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5th generation fighter jet AMCA project gets Cabinet Committee on Security approval

By 2028, India's AMCA fifth-generation fighter jet prototype may fly.

India has officially embarked on the development of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) with the approval of funding by the Government of India for the fifth-generation fighter jet program. According to government sources, this cutting-edge aircraft will be a collaborative effort between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).

The Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by the Prime Minister of India, has given its green light to the indigenous fifth-generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet project for the Indian Air Force (IAF), with a budget of USD $1.8 billion. The approval entails the preparation of five prototypes of the AMCA, which will be undertaken by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) over the course of the next five years.

India’s much-anticipated AMCA project marks a significant leap forward in bolstering the country’s defense capabilities, propelling it to new heights on the battlefield with cutting-edge 5th generation fighter jet aircraft. Building on the success of the Tejas Mark1 aircraft, which has already left a substantial impact on India’s defense prowess, the AMCA represents the next frontier in India’s quest for technological excellence and military superiority.

The futuristic AMCA boasts a design featuring shoulder-mounted diamond-shaped trapezoidal wings, strategically crafted to minimize drag during transonic speeds. Its stabilatorV-tail, coupled with a large fuselage-mounted tail-wing, ensures optimal stability and maneuverability. Flight control surfaces including flaps, ailerons, and rudders, alongside innovative air brakes, further enhance its performance.

In a groundbreaking leap towards sixth-generation capabilities, the AMCA is envisioned to embrace crew-optional configurations and wield directed energy weapons, effectively commanding UCAVs and swarm drones.

Propelled by two afterburning turbofan engines, the AMCA Mark-1 is set to be equipped with the formidable General Electric F414 engine, while a joint venture engine of heightened power is earmarked for the AMCA Mark-2 variant.

Anticipated to revolutionize aerial reconnaissance, the AMCA will integrate distributed passive sensors, empowered by AI-assisted multi-sensor data fusion, augmenting situational awareness alongside an advanced electronic warfare suite.

Inside the cockpit, innovation takes center stage with a sleek glass cockpit adorned with a panoramic touchscreen display, fostering seamless man-machine interaction. Complemented by a portrait-oriented multifunction display and a wide-angle holographic head-up display, pilots are equipped with unprecedented visibility and control.

With the recent debut flights of South Korea’s KF-21 and Turkey’s TFX, the anticipation grows around India’s potential entry into the league of advanced 5th generation fighter jets. The AMCA, undergoing testing with GE engines initially, holds promise for upgraded features powered by higher-capacity engines in the future. While many countries have expressed interest in joining India’s 5th generation fighter jet program, India has chosen to pursue its advanced aircraft development independently.

India’s commitment to its indigenous Fifth Gen Fighter jet program positions it uniquely on the global aerospace stage, showcasing its prowess in producing cutting-edge aircraft. This strategic move not only boosts India’s defense capabilities but also promises economic growth through advancements in the aerospace sector.

He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)


Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan is embarking on an ambitious endeavor to bolster its air defense capabilities with the acquisition and potential local production of the Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter jet.

Talks are reportedly underway between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, the developer of the FC-31, signaling a significant leap forward for Pakistan’s military aviation prowess.

The FC-31, a mid-sized, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter, promises advanced air combat capabilities, including stealth technology that surpasses anything currently in the PAF‘s fleet. With plans to retire the JF-17 production line by 2030, the FC-31 could emerge as the new flagship aircraft, offering unmatched performance and versatility.

Experts speculate that Pakistan’s interest in the FC-31 could also signal broader implications for the international market. As China develops both land and carrier versions of the FC-31, analysts foresee it becoming a cost-effective alternative to pricier options like the F-35, potentially challenging the dominance of the US aerospace industry and reshaping global strategic rivalries.

Adding complexity to the deal is China’s push for the WS-13 engine, previously rejected for the JF-17 but now under consideration for both the FC-31 and future JF-17 variants. Engine standardization could streamline logistical and maintenance processes for the PAF, further enhancing the appeal of the FC-31.

While negotiations continue, the success of the FC-31 acquisition and local production hinges on several factors, including the outcome of the WS-13 engine discussions. Pakistan’s pursuit of the FC-31 comes amidst its eagerness to replace its aging fleet, with previous attempts to upgrade its F-16s by the United States due to geopolitical pressures.

Amidst these developments, Pakistan previous interest in the Turkish-made Kaan fifth-generation fighter underscores its eagerness to replace its aging fleet. Despite previous attempts to secure upgrades for its F-16s from the United States, Pakistan’s quest for advanced aerial capabilities has led it to explore alternative avenues, with the FC-31 emerging as a promising contender in its pursuit of air superiority.

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Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

At the prestigious ILA aerospace trade show in Berlin, Airbus Defence and Space made waves by introducing its pioneering Wingman concept, marking a significant leap forward in military aviation technology.

Teaming up with Helsing, Europe’s leading defense AI and software company, Airbus showcased a framework cooperation agreement aimed at revolutionizing the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) in defense.

Airbus Wingman

The Wingman concept represents a paradigm shift in aerial warfare, introducing unmanned platforms equipped with advanced AI capabilities to augment the capabilities of manned combat aircraft. Pilots in command aircraft such as the Eurofighter command these autonomous drones, positioning them to undertake high-risk mission tasks that would traditionally pose a significant threat to manned-only aircraft.

Central to the Wingman concept is Manned-Unmanned Teaming, wherein manned aircraft serve as “command fighters,” retaining ultimate control over mission decisions while delegating tactical tasks to unmanned systems. This synergistic collaboration promises to enhance mission flexibility, increase combat mass, and minimize risk exposure for pilots, thereby bolstering overall operational effectiveness.

The capabilities of the Wingman extend across a diverse spectrum of mission profiles, ranging from reconnaissance and target jamming to precision strikes against both ground and aerial targets. Equipped with advanced sensors, connectivity solutions, and a diverse array of armaments, the Wingman stands poised to redefine the operational landscape of modern air forces.

While the Wingman model showcased at ILA Berlin represents the pinnacle of current technological innovation, it also serves as a catalyst for future design iterations. As with any pioneering concept, refinement and evolution are inevitable, with each generation of the Wingman poised to push the boundaries of aerial warfare even further.

MQ-28 Ghost Bat

Boeing introduced the MQ-28 Ghost Bat, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), which made its maiden flight in February 2021. Developed by Boeing Australia, the MQ-28 leverages artificial intelligence to serve as a force multiplier for manned fighter jets.

The Ghost Bat is engineered to operate in tandem with existing military aircraft, enhancing and extending the capabilities of airborne missions. This cost-effective UCAV is designed to work as an intelligent teammate, complementing and amplifying the effectiveness of manned operations in various mission profiles.

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Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

The United States Air Force (USAF) has unveiled the first photographs of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber in flight.

These images were captured during test flights conducted by the B-21 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the development of this sixth-generation aircraft.

Currently undergoing flight tests in California, the B-21 Raider represents the next generation of stealth bombers. With an estimated cost of around $700 million per aircraft, the B-21 Raider is poised to become a crucial component of the USAF’s arsenal for conventional Long Range Strike missions.

According to Air Force briefings, the B-21 Raider will form part of a comprehensive family of systems, encompassing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities, electronic warfare, communication systems, and more. Notably, the bomber will be nuclear-capable and adaptable for both manned and unmanned operations.

It boasts the flexibility to deploy a wide array of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, ensuring versatility in various combat scenarios. One of the B-21’s distinguishing features is its extensive integration of digital technology, as highlighted in discussions held during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Designed with an open systems architecture, the B-21 Raider is built to swiftly incorporate emerging technologies, ensuring its effectiveness against evolving threats over time. The B-21 Raider is slated to replace the aging B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers, bolstering US national security objectives and providing reassurance to allies and partners worldwide.

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