January 11, 2016
Stealthy Push For Non-Stealth Drones At DRDO
With DRDO's Rustom-II MALE UAV still to take to the air, work is currently gathering pace to provide the platform with greater low-observability features. "The main function of the landing gear is safe take-off and landing of UAV under various environmental...
Terror Spurt Revives Infantry Modernisation Push
The atmosphere of terror threats in the shadow of the Pathankot attack and continued threats along the LoC -- including intermittent ceasefire violations — has heightened awareness of slow progress in infantry modernisation in the country.
IAF Scouts 8 More Medium Altitude Aerostats
The IAF has expressed interest in 4-8 new medium altitude surveillance/early warning aerostats on a fast track basis. The IAF wants static, mobile or portable systems deployable at altitudes of about 15,000 feet...
New Assault Rifle Push For IAF Garud Squads
The Indian Air Force is learnt to have pegged up interest in its three-year hunt for new assault rifles for its special units (Garud), that should be compact, foldable, easy to carry, handle, operate, simple to maintain and with high range.
Navy Hydrographers Show Interest In AUV
Kickstarting its hunt in 2014, the Indian Navy's Hydrography Department has revived its interest in a brand new AUV technology. In keeping with the existing effort, it has decided to upgrade its surveying capabilities by acquiring a new AUV that can be deployed...
November 30, 2015
IAF For Indian EW Suite For Mi-17 V5 Fleet
In a commitment towards Indian avionics and electronic technology that have made a global mark in recent years, the Indian Air Force has announced its intention to procure and install electronic warfare (EW) suites comprising Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)...
DRDO to wrap up Nishant UAV project
It's curtains for the DRDO's Nishant tactical surveillance drone programme, with the Army, the drone's only customer at the moment, deciding against a repeat order of upto 10 units from its maker.
October 19, 2015
Life Extension for 4 Indian Navy Kilos
After nearly two years in discussions, the Indian government has finally agreed to push through a long-standing Indian Navy demand for a life extension of at least four of its eight effectively remaining Kilo-class submarines.
Major assembly of Chinook & Apache in India?
While aero structures and electrical systems on Boeing's CH-47F Chinook are already sourced in India from a host of private companies, the company has decided to up its 'Make in India' game on the back of the twin Chinook & Apache deals...
October 12, 2015
For EW Boost To Mi-17 V5 Fleet
In a decision that had been expected ever since the IAF threw in its lot with the formidable Mi-17 V5 medium-lift multirole helicopter platform, Air HQ has invited interest in arming...
April 18, 2015
Apache Exercise With 'Asian' Setting Interests IAF
The Indian Air Force has keenly kept track of a slew of exercises and operations led by U.S. Apache squadrons in the U.S. and outside in the recent past as it prepares for a conclusion to a contract for 22 AH-64E Apache Block III helicopters....
IAF Keeps Abreast Of Chinook Ops Ahead Of Capability
The Indian Air Force, which is hoping to see a long-pending deal for 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavylift helicopters concluded by June this year, has been keeping keen tabs on Chinook operations around the world as it prepares for operations...
DRDO Scouts Landing Gear Kit For Panchi UAV
The DRDO is looking for a newly designed landing gear kit for its recently unveiled Panchi UAV, a wheeled version of the in-service Nishant surveillance drone. Panchi is designed take-off and land from a prepared run way like a conventional aircraft...
HAL Powers On LUH Ahead Of First Flight
HAL is powering on with the LUH ahead of a potential first flight in July or August this year. HAL, which has responded to the Indian Army RFI for reconnaissance & surveillance helicopters (RSH) has decided to play its hand aggressively...
April 17, 2015
Army For New Low Level Radars
The Army is scouting an unspecified number of new Low Level Light Weight Radars Mark-ll for deployment in non-mountainous sectors like desert and plains. The radar needs to be easily transportable and capable of detecting...
Last Chance For More IAF C-17s
With Australian Air Force ordering two more C-17s, the number of white-tail platforms (fully built but unsold) drops to five, giving the Indian government one final opportunity to augment its 10-strong fleet of the heavy transport jet.
Boeing Extends Validity On Chinook, Apache Bids
Boeing Defense has extended the validity of its commercial bids on expected deals for 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters till June 30, the latest in a long string of extensions requested by the government as it attempts to conclude a deal.
Parrikar Opens Door To Mini-MRCA
After the recent turbulence over the MMRCA, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has signalled the possibility of a separate single engine fighter jet platform replacing India's MiG-21s in the event that the LCA Tejas is not up to the task.
HJT-16 Life Extension On Cards
Faced with turbulence in its training regimen, the Indian Air Force may go in for a life extension on its remaining HJT-16 Kiran Stage-II trainer aircraft. With HAL's HJT-36 Sitara intermediate jet trainer failing to surmount design problems...
April 6, 2015
The LCA Tejas has completed hot and high & winter trials, including cold soak starting tests of its engine and ensuing flight performance. The success of the January 2015 tests allows the flight team to heave a sigh of relief...
After two failed attempts spanning a decade, the Indian military's critical need for new generation light multirole helicopters is finally off on its third big attempt.
India, France to get cracking on SR-SAM
India and France are expected to announce forward movement in the long-delayed SR-SAM 'Maitri' joint weapon programme this month when PM Narendra Modi is in France on his first official visit to the country...
Saab mulls Indian production of IDAS
Saab, which recently bagged a $78 million follow-on contract from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s...
Progress on LCA Mk.2 cockpit config
The look and feel of the all-glass cockpit that the LCA Tejas Mk.2 will sport is fructifying with the Aeronautical Development Agency announcing that the main display will involve two 6x8 Smart MFDs and one 5x5 smart MFD...
Russia offers India 2nd SSN lease
Russia has communicated to India that it is ready to take forward discussions on the ten year lease of a second Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Indian Navy, on the lines of the INS Chakra...