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Air Force Chief reference of ” Rafale Class ” contradicts what Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi that IAF is willing to go for LCA-Tejas instead of 114 jets under a tender for foreign fighter jet manufactures specific reference to the Dassault Rafale under Make in India initiate also confirms that Rafale is still the front runner and IAF is not willing to substitute Rafale purchase with locally developed LCA-Tejas Mk1A and Mk2 platforms.

Earlier this year, the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault was in talks to buy out the stake of its partner Reliance in their joint-venture Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL). Reliance Infrastructure which holds the majority shares of 51:49 in JV and Dassault wanted to buy 100 percent ownership of DRAL, as is permissible under Indian regulations. Continue reading

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Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to procure approximately 36 x High Mobility Vehicle 8×8 GS (Prime Mover for Trailer 70 Ton Tank Transporter) and Request For Information (RFI) to procure a vehicle to be used for transportation of Trailer 70 Ton Tank Transporter loaded with medium, heavy tanks weighing up to 70 Tons on metalled roads and tracks. 

As per RFI the vehicle should be provided with 8×8 drive and is capable of operating as a General Service High Mobility load carrier with a payload capacity of not less than 12 Tons in plains, deserts and cross country conditions prevalent in the country within a temperature range of 0 0C to 450C. The platform should facilitate modification for other uses including troop carriage, containerization, and specialist roles. Continue reading

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Artillery guns have been put in a Negative list of items banned from imports recently by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which comes as a huge boost for the Indian Private defense industry where Army had the requirement for 1,580 towed guns and the majority of the systems might eventually be manufactured locally by major Private contractors like Bharat Forge and Tata Defence which has co-developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) with India’s State-owned DRDO.

Negative List will impact Israel’s Elbit Systems which had won a tender to deliver its ATHOS (Autonomous Towed Howitzer Ordnance System) 2052 to the Indian Army, in a deal estimated at over $1 Billion for 400 guns to meet Indian Army’s 155 mm/52 caliber towed artillery gun requirement, which now might go solely to the ATAGS developed locally in India. Continue reading

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Statement made by Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat that IAF is ready to accept additional Tejas over MMRCA 2 Tender for 114 units of fighter jets of foreign make has gone without any clarification coming out of Indian Air Force (IAF) on this regard but a senior ranking serving officer speaking to idrw.org has said that present virus and economic situation makes it difficult to push for procurement of foreign fighter jet but it is still hopeful that they will be allowed since the original plan of things already had ” Make in India ” factored in and these jets were supposed to be made in India.

While IAF’s Top Brass is tig lipped about it, idrw.org was informed that deal for 83 Tejas Mk1A is just a formality now and can happen in coming weeks but IAF has no plans to order more of the upgraded Tejas MK1A as a supplement to the MMRCA jets since both were planned with different roles in the air force and are from different weight category as MMRCA 2 tender was not about Mig-21 replacement it was always about strengthening the mid-tier category of fighter jet fleet in the Air force. Continue reading

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In 2015, the Indian Navy decided it wants a twin-engine platform for its deck-based operations, the current single-engine configuration of the N-LCA Mk1 which has been used as a Tech demonstrator for the NLCA Mk-2 program was dropped after Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) had completed design works on the Mk2 with improved payload and fuel carrying capacity and with 3 tonnes more Take off weight than the Mk1.

Change of heart from single-engine to twin-engine configuration for indigenous carrier-based fighter jet meant that Navy asked ADA to carry out feasibility studies to work on developing a Carrier-based fighter jet from the proposed 5th Generation AMCA program for the Indian Air Force (IAF), as told ADA did submit its reports to the Naval Head Quarters with a significant warning for converting current AMCA design into a Naval fighter jet. Continue reading

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Boeing 707-337C SIGINT platform used by Aviation Research Centre (ARC) the airborne wing of R&AW and flown and maintained by the Indian Air force (IAF) was found flying over Pakistani airspace on popular real-time and world’s most popular flight tracker application called ” Flightradar24 ” most likely due to a technical glitch.

Flightpath of IAF’s Boeing 707-337C SIGINT over Pakistani air space was posted and flagged on Twitter by some in the Indian OSNIT community members which use the Flightradar24 app for regular monitoring of the flights of AWACS, Transport, VVIP and SIGINT platform used by IAF and Pakistan Air force on both sides of the border.

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Unnamed Nuclear submarine which goes by Project name ” S4″ will be launched as per schedule launch window later this year amid the Chinese virus pandemic situation in the country but at the secret facility where they were under construction work continued with a smaller workforce and it will begin again now with full force soon after easing of restrictions in the area.

INS Arighat which is a sister class ship of INS Arihant has been in the sea for time being and crew have been in self quarantined to avoid the spread of the virus in the nuclear submarine. INS Arighat is set to be inducted into the Navy after carrying out extensive trials of the submarine at the port and in the deep sea for the last two years. Continue reading

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With clear orders from the Prime Minister Office, Armed forces have been told to cut import of foreign defense equipment amid slowing economy due to the Chinese virus pandemic and prefer procurement of local Indian substitute. According to sources close to idrw.org, procurement of NASAMS II from the United States soon will be put on the backburner and likely to be shelved indefinitely for the time being

US state department had notified its Congress of the impending sale of NASAMS II multi-layered air defense shield earlier this year for $1.86 billion. Delhi had called for price negotiation after it was found to be too expensive to procure. Defense analysts had called out New Delhi for ignoring indigenous products for the imported system due to alleged mounting pressure on India to consider their procurement to avoid sanctions after New Delhi went ahead to ink the $5.43 billion deal with Russia for five squadrons of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2018. Continue reading

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A Strike package of 24 jets come close to the Line of Control (LOC) fired their error-prone 1st Generation precision-guided munition and make a run for it when confronted without being engaged by the Indian Army’s air defense missile system (ADS) which were posted in the vicinity but did not fire at the aircraft thus giving Pakistan Air Force enough time to back off and head home to fight another day. Indian Army’s Air defense missile system (ADS) is allowed to engage aerial targets only if IAF gives clearance or the target has intruded deep into Indian Air Force and has been confirmed to be a hostile aircraft. Firing protocols in place to prevent accidental drowning of enemy aircraft at LOC by mistake thus faring tension in the region.

Army’s Foot soldiers who are usually armed with Man-portable Igla Air defense system claim that many times enemy aircraft come close to LOC and go back and in some rare instances when they do cross the invisible line but by the time it’s confirmed and firing permissions come after approval from IAF, this jet is back in their airspace. Continue reading

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Defense Research and Development Organisation had proposed the Ministry of Defence (MOD) sometimes back to allow it to initiate a new afterburning turbofan project which will be a successor to the Kaveri engine program and asked for new funding after Kaveri engine program was terminated after thrust requirements for the LCA-Tejas program had changed and the engine failed to meet its Technical thrust requirements said an industry source close to idrw.org.

New Engine was to be designed to meet the power requirements of India’s 5th Generation fighter jet program after repeated attempts to get core technology for the program from a joint venture with a foreign partner failed to get any desired results. The proposed engine could be a clean slate design and will not borrow core and other technology from the now-closed Kaveri engine program but MOD wanted DRDO to prove that it can design and complete smaller projects first and in the process also develop next-generation technology for the engine. Continue reading

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With Bernie Sanders presidential campaign ” Berned out ” after US Democratic Party started working in favor of rival Joe Biden for president which many in India see has a shift from hardline leftist/Islamic driven agenda back to neutral by the Democratic Party which was in a way had been hijacked by Bernie Sanders Congresswoman like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar which have been coming hard at traditional allies of United States which pushed many traditional democratic voters towards President Donald Trump camp who is looking forward for its second presidency later this year.

Omar and Tlaib who went out of the party lines have been hard critics of democratically elected leaders world over while staying mum over dictators in the Middle East and China, which worked well with the some of the left-leaning media houses in the country but not so well with the traditional democratic voters of the Democratic Party. Continue reading

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Indigenous On-Board Oxygen Generating System (OBOGS) Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Tejas Mk2 program now will be used to fight the Chinese Virus affected Patients as DRDO has now proposed to use them as oxygen generation plant for Critically ill Patients.

DRDO believes that the modified OBOGS system developed to produces oxygen inside the aircraft can be used to refill an Oxygen Gas Cylinder in Hospitals for patients who are in critical care units. Continue reading

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AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile on a P-8A Poseidon at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida

Armed with just lightweight air-launched Mk 54 torpedoes and Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, India’s P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft fleet being built and integrated by Boeing in future will get major offensive firepower as it plans to get an air-launched variant of Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile (LRLACM) developed by India based on India’s first home-grown subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, integrated into the platform if it gets clearance after conducting feasibility studies.

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is developing an air-launched variant of LRLACM with sea-skimming capabilities both for the Air force and Navy. LRLACM with a range of over 1000 km has been planned for both Air force and Naval Aircrafts. Indian Navy will be getting four additional P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft in May and has been cleared to procure Six more at a later stage which will take the total fleet to 18. Continue reading

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Israeli developed Python-5 Withing visual range (WVR) air to air missile was denied clearance to be fired from LCA-Tejas even after successful integration since it failed to clear captive flight vibration stress trials and still now waits pending firing trials. Python-5 WVR was supposed to compliment with the Derby BVR missile to engage and destroy a wide spectrum of threats such as attack aircraft, bombers, cruise missiles UAVs and UCAVs and standoff weapons.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems officials down in India were informed about the decision to keep the firing trials pending and were also given measurement data of the captive flight vibration stress trials for rectification. Continue reading

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching several types of swarm drone technology that could be used on the battlefield and According to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord, one particular program has impressed Indian air force (IAF) due to which both the United States and India have discussed collaborating on such efforts to build a relatively low-cost unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a “mother ship” transport aircraft like C-130J which IAF already has in its fleet and then be recovered by the same mother ship after their mission is complete.

IAF also wants to include other “mother ship” transport aircraft like its C-17 fleet as well and primarily talks were held last year between two government officials about collaboration with US Air Force Research Laboratory and India’s Defence Research and Development Organization and further talks will likely be held later this year to work on the technicality of the proposed joint venture. Continue reading