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DRDO developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) was caught preparing for Republic Day parade where it will be showcased to the world for the first time. DRDO has transferred Two ATAGS Howitzer Prototypes especially for the Republic Day parade but when placed next to each other, it is hard not to find that there are striking dissimilarities between the two Prototypes.

DRDO to cut delays had started parallel development of ATAGS Howitzer Prototypes, one Prototype of ATAGS was developed by Tata Power (SED) and another by Kalyani Group and both were independently tested. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

While Pakistan Army still believes that it has simply nullified Indian Cold Start Doctrine by developing Tactical nukes with Hatf-IX, or Nasr Short ranged Ballistic missiles but their rhetoric and the recent test of Nuclear-tipped Babur-III Cruise missiles from an undersea mobile platform has lead to come back of sorts of India’s Cold Start Doctrine from Cold Storage.

Indian Army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat was first Army chief who openly admitted that their existed a Doctrine called ” ColdStart ” developed by the Indian Armed Forces for use in a possible war with Pakistan. ColdStart centred around the objective of rapid mobilisation of conventional forces to conduct offensive operations as part of unified battle groups inside Pakistan. Continue reading

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

Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) attempts to get export clearance to procure 22 multimission General Atomics Predator Guardian UAVs for the Indian Navy via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route since June before President Barack Obama leaves office has fallen flat and India is hoping a deal is concluded under new upcoming administration.

President-elect of the United States of America Donald Trump in coming weeks will take a call if Indian request for 22 Predator Guardian drones to monitor the presence of Chinese submarines and warships in the Indian Ocean can be concluded. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Chinese Government mouthpiece “Global Times” recently warned India against providing Vietnam with Akash Surface to Air Missiles which can take down Aerial targets up to a range of 25kms. Akash Air defence system is not a Game Changer missile system which can tilt a war in favour of Vietnam but outburst from China seems to be pointing towards what is suppose to come next, that is possible sale of other missile systems like BrahMos.

Vietnam for long has been interested in BrahMos Jointly developed by India and Russia. Supersonic BrahMos due to its sheer speed and S manoeuvre at Mach 2.8 has dominated every Air defence system, which literally means missile system is unstoppable, but India has taken upon its self to make it, even more, deadlier which is making China nervous about. Continue reading

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

While Countdown for AeroIndia 2017 has already begun but sheer excitement around it is clearly missing after India withdrew MMRCA Tender and instead went for Direct Purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale in Government to Government deal, while Contest for another Single-engined fighter jet is likely to be a hotly debated subject in AeroIndia this year but winner of the deal might only happen in 2018.

2017 will also be watched closely to see if India’s Three Stealth Aerospace programs actually take place. India is working on Three Independent Stealth Aerospace project for some time now but all three projects are yet to take off officially but Defence Pundits are predicting some headways will be soon made this year by India. Continue reading

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

India’s recent test of Agni-V missile saw a rattled response from Chinese mouthpiece ” Global Times “, which warned India to cool down its Missile program, which more or less can be taken has direct message from Chinese leadership perhaps and Pakistani reaction to Agni-V test was largely trying to put India in a spot to claim that Indian missile program will create imbalance to the region, but this time Agni-V was also widely reported in Western media like the United States, UK and Japan which are India’s closest allies .

Agni-V with 1.5-tonne payload can travel 5500km but Chinese Defence experts have already debunked its range claim by India and have already said that Agni-V can travel nearly 8000km with reduced payload, putting many India’s allies in the range of the missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: Animesh Mishra/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Indian Scorpene class or the Kalvari Class which made headlines during august and September is the new diesel electric submarine class (SSK) of the Indian Navy. This class has been riddled with problems of delay in construction, India refusing to buy the Black shark torpedo of WASS, and finally the colossal crumble the Scorpene Leaks.

These problems are no longer just on the paper, the first submarine of the class the INS Kalvari doesn’t have torpedo to fire and is only armed with Exocet anti-ship missile. Exocet is a medium range missile which can take down small to medium size ships. In the Scorpene leaks it was highlighted what the range of the missile is, how many targets can the submarine track and engage and other essential data. The Navy says that there is nothing serious but still agrees that it might have compromised the capability not in major way still in a minor way. Continue reading

SOURCE: Karthik G / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

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Keeping track of the geopolitical developments pertaining to events occurring between Nations We need to assess the impact of changing relations and increase the scope of our manoeuvring, look for pragmatic approaches and preserve our strategic objectives.

US-China-Russia and its impact for India: Until yesterday there has been a kind of relation between US-Russia that can be best described as a brink of war. The tensions over Syria, turkey and NATO vs Russian expansions, deployment of troops, cyber-attack allegations, Military drills, Hot statements all has come to an extent which made people guess are we about to see a US-Russia collision? However with Trump as president and his pro-Russian stance, to an extent tensions have reduced. The future course would depend according to the Trump’s policies and Russian ambitions. Continue reading

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

People’s Liberation Army-Navy is increasingly worried about how Chinese Conventional and Nuclear submarines are getting detected at an alarming rate and how they are forced to make course correction while patrolling in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft fleet is already In the Thick of the Action in the South China Sea and Chinese have been warning their crew repeatedly in the South China Sea to stay away. P-8 is also helping India track Chinese submarines in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Continue reading

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

(left) Barak ER next to Original Barak-8

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has formally confirmed the development of what it describes as “a family of new-generation” Barak advanced all-weather, day/night air-defence systems for land and naval applications.

Barak ER (extended range) is effectively a base model of the highly agile Barak-8 missile with 150 km range which is more than twice the range of original Barak-8/LR-SAM which was 70km. Barak ER will have an addition of a large diameter solid-propellant jettisonable booster to the existing dual pulse rocket motor. Continue reading

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

While rival Boeing is repacking its legacy Combat jets with Semi-Stealth tech configuration and has relaunched Semi-Stealthy F-18 and F-15 variants, Pioneer in Stealth technology Lockheed Martin is simply not interested in reconfiguring its legacy F-16 into Semi-stealth combat jet to lure more customers.

Lockheed Martin officials while speaking to Indian media flatly refused to integrate any Stealth elements in F-16 which are currently been offered to India under PM Modi’s “Make in India ” Defence initiative with Private defence collaboration in India. Continue reading

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

The imagery of Chinese Naval Nuclear Attack Submarine docked at Karachi might be just a start by Chinese military planners to displace India’s predominance in the “Indian Ocean” and take over a nation who are more than willing to surrender its sovereignty in name of development.

China’s military aggression in the East China Sea and the South China Sea has lead to massive investment and development of Chinese navy which is expanding at a faster rate, Chinese military strategy is now shifting from Land –Centric to Ocean-Centric Strategy to fuel their economic and military growth. Continue reading

SOURCE: Aravind .C / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In international arms control, small arms include revolvers and pistols, rifles and carbines, assault rifles, submachine guns and light machine guns. Small Arms are considered as the real Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Since it kills more people in a year than all other firearms combined. Indian planners have often ignored or didn’t give due importance to the small arms and also the small arms Industry in General.

In the low intensity conflicts that India is facing today it’s the Small arms which is a Prime weapon not the fancy fighter jets. It does not take a genius to understand that the India is lacking behind almost all major countries in this field. Continue reading

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

Contenders have been narrowed down and it is virtually final round between F-16 and Gripen-E fighter jets and the winner of this round will enter production in India and latest by march this year we will see a winner picked by Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and his team in Ministry of Defence.

Lockheed Martin offered F-16 combat jet is leading the race due to India’s changing strategy military and political compulsion with United States Government. But this is not the first time F-16 has been offered to India, under MMRCA Tender Lockheed had offered F-16IN but this time around Lockheed has offered F-16V which when it enters production will be designated Block 70/72, No no both are not the same, let me explain. Continue reading

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

Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) agreement between India and the US has made some progress in recent years but major breakthrough and right pathfinder projects are yet to take off even though India has been declared has a Major US Defence Partner with whom US Government can share critical technologies.

Delegation-level talks have yet to conclude on which project both India and the US plans to Jointly develop, but sooner they conclude it’s better for both since it might become more of rhetoric without actual substantial work in reality. Continue reading

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