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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0430-0630 and 0830-1030 UTC for 17th of this month for a missile which has a range of less than 200km.

Solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile Prahaar (“Strike”) was tested 2018 which has a range of 150km. Prahaar Project after its first trial in 2011 was revived after 7 years to build a Tactical missile system which can provide offensive firepower to the Indian Army against Chinese forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory recently announced that they have successfully developed new non-lethal plastic bullets for controlling riots which they claim these are less deadlier than pellet guns used in J&K to control stone pelters. The J&K Police which has recently received the first batch of stock from the production agency and even before first bullet has been fired at Ground workers of the Terror organization in the valley, targeted smear campaign already has started by left-leaning Online news portals in India to discredit their utility and peddle them as dangerous as pellet guns they are replacing.

The usual suspect ” The Wire ” has fired the first shot against the use of Plastic bullet in one of its report and Quoted ” Dr. Prince Sharma ” belonging to DRDO who is credited with the development of the Plastic bullet informing them that considering them non- lethal could be fatal but also said that biggest advantage of the Plastic bullet is precise targeting capability, unlike Pellet guns which can hit large section of the crowd and even innocent bystanders. Continue reading

SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Many spectators seeing the current saga of Rafale are satisfied with all the aspects of it but they are thinking that Rafale aircraft is costly for our nation and defense budget so, we should go with some cheap aircraft to fill the squadron numbers. Their thinking is based on per aircraft cost of other fighters and on the price tag of € 7.87 billion for our aircrafts. So, let us examine the past few deals to know why 7.87 billion is cheaper, cost effective than other past deals.

C 130J SUPER HERCULES

The Indian Air Force purchased six C-130J-30s in early 2008 at a cost of up to US$1.1 billion for its special operations forces. It is to be noted that the Indian government had not signed the Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) or COMCASA, therefore the above price does not include the cost of communication and navigational equipment, high precision GPS and other sensitive equipment, which IAF had to buy from open market aircraft after delivery. It needs to be mentioned that India got its first C 130J in 2011,but could not get its training simulator. Continue reading

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

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which is India’s only Major Aerospace company seems to have jumped into the bandwagon in providing cover fire to the INC President Rahul Gandhi in spreading his falsehood on the purchase of 36 Rafale jet directly from France, while trying to oversell its capacity of the organization which for years only has disappointed Indian Air force its lonely customer.

While Rahul Gandhi and his supporters are Happy to provide you a list of aircraft which were assembled by HAL over the years after India’s independence, but what they will not inform is how each aircraft assembled by HAL were subjected to overpricing, poor workmanship, delays in delivery, the slow pace of manufacturing as frustrated air-force had no other place to look at due to lack of competition in the sector and due to simple monopoly of the organization in the aerospace sector in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is in the lookout for procurement of LCF (Light Combat Fighter) with an option of 1 or 2 squadrons Between 18 to 24 LCF which will supplement F/A-18C/D Hornet and Su-30MKM Top Tier fighter jets which are already in the service with the air force. RMAF wants a light, single-engine jet that would have some air-to-air performance, including supersonic speed, but that would mainly offer air-to-ground capability.

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) developed T-50 Golden Eagle, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) developed JF-17 Thunder or CAC FC-1 Xiaolong and Aeronautical Development Agency and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited developed LCA-Tejas Mk1 are front-runners in the in RMAF’s requirement for 18 to 24 LCF. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is looking to procure 30 lightweight multi-role fighter to complement its fleet of F/A-18D and Su-30MKM, respectively and has sought bids for the same from International vendors who have shown interest are Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with FA-50 Golden Eagle, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) with JF-17 ,United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) with Mig-35 and now India too has been invited for the bids and have been urged to Send LCA-Tejas aircraft for Evaluation.

Saab could also position the JAS-39C/D Gripen as per local Malaysian reports ,this if for the first time India has told to submit their bid and also send the aircraft for the local trials in Malaysia which could open first export opportunity for the indigenous fighter jet program which already has been cleared for export by Indian defense ministry . Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG  

As per figures provided by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman statement in Lok Sabha today, State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will be getting orders worth 49797 crores for development of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk-1A which roughly translates into Rs 599 crore ($86M) per unit which also includes 3 simulator and 300 cores infrastructure costs.

HAL recently had disclosed the cost of Tejas Mk-1A per unit at Rs.463 crore ($66M) per unit and this created confusion among many defense journalists and some doubts were also raised if the figure quoted by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman was in fact right?. Continue reading

RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Arun Jaitley in the debate on Rafale deal in Lok Sabha made a very interesting reference about Eurofighter, aircraft was declared L2 by then UPA-2 Government and lost out to L1 bidder that was Dassault Rafale even though both aircraft had cleared technical and extensive flight performance trials of the Indian Air Force.

Even though Dassault Rafale had won the deal fair and square,still there was lack of clear support by then-Defense minister A. K. Antony who allowed negotiation talks being dragged for years without any final contract on the procurement of the aircraft. Jaitley clearly has hinted that there was considerable pressure on the then Defense Minister A. K. Antony to favor expensive Eurofighter bid which was backed by four founding nation of the aircraft,which includes UK and Italy which have history of corruption in previous defence deals with Gandhi family.

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SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Left-leaning Newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ ran a lead story about the protests that are taking place in Kerala with the activists of Sangh Parivar trying to enforce a shutdown. The story began with the direct attack on Sangh-Parivar against their hooliganism in the state over the entry of women in Sabrimala temple but instantly wondered around why devotees didn’t get same treatment as a Kashmir Stone pelters who are usually engaged to let Kashmir terrorists escape from encounter side.

The story was shared on social networking websites by India’s prominent journalists and political leaders besides people from Kashmir and has gone viral among Kashmiri who sympathies with Kashmir terrorists. Mocking and comparing two different scenario’s by ‘The Telegraph’ has left many Netizens furious since law and order in Kerala has not deteriorated enough for people to be killed by Police.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s more or less confirmed now that the final freeze of Final Operational Certification (FOC) standard has happened on last working day of 2018, and HAL will produce and complete first flight of FOC Standard SP-21 in October this year. HAL already started working on SP-21 from 2018 and the air-frame will soon move to final assembly jig where it will be getting new equipment which was demanded in FOC Standard which includes In-flight refueling probe and upgraded mission computer software which will allow pilots improved flight regimes.

HAL has promised that it will deliver last Single seater SP-16 by end of March this year and SP-21 later in October this year. SP-17 to SP-20 will be IOC-II Standard LCA-Tejas Trainer aircraft which now will be clubbed with SP-37 to SP-40 and will be produced last after completion of single seater’s in FOC Standards.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force will be getting its 11th and probably last C-17 Transport aircraft from Boeing in Oct-November this year but Senior officials of Indian Air Force have already begun scanning for surplus C-17s which can fill the void left for IAF’s desires to procure two more C-17s to make a fleet of 13 aircraft.

With 11 Aircraft fleet of C-17s, IAF will be Second largest fleet operator of C-17s in the world after the United States Air Force (USAF) which has C-17 fleet of over 220 aircraft, but procurement of Surplus C-17s will not easy after closure of the production line by Boeing and many fleet operators are very keen on holding to their Transport Assets that includes USAF.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2012, India and Russia agreed to Jointly develop Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) which Russians Call Il-214 but in 2016, India decided to withdraw from the program after serious difference cropped up due to technical specification of the Transporter forcing IAF to advise its government to back off the program.

MTA/Il-214 was supposed to replace aging An-32 light military transport aircraft which India had procured from soviet Unions in the early ’80s. IAF operates over 100 of them across the breadth of the country and is known as a workhorse of the Indian Air Force which is regularly used to access Strategically placed Airbases in Northeast and other regions for the supply of materials, equipment and for deployment of Troops.

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SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In a surprise announcement, Indian Government confirmed that DRDO and Indian Army are carrying out developmental trials of upgraded Arjun Mark- 1A, which now comes with over 93 modifications have been done over the first version of Arjun Mark-1 variant, which was first inducted from 2011 on wards in Indian Army.

Arjun Mark-1A is actually earlier work which was carried out to develop Mark 2 variant which now is going through further improvements and weight reduction that it is still a few years away from being production ready. After considerable improvement to its Armour and with several modifications and upgrades, the weight of the present tank has ballooned to 68 tonnes from 58 tonnes of that of Mark-1 variant.

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

India’s all-weather, subsonic cruise missile ” Nirbhay” went past 2018 without any test flight even though the indigenous program has faced continuous delays and several project extensions that Ministry of Defence are concerned by continuous delays to the program which was initiated nearly decade ago.

The maiden test flight of ‘Nirbhay’ was held on March 12, 2013, and had to be terminated midway due to malfunctions. The second trial in 2014 was a success but in 2015 and 2016 again missile failed to meet its objectives and trials were declared failures. In 2017, Nirbhay was tested successfully again but with a PTAE-7 turbojet engine instead of the Russian turbofan engine borrowed from the Pilotless target aircraft (PTA) Lakshya-II.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

DRDO recently postponed the missile’s maiden test launch due to Cyclone Phethai but region continues to face Inclement weather due to which developmental trials of India’s Pralay Tactical Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) has been hold up and has forced DRDO Scientists to wait for weather gods to present them a launch window.

Pralay, is a tactical Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under a classified project to meet Indian Army’s firepower requirement in its eastern border with China where PLA also has deployed tactical missile system of similar class towards India.

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