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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

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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)

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

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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 : ABHAY KESARKAR FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

­Pakistan on Monday successful test-fired a new ballistic Surface to Surface missile (SSM) Shaheen-3 capable of carrying nuclear, conventional warheads with a range of 2750 KMs. Shaheen-III according to the range is longest ranged missile developed by Pakistan.

Reaction in Pakistani media was of Euphoria of the new missile, Some News Anchor were seen saying ” India now will be forced to talk to Pakistan now on Kashmir “. Another Retired Military expert was seen saying that ” Now Pakistan can hit whole of India even their Northeastern frontiers, India cannot hide anywhere ” and other Retired military personnel commented. “It’s all a reaction to India, which has now gone even for tests of extra-regional missiles. .?.?. It sends a loud message: If you hurt us, we are going to hurt you back.” Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

After Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., (HAL) was able to save its in-house HTT-40 project to develop light trainer aircraft for Indian Air force, after IAF had repeatedly turned down the project  recently it got a boost when Defence ministry ordered IAF to place orders for HTT-40 to be used in Stage-I training of Pilots.

HAL now fears that IAF which operates Swiss-made Pilatus PC-7 Mark-II in large numbers will not a place a large order to make whole project financially viable, IAF also showed no interest in Armed variant of HTT-40 offered by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). So HAL now plans to offer Armed variant of HTT-40 to Indian Army. HAL sources close to idrw.org have confirmed that HAL wants to develop Armed variant of HTT-40 but refused to confirm if talks are been held with Indian Army. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

‘On-board oxygen generating system’ (OBOGS) developed by DEBEL, an organ of DRDO was recently handed over to DRDO after completing development work on the system and DEBEL is also has started to work on modified OBOGS to be fitted in another fighter aircrafts used by Indian Air force .

Sukhoi-30MKI, Mirgae-2000 and Mig-29 are aircrafts have been selected which will get crucial ‘integrated life support system’ (ILSS) system like OBOGS Ingeniously developed in India next. Continue reading