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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) which operates 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM in its fleet continues to face maintenance issues due to lack of spare parts leading to the poor serviceability of this aircraft said Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu in the Parliament.

RMAF at any given point of time can only keep 4 MKM operational while other 14 are either under repair or waiting for spares. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited already lists RMAF as one of its customers and supplies components of airframes and some electronics are sourced also from Indian companies but other spares related to the aircraft is still sourced from IRKUT aircraft corporation of Russia which builds this aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Navy. NP-2 (KH3002) successfully carried out its first maiden Taxi Arrestor Hook trials from the Indian Navy’s Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) from INS Hansa Naval Base located in Goa. A few Days ago NP-2 has carried out maiden flight with Tail Hook attachment after being grounded for months to carry out Tail Hook hardware attachment.

After Initial Taxi Arrestor Hook trials, aircraft will perform high speed and later move on to carry out landing trials to mimic aircraft carrier landing and recovery of the aircraft from limited landing deck space of the aircraft carrier. Continue reading

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

The Indian Air Force is working hard to maintain its Jaguar Strike fighter-bomber fleet for next 15-20 years and in its efforts is salvaging former operators of the jets to build a reservoir of spares which can ensure smooth operations of the whole fleet till they are formally retired after 2034 from the Indian Air Force.

Acquiring of airframes and spares of retired Jaguar fighter aircraft off late has seen some nasty and unwanted comments from the section of the mainstream media who are most interested in some political scoring with the government rather than understanding the practical and economically sensible move made by the Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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

Recently there was an uproar in social media and in mainstream media, after it was found that HAL has asked for 463 Crore per unit of Tejas MK-1A which is exactly 100 Crore more then what HAL was charging IAF for per unit cost of Tejas MK-1 which till now is 363 Crore per unit, but real uproar was when people realised that HAL made Sukhoi-30MKI costs just 415 Crore per unit and MK-1A actually costs more than a Sukhoi-30MKI.

Many simply couldn’t understand how a Small Punny fighter aircraft like LCA-Tejas could cost more than a Mammoth of an aircraft like Sukhoi-30MKI. Yes MK-1A do come with additional capabilities and will feature In-flight refueling capabilities, Integrated Electronic Warfare (EW) Pod, AESA Radar, Re-configured to reduce dead space and make it more maintenance friendly which all and all should not cost more than few extra crores right ?. Continue reading

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

Today Indian indigenous defense industry is expanding in almost all fields, this is the product of increasing cooperation between the RnD organisations and industry giants both private and public .Almost all fields except the one which although has a big impact on our preparedness is often ignored. The small arms industry.

It is often said that the chain is as weak as it’s weakest link, in case of military one of the weakest link would be the infantryman . Although our infantry gets the best training from the shooting range to the actual anti insurgency ops, reportedly their rifle is often the one to betray them. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When Boeing announced first successful tests fight of AH-64 Apache Helicopter of Indian Air Force, Defense Enthusiasts from around the world were surprised to see Boeing’s AH-64 Apache in a new avatar and sporting a new cameo which is pretty much is an alien color to the helicopter’s three-decade-old history which is operated by over 15 countries around the world.

Defense Enthusiasts who have special interests in AH-64 Apache Helicopter cheered use of IAF’s Default Cameo also called as ” Tipnis grey”. AH-64 Apache Helicopter around the world usually sport neither US Army Helo Drab, Dark Green, Black Insignia, Sand Camo and in rare cases White color cameo Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

4. Ask Mazagaon Docks to Build 3 More Scorpenes, P75I should morphe into SSNs & Send Sindhughosh Submarines for Refit only to Hindustan Shipyard, Vizag

It’s all very well known that all 6 Scorpene submarines are about to come out of the Mazagaon docks by 2020. Common sense dictates that:- Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

First CH-47 Chinook helicopter of India for its air force has successfully completed its first flight in the Philadelphia on 23th of this month.Boeing India also has realised first images of CH-47 Chinook helicopter in IAF’s Tipnis Grey Colour along with AH-64E Apache which also had completed its first flight on 16th from it’s facilities in Arizona.

India placed orders for 15 Chinook and 22 Apache choppers in a deal worth 2.5 billion in 2015. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                              IAF JAGUAR AIRCRAFT PARKED NEAR A F125 engine

After securing several retired Jaguar airframes to be used as spares from friendly countries recently to prolong their service life beyond 2034, Indian air force is now fast-tracking the purchase of F-125IN engines from Honeywell to be equipped on 80 odd DARIN-III upgraded Jaguar aircraft to enhance their operational capabilities.

IAF has decided to procure 200 F-125IN engines in a direct deal with Honeywell by end of this year so that supply can begin in next three years once the deal is concluded. 160 of this engine will be used on 80 DARIN-III upgraded Jaguar aircraft while 40 will be used as reserve engines. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-10 (LA-5010) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 26 July 2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-10 flew for 35 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-10 is Tenth Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-09 had completed its first flight on 24 March 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

There are a few commonsensical idea that we in India can make do to match up with the shortfall in defense preparedness. But one question remains, how long IA,IAF, IN will make do with jugaad. The last one is not fully my own idea though. ? ? but still read on.

1. Don’t Make 2 Frigates @ Goa Shipyard Ltd. & Send the 2 half Built Ships back to Russia

Common sense dictates that it will be a foolish idea for India to build 2 Grigorivitch-class frigates at Goa, why the reasons are listed below:- Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report prepared by ” The Print”, the Indian Army has opposed Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) agreement which the US government has been pressuring India to sign after learning that once equipped on Apache AH-64E attack helicopter, US Government will be able to hear what Indian Army is communicating through secure connections leading to possible data leak to Pakistan.

All Military platforms purchased by India from the United States like C-17 and P-8I are supplied to India without secure communication systems of US-origin since India has refused to become a signatory to COMCASA and India instead uses less secure communications devices procured from Indian and other Global suppliers. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two Ex-Royal AirForce Jaguar Trainer aircrafts acquired from the United Kingdom at cost of 2.81cr by India for Indian Air Force is likely to be restored back and put back into service says the latest media report. Jaguar Trainers are considerable in short supply due to few crashes and since India plans to maintain its Jaguar fleet till 2034, the flow of new pilots for their conversion training needs to continue due to which aircraft are likely to be restored back into service.

Two Jaguar Trainer where kept in Royal Air Force in Reserve Command which means components of the aircraft were kept in serviceable conditions to be put back into the air on short notice in event of war. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The first batch of 22 AH-64E attack helicopter ordered by India in 2015 for its air force has started initial trials in Boeing facility in Mesa, Arizona, United States. First Apache helicopter meant for India reportedly had its first low-level hover flight this month on 16th and will continue to carry out initial trials.

But India will only get the first AH-64E attack helicopter in March next year and it is likely whole order will be concluded in next two years and more helicopters meant for India will join initial trials after completion of their assembly. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) offered to throw in Igor Belousov rescue ship in a package at a special offer price to India if it agrees to procure six next-generation conventional diesel submarines under Project-75I tender floated by Indian Navy.

Russia has offered India its Project 1650 Amur Class conventional submarine with Full Transfer of Technology along with undisclosed help in the construction of Six Nuclear attack submarine. Continue reading