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

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his official visit to Qatar in 2008 signed two agreements on defence and security with Qatar. The security pact with Qatar ensures that India will be ready to go calling whenever Qatari assets need protection.

Qatar also has put the onus on India for Intelligence sharing and manpower training of its Military. While Qatar is home to a US naval base, Arab sanctions imposed on Qatar just after a visit of President Donald Trump in the region and their reactions to sanctions indicates American support to the Arab sanctions which were architected by Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

On China’s pressure, Pakistan is all set to declare Gilgit-Baltistan often referred to as the Northern Areas as 5th province of Pakistan to legitimate all construction activities under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and to also move region from disputed to settled region status to sell its land and its resources to Chinese companies.

While India protested such a move through diplomatically and Kashmiri separatists group Hurriyat Conference tried its best to let their master understand how it will play to India’s advantage but Chinese pressure and their will to secure their investment will ensure that Gilgit-Baltistan will be declared as 5th province of Pakistan before China takes up major Hydropower and Road Construction projects in the region . Continue reading

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

Support for Indo-Russian 5th generation FGFA Fighter jet inside Indian Air Force is quite strong contrary to Indian Media reports which have been saying that they are strong differences on the transfer of technology and on other technical efficiency said an insider with Indian Air Force to the author.

Indian Air Force report submitted to Government on proposed development of 5th generation FGFA Fighter jet wants Indian Government to go for development of new jet only if Russia agrees to meet recommendations and suggestions made by Indian Air Force for new 5th generation fighter aircraft which both India and Russia are planning to co-develop. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Amid growing tension along the border and mounting aerial threats, India on Sunday successfully tested a brand new next ­generation Quick Reaction Surface ­to­ Air Missile (QRSAM) from a defence base off Odisha coast. It was the first test of the homegrown canister ­based sophisticated high speed missile capable of destroying aerial targets and short range missiles.

Canister mounted QRSAM is a highly mobile air defence system which comes with 100 percent kill probability, and has the capability to neutralise aerial targets like fighter jets, cruise missiles and air ­to­surface missiles as well as short-range ballistic missiles. QRSAM is also a vital component in India’s “Cold Start” Doctrine which will ensure the safety of forward Army formations in Enemy territories. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

INTRODUCTION

AMCA, the Indian fifth generation medium class fighter program started in 2008 is slated to have the first flight before 2022. AMCA is a medium multirole combat aircraft which features super-cruise, stealth, super maneuverability, advanced AESA radar and avionics.

But if Indian investment on this project is increased and foreign support is utilized properly in critical areas, AMCA can be mass produced before the expected date and solve the problem of IAFs depleting fighter fleet.

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT STATUS Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

With the smooth conclusion of all major user trials of Six Dhanush Artillery guns by India Army, idrw.org has been informed by reliable industrial sources that after the Initial order of 114 155mm/45- Calibre Dhanush Howitzer Gun, Indian Army is working on Second mega order deal to acquire more Dhanush Artillery guns soon.

Indian Army is likely to place an order for 300 more Dhanush Artillery guns soon over the initial order of 114 guns which are already in production by Ordinance Factory Board (OFB). Initial orders for 114 Guns will be concluded by 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to Russia ended without any way forward in Sukhoi/HAL proposed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) still hanging in balance. Multi-billion dollar joint development and production of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) with Russia has been stuck for last three years due to serious differences over the full-scale transfer of technology and workshare agreements.

After Preliminary design contract was concluded in 2010, Since then over the years there has been repeated stalling and revival of talks at the negotiation table over last 7 years but Indian Air Force is still no convinced and yet to come fully on board the project. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Mazagon Docks Ltd and DCNS according to media reports have stepped up pressure on Indian Navy for repeat orders after INS Khanderi (S51), the second Kalvari Class Scorpene submarine has commenced User trials, while INS Kalvari (S50) is all set to be inducted officially into Indian Navy in next few weeks while commissioning of the INS Khanderi is scheduled for December.

Data leak scandal fiasco of Scorpene submarines had threatened to kill any chances of repeat orders for Scorpene submarines but Indian Navy has proposed over a dozen changes to the submarine which will negate data leak effect on its current and future Scorpene submarine fleet. Continue reading

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


India has spent nearly 2000 Crores on Russia’s Pak-fa 5th generation fighter jet program even when it is not sure it will be joining the program to co-develop a customised version of the jets to meet Indian Air Force requirements, while on the other hand India’s own 5th generation AMCA fighter program was given official funding of only 230 crores while it’s still been kept pending for final approval .

Indian Government past and the current one have shown a great level of interest and urgency to clear purchase or to initiate fighter jet modernisation program while our own local projects are struggling due to under par funding to this projects. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India had the largest economy of the ancient and medieval world way ahead of any other country in the world. From surgeons to scientists, economists to scholars in all the fields we were the world leaders and shared more importance than the USA in the present world.

Things changed as time passed, prosperity turned into poverty and we suffered. But these days, things are changing. India is reclaiming its ancient position. Most of you are aware of the fact that India is the fastest growing major economy in the world and India will be the second-largest economy by 2050s but we don’t realise that even in 2050 we will be half the size of Chinese economy if things progress in a linear fashion. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Amid growing speculations on the social media that Russia demanded 7 billion $ for transferring critical technologies of the fifth generation super maneuverable PAK FA, some social pundits start preaching that the French Rafale is a better fighter option, India should focus on its own AMCA, the only advantage PAK FA have over Rafale is an internal weapons bay, Russia is opting for more 4.5 generation SU 35 fighter jets and reducing the number of PAK FAs because PAK FA is plagued with problems and so on.

Once you go through the article, you will understand that PAK FA is not only a highly evolved SU 35 but is also way ahead of Rafale (or any other fourth-gen fighter). Russia is cutting down T 50 orders coz T 50 is costlier than an SU 35 and Russia cannot afford large fleets of T 50 due to its dwindling economy. For instance, Russian Economy dropped down by 3% in 2015 itself. Now coming to the AMCA program, the first flying prototype of AMCA is slated to be ready by 2035 only if Russia provides support on thrust vectoring controls, stealth technology, avionics, super manoeuvrability and so on. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Michael Koch. Vice President, Boeing India Defense, Space & Security and Dan Gillian F/A-18 and EA-18 Program Manager at Boeing while speaking at two-day International Seminar ‘Building India’s Future Navy’ organised by Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, DRDO, industry leaders from India and abroad in New Delhi made a push for Boeing F/A-18 SuperHornet to meet Indian Naval Carrier requirement .

Boeing is one of the four vendors which has responded to India Navy’s Multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) Tender to Supply 57 carrier-borne fighter jets to equip its aircraft carriers. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India and Russia enjoy warmest of Defence cooperation for decades now, Russia/Soviet Union has never shied away from offering India some of its best and deadly weapons systems ever produced over the last few decades. India always had greater access to Russian weapon systems when it wanted to and many times Russians allowed Indians access to top secret prototypes.

At recent times m relationship between India and Russia have turned cold due to India’s push towards building its own Defence Industrial complex in the country and also due to tactical shifts from Russian weaponry to Western weaponry of lately but there are still some Russian weapons India could like to get its hands on and they are … Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued Request for Quotation (RFQ) for Surveillance Radar Systems for its Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) for operations with the Indian navy and coastguard.

RFQ which idrw.org has gone through, demands 3 Surveillance Radar Systems supplied within 10 months by the vendor and list out plans to procure 42 sets of Surveillance Radars Systems by 2021-22 period to fulfil 32 Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) helicopter order placed by Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) earlier this year. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) officials speaking to media have confirmed that Akash NG ( Next-generation ) Surface-to-Air Aerial Defence system will be ready for developmental trials from 2019 onwards. Akash NG will have a range up to 40km and be equipped with an indigenous radar and seeker.

idrw.org in an earlier report (Development of Akash NG ( Next-generation ) officially cleared.)had confirmed that official clearance for development of Akash NG was cleared by Government earlier this year and DRDO is also developing Akash 1S which is further development of Akash Mark-I missile system. Continue reading