Ending months of silence on buying new fighter jets, India has announced it will push the case of getting 114 jets from a foreign maker under a deal expected to be in around $ 20 billion.
The first plane of the latest version of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, labelled as ‘Block III’ has been delivered to the US Navy. These are the same planes the US aerospace giant is offering to India for its aircraft carrier based operations.
Can China enforce its new maritime law. Pacific powers like US and Japan are unlikely to comply. And, that leads to the more critical question of how will Beijing intend to respond to such alleged violations of the already controversial law it has passed
A new ‘technology suite’ for light drones allows longer flight hours and with less human intervention. Compared with traditional drones using batteries and line-of-sight radio links, drones equipped with Honeywell’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) technologies can fly farther, carry more weight, avoid hazards up to three kilometers away and stream video of their progress anywhere in the world.
The F404-GE-IN20 engine is an enhanced production version of the F404, which is successfully powering India’s Light Combat Aircraft MKI. The highest thrust variant of the F404 family, the F404-GE-IN20 incorporates GE’s latest hot section materials and technologies, as well as a FADEC for reliable power and outstanding operational characteristics
India and the US now increasingly look at each to operate in tandem or in coordination in the Indo-Pacific and also in the Quadilateral, or the Quad – that has Australia and Japan besides US and India.
Sea Breaker provides surgical, pin-point precision strikes from stand-off ranges of up to 300 km. It features an advanced IIR (Imaging Infra-Red) seeker, ideal for engagement of maritime and land targets, stationary or moving, in advanced anti-access and area-denial arenas, and in littoral or brown water, including archipelago, as well as for engagements in which previous generation RF-seeker-based missiles are not effective.
IDD Update Faced with a rapidly rising China’s military prowess, India, emerging from a devastating covid surge looks to add to its sea-going arsenal. The latest are a $ 5.8 billion order for next generation of conventional submarines and a quick movement is happening in New Delhi add more drones, of the General Atomics MQ-9B.
Rolls Royce will bring its MT30 marine engines, targetting the growing business of making warships in India. In the past decade or so, the General Electric LM2500 series of engines are the preferred choice of Indian Navy warships. For now, the General Electric dominates the market when it comes to providing engines for warships.
By end –April, the total number of Rafale fighter jets in the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet would go upto 21.