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SOURCE: ARUSH SINGH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently, Lockheed and Tata Advanced Systems signed an agreement to manufacture F 16 Block 70 in India if it wins the single engine fighter tender. India will get the latest F 16 version and will maintain the supply chain for the F-16s all around the globe. Sounds amazing? But It is not so. F 16 is slightly upgraded version of F-16 Block 52 which Pakistan operates for years. Pakistan will always have the basic know how of an F-16 much better than IAF in a combat.

Apart from that, Block 70 is the upper limit of the old F-16 air frame, beyond this India cannot upgrade the F 16 significantly. Even though, US calls it an unprecedented offer, India is likely to reject it, and if it rejects what are the options available for the IAF. Let us discuss. Continue reading

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

ASMPA AIR-TO-GROUND MISSILE IN CENTRAL PYLON 

Modi government order for just 36 Dassault Rafale jet left many in India’s defence circles with a puzzled look on their face, Why acquire such a small fleet of Dassault Rafale which will be not enough to be considered a formidable force to reckon with in a battle? , while Indian air force protested silently while MMRCA tender for 126 aircraft was scrapped.

But a recent report by French media might throw some light on the contract and purpose for such a small order. According to the report, India does have an option for another 18 aircraft in the original contract which if executed as follow on orders will see the formation of 3 Dassault Rafale Squadrons in IAF. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recent media reports say that a Senior Test Pilots of Indian Air Force hit out at Modi government on India flirting with ideas to procure either F-16 and Gripen-E of which both had failed under MMRCA technical trials hints at discord in Indian Air Force regarding the purchase of Single-engine fighter jet tender.

Unnamed Senior Test Pilot of Indian Air Force who was part of Original MMRCA technical trials where both F-16IN and Gripen NG failed miserable called F-16 as Obsolete in terms of technology and growth potential of the air frame already has reached its peak a decade back and current offer of ” Block 70 ” is just glorified Block 50/52 Air frame with Block 60 Techs. Continue reading

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

Supply of Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Military transport aircraft in early 50’s to Indian Ari Force was the only instance when Americans seemed interested in supplying any of their defence equipment. Cold War between India and the United States ensured that No Major military contract was never executed between both the countries for nearly half a century till the time of US Government agreed to supply GE made F-404 engines to support India’s LCA-Tejas Program in mid 90’s.

U.S.-India military cooperation over last two decades was warming up but still, they were no major defence supplies between both countries, when India floated requirement for 126 jets under MMRCA tender many U.S. defence contractors were so sure that India will not invite them to participate in an estimated $11 billion contract that they made no diplomatic push until India surprised Pentagon and asked them to participate . Continue reading

SOURCE: Yash V. Todi / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The US-India bonhomie is on the rise with the F-16 manufacturing deal between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the US under the present Trump administration. There is lot of talk about India ordering F-16 Block-70 fighter jets in return for Lockheed Martin to set up an assembly line in India.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs around 220 combat aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of Mig-21 fighter jets. In the early 1960s, Mig-21 was chosen over its western competitors because the Soviet Union offered full transfer of technology along with manufacturing rights to India. The License Raj ? made sure there were no private players in the aeronautics field and consequently the technology, expertise and manufacturing rights went to the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indo-Russian BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra had confirmed on sidelines of Aero India 2017 that concept wise BrahMos-NG (Next-Gen) is very attractive but the development of smaller, highly advanced, precise and lethal cruise is yet to reach even definition stage let alone start much talked about development of the Next Game Changer from the BrahMos Aerospace .

Dubbed “Game Changer ” by Prominent defence journalist and defence analysts in India but BrahMos-NG just remains a concept on the paper due to various factors which are delaying development of BrahMos-NG. Continue reading

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

India’s Project-75I tender proposal to acquire Six New Stealth conventional Submarine is fast inching towards tender process stage and as per the latest media reports Indian Navy has informed all foreign Submarine design bureaus keen on participating in Indian Project-75I tender that Vertical launched BrahMos Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) will be standard weapon fitment in selected Project-75I winner and all participating Submarine design should be able to accommodate them .

According to the reports, Rosoboronexport, Armaris, DCNS, Navantia, Kockums and HDW all of the foreign Submarine design bureaus who have shown interest in participating in Indian Project-75I tender have accepted condition set by Indian Navy. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

China’s Type 055 destroyer (12,000 tonnes) along with Japan’s Atago-class destroyer (12,000 tonnes), United States Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer (15,000 tonnes) does make India’s latest and yet to be inducted Visakhapatnam class (8,000 tonnes) stealth guided missile destroyers look like nimble when in direct comparison with guided missile destroyers fielded by this countries.

Visakhapatnam class (Project 15B) which used same hull design of Kolkata-class destroyer (Project 15A) does have many differences but limited design aspect also made sure that while firepower and intensive network-centric layout improved considerable but to save cost and maintain the same hull and propulsion package as the Project 15A Kolkata class, Indian Navy did take cheaper option to improve its firepower without much investment but India’s next stealth guided missile destroyers will need new design due to changing firepower of destroyers in the region which not only out power China in firepower but also in the endurance . Continue reading

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

Lockheed Martin still might be a few months away from bagging that exclusive deal which it has been searching in India from the time American Aerospace major like Boeing and Lockheed Martin were allowed to participate in scrapped MMRCA tender floated nearly a decade ago.

Lockheed Martin officials then had made it precondition to India that once F-16 order is given to them, then F-35 will follow, even though India never expressed any need for procuring American 5th generation F-35 fighter jet which is still going through various technical issues and India and Russia had firm commitment to built FGFA 5th generation aircraft together . Continue reading

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

Pakistani media has been going bonkers from the moment it was confirmed that United States State Congress has cleared India’s request for sale of 22 Guardian drones for Indian Navy. Pakistani Military think tanks are really pissed that Trump administration has given Indian accesses to the drone technology which can be a game changer since Pakistan in past was denied the sale of such drones in their so-called fight against terror.

India for past few years has been after American administration for the supply of non-combat and combat drones for its military but to keep its ally, Pakistan happy, Obama administration was found non-committal on the sale of high-tech drones to India. MTCR restriction too prevented the sale of such drones to India but entry into MTCR regime by India last year and China aggressive posturing in Indian ocean finally forced Trump administration to grant sale of drones to India. Continue reading

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

Global Helicopter Purchase forecasts for next 5 Year compelled by Honeywell predicts that Light Single engine will continue to dominate Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook for next 5 years with 48 % Share in total sale predicted at 3900-4400 units for all Sizes.

Light Utility Helicopter developed by India’s HAL for Tri-service requirement of its military will also see the development of Civilian variant which can dominate Light Single engine Civilian Helicopter requirement in the Country as well as in the region if marketed aggressively said the report. Continue reading

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

While India’s requirement for 100 Single-engined Fighter jet seems to be already in American kitty due to lack of competition from Russians and other Western Countries But India’s requirement for Twin-engined is likely to see the fiercest competition of them all due to active lobbying from many companies.

While Russians are confident that there upgraded Mig-35 which is much more potent then the Mig-35 which was evaluated by India under MMRCA Tender will get them past the competition but it is also a fact that Russian bagging the deal is also quite dime due to India’s obsession with Western fighter aircraft and strong competition by other contenders . Continue reading

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

A Brewing standoff between the Iranian government and Iranian military over Pakistan on its stand on covert support to militant group Jaish-al-Adl which have been attacking Iranian border guards and other military forces in alleged cross-border raids with the eastern border with Pakistan can be sensed by statements made by Iranian commander Mohammad Baqeri after Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month.

Iranian Military has increased frequency of its surveillance in the region and has deployed Iranian spy drone for months now. Iran has been violating Pakistani air space from March according to Pakistani media reports in its attempts to keep track of militants on the other side of the border. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Defence minister Arun Jaitley has returned from Russia after having a successful one-to-one meeting with key officials from Russian Military complex leading to fast tracking of pending military deals with the Russia.

Helicopter, Frigate and S-400 Negotiation will be fast tracked and will be concluded within next few months said several media reports but it seems no breakthrough was achieved in long pending negotiation for the development of 5th Generation fighter jet which was to be carried out by India and Russia. Continue reading

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

With the addition of P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft in Indian Navy a few years back, India has been trying put together complete backup support ecosystem for its P-8I aircraft’s which will ensure that Indian Ocean region (IOR) always remains its backyard.

Recent Principal approval given by US State Department for sale of state of the art multi-mission maritime patrol Predator Guardian UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from General Atomics to Indian Navy is positive step to strengthen India’s maritime reconnaissance capabilities but India is not done yet and may push for last missing jigsaw piece which is high altitude, long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Continue reading