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SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The United States is going all out to prevent the purchase of S-400 missile defense system by India after it rejected a more expensive offer of THAAD and MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system (SAM) and as per latest speculation in the media is open to offering India it’s F-35 Stealth fighter jet and place in the supply ecosystem of the F-35 program, which will enable Lockheed Martin to set up local production line in India and help in India’s own development of AMCA 5th Generation fighter jet Program.

For starters, there is no clarity if F-35 will be offered in place of F-21 and F-18 to India with the option of local assembly but Washington is likely to pull the plug on Turkey from the F-35 program and canceling orders for confirmed orders of 100 F-35s, speculation is ripe that India will be offered to fill the shoes left vacant by Turkey which was also part of the supply ecosystem of the F-35 program. Continue reading

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

Dassault RAFALE is an omni role fighter and is best suited for India after the non-recurring €1.3 billion paid on design and development of India Specific Enhancements. France is pitching this fighter in the upcoming MMRCA 2.0 tender for 114 fighter jets. But, if the cost per plane of the latest F4 version when it is manufactured in India exceeds beyond the budget limit set for the tender, the IAF will be forced to look at other options. And, the most suitable contender after RAFALE is the MIG 35 with India specific enhancements aka MIG 35 MKI.

MIG 35 is a Russian 4++ generation fighter which incorporates a new PHAZOTRON ZHUK AE AESA Radar, Newly designed Optical locator system, Fifth generation information sighting system and stealth coating. Also, post MMRCA, MIG 35 is incorporated with a modified state of the art onboard defence complex and opto-electronic reconnaissance stations, used only in top notch fourth generation and fifth generation fighters. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Two Technology Demonstrator of LCA-Navy NP-1 & 2 which has been busy carrying out the final round of shore trails at the SBTF facility at INS Hansa in Goa, achieved a major milestone after it was able to make control landing using its tail-hooks at the designated Landing Area by using arresting wire facility at SBTF which mimics arrested landings onboard aircraft carriers like INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant which is being built at Kochi.

In Phase-I, LCA-Navy had perfected Take-off the ski-jump facility after multiple rounds of shore trials. ADA officials and Naval Aviators under the supervision of specialists carried out multiple take-off approach to determine the best carrier take for the program and also carried out several enhancements to software to carry out Automated Take-Off function for easier takeoffs from an aircraft carrier. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

TAIS, which is a Turkish consortium founded by the owners of the top five leading shipyards of Turkey recently grabbed a tender worth $2.3-billion to build five fleet support tankers of 45,000-tonne ships for the Indian Navy with local shipyards in India. TAIS by de facto will be in charge of the program an even chip in with its design expertise and engineering services to support the development of these ships which will be built in India in state-owned shipyards.

According to previous tender documents which idrw.org had gone through in the past, 45,000-tonne fleet support tankers will need to house 190 sailors and 24 officers along with one multi-role helicopter and has capable of speeds “not less than 20 knots of maximum continuous speed. fleet support tankers usually move with other warships when in sea patrolling missions or part of Carrier strike group, this should have raised some eyebrows back home which clearly is missing in local media. Continue reading

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

In 2019, IAF has deficient of nearly 240 jets but the purchase of an additional 18 Sukhoi-Su-30MKI, 21 Mig-29, 36 Dassault Rafale and induction of LCA-Tejas will act as stop act measure but by 2025 the gap will only widen to the shortage of fighter jets to 300.

By 2025, IAF fighter Squadron fleet will be hovering around 27 Squadrons after a host of retirements of Mig-21 and Mig-27 fleet post-2020. Shortage of nearly 300 fighter aircraft will have crippling effects on the operational readiness of the Indian air force. Even with emergency procurement of 36 Dassault Rafale and an additional squadron of Sukhoi-Su-30MKI will have little effect on operational availability of the air force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune developed ” Trikaal ” Corner Shot Weapon System (CSWS) recently gone through User trials by Rashtriya Rifles earlier in March this year at the Pashan range at ARDE. ARDE has developed Two different versions of CSWS. Two different versions of CSWS are being developed—one to mount and fire 9 mm pistol and the other as a platform for 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher developed by ARDE.

Both versions of CSWS were tested and evaluated for verification of technical parameters, viz., weight, length, trigger pull, D/R/I, etc., by the
users. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Trump administration is upping its pressure on India by sending high-level officials from Pentagon and security affairs within weeks of Modi 2.0 government taking over charge of the country and main focus seems to prevent the procurement of Russian S-400 Air defense system by Indian air force which is recently thwarted multiple air intrusion attempts in its western sector with Pakistan where AWACS aircraft flying deeper inside Pakistani air space was coordinating failed strikes inside Indian side of Kashmir.

IAF will be procuring only Two long-range missile system which is part of four missile family of the S-400 Air defense system. IAF will be only getting Very Long range 40N6 (400 km) and the medium range 48N6 (250km) which could come handy on taking down high-value targets flying well within Pakistani air space. On the Eastern sector, 40N6 (400 km) will come handy as deterrence against Chinese air force operating from their Tibetan air space. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Head of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has confirmed that 110+ fleet of Su-30SM inducted by Russian Air Force will be swapped with Saturn AL-41F-1S turbofan engines from existing Salyut AL-31FP to maintain commonality with Su-35S fleet and a study to modify and integrate AL-41F-1S engines into Su-30SM fleet already has been approved and AL-41F-1S turbofan engines reportedly also has been offered to Indian air force on Su-30MKI fleet upon which Su-30SM was based on.

Russian Air Force has decided that fresh batch of 36 Su-30SM fighter jets will come equipped with AL-41F-1S engines which roughly translates into an additional power of 19kN (4271lbs) thrust per engine opening up the potential for future avionics upgrades such as a new radar, electronic countermeasures, additional weapons load capabilities and boost to the thrust-to-weight ratio of the fighter aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG


BEL Chairman M V Gowtama while speaking to media has confirmed that with all final components in place, assembly of Akash NG (new generation) which is a brand new variant of surface-to-air missile (SAM) has started and the first prototype of the missile system will be ready for developmental trials before end of this year .

Akash NG will have a new Aesa radar and seeker and will be powered by dual pulse solid propulsion technology like seen with Indo-Israeli MRSAM surface-to-air missile program. Akash-NG will sport a Canister system mounted on a Truck for easy mobility and each system will have Six missiles ready to fire at a moments notice. While the range of the missile has been claimed from 35 to 50 km it will be slotted below Indo-Israeli developed MR-SAM Air Defence system in Indian Army and Indian Air force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warning off the Gopalpur for a missile test by Army Air Defence unit, which is most likely will be an MR-SAM surface-to-air missile developed by DRDO in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The missile launch window has been scheduled on 03-8-2019 from 01.30 to 08.30 and 09.30 to 14.30 in the day and Ships have been warned to stay away from the designated zone of 80km.

The MRSAM for Indian Army’s Air Defence is an advanced all-weather, 360-degree mobile land-based theatre air defense system capable of providing air defense to critical areas against a wide variety of threats in a combat zone. The current version of MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force and will be inducted into Indian Army from 2020 onwards. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) which has been under cloud of controversies off late in India is set to be retired by Indian air force across all Russian fighter aircraft fleet by 2021-22. Aging Vympel R-77 are fitted on board the Su-30 MKIs, MiG-29s, and MiG-21 Bisons and were first bought from Russia starting 1996.

Mig-29A was the first fighter jet which was locally integrated with Vympel R-77 AAMs by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in 1996 and was later also integrated into upgraded Mig-21Bis and were main BVRAAMs on Su-30 MKIs which were inducted from 2001 onwards in IAF. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Russia’s defense ministry mulls a Larger MiG-35 Contract for Russian Air and Space Force (VKS) due to slow down in order intakes and have also offered Indian Air Force a customizable Mig-35 to seal the deal for 114 units of ” Make in India” program said a RAC MiG official recently to India media. Russia recently “dumbed down” the specification of its planned MiG-35 for export to reduce procurement costs by prospective buyers but is open to adding additional capabilities to meet IAF requirements.

Russia is open to offer few additional advanced weapon integrations, local weapons integrations and RD-33OVT engine which is equipped with 360 degrees adjustable thrust vectoring engines to provide super maneuverability. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The raging debate in India off late has been if PAF’s use of F-16 equipped with AIM-120-C5 AMRAAM beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) was a turning point at why IAF was not capable of engaging its framed Russian supplied R-77 BVRAAMs against the intruding jets and had to rely on its R-73 Close Combat Missile fired from an old Mig-21Bis at a close distance of less than 10km. PAF F-16s fired their AIM-120-C5 missiles at long range, probably at distance in excess of 60km which was easily dodged by India’s Ace Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fighter jet, which never got the firing clearance from the missile system, not due to any glitch but due to facts that Su-30MKI was operating at much lower altitude then the F-16s and all missile don’t work as per their advertised range .

Vympel R-77 has a stated range of 100 km against a head-on target at high altitude but at low altitude, it can fire at head-on targets at 20 km, numbers change again when the target engagement is tail-chase and the range falls drastically and at high altitude, it’s just 25km and drops to 5km when the aircraft is flying at low altitude. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO recently carried out back to back trials of Akash-1S with the new Ku-band Seeker which vastly improves Kill-probability of the indigenous air defense system which was first conceived in the ’80s. Akash Air Defence system after years of delays has finally been accepted by the Indian Army and Indian Air force as a reliable weapons system to engage aerial intrusions and recently units of the Akash Air Defence system have been moved closer to the Pakistani border in Punjab sector due to the limited range of the missile system.

Indo-Israeli MRSAM Air Defence system which has a range of 70km is facing slow order rates due to the high production cost of the unit, due to which DRDO was commissioned to work on the successor of the Akash Air Defence with better range and which can act as a cheaper supplement to the MRSAM System. Akash-Mk2 has been under development for some few years now and the new missile system will be a modern unit which a range of 40km and will act as a bridge between Akash-1s and MRSAM Air Defence system. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

IAF Top Brass in its assessment of its vulnerabilities, post-Balakot attack in February wants to fast track development of local indigenous fighter jet program and has asked both HAL which is working on upgraded Tejas Mk1A and ADA which is working on Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) to fast track the program and also ensure that the program stick to their original schedule as agreed up with the Indian Air force informed Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

IAF has identified Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) fighter program has one of the key elements in ramping up shortfalls of fighter jet fleet in numbers due to the planned retirement of older jets especially, Mig-27 and Mig-21 Squadrons. ADA for the first time had displayed a scale model of MCF fighter jet earlier this year and already has started ground works for construction of Two pre-production models which will be ready for first flight by 2023 according to ADA. Continue reading