Category Archives: News & Updates

The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here’s the Problem.

For the purposes of Lockheed’s marketing campaign, the F-21 is a new fighter, although it shares many of its major features with the F-16V the company has sold to Bahrain, Greece, Slovakia, South Korea and Taiwan. Lockheed can build new F-16Vs or upgrade older F-16s

Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth Becomes First IAF Woman Fighter Pilot To Undertake Combat Missions

Scripting history, Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth on Wednesday became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to qualify to undertake combat missions on a fighter jet. IAF officials said Kanth has completed operational syllabus for carrying out combat missions on Mig-21 Bison aircraft

Months After Balakot Strike, India’s PSLV Rocket Successfully Lifts-Off With Radar Imaging Satellite RISAT-2B

India launched a new “spy satellite” capable of keeping a lookout from space even in cloudy conditions, leaving no room for doubt the next time its armed forces conduct an operation such as the Balakot air strike earlier this year. The Indian Space Research Organisation

Indian Army Begins 3 Nation Hunt For New LMGs for Infantry

The Indian Army has begun its hunt for new light machine guns (LMG) as an army-led team is visiting three countries to procure about 17,000 such guns for the infantry under the fast track procedure, officials said.  The team, which left India a few days

IAF Successfully Test Fires Anti-Tank Guided Bomb

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired 1,000 pound (450kg) Smart Anti-Tank guided bomb CBU-105 through upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft at Pokhran Test Firing Range in Jaisalmer on Sunday. The bomb successfully destroyed a dummy enemy tank brigade target. During the test firing the

India’s 2nd Moon Mission to Be Cheaper than Half of Avengers Endgame’s Budget

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has started to offer details about its most ambitious space mission to date, Chandrayaan 2, in bits and pieces, indicating that the agency is known for cost-effective launches among satellite-makers and may not delay the second lunar mission any

India’s 2nd Scorpene-Class Sub INS Khanderi’s Induction Delayed

India’s second Scorpene-class submarine, INS Khanderi is waiting for a VIP to get inducted in the Indian Navy’s fleet. The submarine has completed all its sea trials and is ready to join the Mumbai-based western naval headquarters. The induction is delayed as the new government

Treaty Under Cloud, Nuclear Test Ban Agency Asks India To Turn “Observer”

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) has invited India to become an “Observer” with access to International Monitoring System data, so it can take an informed decision on ratifying a much-debated nuclear disarmament treaty. The CTBT is a global treaty that aims to ban all

Govt Clears All Bureaucratic Obstacles to Obtain 24 MH-60R Seahawk Anti-Sub Helicopters

After several years of delays India cleared all the bureaucratic obstacles to finally obtain 24 American MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine helicopters. These will cost about $109 million each, which includes accessories, spare parts, tech support and the cost of establishing maintenance facilities for a new type

Even Before Take-Off India’s Desi GPS Under Videshi Shadow

Going by the Department of Space (DoS) ’s stated position on 5G services, India’s nascent efforts to develop a desi Global Positioning System (GPS) may be derailed. The DoS seems to have failed to take into account the interference in the earth stations — which

India, Australia to Adopt classified Communications: Official

Although the Australian Navy is, at present, “hanging off” COMCASA — India’s secure communications agreement with the U.S. — Australia and India are “moving forward” toward a classified-level communications environment, a senior Australian Navy spokesperson said. The spokesperson said COMCASA (the Communications Compatibility and Security

Wing Commander Abhinandan posted at Suratgarh Air Force Base

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistan Army on February 27 and kept in captivity for nearly 60 hours, has now been posted to Suratgarh Air Force Base in Rajasthan. He took over his assigned duties there on Saturday. This is not

ISRO to Launch Satellite RISAT On May 22

  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday said the PSLV-C46, on its 48th mission, would launch radar-imaging earth observation satellite RISAT on May 22.The launch, subject to weather conditions, would take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, a press release

IAF Fighter Pilots to be main Astronauts for India’s First Manned Space Mission Gaganyaan

  Two or three fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force (AIF) would be the main astronauts for India’s first manned space flight mission, Gaganyaan, director general armed forces medical service (DG-AFMS) Lieutenant General Bipin Puri said here on Saturday.The space mission is likely to

IAF Gets First Apache Guardian Attack Helicopter

US aerospace major Boeing has handed over first of the 22 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force, nearly three-and-half years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed.  Senior IAF officials said the addition of AH-64E (I) Apache helicopter is a

Mission Shakti Debris Has Decayed, Says DRDO Chief

DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy today said that most of the debris created as a result of A-SAT weapon test has decayed while rest of it is expected to decay in a short while. Speaking on the sidelines of an event at IDSA, he said,

Why Army Will Have to Wait More For New Carbines ?

The Indian Army’s fast-track procurement process for new carbines is caught in a jam. In September 2018, Caracal International LLC finished as ‘L-1’ or the lowest bidder in a contract estimated to cost over Rs 700 crore for 93,895 of the compact close-combat weapons. The

China Unveils New Armoured Vehicle Capable Of Launching 12 Suicide Drones

China has unveiled a new armoured vehicle that is capable of firing 12 suicide drones to launch attacks on targets and to conduct reconnaissance operations on Tuesday at the Beijing Civil-Military Integration Expo 2019. The 5.7 meter-long, 2.4 meter-wide 4×4 off-road vehicle was developed by

India To Launch Another ‘All Weather Radar Imaging Military Satellite’ On May 22

India is set to get another ‘eye in the sky’ as Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its latest radar imaging satellite (Risat-2BR1) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on May 22. Risat-2BR1 is much more advanced than the previous Risat-series satellite. “Its launch is

Israel’s Iron Dome Headache (As In China Might Have Stolen the Specs On It)

Tiny Israel has an enormous cyber security industry and a deep pool of hackers and anti-hackers who learned their trade in the Israeli military. So if China can break into top-secret Israeli computers, they can break into America’s—and everybody else’s, too. A cyber security firm

Importance of LCA Mk IA & II And AMCA Programme As Flagship For ‘Make in India’

The importance of the LCA programme as the flagship for “Make in India” was stressed here Friday by Air Officer Commanding-in Chief, Air Marshal Suresh of the Southern Area Command, who called for brainstorming on various aspects of its operational viability. Speaking after inaugurating the

Here is Why ‘Frustrated’ China Changed its Stand on Masood Azhar

China’s decision to drop its objection to the UN listing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist reflects its growing frustration with Pakistan’s use of terror masterminds as strategic assets. Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM had carried out a suicide attack in Pulwama, in Jammu and Kashmir, in February killing

IAF Officer Achieves Rare Feat of 1,000 Landings at Leh, Thoise

An IL-76 pilot has achieved the distinction of having completed 1,000 incident-free landings of the Russian-origin heavy lift aircraft at Leh and Thoise. Group Captain Sandeep Singh Chhabra achieved the feat on April 30. Commissioned into the transport stream of Indian Air Force on June

Navy To Now Get 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts; MoD Signs 2nd Contract

The Defence Ministry on Tuesday signed another contract worth Rs 6,311 crore with public sector undertaking Cochin Shipyard Limited to build eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. Yesterday, the ministry signed a similar contract with shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders &

India Replies to Chinese Media for Calling Indian Navy ‘Unprofessional’

Indian Navy personnel are unprofessional, prone to errors and unprepared to tackle emergencies, a Chinese state media article has said, commenting on a fire that claimed the life of a naval officer on India’s aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, last week. In its response, the Indian Navy

Army To Equip Rudra and Apache Attack Copters With Fire-Control Radars

The Indian Army’s attack helicopters are to be equipped with airborne fire control radars that will overcome the operational limitations being imposed by the present systems being used and consequently enhance their combat potential. This will require a comprehensive upgrade by retrofitting the required hardware

DRDO Missile Was The 1st Choice, Not Spice-2000

The day after the Pulwama attack, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) received directions from the highest authorities to prepare to strike back to avenge the deadly terror strike in the Kashmir valley. Officials from the National Security Agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW),

‘Don’t Test Our Resolve’ : Pakistan Warns India Against Mentioning its Nuclear Power Lightly

Pakistan on Monday warned India against testing its military’s resolve and said that it was capable of protecting its citizens. Pakistan’s military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor accused India of relying on false claims about the Pulwama attack in India and the Indian Air Force’s

Australia Wants To Sell India Its Next CQB Rifle — Here’s What They’re Offering

Since 1989, the Australian Army has used a domestically produced version of Steyr Arms’ Armee-Universal-Gewehr (Universal Army Rifle, or AUG), officially known as the F88 Austeyr, as its standard-issue service weapon. A joint partnership between Thales Australia and the Kalyani Group now plans on offering

Indian Navy Working on Mega Expansion Plan, 200 Warships , 24 Submarines, 500 Aircrafts

The Indian Navy is working on a mega plan to significantly boost its operational capability by inducting new warships, submarines and aircraft besides expand its overall influence in the strategic maritime zones, officials said Thursday.  Under the plan, the Navy aims to have 200 ships,