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DRDO’s first indigenously developed Ku-band seeker for Country’s first Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile ” Astra ” has successfully carried out integrated Captive fight trials from Astra Missile.

According to information provided to idrw.org, Indigenous Ku-band active radar seeker was integrated with the Astra the missile in weapon system configuration on the Su-30 aircraft and could successfully track the target Su-30 aircraft. Continue reading

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After DRDO’s Astra missile fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft took down pilot-less target aircraft (PTA) Banshee, in last two rounds of User trials last December. Indian Air Force has cleared limited series production (LSP) of ingeniously developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM).

According to information provided to idrw.org, IAF has decided to obtain 50 missiles to continue fine tuning the missile system before it decided to be adopted in large scale on all other fighter aircraft. Continue reading

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BDL, BEL and DRDO Co-developed Indigenous QR-SAM (Quick Reaction, Surface to Air Missile) with a range of 30kms is likely to be tested after the second half of this year, as per Industrial sources close to idrw.org.

QR-SAM Project is one of the fast-tracked projects after India scrapped plans to procure imported systems to replace ageing Quick reaction Air Defence systems in both Indian Army and Indian Navy. Continue reading

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After DRDO was granted Initial developmental funds to develop next generation surface-to-air missile, DRDO has finally disclosed some information of its upcoming Air Defence systems which will be ready in next two to three years.

idrw.org was informed that Akash New Generation (Akash-NG) has been conceptualised with solid propulsion, wing-body-tail configuration, electro-mechanical control system, active RF seeker and laser proximity fuze. Continue reading

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Washington under the previous Obama administration had agreed to assist Delhi in sharing, designing and developing jet engines for India’s proposed 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) Fighter jets project under Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) initiatives taken to forward Indo-US defence collaboration.

Considered one of the four pathfinder military projects likely to be taken up between New Delhi and Washington seems to have fresh hurdles according to Industrial sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After been denied opportunity to procure Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter from the United States and due to Rising threats from expanding Chinese Air Force in the region. Tokyo has decided to develop a highly advanced, long ranged Mitsubishi F-3 stealth fighter jet to operate alongside Lockheed Martin’s F-35s and F-15s.

Proposed F-3 stealth fighter jet which Tokyo plans to develop will be more advanced than America’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. F-3 will be Class above in terms of performance and weapons carrying capacity when compared with F-35 and will be in same class as F-22. Continue reading

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

Mig-29s might have a reputation of being Troublesome and Maintenance prone but no doubt are is still one of the IAF’s premier Air Defense fighters in India and still, carry a fearsome reputation with them. With Nearly 110 Mig-29s operated by Indian Air Force and Indian Navy combined, India is the Second biggest operator of Mig-29s in the world after Russia and when Malaysia asked Russia and India help in getting rid of its 25 years old Mig-29N, it was obvious India chipped in.

India has agreed to examine if 12 Mig-29N operated by Malaysian Air Force can be upgraded and entered back into service with Indian Air Force or can be brought back to be used as spares but relatively newer Mig-29s then its own fleet gives high hopes that IAF may agree to upgrade them to latest UPG version before Inducting them . Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

This Article is in Response to an Article written by India’s Foremost Conservative Strategist Bharat Karnad ( India Doesn’t Require F-16s When it Has Tejas).

Background

30 Years ago, DRDO was handed over Air Staff Requirements (ASR) issued by IAF for a 4+ Generation fighter aircraft which literally could be smaller than a Mig-21 but also be able to use maximum resources of Mig-21s like protective aircraft shelters, weapons,infrastructure and will be easy to adapt for Mig-21 pilots. Continue reading

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

While Indian military planners are still Introspecting with Indian Bureaucrats where the country should go head with Russian proposal of developing a 5th Generation fighter jet on basics of Sukhoi developed T-50 5th Generation Combat aircraft or should drop plans and stick to Country’s planned 5th Generation AMCA fighter aircraft along with purchase of more 4.5 Generation fighter aircraft to build up depleting airforce .

5 Factors over the years seem to have emerged has biggest factors which might go against proposed development of FGFA 5th generation fighter aircraft with Russia. Continue reading

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French MBDA proposal of developing Maitri Short-range Surface -to-air missiles (SRSAM) for Indian Navy Jointly with India’s DRDO might be scrapped as per latest Indian media reports. $5 Billion Maitri Short-range Surface-to-air missiles (SRSAM) were to replace ageing Israeli supplied Barak-1 now might be replaced by DRDO developed New SRSAM missiles.

Cannister based, Quick reaction, New Vertical-launched Short ranged SAM has been under development from 2015 and after program achieved some key internal milestones, Ministry of Defence decided it no longer wants to pursue MBDA proposal. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India has set a pretty ambitious target of 2022, to become completely missile import free and produce all missiles required by Indian armed force locally in India . to achieve this target many projects have been fast tracked or have been taken up in last few years so that country can meet this target.

India plans to develop many strategic missile systems by 2022 like Long range Air Defence Systems (XRSAM), Short-range Air Defence System (SRSAM), Naval Long range Cruise missile with Supersonic end game are few of the missile systems which India is quietly working on to meet requirements of its armed forces but is still not seriously working on basic air defence systems like Man-portable air-defense systems . Continue reading

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

Indian Air force will be Acquire 60 medium-lift military transport aircraft manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space defence company to replace the ageing fleet of Hawker Siddeley HS-748 AVRO twin Turbo transport aircraft, which begin induction in India from the 1960s.

As per the contract, which is valued at more than 2 Billion dollars, will see the first instance where the military transfer and manufacturing will take place in India, involving the original equipment manufacturer from abroad. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Reports of Chinese Second aircraft carrier all set to be ready in next few weeks has lead to series of articles in Indian media on How Indian Navy is all set to lose it edge in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Indian media is falling for classic Chinese media propaganda on aircraft carrier developments in the region , where Chinese media is showing that their country is winning the race in the region but actually fact remains that for more than 60 years now it has been Indian Navy which has operated Aircraft carriers in the region and not the other side . Continue reading

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

Last year Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnam counterpart both reached an agreement to train Vietnamese pilot in India to operate Sukhoi 30. According to latest Indian media report, Indian Air Force and their counterpart Vietnam People’s Air Force have reached initial workout plan.

As per media reports, a small batch of Vietnamese pilot will be arriving in India by end of this year to begin their training on Sukhoi 30. Vietnam People’s Air Force is also interested in learning from India’s experience in repair and maintenance of the Su-30s. Indian Air Force currently operates up to 220 Su-30s domestically assembled by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under Russian license. Continue reading

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

Pakistani media lately has been keenly following statements made by Vipin Narang about possible change in India’s no first use Nuclear policy, statement and reaction made by Pakistani media suggest alteration of India’s no first nuclear policy regarding Pakistan in event of any future conflict shows nervousness on India gaining upper Hand in nuclear arms race in South Asia.

News of India creating a Counterforce nuclear doctrine was first suggested by previous NSA Shivshankar Menon in his book. Change in nuclear strategy hinted India will develop a Counterforce to take out Pakistani nukes in event of conditions where India thinks Pakistan will be using its nuclear weapons against India. Continue reading