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Aero India: Lockheed relaunches the F-16V as the F-21 for India

Lockheed Martin has rechristened the F-16V Block 70 as the F-21 multi-role fighter for the second MMCRA procurement. The aircraft which would be produced in India by Lockheed and Tata Advanced Systems would have a number of unique features compared to existing F-16s like, extendable hose-and-drogue refuelling probe, a large display in the cockpit. Dr. Vivek Lall, vice president of …

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Pictures: Aero India 2019 opens with missing man flypast, B-52, A330neo and more

Aero India 2019 opened today at Yelahanka Air Force Station. The show which was inaugurated by the defence minister of India began with a series of flypasts, one of which was a missing man formation to commemorate Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, the pilot who lost his life in the Surya Kiran crash yesterday. Innugural Flypast The show began with a …

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Breaking: Two Surya Kirans crash at Aero India 2019 rehearsal

Two aircraft of the Indian Air Force aerobatic display team the Surya Kirans have reportedly crashed at the final rehearsal day of Aero India 2019. The pilots have reported having ejected and their condition is unknown at this time. Two suryakiran aircraft have just collided. I see smoke and saw two chutes. No word on anything more at the moment. …

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India orders 22 Apache and 15 Chinook Helicopters

The Indian Ministry of Defence has finalized an order with Boeing for 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The order includes production, training and support of both the helicopters. The order which is worth around 2.5 billion US dollars, was cleared by the cabinet committee on security on the 22nd of this month just before …

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Goverment clears Tata-Airbus C295 transport order

Airbus C295 military medium lift transport. Airbus image.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) government has cleared the lone bid of the Tata-Airbus consortium for the CASA C-295. The aircraft will replace the ageing Avro fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The deal is expected to be worth Rs.11,930 crore (USD 1.87 Billion). The aircraft will be the first to be built …

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India finalizes deal for 36 Dassault Rafale’s

The Rafale performing at Aero India 2015.

India has finalized a deal for 36 Dassault Rafales during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France. The deal comes after three years of Dassault and the Indian Air force (IAF) working on the larger Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract. The Rafale was shortlisted in 2012 as the final aircraft during the IAF’s MMRCA competition. The original MMRCA tender was …

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Show minimum government, maximum governance in India’s next VIP aircraft

Air India Boeing 747-400 VT-ESP Ajanta. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal.

For over 25 years, the venerable ‘Queen of the skies’ the Boeing 747-400, of the national carrier, Air India, has served as India’s VIP (very important person) international transport. Tagged as ‘Air India One’ two of these aircraft are used by the President, the Vice President, and the Prime Minister of India on their international trips, even if to neighbouring …

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Malaysia Airlines #MH370: Australia search maps, India sends most advanced aircraft

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues off the coast of Australia. The three maps below show the areas searched till date, and what is planned for March 24, 2014. Global news agencies are focussing on the US Navy P-8A Poseidon which is arguably one of the best, if not the best, maritime surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft in …

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Exclusive photos: First plane spotting pictures of Indian Air Force Boeing C-17 from India

Yesterday after months of near misses, we finally managed to get the first independent photos from India, of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) new Boeing C-17 Globemaster III; and it was right here in Bangalore. In June 2009, the Indian Air force (IAF) selected the C-17 to fulfil its Very Heavy Lift Transport Aircraft requirement to replace it’s ageing Ilyushin IL-76 (Gajraj) …

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India terminates the VVIP chopper deal with Augusta Westland

Right in the wake of the departure of former Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and appointment of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the Ministry of Defense has announced the termination of the scandalous VVIP helicopter deal for 12 Augusta Westland AW101 helicopters. The 560 million euro deal was put on hold last February after allegations that several top politicians and …

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New Boeing 737-800s of SpiceJet and Jet Airways delivered

by Devesh Agarwal US airplane manufacturer Boeing has delivered to two Indian airlines, SpiceJet and Jet Airways, their newest 737-800NG aircraft. Last Thursday, VT-SZH of SpiceJet, L/N 4573 C/N 41261 B737-86N departed Boeing Field International airport for India via Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. The aircraft has already landed in New Delhi and completing its customs and aviation paperwork formalities to enter …

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High resolution photos: Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules lands at Daulat Beg Oldi

by Devesh Agarwal Yesterday, we wrote about the world record breaking effort of the Indian Air Force landing one of its C-130J Super Hercules strategic air transporters at the world’s highest airfield at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO). Read the story here. With a hat-tip to Shiv Aroor, we present some high resolution pictures of the ‘Herc’ at DBO. The aircraft …

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IAF achieves landing of C-130J Hercules at world’s highest airstrip Daulat Beg Oldie

by Devesh Agarwal DBO near the top of the map. Image: Wikipedia In a significant capability demonstration move by the Indian Air Force (IAF) achieved a world record when it landed a C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft landed at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), the highest airstrip in the world at 06:54 hrs today. The Commanding Officer Group …

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