US okays $ 1.9 billion missile shield for India

IDD Bureau India will protect its capital city, New Delhi, with a US made systems supplied by Raytheon. As of now the Indian air defence uses  a mix of Russian, Israeli and Indian missile systems. This will include a clutch of ground based radars, fire control centres, ground launched air  defence missiles and also air

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83 Tejas this year, work to be outsourced. RFP for 114 foreign jets soon

IDD Bureau As India struggles to maintain the desired number of fighter jets for its air force, a fresh contract to procure 83 more jets of the next version of the light combat aircraft, the Tejas, is expected to be inked this year. Part of the production work is expected  to be outsourced. The 83

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$8.6 Billion upgrade of IAF airbases completed in December

IDD Exclusive IDD Bureau India has successfully completed modernization of 30 airfields used by the Indian Air Force, widening its operational footprint for all weather conditions all helped by secure communications, navigation aids, landing  aids, direction finding  instruments and automated air traffic management systems. The massive US $ 8.6 billion dollar project better known by

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BrahMos missiles on IAF fighters; a milestone for Godrej Aerospace

IDD Bureau India’s newest weapon for sea strikes could be the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile.  The Indian Air Force (IAF) can now fire the missile from the Russian made twin-engine Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet, making it’s the only weapon of its kind that be deployed for a strike at a target at sea. With the Indian

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IAF Chief questions slow pace of ‘make in India’

5th gen combat aircraft

IDD Bureau Indian Air Force Chief  has questioned the slow pace of  the indigenous production  under the ‘make in India’ in the military equipment manufacturing sector. Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, while speaking at an event of a news channel ‘Aaj Taak’ in India said “Right now, in this ‘Make in India’ and

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India-Japan to conduct exercise using fighter jets

IDD Bureau Air forces of India and Japan will conduct their first-ever joint exercise using fighter jets.  The exercise will be in Japan, the two countries agreed to start coordination for the conduct of the exercise  which holds multiple strategic signals for the Indo-Pacific region. In the past few years India and Japan have been

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Supreme Court ensures glitch-free Rafale induction into IAF

The Supreme Court of India today ensured a glitch-free induction of the French-made Rafale fighters into the Indian Air Force. rescued the Indian Air Force (IAF).  A three-judge bench dismissed a review petition seeking an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation – an anti-corruption agency – into the Rs 59000 crore deal to buy

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US Made 5th Generation fighter F35 matches cost of French-made 4th generation Rafale fighters which were recently bought by India

IDD Bureau In a significant move on the F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet, the US has placed an order of 478 aircraft for $ 34 Billion after bringing down costs of the progarmme. The average per plane cost of the F-35 would be $ 80 million means matching what India is paying for the French-made Rafale

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IAF has improved its BVR missile capabilities

In the past three decades or more the Indian Air Force has had the strategic advantage of better beyond visual range (BVR) missiles for its fighter jets. It has been using the Russian R-73 missiles fired from the MiG 29 and also the Sukhoi-30 MKI. In that era a missile like the R- 73, which

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