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According to Defence analysts Ranesh Rajan close to idrw.org, IAF is not likely to get a futuristic stealth fighter anytime before 2024-25, even though talks with Russia have seen some progress but According to Rajan, Top IAF Brass is not fully onboard fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) which India plans to Jointly develop with Russia due to continuous access denial approach adopted by Russia.

IAF already has raised deep concerns regarding technical capabilities of the aircraft and have asked Russia to showcase prove of concept to validate their claims which IAF believes has not matured enough to be considered real 5th generation technology . Continue reading

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In November 2001, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ilya Klebanov’s announced that India and Russia had agreed to jointly develop a fifth-generation strike aircraft. This was the result of a four-day visit to Russia by India’s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

As part of protocols signed at Moscow, it was agreed that a new 5th generation fighter aircraft could be developed jointly by both countries, which could fly by 2006 and will be ready for induction by 2009. New 5th Generation fighter was seen as an attractive option for India, which has a definite requirement for such a new generation fighter to replace its large and obsolescent fleet of Mig-21s and Mig-27s. Continue reading

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Commodore C.D.Balaji (Retd) who is Director of the ADA, while speaking to Shekhar Gupta of NDTV revealed that Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha who earlier this year flew the jet along with a test pilot for thirty minutes, actually performed take-off while seating in the rear seat of the trainer aircraft .

Balaji said that Raha who was supposed to take control of the aircraft only in mid-air was extremely comfortable in rear seat cockpit and confident enough with the controls that he asked the Test Pilot that he would like to perform the takeoff, even though it was his first sortie in Tejas. Continue reading

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Bharat Forge first came into major limelight in defence sector when Defence ministry officials asked Baba Kalyani if they can manufacture artillery shells at height of Kargil war when the world witnessed a sustained barrage of artillery firing , the biggest world has seen after World War 2 .

Bharat Forge since has emerged has a major player when it comes to the development of artillery systems in India and has already has introduced five artillery systems and their Bharat 52 a 155 mm/52 cal artillery gun has been grabbing world attention due to the aggressive approach adopted by Bharat Forge . Continue reading

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“No army, with bombs and shellfire could devastate a land as thoroughly as Pakistan could be devastated by the simple expedient of India’s permanently shutting off the sources of water that keep the fields and the people of Pakistan alive. India has never threatened such a drastic step… but the power is there nonetheless.”

David Lilienthal, head of the seven-state Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) USA

The British, before finally calling quits in the Indian sub-continent in 1947, took one last parting shot, i.e. dividing the sub-continent into two, based purely on religion. The division took place in a most un-scientific manner without terrain and geographical considerations and irrigated boundaries, this had serious repercussions as with the division, Kashmir became a bone of contention — as did the six major rivers flowing down to Pakistan (the three western rivers) and India (the three eastern rivers). This was to have a long lasting impact on the future relationship of the two fledgling countries, India and Pakistan. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, India’s Air Force chief, has fired the first salvo in the ongoing process of selecting second fighter jet to be manufactured in India just when India and France concluded a deal for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jet for the Indian Air force .

Raha when asked by Media which fighter aircraft, Air force could prefer to be made in India with Transfer of Technology , he admitted his first choice will always be Dassault Rafale fighter jets and preferred Swedish Gripen E fighter over American legacy F-16 and F-18 fighter jets which too are competing for a deal for 90 aircraft. Continue reading

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PJ-10 BrahMos Cruise missiles represent one of the finest joint ventures in Indo-Russian defence cooperations . DRDO and NPO over last 15 years have fully exploited growth potential of BrahMos Cruise missiles by developing new and improved blocks and are now working on the development of ASCM ( Air launched Supersonic Cruise Missile ) BrahMos-A which will make it deadlier than ever before .

India recently carried out maiden flight of Su-30MKI with an inert BrahMos missile and IAF plans to have around 40 Su-30MKI aircraft which will be modified to be BrahMos missile and first live firing might take place from the aircraft by end of this year . Continue reading

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In India, if 10 Civilians are asked who is Army Chief of India 9 might fail to answer but in Pakistan out of 10 asked 9 might be able to tell that General Raheel Sharif is current Pakistan Army Chief . General Raheel Sharif at present enjoys more public popularity and respect then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif .

Posters urging General Raheel Sharif to take over Pakistan have been cropping up on and off near Islamabad for last few months and Panama leaks which named Nawaz Sharif family of corruption and offshore accounts already has dented his image in the public. Western and European countries are increasingly worried that powerful and influential forces in Pakistan are working in the background in creating a situation in Pakistan which will allow General Raheel Sharif to take over Pakistan before his retirement later this year . Continue reading

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Chinese designed , Pakistan assembled JF-17 fighter jet was declared has a rightful successor to the legendary Soviet-era Mig-21 and was quoted as the best and most affordable 4th Generation light-class fighter jet which will eventually replace much older Chinese copy of Mig-21 (F-7) and Soviet-supplied Mig-21s in air force around the world .

But reported Second crash of JF-17 into the Arabian sea killing the pilot and total silence by both Chinese and Pakistani military over the crash has dented huge claims made by both Pakistan and China on offering a modern fighter at an affordable price tag which eventually might hurt its export potential further . Continue reading

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While we discuss options like cross-border raids and surgical strikes across the border , we are yet to unleash a caged tiger R&AW which for long has been kept on a leash. Its a recorded fact that under successive governments in India, Countries only External Intelligence agency has been systematically demolished and its power crippled to keep nervous political bosses from becoming edgy over growing capabilities of Research and Analysis Wing .

India for long feared that R&AW like Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence will become too powerful of an agency and a non-political force which can make or break governments and will have say in all matter related to countries security and beyond , so a systematic and controlled disarmament was planned . Continue reading

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Ministry of Defence plans to equip all Army’s 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanised infantry units with next-generation Anti-tank and Anti-Armour guided missiles for which India plans to purchase more than 20,000 hand-held ATGMs in next decade to meet this requirement.

The government now plans multi-vendor approach to meet Armies requirement and will also explore the Indigenous option . Indian government a few months back had selected Israeli 3rd Generation Spike ATGM to be locally produced in India under Transfer of Technology by Public sector company , but now as per latest media reports India and United states are also finalising contract for possible sale of American FGM -148 Javelin ATGMs which will see also transfer of technology to Private Indian Defence company for local manufacturing . Continue reading

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India wants to be missile import free by 2022 and DRDO has been tasked to complete and initiated missiles programmes which our armed forces having been demanding,approvals for which have been coming thick and fast . Funding for which to have been sanctioned quietly without much fanfare away from media limelights.

Tender documents issued by DRDO and its own Annual report suggest the development of Five key missile projects which not only be a game-changer for Indian military but also put it India’s missile technology capabilities at par with Europe or Russia and ahead of arch rivals Pakistan and China in the tactical missile field. Continue reading

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When India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 made its first flight a few months back in Bangalore, with applause came curiosity concerning its tail number ” TSR 001″ , which was quickly put to rest by HAL.

It was informed to waiting media that “TSR” is actually initials of the present chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited T Suvarna Raju, who has been greatly supportive of the development of new Basic trainer aircraft to be used by Indian Air Force for Stage-1 Pilot training programme. Continue reading

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The year was 1997 when a Russian Antonov An-124 aircraft landed at Pune airbase with four Sukhoi-Su-30K fighter jets for the Indian Air force , which was last time Indian air force saw the induction of new type of fighter jet in its fleet .

Now nearly after two decades Indian air force is finally able to take deliveries of a new aircraft type with induction of two indigenous LCA-Tejas fighter jet earlier this year and now Rafale deal almost finalised the second type will also be inducted from 2019 onwards. Continue reading

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India’s Current Defence minister Manohar Parrikar likes to save money and that too in major ways and latest casualty and off from his to-do list, might be the development and construction of India’s Second 65000 tonne Aircraft carrier with Nuclear propulsion. Recent media reports indicate that IAC-2 or INS Vishal is off the priority list of Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Navy is unlikely to get official funding for the project anytime soon due to complex and high development cost enabled with the project after carrying out in-depth discussion with American and Russian Industrial partners.

The Indian Defence Ministry is now actively considering the development of sister Vikrant class conventional indigenous aircraft carrier with added and improved capabilities which might be named INS Virat-II after INS Virat-I which was a British designed Centaur-class aircraft carrier recently decommissioned from the Indian Navy service in keeping with Navy tradition of renaming warships of the same class. Continue reading