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Once Bitten, HAL Pushes Spin Kit On Basic Trainer

It’s prized HJT-36 intermediate jet trainer in the doldrums after failing to prove capable of stall-and-spin maneouvers (and forcing the Indian Air Force to consider reformatting its training curriculum) India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HA...
by Defense news alert on Dec 21, 2016

3 Reasons Why #ScorpeneLeak Is A BIG Worry

Over the last 36 hours since the Scorpene Leak scandal broke, plenty has been said about the nature of the leak and its potential impact on Indian submarine operations and deployments. The Indian Navy has set up a top-level inquiry team to investigat...
by Defense news alert on Aug 26, 2016

The Irony: IAF Testing Gear That Could Have Located An-32

Ten days into a fruitless search for the Indian Air Force’s missing An-32 transport in the Bay of Bengal, a colossal irony has just come to light: Livefist learns that the IAF was engaged in trials for crucial underwater locator beac...
by Defense news alert on Aug 1, 2016

India’s Rustom MALE UAS Lifts Off This Month

India’s first unmanned air system intended for an optional strike role is all set to make its long anticipated first flight. The indigenous medium altitude long endurance (MALE) multirole drone Rustom-II is finally ready to lift off ...
by Defense news alert on Jul 17, 2016

Revealed: The LCA Tejas That The IAF Has Chosen

India’s home-built Tejas light fighter will finally be formally in squadron service with its primary customer, the Indian Air Force, starting Friday. On July 1, the Indian Air Force’s is all set to induct a pair of series production airframe...
by Defense news alert on Jun 27, 2016

BrahMos-A Finally Flies On Modified Su-30

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by Defense news alert on Jun 25, 2016

5 Gorgeous Images Of LCA Navy Night Ops

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by Defense news alert on Jun 20, 2016

It’s Official. India ‘Developing 1 or 2 Make-in-India Fighter Programs’

[unable to retrieve full-text content]What lies beyond India’s push for 36 (plus options) Rafale fighters from France? There’s been a great deal of speculation, […]from Livefist http://ift.tt/1Qd5qFcvia Live Defense...
by Defense news alert on Jun 18, 2016

In 3 Days, India Gets First Women Fighter Pilots

Flt Cdt Avani Chaturvedi is among 3 of India’s first women fighter pilotsIn three days, India gets its first women fighter pilots. Flt Cdts Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh, who’ve been training in intermediate...
by Defense news alert on Jun 15, 2016

India Set To Join Club That Opens ‘Predator’ Door

History could be afoot in Washington D.C., if not today, then in the very near future. With India poised to enter the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a 34 nation club that oversees the “prevention of proliferation of missil...
by Defense news alert on Jun 7, 2016

BIG! Indian Govt Clears Decks For BrahMos Export

“If we are not smart to export now, we will lose the market. The world will not wait for India.” The words of BrahMos Corp’s then chief to me in 2008, at a time when he was grappling with MoD to clear exports of the BrahMos supersonic crui...
by Defense news alert on Jun 3, 2016

Phew! India’s New HTT-40 Trainer Lifts Off

[embedded content]From “don’t want or need it” to “yes, okay, we’ll take 68 of those“, it’s been a shaky flight for HAL’s HTT-40 basic propeller trainer platform. After some delays, the type took its first flight into Bengaluru’s sk...
by Defense news alert on Jun 1, 2016

What Next For India’s VSHORADS Air Defence Contest?

India’s ambitious Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) contest, which aims to replace legacy vintage Igla MANPADS systems in service stands at a critical cross-road that has a steep sense of deja vu washing over the Indian Army. Six...
by Defense news alert on May 29, 2016

India’s Airbus C295 Requirement Could Swell

PHOTO / AIRBUS MILITARYThe Airbus C295 tactical transport aircraft could see an expanded requirement from India’s armed forces. Apart from the Airbus-Tata venture that will build 56 of the type to replace the Indian Air Force’s Avro HS748 tr...
by Defense news alert on May 29, 2016

Rafale Deal By June, Says India’s Defence Minister

This could finally be it. India’s chronically delayed effort to contract for new medium fighter jets could finally be at an end. While France’s monumental four-year endeavour to get India to sign up for Rafale jets has fluttered endlessly, I...
by Defense news alert on May 26, 2016

Riding A Sweetened Gripen, Saab Targets India Again

At Linkoping on May 19, as the Gripen E was rolled out by Sweden’s Saab, the national flavour in the air was undoubtedly Brazilian. Brazil had the largest number of journalists, officials and military at the ceremony, the country’s flag colours w...
by Defense news alert on May 25, 2016

A Brand New Livefist!

As you may have noticed, Livefist has finally had the time for a make-over. As I write this message from Sweden, I’m happy to announce that Livefist has a new look and feel. But that’s not all it’s about, is it? Hundreds of you have written to...
by Defense news alert on May 19, 2016

After 33 Years, India Navy's Sea Harriers Bow Out

11 Indian Navy Sea Harriers, the last of a full fleet of the iconic British-built jumpjets stretched their wings for the last time today. It's been a deeply emotional day down at INS Hansa, the Indian Navy's premier aviation base in Goa.India's Harri...
by Defense news alert on May 11, 2016

VIDEO: India's 1st Scorpene 'Kalvari' Stretches Legs

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by Defense news alert on May 2, 2016

IAF Jets Arrive In Alaska To Red Flag 'Aggressors'

Lots of planespotter buzz around Eielson AFB, Alaska in the run up to Red Flag ALASKA 16-1 that begins April 28. The Indian Air Force's contingent (4 x Su-30MKI, 4 x Jaguar Darin II, 2 x Il-78M & 2 C-17 Globemaster III) that arrived on April 16 h...
by Defense news alert on Apr 23, 2016


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