As reported by SP's earlier, the Indian Air Force recently began taking delivery of Textron Defense CBU-105 sensor fuzed munitions for its Jaguar jets.
During a two-day official visit to Paris earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was apprised of the French Government's keenness that India exercise options for 63 additional Dassault Aviation Rafale fighters alongside the primary under-negotiation contract for 126 jets under the MMRCA competition.
BREAKING NEWSAirbus Military A330 MRTT selected by Indian Government
As reported earlier by SP's Aviation, Airbus Military has emerged victorious in the Indian Air Force's mid-air refuelling tanker bid.
Faced with the reported prospect of the HTT-40 basic trainer programme being cancelled even before the aircraft is built, HAL is moving post-haste to move forward on the programme.
After months of delays that have afflicted the programme at large, the crucial LSP-8 of HAL's Tejas programme is ready for flight by early next year.
On course for a while now, HAL signed a contract for 42 more license-built Su-30MKI air dominance fighters with the Ministry of Defence and Rosoboronexport in Delhi during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
India's Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) has been ground-tested for the second time after 2008. The missile, being developed by DRDO for use on the LCA Tejas primarily, but also all other fighter aircraft in inventory, met all mission parameters, in its full configuration on December 22 at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Odisha.
In what is being reported to be an advantage for Swiss airplane maker Pilatus, the Minsitry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly shot down HAL's HTT-40 basic trainer project on the grounds that it is too costly and will end up wholly uneconomical to the IAF.
Starting off with a firepower demonstration at the Pokhran range in Rajasthan in February, the Indian Air Force will rev up to one of its largest ever exercises codenamed Livewire in March 2013.
The fourth prototype of Russia's Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation fighter programme (of which India is a financial and variant design partner) took to the skies on December 12 at Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
Close on the heels of declaring Boeing Defense's Chinook for the Indian Air Force, the Defence Ministry has not formally announced another victory—that of the AH-64D Apache Block III in the parallel attack helicopter bid.
Shortly after appointing its new President and Managing Director in India, Inderjit Sial, Textron Inc. will through its subsidiary Textron Defense begin supplying the Indian Air Force with 512 CBU-105 sensor fuzed munitions next month.
In yet another loss to Moscow in a big-ticket Indian military tender, EADS/Airbus Military has emerged as the winner in the Indian Air Force's tender for six new generation flight refuelling aircraft (RFA).
The avatar of the venerable Apache that the Indian Air Force has chosen—the AH-64D Apache Block III—as the winner in its 22 copter bid, is perhaps the most potent attack helicopter in the world today.
BREAKING NEWSChinook wins Indian heavy-lift chopper competition
It has been a close fight, but a winner has finally emerged.
The Indian Air Force's Vintage Flight (VF) has revved to life in style, with the first of a list of venerable old aircraft taking to the skies. A refurbished 1930s de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane was the darling at the IAF's 80th Air Force Day celebrations...
With the JSC IRKUT Corporation recently handing over an initial batch of six Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Air force, the company is weighing interest from India in the trainer that's being moulded into a light-weight fighter.
The Indian Air Force officially expects to begin inducting the Indo-Russian FGFA by 2017, but there's disappointment there. Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has said in Delhi that the aircraft will be fully certified and ready for induction by 2020—three years later than the IAF has been planning for.
Boeing's AH-64D Apache Block III has officially been declared to be the winner in the Indian Air Force's attack helicopter competition. The MoD will shortly begin contract negotiations with the Pentagon for a government-to-government contract. The Apache programme is administered by the US Army.
The MoD is expected to send out an RFP to Honeywell this month for the F125 IN turbofan engine for the IAF's Jaguar fleet, IAF Chief N.A.K. Browne has revealed. The F125 IN engine emerged last year as the only suitable powerplant to re-engine the Jaguar and replace its Rolls-Royce Adour Mk811 turbofans.
Discrediting rumours of a competition abort or re-tender—or even that negotiations could be taking place with other companies—IAF Chief N.A.K. Browne has stressed that the MMRCA contract negotiations with Dassault Aviation for the Rafale...
The venerable Su-30MKI, the definitive variant of the iconic Russian air dominance fighter, has turned ten in the service of the Indian Air Force — one of the largest Flanker operators in the world today.
Aimed at the Indian security market, US defence major Raytheon has entered into a distribution agreement with the Washington-based Monument Capital Group (MCG), as part of which the latter will engage potential Indian partners...
The brand new Su-30SM, the latest variant of the Su-30 series, developed by JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau and designed for the Russian Ministry of Defence, made its debut flight at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant in Russia.
It will be one the largest ever acts of consolidation in the arms and aerospace industry ever, certainly the biggest in Europe. The under-discussion merger of defence and aerospace giants EADS and BAE Systems, in discussions at the highest levels since earlier this year, has a distinct Indian connection.
BREAKING NEWSRFP to BAE Systems for 20 more Hawks for IAF
In addition to the 123 Hawks already ordered, some of which are already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF), the IAF's aerobatics display team...
India and Russia have finalised a $10 billion contract that will herald the most crucial phase of the joint fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project. With three single-seater Sukhoi T-50 prototypes already flying, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne had an opportunity to inspect the aircraft and receive briefings on progress.
BREAKING NEWSIndian Navy floats tender for 56 utility helicopters
After inviting information in 2010, the Indian Navy has floated a tender for 56 naval utility helicopters (NUH) from global vendors.
In the final stages of setting up a line for the AH-6 light armed utility helicopter, Boeing plans to weigh interest in India through briefings to the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) later this year.
The fruit of India's single largest defence contract yet with Washington took shape this week at Boeing's big military aircraft facility in Long Beach, California, with tail section, fuselage and forward section of the first C-17 Globemaster III for the Indian Air Force ceremonially riveted together in the presence of senior diplomats, politicians and Boeing brass.
Signalling a push to modernisation of air power asserts and shoring up of dwindling squadron strength, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said today that the current spate of IAF modernisation would be complete by 2022.
With so much attention paid to India's LCA Tejas and the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA - but officially designated Prospective Multi-role Fighter or PMF) programme, it is important to remember that the DRDO is also...
It is finally clear what India's hush-hush stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) will look like, with images emerging from the project's design and definition stage finally providing a definite picture.
On the back of a slew of high value defence deals with the US, India has conveyed that it is no longer interested in remaining in a buyer-seller relationship, and will exercise its rights as a customer to get the technologies that it needs.
After the Army expressed interest in similar equipment a few months ago, the Indian Air Force is looking to procure an undisclosed number of all terrain light strike vehicles (ATLSVs) to operate as "offensive weapon platforms in all terrain configurations...
Following criticism of delays, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has signed a tripartite General Contract with United Aircraft Corporation -Transport Aircraft (UAC-TA), their Russian partner and their JV, Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL) for the Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) project.
The monumental fourth-generation MMRCA fighter deal may still be a while away, but its a season of cheer for the Indian Air Force. On May 24, after more than one scare of an abort, the government signed on the dotted line for 75 PC-7 MkII turboprop trainer aircraft from Swiss firm Pilatus—the company's single largest contract ever.
Has the Ministry of Defence (MoD) put a cap on the induction of LCA Tejas? In a surprise assertion, it has been revealed that the Indian forces will induct six squadrons of the indigenous LCA Tejas by 2022—or the end of the Thirteenth Plan period.
After a delay that made the Indian Air Force jittery, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has accorded formal approval to a deal with Swiss firm Pilatus for 75 PC-7 Mk.2 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The Indian Army and Air Force have just completed one of their most complex integrated theatre battle concept exercises in the deserts of Rajasthan, Exercise Shoorveer.
When the Dassault Rafale was declared the lowest bidder in the highly anticipated MMRCA competition, the U.S. government signaled that it was still "willing to share information" with India on the F-35 Lightning II, the centrepiece of America's single largest military hardware programme ever.
The significantly delayed seventh limited series production unit of the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas (LSP-7) is expected to make its first flight "any day now" according to members of the programme team.
Eurojet GmbH, the cooperative entity that builds the EJ200 turbofan engine for the Eurofighter Typhoon faces the prospect of never doing direct business with India, considering that the MMRCA was its second and final chance to have the EJ200 power an aircraft for India.