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Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultquist offer of selling India its next generation Gripen fighter aircraft to India under a government-to-government deal has got a cold response from India’s Ministry of defence (MOD) and Indian air force (IAF).

While Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar gave visiting Counterpart Peter Hultquist a patient hearing on Sweden Gripen offer. IAF top brass have given it a cold shoulder said sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

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

Indian Army on 08 June , has issued Request for Information (RFI) to Vendors for design of Future Universal Combat Platform upon which new Main Battle tank will be developed to replace existing Soviet-era T-72 Main battle tanks in the Armoured Corps which will enter service in Indian Army by 2025-27.

“Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV)” under which RFI has been issued requested Design Bureaus from India and Abroad to submit their Design information by 31-July-2015. Continue reading

SOURCE; IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

In 1999, Indian Navy articulated 30-year Submarine acquisition plan, under which it planned to acquire 24 conventional diesel Submarines. Multi-pronged plans essential talked about acquiring 6 conventional diesel Submarines each under Project-75 and under Project-75I in the first phase and to Induct 12 more conventional diesel Submarines of Indigenous design.

Fast forward into 2015, the first submarine from the Project-75 ” INS Kalvari” (Scorpene class) will head to Sea trials by September later this year and will be inducted into Indian navy by end of 2016 . Midway into 30-year Submarine acquisition plan, the Indian navy is yet to get the first submarine it had planned to acquire. after years of delays and indecisiveness by the Previous government, the current government has shown has shown some urgency and are working to float out Project-75I tenders soon. Continue reading

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I-Derby ER (left) and Python 5 (right)

Oron Oriol, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd on sidelines of Paris Airshow 2015 unveiled new long-range air-to-air missile I-Derby ER BVRAAM, this new addition increases the range of the I-Derby ER beyond 100 km, significantly more than its current “short/medium” range capability.

Oriol also confirmed that new I-Derby Extended Range (ER) BVRAAM has been offered to India for the next generation LCA Tejas (MK-2) / AMCA. India already is integrating Rafael fifth generation short range Python-5 missiles on LCA Tejas and Indian Navy is already using I-Derby missiles with Sea Harriers. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India army boost of 264 artillery regiments. but most of them are equipped with 70’s era 105mm Indian field Gun which are complemented by 130mm M-46 howitzer guns Supplied by the Soviet union in 60’s while these howitzer guns have been upgraded to 155 mm standard now. but this upgraded equipment simply cannot compete with modern Computer aided artillery howitzer guns in today’s modern warfare.

Indian Army’s long-term plan to replace these with 155 mm howitzers recently got a major boost after OFB developed 155mm Howitzers based on specification and manufacturing know how received under Transfer of Technology (TOT) decades ago from Bofors of Sweden, were cleared for production after extended field trials in Sikkim and Rajasthan . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Indian Navy has transferred all its fleet inventory of Kiran Mk-II trainer aircrafts to Indian air force which were operated by INAS 551 Indian naval air squadron based at INS Hansa, Goa.

INAS 551 operated the Kiran MK-II for conversion onto the aircraft for pilots joining INAS 300. INAS 551 conducts Naval Orientation Courses for pilots before they progress onto the Sea Harrier and the MiG 29 K aircraft now operate HAL supplied Hawk Mk 132 trainer aircrafts for that role now said informed Sources close to idrw.org from INS Hansa Goa. Continue reading

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Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) on 15-06-2015 has issued Tender seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from reputed Indian private / public sector industries / organisations for manufacturing and assembly of 80 kN thrust class engine consisting about 20000 number of components and parts.

Tender document which idrw.org has gone though informs that GTRE is developing an aero gas turbine engines, with an objective of manufacturing and assembly of 80 kN thrust class engine prototypes (20 engines) over a period of 3-4 years. Continue reading

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

Recently a report prepared by idrw.org ( Read: United States takes lead in India’s INS Vishal ) highlighted how United states has taken lead role in helping India develop next generation 65,000-tonne Aircraft carrier ” INS Vishal ” which will be constructed in next decade to come .

United States active help for INS Vishal design only came when India agreed to buy Expensive and operationally untested Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) developed by General Atomics. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India has indirectly conveyed to Russian negotiation team that Indian Air force and India are not in any hurry to ink final Research and Development (R&D) agreements over developments of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on Russian Pak-Fa aircraft.

While Russians team has repeatedly has been pushing Indian negotiation team for an early agreement on FGFA, but repeated issues with engines of Sukhoi-30s of Indian air force which already contributed to 3 crashes in Indian Airforce fleet has made IAF even more jittery and it is determined that Russia provide more information on new engines which are under development for FGFA. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Pune-based Kalyani Group finally has got Central government clearance to test its indigenous developed Bharat-52 and Garuda-105 artillery systems. Trails of this guns developed by Kalyani Group will be carried out in next few months in India and Indian Army also has been invited as an observer for trails of the gun.

Kalyani Group developed “Bharat-52” is a long-range 155mm/52 caliber gun, which is capable of hitting targets in the range exceeding 40km and is an all- weather system with superior all-terrain mobility.and utilizes self-propelling capability and automatic laying mode. Bharat-52 can move at 25 km an hour on its own and needs a team of six crew members to deploy the system within one minute during day time and 1.5 minutes during night time. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

On 08-June-2015, Indian Army has issued Request for Information (RFI) from Vendors for design of Future Universal Combat Platform upon which new Main Battle tank will be developed to replace existing Soviet-era T-72 Main battle tanks in the Armoured Corps which will enter service in Indian Army by 2025-27.

“Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV)” under which RFI has been issued requested Design Bureaus from India and Abroad to submit their Design information by 31-July-2015. Continue reading

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

A Recent report prepared by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) came heavily on India’s home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas program.

Report tabled in Parliament highlighted many shortfalls and technical deficiencies in the aircraft but same report failed to highlight User requirements which have steadily been changed over the years making aircraft which started off low-cost fighter based on ASR which wanted aircraft which was bigger than Gnat but Smaller than a Mig-21. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India’s first indigenously-built aircraft carrier

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recent visit to India might have provided India much-needed boost in developing Second Indigenously developed Aircraft Carrier. Carter and Parrikar “agreed to expedite discussions to take forward cooperation on jet engines, aircraft carrier design and construction, and other areas”

While the possible sale of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) developed by General Atomics was agreed upon by both. United States also has agreed to play a lead role in helping in developing a modern Aircraft carrier which can really challenge Chinese Navy in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Pakistani News media reported that a high level of Pakistani delegation will be going to Washington to provide ” Proofs of India’s involvement in Sponsoring terror activities in Pakistan to United States and World.”

But it turned up  mere rhetoric on the Pakistani side, Much hyped Pakistani delegation with proofs against India did not utter a word on the subject in the talks. Instead, the Pakistani delegation was grilled on nuclear proliferation, money laundering and other hot-button topics that the U.S wanted on the agenda. Continue reading

SOURCE : IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Eric Trappier, chairman and chief executive of Dassault Aviation in an interview to defensenews.com has confirmed that Dassault Aviation is still in talks with India regarding purchase of 126 Rafale Fighter jets over 36 Rafale fighter jets which are currently been negotiated at present.

Reacting to Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar remarks that India will not purchase more than 36 Rafale Fighter jets, Trappier said that Indian air force will need more than 36 Rafale fighter jets which later can be manufactured in India and Current order for 36 Rafale jet is a Quick Interim purchase since there is slow pace in negotiation of original tender under which 126 jets were to be acquired by India. Continue reading