Archive | 2014

Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction II

Air Marshal M Matheshwaran analyzes exactly why the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft will never fully meet the ASR and cannot become the IAF ‘s frontline fighter in the Lo segment.

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Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction I

Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired) goes back in history to examine the reasons why the Light Combat Aircraft project has failed to meet expectations.

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FYI, Raksha Mantriji

Before the new Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar holds the first meeting of his Defense Acquisitions Council on Friday, Air Vice Marshal (retired) Manmohan Bahadur has some ideas on energizing Indian defense industry.

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Veteran writes open letter to Defense Minister

A former JAG officer writes to Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, asking him to ensure ‘Indian Military Veterans like me command respect and dignity in my own country too, just as we do, ironically, in other democracies’.

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Russian no-show at VSHORAD trials

Rosoboronexport wrote to Indian evaluators saying that they did not feel it necessary to conduct a proper summer demonstration of their Igla-S VSHORAD system.

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IAF fighter strength to dip further

After spending USD 30 billion on the FGFA and USD 20 billion on the MMRCA, the Indian Air Force will be left with a serious shortfall of at least 14 squadrons in 2032, going by the ‘best-case scenario’.

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APKWS: How to make a dumb rocket smarter

BAE Systems has figured out a way to convert unguided 70 mm rockets into guided weapons, typically onboard attack helicopters, with a component that has a tongue-twisting acronym.

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India, US to hold defense panel meet

The Indo-US Defense Policy Group meet to be held in Washington DC this week comes shortly after a perceived snub to the US offer to co-produce Javelin ATGMs with the Indian order for Israeli Spike ATGMs.

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Navy loses pioneering aviator

Captain HS Jhajj was the first navy pilot to be trained on the Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft and would have been the first CO of the P-8I Sqn.

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What’s the deal with 61 Cavalry?

Journalist Man Aman Chhina has posted a blog about the participation of 61 Cavalry officers in a polo match with Pakistan at a time of tensions on the border.

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