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SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Shiv aroor a Prominent journalist in his recent tweet confirmed that Russia indeed has offered Sukhoi-35 to India in case negotiation with France to purchase Dassault made Rafale fails to materialise before deadline. While he was able to confirm Russia’s offer but still there is no clarity about recent comments made by Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov that India and Russia have agreed to jointly build 5th-generation fighter aircraft based on Su-35.

Deal or no deal on purchase of Rafale, Induction of additional air superiority aircrafts will not be easy for Indian air force since they will not be able to fill the gap left by failure to procure aircrafts under MMRCA requirements, which had asked for multi-role capable aircrafts. Indian air force chief in recently concluded Aero India air show made it clear that he want MMRCA aircrafts and it doesn’t have to be Rafale but certainly not additional Su-30 aircrafts. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said few months back that if Rafale deal doesn’t materialise there is always option to go for an upgraded Su-30 aircraft which can fulfill the requirements of Indian air force, what he basically meant was that Sukhoi-30 can be further optimized in its strike capability. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

INS Sindhukirti undocked after refit but yet not delivered to India navy even after 9 years 

Indian Navy in its recommendation to Ministry of defence (MOD) has asked to avoid giving any orders to State-owned Mazagon Docks for local construction of new Conventional submarines under Project-75I.

Recommendation highlights major mistrust between Indian navy and Countries only State-owned Shipyards with any experience in building submarines in India. Experts say recommendation by India navy will not be easy to be ignored by MOD. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Andrey Marshankin, Regional director of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said that Indian Airforce (IAF) is still keen on developing a Twin-Seat Configuration of FGFA, while it will also Induct single-seat FGFA variant and have not dropped plans to Procure Twin-Seat Configuration of FGFA as reported earlier by certain section of media .

Russian Air force don’t have such requirements and Russia had informed Indian officials that development will require major modification to keep airframe effectively Stealth which would drive up cost considerably to tune of $ 1 Billion as well as delay the programme . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Responding to a 2010 RFI ( Request for Information ) issued by Indian navy Northrop Grumman had offered it’s all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft for Indian navies requirement.

Northrop Grumman confirmed to idrw.org that offer still stands and they are keen to work with India Navy. India has a vast coastline which needs better Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability and E-2D is only aircraft which has been designed to meet demanding environment of carrier operations said company official. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed Parliamentarians recently that ” “The ball is in France’s court, and Dassault have to confirm if they agree to our terms since India will Stick to RFP Clauses and have refused to compromise on terms and conditions .

While Indian Air force repeatedly has told Ministry of Defence and Defense minister that they have “No Plan B ” if MMRCA deal collapses, without Such backup plans given by IAF, Parrikar is already working on his own Plan B according to officials. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Indian Air Force which recently took delivery of first LCA SP-1 aircraft has asked to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which is Production agency for LCA-Tejas fighter jet to up production rate of Tejas MK-1 and start early delivery of aircrafts from the original schedule.

IAF had asked HAL to up-rate and hit the Production rate of 16 aircrafts from 2016 on wards then agreed 2017 timeline so that first Tejas Mk 1 squadrons of 20 aircrafts are ready by end of 2016 and Second Tejas Mk 1 squadrons is ready by mid-2018 . Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India’s first and longest-range subsonic cruise missile “Nirbhay” is all set for Crucial 3rd Missile test where missile will fly in low-altitu­de mode next month.

DRDO has scheduled a launch window for mid next month for possible test of Nirbhay cruise missile. Nirbhay was first test fired on 12 March 2013, but first test was declared Partial success due to an abnormality in Navigation system of the missile which lead to missile been destroyed in mid-flight. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Partially lifted Ban imposed on Czech-built Tatra trucks, but now it emerges that it will only be cleared to supply spares to existing 7500 trucks operated by Indian Armed forces and No New orders will be placed for purchase of Tatra trucks . Major Make in India effort to replace this trucks with locally developed Indigenous Trucks by Tata and Ashok Leyland will be now be pursued aggressively.

Mr Bhat who handles Tata Commercial Truck business in Goa speaking to idrw.org said that for last 30 years Indian armed forces preferred Imported Tatra trucks and there was no effort made to carry out local development of trucks by Private players in India due to lack of technology and also due to lack of Interest from the government . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

French Rafale F3 shown carrying an ASMP-A ( Nuclear capable Cruise missiles ) in the center of the aircraft.

According to latest media, reports 24 Rafale fighter jets to be supplied to Egypt by France will not be able to carry Nukes. Reports say that undercarriage will be modified in Rafale jets which will make them unable to carry nukes.

Aircraft will also be supplied minus NATO standard communications systems since Egypt is not part of NATO alliance. When idrw.org asked Defence expert Vinayak Shetty if Rafale supplied to India will be Nuke Capable. Continue reading

SOURCE : Saurav Chordia / IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Another Real time artistic impression of the ADA , HAL’s AMCA 5th generation fighter jet concept done by 3D Artist Saurav Chordia exclusively to idrw.org. Pair of AMCA with Standard Paint Scheme of Indian Air Force is almost  close to the actual Prototype models . Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar talking on the sideline of India today conclave 2015 said that he was not happy with Armed forces repeatedly changing requirements in the weapons systems currently been developed by various Public sector units, he also said that he has ensured that no more last minutes changes will be entertained hence forth once staff requirement has been defined . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

The government of India recently shortlisted Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company which can compete with Public sector companies to build 6 AIP equipped Conventional Diesel Submarines under Project 75i for Indian Navy.

Reliance Infrastructure which belongs to Anil Ambani recently brought stake in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering just before the government announced that Pipavav Shipyards have been shortlisted. According to sources close to idrw.org both Private shipyards for the first time will be awarded to built 1 submarines each and four submarines will be awarded to PSU shipyards owned by Ministry of Defence. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

BrahMos Mini is official been dubbed as BrahMos NG (Next generation ) Since Air force, Army, and Navy all are now on-board new missile system project and have agreed to fund and Purchase new lighter Brahmos missile systems.

BrahMos Corporation (BA) in the initial stage wanted to develop BrahMos Mini for Air force so that other fighter aircraft like Mig-29 and Sukhoi-30 could be integrated with the new missile, without carrying out heavy modifications but Army and Navy have expressed their willingness to be part of BrahMos NG (Next generation ) Project which will eventually replace older BrahMos in next decade or so . Continue reading

SOURCE :  Ranesh Rajan  FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Artist impression of Naval LCA MK-2 taking off from INS Vikramaditya 

What made Indian air force demand development of MK-2 variant of Lca-Tejas? Was it shortfall in performance of Tejas MK-1 ? or MK-1 failed to meet Air Staff Requirement (ASR) issued by IAF ? are some of the questions which Indian air force has failed to answer over the years which has lead to many speculations and counter speculations on performance of Tejas MK-1.

IAF has placed orders for 40 Tejas MK-1 variant, ADA and HAL also have developed 2 Technology Demonstrators (TD), 5 Prototype Vehicles (PV), Plus orders of 8 Limited Series Production (LSP) aircraft has been executed, but the aircrafts will remain for certifications with developing agencies . according to late Air Commodore (Ret) Parvez Hamilton Khokha who was also Project director for LCA at ADA Performance of MK-1 exceeded Original ASR issued by IAF, according to him who has been credited with flying more than 62 types of aircrafts , Said MK-1 is even better then Mirage-2000 operated by IAF . So why is IAF is still adamant for Tejas MK-2? Continue reading

SOURCE: Pranav D Sharma /  FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) is often described as a demonic law by the human rights activists and agencies. They refer to the clauses of this law as a gross violation of one’s fundamental right of freedom and justice. AFSPA is always debated in a negative light but never from a soldier’s perspective, who is the true stake holder in this case and finds his hands strengthened, all for a good reason.

The AFSPA gives unprecedented powers to security forces which can become both, a boon for a foot soldier and a curse for a common Kashmiri civilian. There are reports about the repeated violations of this law and misuse of its clauses resulting in fake encounters and killing of innocent civilians at times. Continue reading

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