircraft that the IAF will get will replace the ailing MiGs.…

Reliance-Dassault JV to execute Rafale deal

The Anil Ambani-led Reliance group on Monday said it had tied up with Dassault Aviation to help the French company spend up to $4.51 billion that it must invest in India as part of a recent fighter jet deal it clinched. Dassault agreed to invest 50 per cent in so-called offsets of the $8.7 billion…

IAF kicks off contest to make single-engine fighters

A global contest has restarted for supplying India a medium, multi-role fighter, with the Indian Air Force (IAF) inviting top international fighter jet manufacturers to set up a production facility in India. Business Standard has learned that Indian embassies in Washington, Moscow and Stockholm wrote on Friday to fighter jet manufacturers in these countries to…

IAF chief blames UPA for procurement delays, spells out schedule for boosting fighter squadrons

Addressing his first press conference since India contracted for 36 Rafale fighters from France, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, outlined on Tuesday his vision for how crippling deficiencies in fighter aircraft would be tackled. Raha blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s preoccupation with procedure for the IAF’s current aircraft…

India will deploy Rafale jets carrying nukes against China, Pak: Chinese media

India will deploy the recently bought Rafale fighter aircraft capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads near disputed regions with Pakistan and China as New Delhi continues to be the largest arms purchaser in the world, the Chinese state media predicted on Friday. The jets are capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads, which means India’s nuclear…

Japan-India defence co-op ‘DISGRACEFUL’, says China after Japan offers huge discounts to India on Weapons

China on Tuesday reacted angrily to a report that Japan plans to sell search and rescue aircraft to India at a lower price and said it would consider such a move “disgraceful” if it is aimed at pressuring Beijing over the disputed South China Sea issue. “I have noted this report. We hold no objection…

Indian Army Acquiring More Land Attack BrahMos Supersonic Missiles

The joint venture company that produces the supersonic BrahMos supersonic cruise missile claims the Indian Army will buy more of the world beating missile in the next few years. The news reported by Russian media said BrahMos Aerospace Ltd., the Indian-Russian joint venture company that makes the missile in India, also has the capability to…

India Has No Immediate Plans to Buy Predator Drones From US

The Indian government has flatly refused having any plans to procure the US Predator drones. During the parliament session on Friday, a lawmaker questioned "whether the government proposes to procure Predator Guardian UAV from USA." In a one word yet strong reply, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said "No." Earlier, some media outlets had reported that…

India Rejects SAAB’s Offer to Develop Tejas MK1A Aircraft

SAAB's desperate attempt to collaborate with Indian aeronautics firm in the co-development of India's indigenously manufactured fighter aircraft Tejas MK1A has failed to find support in the Indian government. Manohar Parrikar, India's Minister of Defense, said, «There is no collaboration envisaged with any European Aircraft Manufacturer for development of the Tejas Mark 1A." Last month,…

India Seeks America’s Help In Search For Missing AN-32 Aircraft

Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday told parliament that India has sought help from US to check if their satellites captured any signals from the missing AN-32 aircraft, while noting there was very little possibility that sabotage played any role. Giving clarifications on the missing aircraft in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said he…

India negotiating with Russia to upgrade 194 Su-30MKIs to Super Sukhoi Standards for $8bn

Amid a gridlock between India and Russia on the development of their fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), India has decided to set up negotiations with Russia to upgrade 194 Sukhoi Indian Air Force Su-30MKIs to a near fifth-generation level for about $8 billion, Defense News reports. The improved Su-30s will feature advanced stealth technology, longer range…

AN 32 one of safest aircraft with IAF, says Defence Minister

AN 32 one of safest aircraft with IAF, says Defence Minister

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday described the AN-32 as one of the safest aircraft with the IAF and said all available resources were being used to find the missing plane. Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, he said every small lead was being followed but there was no confirmed finding as yet of…

HAL has capacity to produce 8 LCA Tejas per annum

HAL and DRDO have always maintained that the technology in Tejas will not go obsolete for quite some years. It has also intentionally been made longitudinally unstable. This is meant to enhance the aircraft's maneuverability. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has the capacity to produce eight Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas per annum, said Defence Minister…