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

While India’s requirement for 100 Single-engined Fighter jet seems to be already in American kitty due to lack of competition from Russians and other Western Countries But India’s requirement for Twin-engined is likely to see the fiercest competition of them all due to active lobbying from many companies.

While Russians are confident that there upgraded Mig-35 which is much more potent then the Mig-35 which was evaluated by India under MMRCA Tender will get them past the competition but it is also a fact that Russian bagging the deal is also quite dime due to India’s obsession with Western fighter aircraft and strong competition by other contenders . Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A Brewing standoff between the Iranian government and Iranian military over Pakistan on its stand on covert support to militant group Jaish-al-Adl which have been attacking Iranian border guards and other military forces in alleged cross-border raids with the eastern border with Pakistan can be sensed by statements made by Iranian commander Mohammad Baqeri after Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month.

Iranian Military has increased frequency of its surveillance in the region and has deployed Iranian spy drone for months now. Iran has been violating Pakistani air space from March according to Pakistani media reports in its attempts to keep track of militants on the other side of the border. Continue reading

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

Defence minister Arun Jaitley has returned from Russia after having a successful one-to-one meeting with key officials from Russian Military complex leading to fast tracking of pending military deals with the Russia.

Helicopter, Frigate and S-400 Negotiation will be fast tracked and will be concluded within next few months said several media reports but it seems no breakthrough was achieved in long pending negotiation for the development of 5th Generation fighter jet which was to be carried out by India and Russia. Continue reading

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

With the addition of P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft in Indian Navy a few years back, India has been trying put together complete backup support ecosystem for its P-8I aircraft’s which will ensure that Indian Ocean region (IOR) always remains its backyard.

Recent Principal approval given by US State Department for sale of state of the art multi-mission maritime patrol Predator Guardian UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from General Atomics to Indian Navy is positive step to strengthen India’s maritime reconnaissance capabilities but India is not done yet and may push for last missing jigsaw piece which is high altitude, long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Media reports indicate that F-16 deal might be announced when Indian Prime Minister Narinder Modi and US President Donald Trump will meet face to face in Washington later this week. India needs over 300 + Fighter jet which can replace it’s soon to be retired Mig-21 and Mig-27 fighter jets by 2019. A Certain section of the Indian media has been critical that Lockheed Martin is dumping nearly 40 years ago developed F-16 on India.

Many arguments put forward by the critics are absolutely right But it is also a fact that F-16 in Indian Air Force is more of a number maker in the air force to fill the void left behind by premature retirement of nearly 150+ Mig-27s due to engine troubles. F-16 will be the second line of fighters which will supplement Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas which will come handy in a two-front war for which Indian Air Force has been modernised for. Continue reading

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

In Indo-Pak 1971 War, Pakistani Navy was nearly inoperable from its main port of Karachi due to onslaught of tactical offensive which was unleashed by Indian Navy when 245-tonne Soviet-designed Osa class missile boats carrying P-15 Termit (SS-N-2 Styx) AShM (Anti-Ship Missile) destroyed fuel and military supply facilities on Naval Base that for decades after the war smaller Navy around the world made beeline in Indian Naval Headquarters to study naval strategic adopted during the operations .

Since then Smaller missile boats have only become deadlier with the adoption of improved AShM Weapons over the years and Pocket Battleships which they are called are still a major part of the offensive capabilities of any modern naval warfare today in smaller navies but also in Larger Navies. India’s Proposed Next Generation missile boats are just going to become deadlier to keep regional rival Warships on their toes. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Tata Advanced Systems Limited-Lockheed Martin deal to Make F-16 in India and also make India Global Spares hub for nearly 3000 Operational F-16s around the world has put many Indian and Pakistanis in a peculiar situation, Will Made in India parts be supplied to Pakistani F-16 fleet? Can India create a scarcity of F-16s spares to cripple Pakistani F-16 fleet? Well, Let me Explain.

First inducted in 1983, Pakistani Air Force in service has 76 First F-16 Fighting Falcon, out of which 18 are of Block 52+ Standard, while others are older F-16A which have received Mid-Life Update (MLU) over the years. F-16 from 80’s have been front-line and also most advanced fighter jet in PAF’s Fleet and also heavily counted on to take on IAF’s Sukhoi-30 and Mig-29SMT. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Approved by Obama administration, Blocked by current Trump administration, Proposal of Lockheed Martin plans to produce the F-16 Block 70 Falcon in India, after relocating its entire assembly line from its Texas plant to India had become make or break in Indo-Us defence relationship to move forward but with Tata group and Lockheed Martin agreements at the Paris finally there seems to have overcome Trump factor .

President Donald Trump’s America first Policy and his move to save American jobs blocking American companies moving abroad could have the first casualty in India if Lockheed Martin proposal was rejected, Lockheed Martin, on the other hand, was also under a lot of pressure to lower its prices and fix nagging issues with its F-35 jets . Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Earlier this year, At Aero India idrw.org, was first to report on Scale model of the Hindustan Turbo-Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200 Rotary engines for Helicopters displayed at the event. as per latest information provided by the Industrial sources to idrw.org, HAL has started assembly of the first engine to begin ground trials.

Metal cutting had begun for HTSE-1200 in FY2016-17 and now the assembly of the engine followed by initial ground runs will be done in next few months. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

With Saab responding to Indian Navy issued, formal request for information (RFI) for 57 Multi-role Carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) with an offer of Sea Gripen carrier-based fighter, ADA official close to idrw.org has confirmed that development and testing time required for SAAB on Sea Gripen will be same for LCA Navy MK2 to become reality.

LCA Navy MK2 is still going through design optimisation and final design might be frozen by 2018 and a full-scale mockup of the LCA Navy MK2 will be ready by 2018 said ADA official. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK

While Major Aerospace companies will again hog the spotlight at the Paris Air Show, But India’s Major Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) too has put up stalls to promote export of many of its products to many potential buyers.

HAL at Paris Air Show can be found at Chalet 128 and will display models of LCA-Tejas, BAE-Hawk and of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) according to Industrial sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

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

While Indian Government is working out formalities to select which Public-Private Shipyards will build next Six Next Generation Stealth Submarines, Indian Navy is busy drafting Request for Information and Request for a proposal which will layout detail technical requirements Indian Navy would like it Project-75I Submarines it could like to have.

Media reports hints that Indian Navy may ask for submarines which have higher submerged displacement then current Project-75 Kalvari-Class Submarines which will enhance its weapons carrying capacity and its range considerably, India requesting Japan to field its 4,000-tonne S?ry?-class submarines was the first hint that Indian Navy may ask for larger submarines under Project-75I. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

SAAB’s after facing months of delays due to software developments was finally able to carry out much awaited maiden flight trials of the upgraded Next Generation Gripen-E fighter jet which also in one of two participating in the India’s Single-engined fighter jet competition to supply 90-120 Made in Indian fighter jets to Indian Air Force.

Last Week Indian Air Force had confirmed that Two Participating contenders which are Lockheed Martin with F-16 Block 70 and Saab with Gripen-E will be re-evaluated again in technical areas under which they had scored poorly under MMRCA Technical evaluation rounds. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force later this year for the first time its history will be visiting Jewish country for to participate in multinational exercise air combat exercise dubbed ‘Blue Flag’. As per media reports, Blue Flag for the first time will see the participation of 7 countries which includes the US, France and Germany.

IAF’s Sukhoi-Su-30MKI 4++ Generation fighter jet which is counted among the best in the world against whom many Western air force pilots like to train up close might be making its debut in Israel for the first time, Israeli Air Force which earlier this year took deliveries of 5 F-35 Adir might give participating air force officials peek into its latest fighter jet in its arsenal . Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

An internal rift between Pakistani Government and the opposition finally spill the beans on Pakistani Army’s well-kept secret of burying its dead in not so transparent manners and not disclosing casualty to its own Parliamentarians to keep the morale of its troops high against India.

Recent flame of tension near Line of control with India has allowed the situation to reach 2003 pre-crease fire agreement era. Indian Army which has been targeting Pakistani army bunkers and other infrastructures with heavy firepower have been reporting heavy casualty in Pakistani Army camps quite frequently but the Inter-Services Public Relations which is the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces have been refuting Indian Claims of Pakistani casualties. Continue reading