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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Sumedhanand Saraswati in Lok Sabha informed Parliamentarians that Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) which is a joint Design and Development (D&D) programme between India and Russia is still stuck and R&D Contract has not been finalised yet.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from Indian side and M/s Rosboronexport from the Russian side signed the Preliminary Design Contract on 21st December 2010. The Preliminary Design phase of the project has been completed by June, 2013. Under the Preliminary Design Contract, the expenditure committed so far, is Rs. 1,418.91 crore. Continue reading

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

Defense minister Manohar Parrikar has confirmed that Process to make Changes and introduce a revamped Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) by July this year which will suit Prime minister Narender Modi’s ” Make in India” concept has begun .

India which has a dubious distinction of been world largest importer of weapons, currently manufactures only 40 % of its weapons locally and is depended on imports to meet 60 % of its requirements. Modi Government after taking over charge permitted 49% of FDI in the defence sector and in some cases up to 100 %. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) developed India’s first Long range Sub-sonic cruise missiles after making a flawless test flight last year from a Truck based Mobile launcher is all set to expand its launch platforms in future.

Nirbhay which means fearless will be operated by Tri services of the Indian armed forces opening up multiple tactical options for military operations in foreseeable future. 8-metre long-range cruise missile (LCAM) developed on the operational profile of American Tomahawk and Russian kH-55 cruise missiles will be part of larger Sub-sonic cruise missile family designed to be operationalised from multiple launch platforms. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Government of India is all set to review defence procurement procedure for the Indian armed forces. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar already has asked Armed forces to exercise financial prudence and the services should optimise all available resources.

Government and Indian air force are working on a long-term integrated perspective plan which “ought to encompass 25 years which includes more Indigenisation and also select more private players to create Competitive enviroment in Indian Aerospace Business. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to lay the groundwork for the negotiations for the formal purchase of Rafale fighter jets from French firm Dassault during his India visit next week.

But the signing of a formal contract will not happen just yet, India air force has asked for trainer variants of Rafale fighter jets to be included into 36 fighter jets ordered by PM Modi so that it can be used for Pilot training for unit conversion. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) fought hard with Indian air force and Ministry of defence (MOD) to Save Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft project from been dropped in favor of imported Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircrafts which are already used by Indian air force as a Basic trainer aircraft (BTA) to provide basic training at Air Force Academy (AFA).

But going by past record of HAL and the mess Indian air force is in due to delays in Intermediate jet trainer (IJT) project which already has missed Seven Internal deadlines and failed to get Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) last year, DAC on request of Indian air force will now appoint a Ministry of defence (MOD) Committee which closely monitor the project and will report all progress to Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

“Buzz around Indian Air force personnel is that FGFA’s technical specification might be downgraded ” Said Journalist while speaking to idrw.org who didn’t want to be named. Facing continuing deadlock over R&D draft with Russia over the development of stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) which will be based on Sukhoi’s T-50 Stealth aircraft.

India is planning to take Sukhoi-30MKI route in development of FGFA which will be developed as per IAF requirements over the years and technology required by IAF will be sourced from existing suppliers which thus will reduce R&D draft contract which stands at 11$ Billion Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Indian air force request to procure Second hand French Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft has been cleared. Aircraft will be supplied by French Armée de l’Air (Airforce ) from their Reserve and will replace Mirage-2000TH trainer which had crashed in 2012.

IAF operated 10 Mirage-2000TH trainer aircrafts, but in 2012 IAF lost Two Mirage-2000s in accidents and both aircrafts were trainer variants. now down to 8 trainers IAF had made a request to Ministry of Defense to buy 2 Mirage-2000TH trainer aircrafts as Attrition replacement but the purchase of only one has been cleared by MOD. Continue reading

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

Moscow has agreed to sell China six battalions of the state-of-the-art S-400 missile system. While Chinese media has been propagating that new missile systems will enhance its air defense capability against the United States and its allies in the Western Pacific (Japan).

Indian media or Armed forces are yet to make any threat assessment of S-400 missile system sale to china and how it could create a regional imbalance in south Asia. Missile sale will still pose a serious threat to Indian Air Space not the only in the northeast but the also in the western sector. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a Press Release informed that he has initiated Quality Audit of eight factories which will be undertaken by a globally reputed firm to improve upon the existing processes and attain Zero Defect production system. of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

According to Ministry of defence, (MOD) Press Release ‘Ghatak’ assault rifle (7.62X39mm) developed by Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) has been cleared by Paramilitary forces. ‘Ghatak’ assault rifle (AR) has met all the technical parameters of General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQRs) issued by Paramilitary forces which fall under Ministry of Home affairs. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Sitanshu Kar Spokesperson for Ministry of Defence (MOD) has tweeted and confirmed that Homegrown 155mm 45 Caliber Artillery Gun Dhanush has met all tech parameters in Winter and Summer Trials. desi Bofors howitzer completed its final round of user trials in Pokhran field firing ranges after successful winter trials in the mountains of Sikkim.

Earlier last year Indian army has placed a part order with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to make 20 pieces of these howitzers which will be followed by bulk order of more than 100 guns which now will be placed since it has cleared final rounds of user trials now . Indian Army final order might be of more than 400 guns and OFB can produce 100 guns every year after guns are cleared for production. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted that “One C-130J Super hercules aircraft of IAF has just taken off from Hindon with NDRF teams for Kathmandu”. He said after dropping the NDRF team, C-130J will perform an aerial recee to check road communication to Pokhara and return to Hindon.

An IL-76 a/c of IAF will leave at 1800 hr for Kathmandu from Bhatinda carrying NDRF teams.One C-17 Globemaster III will fly later this A/N from Hindan to Kathmandu carrying Rapid Reaction Aero-Medical Team. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to P Nagarajan in Lok Sabha today informed Parliamentarians that Government of India has delivered three Cheetal Helicopters with allied equipment and spares to the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on the agreement with the Ministry of External Affairs. Continue reading

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