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

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for past few years has been carrying out high altitude trails of a mystery tank which was described as a new light tank, last year in an arms exhibition for the first time Beijing officially acknowledged and showcased Xinqingtan light tank to the world.

The 35-tonne Xinqingtan tank which comes with a 105mm main gun and a 12.7-millimeter machine gun. Powered by a 1,000 hp 8V150-type engine which has been fine-tuned to operate at high altitude where there is an issue of lack of Air and while the tank comes with basic Armour and crew protection which cannot MKII as world class in any way. Continue reading

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

Amid a crowd of media articles penned down by paid journalist with a vested interest, lack of limelight given to India’s local development of LCA-Tejas Mk II which was supposed to replace a large bulk of Mig series of fighter aircraft in India is missing and this is not a good for the project since many vested individuals do want  Mk II scraped to promote single engine import fighter jets like F-16 and Gripen E .

DRDO already has lost the support of Indian Navy on the development of carrier-based LCA-Navy  Mk II and Navy is now more interested in the development of Naval AMCA 5th generation fighter aircraft and has vocally opposed any need for LCA-Navy MK1 in its current avatar or its proposed LCA-Navy  Mk II variant. Continue reading

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

Lot has been written and said in Indian media on how the delivery of Armed Heron TP Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel will bring in a considerable jump in a long overdue capability for Indian air force which has been Long overdue.

Armed drones have been hogging limelight from Syria to Afghanistan and have been used in many operations where key leaders of Al Qaeda and Taliban have been killed. For many Armed drones is like deploying special forces units behind the enemy lines with much lesser risks and without the need to of intervention from manned fighter jets but in Indian context armed drones especially like Heron TP are of limited utility. Continue reading

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

Former chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) R K Tyagi, speaking at Make in India Awards 2017 said that recent deal between Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin to manufacture F-16 fighter jets in India if it wins a contract from Indian government then it should also have Transfer of Intellectual property rights not just Transfer of technology and Country should look for then what India received from Russia for India’s front line Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.

Tyagi said that F-16 deal with Private Indian defence partner should be not limited to just Transfer of technology but also should involve mastering of technology along with Intellectual property rights which will allow modification or enchantment of technology without OEM Permission in future. Continue reading

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

India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the indigenously designed Unnamed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) for the second time within a month, clearly indicating speedy developmental trial of the missile been implemented which was developed in fast track mode.

DRDO-designed QR-SAM missile uses solid fuel propellant and has a stated range of strike range of 25-30 km. Truck-mounted canister makes the missile system increase the mobility of the missile system ten fold over Akash Air Defence System and there are also many other factors which hint that QR-SAM missile will be game changer missile system for Indian Armed forces and will be bigger Success then Akash Air Defence System. Continue reading

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

It, not a hidden fact that China has been arming and abetting Pakistan’s Proxy War against India for nearly three decades now which as per China’s Military Hybrid War Strategic is to weaken India without firing a single bullet from its side and still be able to sustain its territorial ambition or land grab in the region with impunity without facing no resistance .

China has provided Pakistan with Nuclear technology, missile system and pretty soon second-strike nuclear capabilities with recent submarine deal with Pakistan. China has been systematically investing in Pakistani Military arsenal for more than Five decades now for a reason to use Pakistani Military against India so that its military goes unchallenged in the region and clear its path to raise as Global power without firing a shot. Continue reading

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

In March this year, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian authorised development of new Rafale F4 Standard which will be ready by early 2023 and will go into production by 2025 as per French media reports. F4 Standard is further development of F3-R Standard and India and France reportedly are in discussion in implementing F4 Standard when it is ready after 2023.

Indian air force will be getting Customised F3-R Standard which is scheduled for qualification only in 2018. India has asked for integration of Indian and Isreali developed Weapons and systems in their Dassault Rafale F3-R when it will commence deliveries in 2019 onwards. Continue reading

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

According to an Israeli media report, India and Israel have reached an agreement over joint collaboration of sorts to develop series of Non-lethal weapons which can be used for crowd control systems which can be used to dispense large gathering of crowds in a riot like situations.

Non-lethal weapons like Pellet Gun which were widely used in against Kashmiri stone pelters in Kashmir last year, lead to wide-scale condemnation from Indian liberal media brigade as well as from large section of International Media dominated by Liberals in the west, some Israeli media suggests that one of the Non-lethal weapons suggested for crowd control is there Skunk (weapon). Continue reading

SOURCE: ARUSH SINGH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently, Lockheed and Tata Advanced Systems signed an agreement to manufacture F 16 Block 70 in India if it wins the single engine fighter tender. India will get the latest F 16 version and will maintain the supply chain for the F-16s all around the globe. Sounds amazing? But It is not so. F 16 is slightly upgraded version of F-16 Block 52 which Pakistan operates for years. Pakistan will always have the basic know how of an F-16 much better than IAF in a combat.

Apart from that, Block 70 is the upper limit of the old F-16 air frame, beyond this India cannot upgrade the F 16 significantly. Even though, US calls it an unprecedented offer, India is likely to reject it, and if it rejects what are the options available for the IAF. Let us discuss. Continue reading

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

ASMPA AIR-TO-GROUND MISSILE IN CENTRAL PYLON 

Modi government order for just 36 Dassault Rafale jet left many in India’s defence circles with a puzzled look on their face, Why acquire such a small fleet of Dassault Rafale which will be not enough to be considered a formidable force to reckon with in a battle? , while Indian air force protested silently while MMRCA tender for 126 aircraft was scrapped.

But a recent report by French media might throw some light on the contract and purpose for such a small order. According to the report, India does have an option for another 18 aircraft in the original contract which if executed as follow on orders will see the formation of 3 Dassault Rafale Squadrons in IAF. Continue reading

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

Recent media reports say that a Senior Test Pilots of Indian Air Force hit out at Modi government on India flirting with ideas to procure either F-16 and Gripen-E of which both had failed under MMRCA technical trials hints at discord in Indian Air Force regarding the purchase of Single-engine fighter jet tender.

Unnamed Senior Test Pilot of Indian Air Force who was part of Original MMRCA technical trials where both F-16IN and Gripen NG failed miserable called F-16 as Obsolete in terms of technology and growth potential of the air frame already has reached its peak a decade back and current offer of ” Block 70 ” is just glorified Block 50/52 Air frame with Block 60 Techs. Continue reading

SOURCE: Yash V. Todi / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The US-India bonhomie is on the rise with the F-16 manufacturing deal between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Lockheed Martin followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the US under the present Trump administration. There is lot of talk about India ordering F-16 Block-70 fighter jets in return for Lockheed Martin to set up an assembly line in India.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs around 220 combat aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of Mig-21 fighter jets. In the early 1960s, Mig-21 was chosen over its western competitors because the Soviet Union offered full transfer of technology along with manufacturing rights to India. The License Raj ? made sure there were no private players in the aeronautics field and consequently the technology, expertise and manufacturing rights went to the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Continue reading

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

Supply of Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Military transport aircraft in early 50’s to Indian Ari Force was the only instance when Americans seemed interested in supplying any of their defence equipment. Cold War between India and the United States ensured that No Major military contract was never executed between both the countries for nearly half a century till the time of US Government agreed to supply GE made F-404 engines to support India’s LCA-Tejas Program in mid 90’s.

U.S.-India military cooperation over last two decades was warming up but still, they were no major defence supplies between both countries, when India floated requirement for 126 jets under MMRCA tender many U.S. defence contractors were so sure that India will not invite them to participate in an estimated $11 billion contract that they made no diplomatic push until India surprised Pentagon and asked them to participate . Continue reading

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

Indo-Russian BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra had confirmed on sidelines of Aero India 2017 that concept wise BrahMos-NG (Next-Gen) is very attractive but the development of smaller, highly advanced, precise and lethal cruise is yet to reach even definition stage let alone start much talked about development of the Next Game Changer from the BrahMos Aerospace .

Dubbed “Game Changer ” by Prominent defence journalist and defence analysts in India but BrahMos-NG just remains a concept on the paper due to various factors which are delaying development of BrahMos-NG. Continue reading

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

India’s Project-75I tender proposal to acquire Six New Stealth conventional Submarine is fast inching towards tender process stage and as per the latest media reports Indian Navy has informed all foreign Submarine design bureaus keen on participating in Indian Project-75I tender that Vertical launched BrahMos Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) will be standard weapon fitment in selected Project-75I winner and all participating Submarine design should be able to accommodate them .

According to the reports, Rosoboronexport, Armaris, DCNS, Navantia, Kockums and HDW all of the foreign Submarine design bureaus who have shown interest in participating in Indian Project-75I tender have accepted condition set by Indian Navy. Continue reading