Category Archives: News & Updates

Fighters for IAF, Carbines for Army, Submarines for Navy & Budget For All-Rajnath Singh’s Plate is Full

Newly appointed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be given a list of requirements of the Defence Ministry when he gets down to business in South Block. According to reports, the Defence Ministry has prepared a detailed presentation for Singh in which the three services are

Now Military Officers Cannot Buy Discounted Cars From Canteens Worth Over Rs 12 Lakh

Military officers will not be able to zoom around in discounted high-end SUVs any longer. In what is being widely seen as yet another “perk” being withdrawn from the armed forces, orders have been issued to enforce a price cap on four-wheelers being bought from

PM’s Radar Logic Justified, Cloud Cover Can Weaken Signal, Say Defence & Space Experts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement, during a TV interview amid the heat of Lok Sabha poll campaign, that “clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars” in reference to the IAF air strike in Pakistan had sparked a nationwide debate recently on the functioning

Post Balakot, Indian Air Force Zeroes in On Key Vulnerability

Drawing lessons from the Balakot air strike, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has identified a shortage of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to provide round-the-clock surveillance as a major deficiency, IAF officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The air strike and the

DRDO’s Surveillance System To Bolster Army’s Defence System Along The Border

To bolster the Indian Army’s defence and surveillance systems along the border, the Dehradun-based Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), an arm of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), has developed a state-of-the-art surveillance equipment —Video and Image Processing Enhancement and Recognition System (VIPERS).

Defence Pilots May Soon Join Civil Aviation Sector To Tackle Staff Crunch

The country may soon see defence pilots join the civil aviation sector to tackle the staff crunch. On Saturday, Usha Padhee, joint secretary of the civil aviation ministry, met defence personnel to discuss the feasibility of pilots making the transition from fighter planes to passenger

Indian Army Starts Final User Trials of ATAGS Gun, Before Orders For 150 Guns Are Placed

India’s first high capacity indigenous long range 155mm/52 gun and Dhanush’s supplement ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) firing user trials of next stage began from Friday. The trials began at Pokhran field firing range of Jaisalmer district.The Indian Army has begun finalising the preliminary

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