LCA Tejas light fighter is finally fully operational in the Indian Air Force

Two months ago, we mentioned the first flight of a light combat aircraft (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas to the FOC standard, representative of aircraft to the final operational standard. Produced in India by HAL, the Tejas is a light combat aircraft whose development has experienced numerous delays and additional costs, currently limiting its operational impact within the Indian Air Force. Thus, the Indian air force has so far ordered only 40 Tejas Mk1. The first twenty are already in squadrons and operate according to an IOC standard which covers only a small part of the missions assigned to the aircraft, and which limits…

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Is the Rafale fighter plane really in danger in India?

This morning, the newspaper Le Monde announced that the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation saw “all hope of a new Rafale order disappearing”. Indeed, in the context of the dual health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian authorities have decided to drastically reduce foreign arms acquisitions. In such a context, the rumors around a rapid acquisition of two additional Rafale squadrons indeed seem perfectly unfounded, even if this option already seemed to have been abandoned since last year. According to the latest news from India, however, it is not the OTC agreements that are particularly targeted by the new political announcements,…

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India updates defense procurement procedures and strengthens Make In India

In 2002, India introduced a set of regulations surrounding arms contracts with local or international industry. Designated Defense Procurement Procedure, this regulation is regularly updated in order to adapt to political, industrial and economic changes in the country. While the last update dated back to 2016, India has undertaken to develop a 2020 DPP which should be validated in the coming days. This new DPP should strengthen the involvement of Indian industry in defense programs. But it will also offer new possibilities to the armed forces, in particular by introducing categories linked to the rental of equipment for…

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Indian light fighter Tejas should finally be fully operational this year

It was time ! India's Tejas Mark 1 light fighter made its maiden flight yesterday in a fully operational, or FOC (Final Operational Clearance) configuration. Launched in the 1980s, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program was to create a light, versatile and economical combat aircraft to quickly replace the Indian Air Force's aging MiG-21s. More than 35 years later, the LCA Tejas is still very far from keeping its promises. Blame it on the chaotic development and poor management of the program by the national aircraft manufacturer HAL, which cannot keep up with the planned rates or the…

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India also wants stray ammunition for its infantry

While the People's Liberation Army has just published a call for tenders to acquire two types of suicide drones, or "Vagabond Ammunition" which better describes the specificities of these weapons, India was quick to do the same . On March 6, the Indian military authorities thus launched a request for information to acquire a hundred systems allowing an infantry soldier to implement a wandering ammunition, whether for interdiction, attack or recognition. The characteristics required of this wandering ammunition are clearly established, with a range of 15 kilometers in line of sight, an autonomy greater than…

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JF-17 Block III in Pakistan vs F-21 in India: towards an opposition between light fighters?

Just a year ago, a new limited military confrontation opposed India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region. On February 27, 209, exchanges of fire then took place between the fighter-bombers of the two countries. Pakistan then announces that its F-16s and some JF-17 light fighters have engaged and destroyed two Indian fighters, while New Delhi only confirms the loss of one of its old MiG-21s and the destruction in return of an F -16 Pakistanis. If the actual details of this commitment are still unclear for the general public, it nevertheless emerges that the Indian Air Force (IAF) like the…

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Naval Group elected best industrial partner of the "Make in India" program

Defense industries are fond of prizes and self-congratulations. But some prices say more than others. This is the case of the "Best Foreign OEM supporting Make in India" prize awarded by the Indian authorities at the DefExpo exhibition which is currently being held near the city of Lucknow, 200 km east of New Delhi. And this year, it is the French group Naval Group which is honored by this award, about the program of attack submarines P75 Kalvari, of which two units out of 6 have already been delivered to the Indian Navy. . The P75 program does…

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Budget cuts hamper Indian Navy modernization against China

To cope with the very rapid rise in power of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, which will grow from 330 surface ships and 67 submarines today, to 450 surface ships and 100 submarines in 2030 , the Indian Navy was committed, from 2012, to a vast plan of modernization and extension, to bring it from the 130 ships currently in service to 200 buildings in line in 2030, including 2 carrier battle groups around aircraft carriers IAC-1 INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya. But the decline in the Indian state's budget revenue, linked to the slowdown in the country's growth, which fell from 8,5% in...

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NLCA Tejas makes its first landing, despite the lack of interest of the Indian Navy

On January 11, the Tejas-N made its first landing on the only Indian aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, before taking off again the next day. After 17 years of development, the NLCA (Naval Light Combat Aircraft) program has therefore finally demonstrated its ability to operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a springboard and stop lines. Problem: The Indian Navy let it be known four years ago that it was no longer interested in the Tejas-N. As things stand, the NLCA is therefore no more than a technological demonstrator, and perfectly symbolizes the problems of the Indian aeronautical industry, which is desperately trying to follow the ambitions of the armed forces of…

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The first squadron of Indian Su30MKI equipped with Brahmos missiles entered service

It took 12 years for the first squadron of Indian Su30MKI fighter jets equipped with the Brahmos heavy supersonic anti-ship missile to be declared operational, after the prototype of the missile was delivered to the Indian authorities in 2008. But it is now thing done, since according to the Times of India, the 222nd "Tigershark" squadron of the Indian Air Force is now equipped with Su-30MKI modified to implement the new missile, and ensure "careful surveillance" of naval movements in the Bay of Bengal. By the end of the year, the squadron will have received 18 of the 40 aircraft modified for this purpose. The entry into service of a new…

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