News Analysis - Air Force

  • MiG-21s to Stay Longer (February 27, 2007)
    Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief-designate Air Marshal F.H. Major said that the MiG-21s will stay longer through mid-life up-gradation as new aircraft are inducted over the next eight to nine years.<More>

  • 40 More Sukhoi Jets, 126 MRCA Plan is On (February 09, 2007)
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) clarified that it plans to get 40 more Sukhoi-30MKIs from Russia as well as faster indigenous production of 140 of these fighters in addition to the 126 multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA).<More>

  • Large Fighter Jet Order by Mid-2007 (February 07, 2007)
    A senior defense official said that India would release a tender seeking to buy 126 fighter planes valued at USD nine billion by mid-2007 and coveted by many giants of military fighter manufacturers.<More>

  • MiG-35 on IAF Radar (January 31 , 2007)
    The impending 126 IAF fighter aircraft contract is seeing spirited competition from Russia’s MiG-35, the enlarged and more advanced version of the MiG-29/MiG-33 family and seen as a potential replacement for the MiG-29 and Su-27.<More>

  • Aerospace Command to Protect Space Assets (January 30 , 2007)
    Responding to the Chinese satellite killer weapon, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi said that India is in the process of setting up a separate “aerospace command” to exploit outer space and also to protect “space assets.”<More>

  • Russian Engines and Chinese Planes (January 24, 2007)
    Russia has assured India that it will not allow China to use its RD-93 engines in the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft in planes it plans to sell to Pakistan and is apparently covered in the end0user certificate contracts barring export of technology to Pakistan.<More>

  • Majors at Aero India Expected (January 20, 2007)
    With a planned purchase of 126 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) valued at more than USD 7 billion still undecided, the Aero India in Bangalore this Bangalore is expected to attract major players.<More>

  • Indo-Singapore Air Force Exercise (January 09, 2007)
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) completed a bilateral exercise in December with the IAF fielding Mirage and Jaguar aircraft and RSAF’s F-16 C/D Fighting Falcons and F-5E Tiger aircraft.<More>

  • Update on Missile Programs (November 30, 2006)
    Defense Minister A.K. Antony updated the Parliament that the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos has been inducted into the Defense forces and the Trishul anti-Missile project completed while the Akash and Nag missile programs are behind schedule.<More>

  • Hawk Jet Trainers Next Year (November 28, 2006)
    The first two of the 66 Hawk Advance Jet Trainers (HAJT) ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2004 is reportedly in final stages of testing at the BAE Systems and will fly by year-end and slotted for delivery by September next year.<More>

  • EADS Developing IAF Components (November 17, 2006)
    European Aerospace (EADS) and Indian Defence Company Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) plan to develop a state-of-the-art missile-warning sensor for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be integrated into future Defensive Aids Suite (DASS) of IAF.<More>

  • Modernization Drive of IAF (October 24, 2006)
    While retirement of MIG variants will outpace induction of new aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) expects to invest Rs. 20,000 crore (USD 4.3 billion) over the next 10 years to modernize its fleet with better detection and combat systems and more endurance.<More>

  • Mig-29 Flying Life Extended (October 11, 2006)
    As in the case of Mig-21s, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has commissioned the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to conduct Total Technical Life Enhancement (TTLE) of the Mig-29 to enhance its life from 2500 to 3000 flying hours.<More>

  • Indo-French Missile Pact Stalled (September, 07 2006)
    The much hyped Indo-French pact to allow India to produce French cruise missiles under transfer of technology from European Missile Consortium MBDA to Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) appeared to have stalled.<More>

  • India, Singapore for Air Force Cooperation (August 22, 2006)
    In the first ever Air Force-level dialogue, India and Singapore agreed to focus on “mutually supportive roles,” including “interoperability” between respective air forces for disaster management and humanitarian relief in South East Asia.<More>

  • Raytheon Offers AESA Radar to IAF (August 01, 2006)
    US defense vendor Raytheon said that it was ready to supply the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar in addition to advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) if the Indian Air Force (IAF) would choose the F-16 and F-18 fighter jets.<More>

  • Eurocopter-HAL JV (June 06, 2006)
    World's leading helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a global industrial cooperation partnership agreement to jointly produce civilian and military Ecureuil and Fennec family of helicopters for the world market.<More>

  • IAF to get US C-130J Transport Planes (May 25, 2006)
    Ministry of Defense sources say that the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF) are planning to buy 12 C-130J Transport planes from the US defense major Lockheed-Martin for use by its special forces in anti-terrorist operations.<More

  • Farewell to Mig-25 (May 2, 2006)
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) bid an emotional farewell to the enigmatic Mig-25 strategic reconnaissance plane capable of flying 30 kilometers near the stratosphere at mach 3 speeds and takes centimeter resolution photographs<More>

  • IAF to Order More LCA (January 17, 2006)
    The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has revealed plans for a Medium Combat Aircraft which will succeed the indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). <More>

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