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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Força Aérea Nacional de Angola (FANA – National Air Force of Angola) which took deliveries of 10 Su-30KN earlier this year and Two in the previous year is keen on the purchasing of Six more Su-30K which were formerly operated by the Indian Air Force.

IAF had procured 18 Su-30K (Su-27UB trainers) from Russia as an interim measure to train its crew to fly much more advanced Su-30MKIs. Due to economical reasons, all 18 older Su-30Ks were returned back and not upgraded to MKI Standards which were later replaced by Su-30MKI by Russia in 2006. Continue reading

SOURCE:  VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to the latest report, Indian Air Force way back in December 2014 for the first time had informed Ministry of Defence (MOD) that development of proposed FGFA based on Russian Pak-fa Platform was not suitable for induction into IAF and had a number of deficiencies that were found were simply not acceptable to the IAF.

News of IAF not being happy with the FGFA Project has been going on for last few years now, but they were also enough media reports which contradicted them and even claimed that project is on verge of final negotiation until earlier this year when Indian MOD officially informed their Russian counterparts that India is finally pulling the plugs on the multibillion-dollar programme to develop and produce a stealth fighter with Russia . Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) offering to manufacture 40 additional Su-30s with the capability to carry BrahMos missiles (ALCM) given the shortfall of IAF fighter squadrons. Sukhoi-30MKI fighter production run is nearing its end and last locally manufactured Su-30 is likely to be delivered by end of 2020.

Out of 32 Squadrons which IAF has, soon 15 Squadrons will be entirely made up of Sukhoi-30MKI fighters with last of the 10 Squadrons of legacy fighters like Mig-21 and Mig-27 to be retired by 2022, IAF is all set to go into a free fall of combat squadron strength for the next 5-7 years before it can revamp itself with the induction of new fighter jets post 2025-27 period . Continue reading

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

According to local media reports, Indian Air Force is actively considering the integration of the European Meteor missiles along with Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) to 83 Tejas MK-1A fighter jets which will soon go into the production.

Meteor missile will be introduced in Indian Air Force when France starts deliveries of the 36 Rafale combat jets from 2019 onwards. India brought European Meteor missiles along with the Rafales after Air Force desired to include the Meteors as part of the weapons package. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO for the first time has confirmed what has been long speculated for last few weeks that, Next version of India’s Indigenously developed fighter jet Tejas MK-2 will be called as Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) and will be a 17.5 ton Beast when compared to punny LCA-Tejas MK1/MK1A Variant which currently is in production.

Super Tejas will be an evolutionary redesign of the Light Combat Aircraft which will see substantial rework on the Main fuselage which will longer to carry more internal fuel along with equipment, Rear fuselage reworked out to accommodate more powerful engine along with major redesigns to the Main, and Nose Landing Gears which will see Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of the aircraft touching 17.5 tonnes which is more then MTOW weight of Mirage-2000 fighter jet (17 ton) which it indents to replace in Indian Air Force . Continue reading

SOURCE : SPUTNIK WITH IDRW INPUTS

A Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of the Indian Air Force reportedly managed to detect the latest Chinese Chengdu J-20 jet fighter, which is supposed to be a top-of-the-line stealth aircraft operated by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), reports Indian Defence Research Wing. According to the outlet, when the new Chinese jets where conducting flight training over Tibet, Indian pilots on Russian-made Su-30MKIs managed to detect and track them from Indian airspace.

“The Sukhoi’s radar can see them. The new Chinese jets are not so invisible after all. No special technology is required to detect the J-20, as it can be detected by ordinary radar stations,” Indian Air Force commander Arup Shaha said. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Earlier this year in January, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) started conducting its regular high altitude combat training exercise at Roof of the World from its Tibetian Airbases facing towards Indian border. Two Week Combat training exercise for the first time saw the deployment of China’s first Stealth aircraft J-20 practicing beyond-visual-range air combat with other frontline fighter aircraft’s like J-10C and Shenyang J-11.

India-centric Air Force training by China was largely seen as their attempts to take control of the skies, which will be pivotal in case of a possible India-China conflict. PLAAF in the recent years was able to convert its forwards bass in Tibet into all whether airbases which allowed them to maintain their presence near Indian border all year along, which lead to Indian counter moves with the deployment of frontline aircraft like Sukhoi-30s and Mig-29s along with an installation of long ranged Radars to monitor their activities . Continue reading

SOURCE:  VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Two Major development of last few days has been that India’s Longest Landbased nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles ” Agni-V” has started the process of operationalizing nuclear-tipped missile into Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which will soon begin a second pre-induction trial of Agni-V soon.

India also has now confirmed that 700km “B05 submarine-launched strategic missile to has been fully operationalized and another long-range submarine-launched nuclear missile K-4 (3500km) to has cleared developmental trials and is now closer to induction. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale recently visited Moscow to meet Russian NSA and foreign minister besides other senior-level officials to discuss a way out amid impending US sanctions on Russian defense firms that might impact supplies to India.

India and Russia are close to sealing a deal for the purchase of S-400 Air Defence System, along with Purchase of four frigates and lease of a Nuclear Attack Submarine which could draw US Sanctions on India if the deal goes through. India and Russia also touched upon stalled Pak-fa 5th generation program at great length. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Navy have agreed to disagree that the whole rational idea of building a Carrier based Naval next-generation stealth fighter, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) first before Airforce variant has been rejected and ADA will continue to build Airforce variant first as per latest media reports.

ADA is simply not buying Navy’s argument that once Naval-AMCA is developed first it will be easier to develop or adapt that into an Airforce variant like emulated by French in their Dassault Rafale programme where Carrier based Dassault Rafale was first to be developed and later based on that an Airforce variant was developed. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

LCA-Tejas Programme is just two flights away from accomplishing 4000 Accident-free test flights in its 17 years long developmental and testing program accomplished with 16 Technology Demonstrator, Prototypes and Limited Series Production aircraft which have been associated with the program from 2001 when first LCA TD-1 made its first flight.

16 Aircraft have helped LCA-Tejas Programme inch closer to the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) which will happen by end of July this year as per media reports. It is also quite an achievement that program never suffered any major accident or any crash. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Saurabh Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NEED FOR MORE POLICE WOMEN

According to studies conducted by different police counties in the United States of America since their introduction to police forces in 1970s, women police personnel are very effective due to lesser reliance on authoritarianism, minimal usage of brawns and better communication with the general populace.

Women police personnel are adept at handling situations without letting violence takeover. According to the Police Foundation, a premier think tank in the United States, women police personnel are relatively calmer and don’t lose their composure easily. In 1974, the Police Foundation in a nationwide survey found that while dealing with violent situations involving inebriated and angry individuals or criminals, women police personnel rarely relied on force. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

On Saturday night, Indian Army’s indigenous Rudra Attack helicopter had a hard landing close to Army helicopter base near Nag Talab, located on Nagaur road due to brownout phenomenon. The helicopter has not suffered much damage in the accident and It is believed that during the course of training at night in dusty conditions suffered in-flight visibility restriction due to dust in the air.

Brownout phenomenon is a situation in which pilot cannot see nearby objects which provide the outside visual references necessary to control the aircraft near the ground. This can cause spatial disorientation and loss of situational awareness leading to an accident. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF’s Sukhoi and Jaguar fighter aircraft, equipped with the potent Brahmos and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, showcased their strategic depth and capabilities to carry out any sort of operations over an entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region recently in Gagan Shakti 2018.

Chinese Navy which has been trying to expand its influence in critical sea lanes around India might have watched India’s seaboard aerial drills were careful because it has a subtle message to the Chinese that any “misadventure” by any adversary will be dealt with strong force and India will continue to keep its Air dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The government of India is giving serious thoughts to a Proposal offered by Mazagon Dock which wants to construct three additional Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy after its French designers agreed to make 14 design changes in the three additional Scorpene-class submarines as asked by Indian Navy.

After Data Breach and also do to the advancement of technology, Indian Navy had proposed 14 changes in their Scorpene submarines which were approved by the Naval Group after consultation with their Engineering team and 14 Changes will be carried out on all existing Six Scorpene order under Project-75 tender in near future but also will be incorporated into Three additional Scorpene submarines if ordered by India . Continue reading