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

Japan has confirmed that it will stop using its local F-35 assembly line which is operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for assembly of F-35 for Japan Air Self-Defense Force due to substantial savings it could incur if there were directly procured from Lockheed Martin instead of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said a latest media report.

Japan has taken the local final assembly and checkout, or FACO, route since 2013 for the final assembly of F-35A for initial orders of the jet, but due to continues fall in the unit cost of F-35A in recent years which is likely to hit below $80 Million per unit after 2020, Japan procured first batch at an average of average $144.2 million per unit and later at $119.7 million each but due to the downward trend of prices from Lockheed Martin due to high volume orders, it was established that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will not be able to match the price and substantially it was decided further 105 F-35s, which will include 42 of the F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing variant will be priced directly from the vendor. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

As per media reports, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) likely to conduct the first experimental trial of its newly developed surface-to-surface tactical missile Pralay from a defence test facility off Odisha coast on Saturday. but again due to unforeseen delays has forced DRDO to postpone today’s missile test for a later date. The solid-fueled Canister based Tactical Pralay surface to surface missile was supposed to e first test in September 2018 but was postponed due to technical reasons and later in December due to cyclone Pethai which led to inclement weather at the test range.

DRDO may try again tomorrow,since Pralay Missile mobile launcher with tracking equipment are already at the location and India had issued a Navigational Area (IMO) warnings for Paradip in the Bay of Bengal for Experimental Flight for 17th and 18th but no missile tests were carried out and new tests were to be held today, which again didn’t happen. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to data provided by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) which has designed and developed LCA-Tejas fighter aircraft, In 2018 LCA-Tejas Program successfully completed 624 developmental flights in the year which is the highest number of sorties carried out in the program since the inception of the test flight program from 2001. Previous best was in 2013 when 503 developmental test flights had taken place in anticipation towards Initial Operational Clearance (IOC).

2018 was no different, most of the developmental test flights were done so that the LCA-Tejas Program gets closer to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard which will clear development of FOC Standard LCA-Tejas aircraft which will start from October later this year by HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Top Brass of Indian Air Force (IAF) will be soon taking a final call on the proposal made by State-owned HAL in 2018 for the supply of 40 additional Sukhoi-Su-30MKI over orders of 272 units already placed with the HAL in previous contracts. Ministry of Defence (MOD) has asked IAF to seriously consider ordering additional Su-30s due to high-rate of retirement which has been planned from 2019 on wards for the Mig-21 and Mig-27 fleet which will leave an immediate void in the capabilities of the force.

Sources close to idrw.org have informed that Top Brass of Indian Air Force (IAF) are not fully convinced that additional Sukhoi-Su-30MKI fighter jets will actually help gauge fall of the fighter fleet in the force and Senior officials are also worried that IAF is already Top-heavy and actually needs Light and Medium class aircrafts to strike right balance in the force . Continue reading

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

Recently China warned India and the United States from providing any level of technical assistance to Taiwan for development of local Diesel Submarine fleet which no country wants to provide due to Chinese bullying tactics for over a decade now. Germany, France, Japan and Sweden who all can manufacture and sell pretty advance diesel Submarines for over years have backed away under Chinese pressure for the supply of their submarines which forced Taiwan to start an ambitious program to develop submarines locally.

Taiwan has asked world community for the supply of critical technology which will help them assist to develop next-generation Diesel Submarine which will come handy in defense of the island nation against Chinese forces. The United States of America is very keen to help but doesn’t manufacture Diesel Submarines but has encouraged many allies to share technologies related to the submarines with Taiwan but without much support. Continue reading

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

India has started re-designing its initial concept for Tejas’ Mark-2 which now will be classified as Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) and even might get a new name to avoid confusion with the LCA-Tejas Mk1 and Mk1A.  Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has been tasked to upgrade the previous concept of Mark-2 into MWF by end of 2018.

Mark-2 MWF Concept was speculated to break cover at upcoming Aero India 2019 which will begin next month but till now both IAF and ADA has maintained tactical silence on MWF, leading to speculation and confusions if the concept eventually will be unveiled for the first time at India’s premier Airshow exhibition. Continue reading

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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