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SOURCE:  PARESH NAIK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Majority Government, a rare first in last 30 years came to power with promises that it will fix one of the core issues of independent India that it will Terror activities in Kashmir region and also abolish Article 370 which gave residents of the state special rights over other Indians from other states.

Once back in power, Modi was more keen on winning more states rather than working on key issues of India which could have made Modi forever remembered in history books of India has a politician who fixed Kashmir issue permanently for India. No efforts were made for the Abolishment of Article 370 neither in Parliament nor in our Courts which makes many last time voters wonder Why Modi Couldn’t fix the Kashmir Issue? and how he can now even promise to do so, even when he is not likely to come back to power with a brute majority he enjoyed previously?.

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

One of the most anticipated and upcoming milestones in India’s LCA-Tejas program will include certification of Full Operational Capability (FOC) for the aircraft after its first flight nearly 18 years ago. Long-delayed and long pending FOC Certification is just a few flights away for the program and till now it had an accident free developmental flight program which deserves great appreciation for the entire team which has been closely working with the program since its day if inception.

Its quite common, while in the development of contemporary fighter jet in recent years,even by advanced countries, aircraft have been lost while going through developmental trials and it’s a rare feat that India’s LCA-Tejas program which will soon achieve final Full Operational Capability certification, never ever faced any crash or major accidents in its entire developmental cycle which is quite impressive since it was only for the second time India was developing a fighter jet on its own in last 70 years of its existence. Continue reading

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

Nearly 16 years ago, on 7 March 2003, HAL developed HJT-36 Sitara subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft took to air promising to replace aging HAL HJT-16 Kiran as the Stage-2 trainer for Indian Air Force. The project was first sanctioned at with initial funding of Rs.180 crore in 1999, way before even first LCA-Tejas fighter aircraft had first made its flight.

Since then 12 limited series-production HJT-36 plus Two Prototypes were produced over the years but after back to back crashes in 2007 and 2009, the whole project has been under spiral tailspin without any sign of recovery of the project. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANTON NORONHA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India intends to develop a Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA) with a seating capacity for 70-90 passengers that could be manufactured in the country in a cost-effective manner. The aircraft will be used to connect cities over 500km apart and CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) has been asked to carry out feasibility studies for the project.

While on the other hand, American Civilian passenger plane manufacture ” Boeing” in its long-term forecast for commercial airplanes in India, projects need for 2,300 new jets worth $320 billion over the next 20 years. as per segment wise bifurcation provided by Boeing, Regional jets with the seating capacity of less 90 makes up only 10, while Narrow-body aircraft with seating capacity of 90 and more are expected to have orders of 1940 aircraft making up the bulk of the orders in Indian Civilian passenger airline market. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

As per industrial sources close to idrw.org, Ministry of Defence is likely to place follow-on orders for more Seven Chinook heavy-lift choppers American aviation giant Boeing and the US government soon to avail price validity of previous deal for 15 Chinook choppers signed earlier in 2015.

A contract for the purchase of CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing had a clause where India can place orders for seven extra Chinooks for the same price, but this clause is time bound and already previous contract has gone through 10 price validity extensions and it will be difficult for Boeing and US government to offer additional helicopters at same price if India is unable to place orders in time. Continue reading

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

In 2012, IAF was given a Government Clearance to start looking for a replacement aircraft which can replace aging 57 HS 748 AVRO which were in service since its induction from 1962. Airbus C295 Transporter emerged as the winning candidate after going through tender and technical trials some time back. but a final deal still evades IAF due to an unforeseen cold fleet which Government has developed so that it can locally be manufactured in India.

HAL was kept off the Airbus C295 deal by the government on purpose so that this new aircraft could have been manufactured locally in India by a TATA-Airbus Joint-Venture, but due to continued delays in the final agreement , HAL has now proposed IAF and Government that it has found that several Avro aircraft have a lot of residual air-frame life left in them and thus can be upgraded with new all-glass cockpit along with new engines to enable them to be used for next two decades in the force . Continue reading

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

While India might be newcomer to the world of Ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), yet it is not too far away from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) when it comes to the Nuclear ships and missile it has under its disposal when it comes to direct comparison with regional arch-rival China.

PLAN has JL-2 (CH-SS-N-14) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) with a range of around 7500km is currently operational. JL-1 it’s predecessor with a range of 2500km which now has been decommissioned from the service due to technical difficulties and also due to lack of credible launch platform resulting in the development of JL-2 SLBMs which are equipped on 6 Type-094 (Jin-class) nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs). Continue reading

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

After Turkey and Pakistan signed their biggest-ever arms deal, for the supply of 30 T129 ATAK multipurpose helicopters for the Pakistani military for $1.5 billion. US-based manufacturer Honeywell and Britain’s Rolls-Royce has been blocked by US Administration for the supply of LHTEC T800-4A turboshaft engines which powers the T129 ATAK attack choppers.

US-made parts of the engines that are meant to power the aircraft have been denied export license from the US Department of Defense. Pakistan and Turkey agreed to seek a replacement variant for the engines but it will prolong the deliveries of the T129 ATAK attack choppers since it will need to go through re-certification of the engines. Continue reading

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

India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has recently gone ahead and has signed a deal with Israeli Company for the supply of 83 ELM-2052 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and ELL-8212/22WB electronic warfare suite (EW suite).

Interestingly DRDO developed Electronic warfare suite (EW suite) onboard Tejas-PV1 light combat aircraft has been performing developmental trials for close to last four years and the program is near completion of its development, Which obviously raised few eyebrows and raised questions why local indigenous Electronic warfare suite (EW suite) was ignored for an imported one. Continue reading

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

One of the greatest accusations on the signed Rafale deal IGA is that we have missed a precious opportunity of “transfer of high end technology” to HAL which was under consideration of previous MMRCA deal. While initially when we look into screaming of opposition we may consider it a valid accusation (unlike of the higher prices, configuration accusations which are childish) .

We know that we have achieved a very high % of offsets in this deal 50% against a mandated 30% in the DPP. So how and France agreed to outsource this amount of work to India or is offsets mean more than work? The answer is the France is outsourcing a very great amount of work to India and something more than that in the form of offsets, that is technology (cooperation) and it is in accordance of the guidelines of DPP. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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India has issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings on the Bay Of Bengal And North East Indian Ocean for Experimental Flight Trial to take place from Integrated Test Range (ITR) from 0230-630 UTC. As per coordinates provided, the area is around 350 kilometers in length.

Speculation is that India will be carrying out an Experimental trial of its Chinese centric Pralay Tactical Missile system which has been in development for last few years. Continue reading

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

Supreme Court today in what could be seen as a massive validation for the government’s 59,000 crore deal for 36 Rafale jets, cleared the deal and also dismissed the need for a probe as it didn’t find any evidence of commercial favoritism to any private entity. Indian Air Force which recently floated tender for 110 fighter jets to be Made in India with local partners will breather a sigh of relief since now Rafale will no more be seen as Hot Potato by the current government if it is reelected again in 2019.

Declaration of the winner of the recent tender will likely be made only after the new Government is sworn in 2019, but it now allows IAF a fighting chance to induct 110 more Rafale fighter jets which were previously selected after going though gruesome Technical trials by Senior most ranked Test pilots of IAF. Continue reading

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

Tejas 3

After Quietly singing a deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta Systems for 83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare (EW) suites to be fitted onto the Tejas Mk 1A. Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued a tender for fabrication and supply of 5 Chassis assembly for DFCC Mk1A.

Major sub-assemblies such as front fuselage, center fuselage rear fuselage, wings et al, have been outsourced to private industry. Since the Current line of Tejas Mk1 and the upgraded variant, Tejas Mk1A will be similar and identically externally, it is expected that the current line of work will also go to Industrial outsource partners already selected by HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The indigenously development Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft (AEW&C) “Netra” is participating in its first ever International exercise in ongoing Ex CopeIndia 2018 with the visiting United States Air Force crew.

Group Captain Pradeep Batra who is the commanding officer of the AEW&C Squadron speaking to the media said that ” AEW&C is indigenously developed and recently inducted into IAF and also added that AEW&C since its induction has participated in various air exercise and this was the first time aircraft participated in an International exercise. Continue reading

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

Selection of Israeli developed Elta ELM-2052 Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft means that it will be nearly impossible for India to ever opt to integrate Meteor active radar-guided beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) due to the restriction imposed by the European countries on the missile manufacturer MBDA, which severally restricts it from integrating its Meteor BVRAAM with Israeli Radars thus affecting India’s Tejas Mk1A (83) and Tejas Mk1 (40) fleet.

Elta ELM-2052 which also has been integrated into IAF’s Jaguar Strike-bomber fleet was obviously chosen for upcoming Tejas Mk1A due to past association with the ELTA and the Radar, but also since it emerged the lowest bidder among various AESA Radar manufactures which had responded to the tender floated by HAL. Continue reading