US Congress approval of Sale of additional F-16 to Pakistan has given setbacks to Lockheed martin plans to roll-out F-16s from an Indian plant for Indian Air Force. F-16 lobbyist in India off lately has been trying to counter negative vibes send by U.S Administration after it approved the sale of F-16 to Pakistan by planting articles which make believe that F-16 deal with United states is nearing final lap contrary to the actual ground situation.

India’s fascination with F-16 is quite old and in past Indian air force out of curiosity and to overall its strategy against F-16 allowed its pilot to first fly them in United states, and later reportedly also deputed few of its pilots with Israel Defense Force/Air Force who were exclusively flying F-16 variants in regular rotations giving its pilots plenty of exposure against a jet considered as a front line fighter jet flown by its arch rivals. Continue reading


At Peak of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, United States agreed to supply Pakistan with 40 of its latest 4th Generation F-16 fighter jets to guard its self against Soviet Air force operating in Afghanistan, which immediately made Indian Air Force nervous about adversary acquiring such high-tech fighter jet in the neighborhood.

Pakistan impressed with the performance of F-16 started to discuss procuring more 50-60 of the latest batch of F-16, Which finally woke Government of India from its deep sleep ultimately lead to procurement of Dassault Mirage-2000s from France. Continue reading


With a large force of Military Personnels, tanks, artillery guns, aircrafts, fighter jets, helicopters, Navy ships  China will obviously be the No.1 power at Asia Pacific region by 2030. But another rising power is catching them up very quickly. With a growing and probably the 3rd Largest economy and defence expenditure respectively by 2030, India aspires to be the counter-weight to the red chinese. India is going to emerge as the 2nd most powerful country at Asia Pacific region after China, with not only a strong economy but also an enormous military power which is growing rapidly at present.

Just like China, India is also want to dominate the high seas at Asia Pacific region, not to impose hegemony over other countries but to safeguard its own interests by co-operating with other countries, that’s why India is pumping billions of dollars into its Navy for acquiring Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine(SSBN), Nuclear Attack Submarine(SSN), Stealth Guided Missile Destroyers like Aegis class, Multirole stealth Frigates, Anti Submarine Warfare stealth Corvettes, Naval Fighter jets, Submarine Hunters etc.

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India is likely to field nearly 28 submarines including 3 Arihant class Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines, follow-on SSBNs program of 6 new Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines which will be larger and more powerful, 6 Kalvari class (Scorpene) SSKs and 6 more AIP-equipped Conventional Submarines under P-75(I) Project and development of 6 New SSNs Hunter killer Nuclear Submarines, making it the most formidable submarine force in the Indian Ocean region in next two decade or so .

Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) last year cleared the project to build India’s six nuclear-powered attack submarines for roughly $12 billion in next 15 years. Continue reading


India’s Naval Aviation particularly its Combat arm is expanding at rapid rate in last few years, Mig-29K, Sea Harriers, Hawk AJTs and further plans to procure another batch of carrier-capable fighter aircraft for operations from IAC-1 and also induction of Naval LCA MK-II will see need for more Naval Aviators and rising to the challenge Indian Navy is already working on plans to meet its needs .

Unlike Indian Air force, Navy suffers from Shortage of Aircraft and manpower to train its pilots so it trains its pilots in 3 broad categories (not to be confused with 3 Stage Training program ), which basically means Naval Aviators are crafted and trained in three ways. Continue reading

SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Introduction of Cannons in War

Cannons are very efficient gunpowder artillery which have their roots in history back in several hundred years. Invention of gunpowder in 9th century in China, led to

the invention of fireworks and firearms in China. In 11th century cannons helped the Song dynasty of China to ward off its enemies. In the year 1593 40,000 Ming (Ming Dynasty) troops defeated the Japanese army of equal numbers in the siege of Pyongyang in a single day largely due to the firepower of the Chinese cannons. The chemical formula for gunpowder and its refinement process reached Europe in complete form in 13th century through European traders returning from China. European scientists,inventors and alchemists improved the gunpowder. Berthold Schwarz of Germany invented the first European cannon in 1353. With the help of advanced techniques of metal work stronger and durable cannons were created. Europeans learned to calculate and determine the amount of force of gas in the chamber of the cannon and this knowledge helped to create cannons that can fire greater distances. The advancements in cannons and gunpowder reached China by a Portuguese ship in 1520 AD. Continue reading


A spokesperson for Sri lanka Air Force Group Captain Chandima Alwis Speaking to local private news agency stated that Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) was not under any kind of pressure to purchase India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas as reported by a certain section of the media.

Alwis also confirmed that Sino-Pakistan developed JF-17 fighter jet was never shortlisted nor Government had initiated any kind of process to enter into an agreement to buy 8 of this jet as reported in media. Continue reading


The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) a daily published in Sydney said in a report that while India’s 6000-tonne Arihant Nuclear submarine is all set for Induction into Indian Navy which will push India into Elite Countries who posses Nuclear Blastic missile Submarine clearly aimed at Countering China’s growing influence in Indian ocean Region, Bejing will be forced to respond to India’s New Submarine by adding Pakistan submarine program .

Arihant Nuclear submarine deployment would complete India’s nuclear triad, allowing it to deliver atomic weapons from land, sea and air. Only the US and Russia are considered full-fledged nuclear triad powers now, with China and India’s capabilities still largely untested. Continue reading


What could fall into the classic case of ” Ghar ki murgi dal barabar” which roughly translates into ” Personel possession are always undermined and other’s possessions seem better”, according to report prepared by IAF has flagged indigenous developed new generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM) as too bulky?

DRDO developed NGARM is a tactical Anti-radiation Missile (ARM) which is a 100km ranged missile which picks up radiation or signals emitted by radars and communication systems, homes on to the target and destroys the network. Continue reading


IAF’s biggest air fire power show ” Iron Fist-2016″ which begins from March 18 at Chandan field firing range in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan will see test firing of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed air-to-air Astra Beyond-Visual-Range missile for the first time in the presence of VVIPs like President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

Demo test firing of indigenously developed Astra BVRAAM shows that weapon system has graduated from prototype/developmental stage to production stage and will complete all its test flights before missile enters production later this year said well-informed sources close to Continue reading


Technology of USS Gerald R.Ford (CVN-78) likely to influence IAC-2  

With regards to design and configuration of second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2/ INS Vishal) which still been chalked out by Indian Navy, there is growing degree of concern seen among veteran naval personnel on influence of Joint working group for aircraft carrier technology corporation formed under the ambit of the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative framework will have on next aircraft carrier.

Several retired high-ranking naval and Defence Analyst are worried that Indian Navy might abandon its conservative and tactical approach and might adopt bolder doctrine based on sea control and reach clearly influenced by US Navy which will influence IAC-2 and force India to invest in capability and symbolism of larger single aircraft carrier , which will be highly vulnerable in war then to go for multiple relatively small and conventionally powered vessels that embark 30-35 combat aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: Samarpeet chandan/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With statistics , lets evaluate how much the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is scrutinized for using terror as state policy:
Pakistan received:
  • 33-billion $ in 10 years as aid from US
  • Of which foreign military finance(FMF) is 3.8 billion $ , counter-insurgency fund 2.3 billion $ and non-proliferation fund of .17 billion $
  • Other Western nations and China gave 4.15 billion $ as aid
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) gave 4.4 billion $ between 2009 -2012
  • The world Bank bailed out Pakistan with 5 billion $ in recent years
  • IMF has assisted Pakistan with 11.2 billion $ in 6 years
  • Saudi-Arabia, Pakistan’s patron and brother in arms has many times deferred oil payments, provided for oil at crucial times and funded 1.5 billion $ as bailout in 2014

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Swedish defence major Saab plans to Make its Gripen fighter in India has roadblock with stiff resistance coming from Indian Air force said well-informed sources close to IAF is not in favour of ordering 4.5+ Gen fighter jet, even though SAAB has offered India technical help in the development of indigenous AMCA 5th generation fighter aircraft in lieu of orders for its Gripen fighters which lost out of Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender in 2011 which was won by French Rafale fighter jets.

At present India is negotiating with France for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets out of 126 requested by Indian Air Force under Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender and Defence minister Parrikar already has confirmed that by end of this year another vendor will be selected who will make up to 90 fighter jets in India with active participation from Private sector company with major transfer of technology . Continue reading


Responding to an email query of, HAL-Samtel Joint venture company formed to address avionics requirements of HAL, especially cockpit displays of all kinds has confirmed to that HAL-Samtel JV has successfully delivered more than 130 MFD sets (900 Units) for Sukhoi-30s, there by replacing foreign OEM Supplied MFDs in major chunk of Sukhoi-30s already inducted in Indian Air force .

HAL-Samtel along with DRDO’s DARE lab has been developing rugged Multi-function Displays (MFDs) which could withstand harsh avionics environment, while maintaining a high level of optical and functional performance during operations. All MFDs were flight tested successfully on Sukhoi-30s under the supervision of Indian Air force test pilots before functional MFDs supply begin to replace foreign MFDs. Continue reading


Plane spotters in India are having difficult times when it comes to following tail numbers on HAL manufactured Sukhoi-30 MKI lately. Tail numbers are grossly misleading due to production phases which have been mixed up leading to leapfrogging from Phase to Phases.

The original order for 140 Sukhoi-30MKI’s to be built by HAL in India comprised of four Phases from I to IV and IV been where Sukhoi-30s were to be built completely from RAW material stage while earlier phases involved a certain level of kit supply from Russia depending on different phases agreed upon. Continue reading