SOURCE: Vinayak Shetty / IDRW.ORG

Top Original MCA stretches, Below Final Design of AMCA 

Concept to develop a twin-engine fighter aircraft post LCA project can be tracked back to late 90’s when first stretches of Medium combat aircraft (MCA) emerged which back then was a tailless delta design with two engines, combined with a thrust vectoring control capability.

Aircraft was designed keeping in mind LCA-Tejas Delta wings and was a direct derivative from LCA, as per original idea it was supposed to have maximum spares and design commodity with Tejas at that time. The main purpose was to replace the aging Jaguar & MiG-27 fleet from the Indian Air force, original design weight was supposed to be less than 20 ton. Continue reading


The number of Indian Mujahideen operatives joining the ISIS seems to be increasing by the day.While Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid was killed in Syria last week, Intelligence Bureau officials say that three more IM operatives could be fighting in Syria.

As per Intelligence Bureau reports, Mirza Shahdab Baig, Mohammad Khalid and Junaid are said to have joined the ISIS in Syria. Continue reading


Reacting to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “neutralise terrorist through terrorist” remark, the Pakistan defence establishment has alleged that the statement is not just an off- the-cuff remark but reflects India’s strategy to “support terrorism to teach a lesson to a peace- loving smaller neighbour (Pakistan)”.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the publicity wing of Pakistan armed forces, has in the latest issue of its in- house propaganda magazine Hilal stated that the Indian Defence Minister’s comments add a “new dimension” to the existing “low intensity conflict threat” their country has been dealing with. Continue reading


Thrashing the foreign policy of the Obama Administration, Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal has sought steps by the US to take the mantel of global leadership, saying even non-aligned nations like India and Vietnam are desperate and hungry for American leadership.

“We would work not only with our allies, like Japan and South Korea and Taiwan. We’d work with non-aligned countries like India and Vietnam that are desperate and hungry for American leadership,” 44-year-old Jindal told the Fox News. Continue reading


As India and Pakistan prepare to join the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in an upcoming summit in Russia, there is concern in Beijing that if the two countries end up squabbling on bilateral issues, the efficiency of the multilateral platform could suffer.

The process of India and Pakistan joining the SCO will begin at the summit where President Xi Jinping with be participating, Cheng Guoping, vice-foreign minister, said on Monday. Continue reading


China has developed and commissioned a fixed-wing, anti-submarine patrol aircraft similar to American P-3C Orion which will significantly boost the Chinese navy’s operational capability, official media reported today.

The Chinese navy has got a four-engine Gaoxin-6, anti-submarine aircraft developed and manufactured by Aviation Industry Corp of China based on the Y-8 transport plane, state-run China Daily reported today. Continue reading


If media reports are to be believed, the alarm bells in the Indian Ministry of Defence have been ringing again – the ministry was once again taken aback when a modern Yuan-class 335 conventional submarine crossed the Arabian Sea and entered Karachi port on May 22 for a week.

But such “surprises” had occurred earlier, when Chinese boats docked in Sri Lanka at the end of last year – upsetting India considerably – and yet again when the Chinese deployed a Shang-class nuclear submarine for anti-piracy patrols – a unique deployment unheard of in submarine operations. The unending saga of surprises never seems to cease, with little action on New Delhi’s part to respond to its growing concerns about the Chinese operating in an area perceived by many as India strategic backyard. Continue reading


The issue of nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism in South Asia has been the centre of debate in the international press since the establishment of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. The acquisition of chemical and biological weapons by IS has exacerbated the frustration of the international community that these weapons have fallen into the wrong hands.

Pakistan is aware of the lethality of the group’s brutal tactics in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Indian intelligence recently sounded the alert after reports that the spread of IS in Pakistan and Afghanistan poses a great security threat to India. An Indian intelligence official told Hindustan Times that the presence of IS in Jalalabad and other parts of Afghanistan poses a serious threat to India. IS and other terrorist groups want to acquire nuclear and chemical weapons through theft, as gifts, or by purchasing them. According to research reports, some governments, including in Syria and Iraq, have been providing weapons training and funds to jihadist groups. Continue reading


Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) groups China, Russia and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are observers. Continue reading


“Quartered in snow, silent to remain, when the bugle calls, they shall rise and march again.” These are the words that are etched on a stone memorial at the Indian Army base camp in Siachen – the world’s highest and coldest active war zone. For over 17 hellishly freezing years, the Indian army has held the position strong, keeping our treacherous enemy Pakistan from claiming the glacier. The sun doesn’t sustain life here, kerosene does. The bullet doesn’t kill here, the cold does, but our brave hearts take all of this face front and never back down. Here are 10 things about the Indian army soldiers in Siachen that will make you thank them for the life you are living.  Continue reading


Under Defence Technology and Trade Initiative, (DTTI) talks Washington had agreed to assist Delhi in sharing, designing and developing jet engines for aircraft but now reports are emerging that half-hearted Americans are slowly backtracking on such proposals .

India under DTTI agreements with the United States wanted to acquire and develop New engines for its 5th generation AMCA fighter jet project. DRDO had a specific requirements for a new engine which can generate 110kN of thrust, since it is Fighter specific requirement there is No off the shelf engine available to meet such requirements unless engine is uprated to deliver required thrust asked by Developers of AMCA. Continue reading


India seems to have accepted the adage that you fight with the best weapons you have, not with the weapons you want. The Indian Air Force will stand down three squadrons of the MiG-21 and MiG-27 jets at the end of their life cycle. Replacing these ageing warhorses will be the Su-30 air dominance fighter.

Inducting more Su-30 Flankers to fill in for retiring aircraft is a sensible move – at least for now. Forced to live within budgets, the IAF cannot splurge on flying white elephants like the Rafale, however appealing they may be. The French aircraft is expected to cost in the region of $200 million per aircraft whereas replacement Sukhois made locally at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) cost around $75 million each. Continue reading

SOURCE: thestatesman

The death-rattle of the indigenous MBT Arjun is now audible, the Army has little faith in its “promoters” presenting anything better than the cumbersome monstrosity for which it had placed limited orders under unlimited political duress. That is the upshot of the Army inviting proposals from foreign and domestic industry to manufacture “Future Ready Combat Vehicles” – which, junk the fauji jargon – is a replacement for the Soviet-era T-72 tanks.

Once the mainstay of the “cavalry” they are now ready to be put out to pasture. It would be premature to speculate on the response or how long, despite the “make in India” mantra, it will take for a new tank to churn up the dust. However the clear signal is that there is no confidence in the so-called Arjun Mk-II meeting the military’s requirements. And that despite the huge financial and allied investment and the prolonged patience of the Army, the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Ordnance Factory Board have simply failed to deliver. Continue reading


The Indian Army’s rare strike on foreign soil on June 9 will make it to the force’s elite schools specialising in counter insurgency, jungle warfare and special operations as a case study, a senior army officer told HT.

Indian paratroopers conducted cross-border raids on two insurgent camps in Myanmar –- across the Manipur and Nagaland borders — inflicting “significant casualties” five days after 18 soldiers were killed in Manipur’s Chandel district in the worst attack on security forces in 20 years. Continue reading


DRDO Director General, S Christopher, on Tuesday stressed on the need for having network centric airspace surveillance saying conventional military systems in isolation were likely to be less effective. He said that an early warning system was a force multiplier as the early information against the adversary provides required edge over it.

Speaking at 23rd Prof DS Kothari memorial lecture on “Network Centric Airspace Surveillance: A Force Multiplier” at Defence laboratory, he advised the new scientific generation that in each stage of system development, “they should look for innovation to get the required level of performance.” Continue reading


The Indian Army is likely to soon issue a ‘Request for Information’ for a new single calibre assault rifle to replace its INSAS rifles after it scrapped a four-year-old tender for purchasing 1.8 lakh multi-calibre weapons. Defence sources also ruled out that the army has shortlisted any particular gun to replace the INSAS, which had entered service in the late 1990s.

“A Request for Information is likely to be issued soon for single calibre guns. This will be open to all,” sources said, adding that the project would finally be taken up as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Continue reading

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