Tagged: Indian Airforce

LCA Tejas inches closer to FOC; crucial trials coming up

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas programme is heading towards the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) phase scheduled to be achieved by June this year. According to sources involved with the project, Derby missile will be fired in a guided mode during the first quarter of the year, clearing a key FOC parameter. “In the air-to-air…

Is India Buying 200 F-16 Fighter Jets?

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Tuesday that the government is finalizing guidelines for a global bid to select a new Western single-engine fighter jet for the Indian Air Force. Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi on January 3, the defense minister said that the guidelines for a strategic partnership model under…

Dogfight Over Security Of Indian Skies To Begin Anew – Analysis

The dogfight over the choice of fighter jets – known as the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) – that are to provide security for the Indian skies is beginning again, this time for a much larger number than the 2007 figure of 189 asked by the Indian Air Force (IAF), an estimated 400 for for…

India Clears First Payment for Rafale Fighter Jets to France

India has cleared the first payment of 15 per cent to seal the deal for 36 Rafale combat aircraft with the French Government. Sources told India Strategic that the instalment was cleared recently, and as per the contract, the French Government will deliver the first few aircraft within three years, that is sometime in 2019.…

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…

Why India Wants France’s Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet: India’s Polite Way of Teklling World That Indian Jets Can Carry Nuclear Weapons

India's has signed a deal with France for 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets which will arrive in early 2019, The jets may end up lugging nuclear bombs, as officials told The Indian Express this month that the jets are “to be used as an airborne strategic delivery system.” That’s a polite way of saying India’s…

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…

UCAV Race in Subcontinent

Recent media reports quoting MoD sources indicate that the military has prepared detailed blueprint for procuring unattended aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the next decade; some 5000 UAVs are to be procured through the ‘Make in India’ initiative, indigenously through joint ventures (JVs) with foreign companies at an estimated cost of US$3 billion. Currently, the military…

Astra BVR Missile Test Fired From IAF Su-30MKI Achieve Near-Hit

Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday test fired beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile Astra against an actual target in full operational configuration for the first time over Bay of Bengal paving way for its early induction in the armed forces. Defence sources said two rounds of the missile from Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft were targeting…

Silence on next army chief raises speculation about tri-service commander

If the government had followed tradition, Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, currently commanding the eastern army from Fort William in Kolkata, would have been named two months ago to succeed the present army chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is scheduled to retire on December 31. Bakshi is the senior-most amongst qualified generals; and the government…

Major Defense Partner Status Could Smoothen F-16 Deal With India

India, being designated as a major defense partner (MDP) of the US, could be offered simplified licensing requirements to acquire sensitive military technologies such as those that go into the F-16 and F-18 fighter jets. The designation “institutionalizes” the cooperation achieved so far between the two countries, an official was quoted as saying by The…

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.…