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SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Su-30SM at Latakia Airbase Syria

Earlier in the month of October it was reported that Turkey’s F-16 jets were harassed and put on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 aircraft on the Syrian border, Turkish air force spokesperson said that F-16 jets were held on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 plane for a total of four minutes and 30 seconds.

Since there was no visual confirmation of the make and country it belonged it was presumed that it was Mig-29 belonging to Assad’s air force, even though many western Defence experts were not sure if Mig-29 of Syrian airforce had such technical capability to have a radar lock on multiple fighter jets. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

last year the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had cleared the Spike ATGM deal worth Rs. 3,200 crore deal for 8,000 plus missiles, 300 plus launchers and requisite transfer of technology to an Indian firm.

Spike family includes Spike-SR (800m), Spike-MR (2500m), Spike-LR (4000m) and Spike-ER (8000m). Spike-LR and Spike-ER are also vehicle mountable and Spike-ER can also be fitted into Attack copters. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It has been an open secret now that for last decade or more China has been making illegal copies of framed Soviet-era Air Superiority Sukhoi-27/30’s fighter aircraft to replace their ageing 3.5 generation fighter jets fleet. Many of the unlicensed basic variants produced by China like J-11/A/B were considered lesser capable fighter aircraft then the Orginal Sukhoi-27/30 aircraft supplied by Russia due to lack of proper avionics and poorly copied weapons systems which were not up to the mark when compared with original copies.

Indian Air Force operates more Advanced Sukhoi-30MKI equipped with Advance PESA Radar and Avionics of European and Indian origin which was considered as most advanced Flanker ever developed and Best Flanker Series operated by any air force in the world which had potential to dominate any Airspace. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

After Premier defence exhibitions, Defexpo (land and naval systems) was shifted to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s home state, Goa from New Delhi, Goa is preparing grounds for shifting of another Premier Aero defence exhibition to Goa.

Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has cleared Defence minister Manohar Parrikar proposal to shift Aero India 2017 Edition to Goa and Land near Betul Town which is 20kms away from Commercial Capital of Goa ” Margao” will be handed over to Central government soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) after bagging fresh orders for its Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (MALE UAS) Heron-1 and Heron-TP is also keen on selling Maritime variant of Super Heron HF UAS drones to Indian Navy.

Naval Sources close to idrw.org have confirmed to us that IAI has briefed Indian Naval officials on Naval Super Heron HF (Heavy Fuel) drone which is an upgraded model of the current Heron 1 UAS. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

In first of things to come, Narendra Modi government as per media reports cleared Rs 3,000-crore plan to develop a new engine that will power India’s first unmanned combat aircraft.

Ghatak engine will be derived from abandoned Kaveri engine Program and to address Indian military requirements for weaponized unmanned systems, India will also be importing 10 Heron TP UCAV’s from Israel and will also be aggressively pursuing indigenous capabilities to develop, manufacture, operate and support platforms and technologies related to drone weaponisation. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

“Nishant” name derived from the Sanskrit name which meant ” end of the night” Sticking to its namesake also brought final closure to 27-year-old program when Two Nishant UAS (unmanned Aerial Systems ) Belonging to Indian Army crash landed twice in 15 days leading to losing of 4 Units ever Procured by Indian Army.

The Nishant program was officially sanctioned in 1988 by Indian Government based on Indian Army user requirements of RPV (remotely piloted vehicle) program ,and it had first flight by 1995 exactly two decades back. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to report prepared by US Department of Defense’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) on rising Ballistic Cruise Missile Threat around the world, China’s land-based nuclear-armed missile systems operated by the Second Artillery Corps operates nearly 400 shorter-range ballistic missile launchers most visibly
consisted of solid-fuelled missiles such as the DF-41 and DF-31 variants.

Report prepared by Jane’s Intelligence Review suggests that Chinese military due to increasing ballistic missile defense (BMD) by opponents such as the United States and India. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN) / ECONOMIC TIMES

A two-decade-old Rs 90 cr Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programme has proved a dud, with the Indian Army shelving the system and cancelling any further orders after three of the four systems supplied by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) ended up in crashes. As a result,DRDO may need to write off a Rs 5 crore overspend it incurred on the project in the hope of recovering the money from the maintenance and servicing of the systems.

The Nishant UAV programme, which has been in the works since 1995, was launched with the aim of providing the Army with indigenous systems for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. While four of the UAVs were inducted in 2011 after a long delay, at least three are confirmed to have crashed. The last one went down on November 4 in Jaisalmer. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India recently took the crown of being largest importer of Unmanned aerial Systems (UAS) in last decade accounting for nearly 23% of all export sales of drones. The bulk of recent purchase made by India has been of IAI Heron Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned aerial Systems (UAS).

In last decade, nearly 60 + IAI Heron have been inducted by Indian Armed forces which also includes latest 4th generation Heron UAS which sports New Automatic takeoff and landing capability and multiple sensors like ISTAR/ SATCOM which provides real-time data on battlefield activities while flying in adverse weather conditions at the height of 30,000 feet. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Recently IAF expressed its willingness to buy three more heavy C-17 Globemaster aircraft but bureaucratic delays might have denied Indian Air Force (IAF) to pick up brand new C-17s.

IAF which is the largest operator of C-17s after the US Air Force at present operates 10 C-17s and wanted to pick up three more C-17s but it is understood that Boeing only has single new C-17 available for purchase. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India’s Defence circle lately has been buzzing with talks that Ministry of Defence (MOD) is now actively considering closing down HAL’s intermediate jet trainer HJT-36 Sitara project which has not made any substantial progress for last few years and also has repeatedly missed its deadline to achieve IOC.

Earlier this year Indian Air Force (IAF) had asked the state-owned firm to stop its efforts to produce the Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT) since the project has been in tailspins for years now without no fixed date for final operational clearance in sight. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

One of the most critical nose-on low observability design elements going into a Stealth fighter jet is internal weapons bays. for Stealth missions aircraft entirely and critically depends on in its Internal weapons to carry out suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) or Strike missions in hostile enemy territories.

India’s own 5th generation fighter AMCA Program is all set to take off and official funding for the project is likely to be cleared by the end of this year. with aerodynamic design optimisation nearly completed AMCA’s final design is more or less frozen, but it still seems there is lack of clarity on AMCA’s Internal Weapons bay design aspect. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex recently closed first export orders for JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at ongoing Dubai Air Show which will be manufactured by Pakistan.

Media reports indicate Myanmar has become the first country to purchase JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. under an undisclosed deal Myanmar will buy 16-24 jets from Pakistan but the actual agreement will take place with Chinese AVIC company which will supervise sale and maintenance contract of the jets with Myanmar Air force. Continue reading

SOURCE :  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

According to media reports India officially has asked General Atomics and US Government on the possible sale of jet-powered Avenger (formerly Predator C) drone to India.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States later this year is likely to push for the possible sale of Predator Avenger drone to India even though India recently ordered Armed Heron-TP drones from Israel. Continue reading

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