Combat Aircraft

  • Indian Navy Light Combat Aircraft to soon begin test flights July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The naval variant of India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) is due to soon begin ramp trials. Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to the Defence Minister and Director General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told India Strategic magazine (www.indiastrategic.in) that the LCA-Navy had already done more than 25 test...
  • India rolls out its first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas December 20, 2013

    Bangalore: India has rolled out its first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bangalore on Friday. Defence Minister AK Antony, MoS Defence Jitendra Singh and Air Force chief NAK Browne attended the event. The launch comes after the ambitious project started nearly 20 years ago. The first batch of the supersonic...
  • IAF set to fly indigenous fighter Tejas after initial operational clearance December 19, 2013

    World's lightest and India developed supersonic fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is battle-ready for testing by its air force pilots three decades after it was conceived, designed and developed with cost overruns and inordinate delays. "The home-grown aircraft is ready for flight tests by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots to...
  • INS Vikrant showcases our capabilities to the world: Surya Gangadharan August 13, 2013

    India launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. India is now only the fifth county...
  • Antony's wife to launch 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant August 11, 2013

    Kochi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday, making an entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size and capability. Defence Minister AK Antony's wife Elizabeth will launch the 37,500 tonne carrier at Kochi shipyard close to...
  • Air Chief Marshal Browne confirms MiG-21 phase out to begin in 2017 May 24, 2013

    New Delhi: After 50 years of service, the phaseout of the MiG-21 will begin in 2017 as confirmed by Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne. It is expected to be replaced by the Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) Tejas. IAF operates about 80 (four squadrons) of these Russian-origin planes in its fleet and...
  • Tejas aircraft deficient in at least 100 technical parameters: Experts April 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas is deficient in at least 100 technical parameters, said experts associated with the project. They also alleged that the initial operation clearance granted to Tejas two years ago was given despite the aircraft not meeting various crucial technical parameters. The experts said...
  • IAF to have mid-air refuelling capability on all combat aircraft December 10, 2012

    New Delhi: In a major step to increase its operational reach, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided that all its aircraft and helicopters meant for combat and combat support will henceforth have the capability for mid-air refuelling. Disclosing this, the IAF vice chief, Air Marshal DC Kumaria, said at the...
  • India to buy more Su-30 MKI fighter jets from Russia October 11, 2012

    New Delhi: India is all set to procure 42 Su-30 MKI combat aircraft and 71 medium-lift helicopters from Russia. The issue was discussed during meeting between Defence Minister AK Antony and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov in New Delhi and an agreement in this regard is expected to be signed...
  • IAF to procure two second-hand Mirage-2000 aircraft September 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian Air Force is planning to buy two second-hand Mirage 2000 combat aircraft to make up for the losses suffered by it in crashes earlier this year. IAF, which has signed a deal with France for upgradation of 51 Mirage 2000 aircraft, lost two of these planes in crashes...
  • Govt to procure 126 French Rafale combat jets August 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Addressing questions raised over the process of selecting Rafale fighter planes, the government is going ahead with the procurement of 126 French combat aircraft and effort is being made to complete the deal within this financial year. Contract negotiations for the multi-billion dollar deal will resume soon, government sources...
  • DRDO developing fifth generation fighter aircraft June 16, 2012

    Pune: Defence Research and Development Organisation on Friday said it is developing an advanced fifth generation fighter aircraft which will have components to monitor the functioning of key components like avionics, air conditioning and pressure-regulating systems. DRDO has showcased the models of its fifth generation aircraft known as the Medium...
  • India test flies naval variant of LCA April 28, 2012

    Bangalore: India on Friday joined an elite club of countries by test flying the naval variant of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in this tech hub under a partially cloudy sky. "With the successful maiden flight of the LCA's naval variant, India joins an elite club of countries capable of designing,...
  • First squadron of MMRCA to join IAF within 3-4 yrs March 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The first squadron of Medium-Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) consisting of 18 aircraft is expected to be inducted into the IAF within three to four years of signing of the contract with its supplier. In reply to a question on delivery of MMRCA, Defence Minister AK Antony told Lok...
  • India to wrap up MMRCA deal in four weeks: IAF November 19, 2011

    Bangalore: IAF will make public in four weeks the winner of India's biggest-ever Rs 42,000 crore military contract to acquire 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said in Bangalore. "We are calculating very hard. There is a lot of work going on. I expect (in) another...
  • Combat jet deal winner to be finalised in 6-8 weeks November 4, 2011

    New Delhi: The multi-billion dollar deal to procure 126 combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) entered its last phase on Friday with Defence Ministry opening commercial bids of the two European contenders to determine the lowest bidder, a process that is expected to take six to eight weeks. "The...
  • Govt approves IAF's MMRCA offset proposals October 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Defence Ministry on Friday cleared the way for opening the commercial bids of two shortlisted vendors in the multi-billion dollar combat aircraft deal by approving their offset proposals here. After the bids are opened, the Defence Ministry will be able to determine the lowest bidder in the deal for...
  • Decision on $ 10 bn MMRCA deal today October 7, 2011

    New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council will decide on Friday which company will be given India's over $10 billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal. The race to supply for 126 fighter jets is between two European offerings - the French Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, manufactured by a European...
  • LCA project delayed: IAF Chief October 4, 2011

    New Delhi: India's ambitious project to develop indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has suffered a setback as the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for the aircraft was delayed by another year. "As far as LCA is concerned, there was an initial IOC in January this year. We were supposed to...
  • 'The Tejas Story' is not an easy read August 8, 2011

    This is a three year old book - but I got my hands on it quite recently. So please pardon the delay, if you're already familiar with the title. Personally, I was fascinated simply because it's about India's very own Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. Today, it goes by the...
  • HAL's first indigenous aircraft battling apathy June 18, 2011

    Bangalore: On Friday, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was all geared up for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of one of their greatest contributions to Indian Aviation, HF-24 (Marut), but the organisation has fallen short of acknowledging their own work, as the fighter aircraft has not been featured on their own website. Air...
  • Antony asks DRDO to build credible missile system June 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday asked the DRDO to prioritise the development of 5,000 km range ballistic missile while building a credible missile defence system for the country. He also congratulated the Defence Research Development Organisation for developing the interceptor missile allowing India to join an elite...
  • India rolls out 1st indigenous naval combat plane July 6, 2010

    Bangalore : India's first indigenously built naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) rolled out here on Tuesday. The first flight is scheduled by year-end and the plane will be inducted in 2015. The plane was brought out of the hangar at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility in Bangalore with Defence Minister...
  • Pak arms deal held up under India pressure April 4, 2010

    New Delhi: The France government held up its 1.6 billion dollars sale of arms to Pakistan, reportedly under pressure from India. The military hardware was to be used for Pakistan's JF-17 combat aircraft. The sale of electronics and missiles, under the first part of a six billion euro deal, was signed...
  • India to remain key customer of Russian combat aircraft April 21, 2009

    Moscow: India will remain the main purchaser of Russian-made combat aircraft for the next 15 years under existing and prospective contracts, a Russian think tank has said. In its report titled "The Forecast for Combat Aircraft Deliveries to India", the Center for Analysis and Technologies outlined the prospects for Russian-Indian cooperation....
  • India floats huge defence deal to boost air power August 28, 2007

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday floated its biggest-ever defence deal for the purchase of 126 multi-role combat aircraft, estimated to cost a staggering Rs 42,000 crores. The Defence Ministry announcement said the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) was issued to six vendors...