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SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO for the first time has confirmed what has been long speculated for last few weeks that, Next version of India’s Indigenously developed fighter jet Tejas MK-2 will be called as Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) and will be a 17.5 ton Beast when compared to punny LCA-Tejas MK1/MK1A Variant which currently is in production.

Super Tejas will be an evolutionary redesign of the Light Combat Aircraft which will see substantial rework on the Main fuselage which will longer to carry more internal fuel along with equipment, Rear fuselage reworked out to accommodate more powerful engine along with major redesigns to the Main, and Nose Landing Gears which will see Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of the aircraft touching 17.5 tonnes which is more then MTOW weight of Mirage-2000 fighter jet (17 ton) which it indents to replace in Indian Air Force . Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Earlier this year in January, People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) started conducting its regular high altitude combat training exercise at Roof of the World from its Tibetian Airbases facing towards Indian border. Two Week Combat training exercise for the first time saw the deployment of China’s first Stealth aircraft J-20 practicing beyond-visual-range air combat with other frontline fighter aircraft’s like J-10C and Shenyang J-11.

India-centric Air Force training by China was largely seen as their attempts to take control of the skies, which will be pivotal in case of a possible India-China conflict. PLAAF in the recent years was able to convert its forwards bass in Tibet into all whether airbases which allowed them to maintain their presence near Indian border all year along, which lead to Indian counter moves with the deployment of frontline aircraft like Sukhoi-30s and Mig-29s along with an installation of long ranged Radars to monitor their activities . Continue reading

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

Two Major development of last few days has been that India’s Longest Landbased nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles ” Agni-V” has started the process of operationalizing nuclear-tipped missile into Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which will soon begin a second pre-induction trial of Agni-V soon.

India also has now confirmed that 700km “B05 submarine-launched strategic missile to has been fully operationalized and another long-range submarine-launched nuclear missile K-4 (3500km) to has cleared developmental trials and is now closer to induction. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale recently visited Moscow to meet Russian NSA and foreign minister besides other senior-level officials to discuss a way out amid impending US sanctions on Russian defense firms that might impact supplies to India.

India and Russia are close to sealing a deal for the purchase of S-400 Air Defence System, along with Purchase of four frigates and lease of a Nuclear Attack Submarine which could draw US Sanctions on India if the deal goes through. India and Russia also touched upon stalled Pak-fa 5th generation program at great length. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Navy have agreed to disagree that the whole rational idea of building a Carrier based Naval next-generation stealth fighter, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) first before Airforce variant has been rejected and ADA will continue to build Airforce variant first as per latest media reports.

ADA is simply not buying Navy’s argument that once Naval-AMCA is developed first it will be easier to develop or adapt that into an Airforce variant like emulated by French in their Dassault Rafale programme where Carrier based Dassault Rafale was first to be developed and later based on that an Airforce variant was developed. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Saurabh Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NEED FOR MORE POLICE WOMEN

According to studies conducted by different police counties in the United States of America since their introduction to police forces in 1970s, women police personnel are very effective due to lesser reliance on authoritarianism, minimal usage of brawns and better communication with the general populace.

Women police personnel are adept at handling situations without letting violence takeover. According to the Police Foundation, a premier think tank in the United States, women police personnel are relatively calmer and don’t lose their composure easily. In 1974, the Police Foundation in a nationwide survey found that while dealing with violent situations involving inebriated and angry individuals or criminals, women police personnel rarely relied on force. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF’s Sukhoi and Jaguar fighter aircraft, equipped with the potent Brahmos and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, showcased their strategic depth and capabilities to carry out any sort of operations over an entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region recently in Gagan Shakti 2018.

Chinese Navy which has been trying to expand its influence in critical sea lanes around India might have watched India’s seaboard aerial drills were careful because it has a subtle message to the Chinese that any “misadventure” by any adversary will be dealt with strong force and India will continue to keep its Air dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Artist Impression of Unmanned Tejas

Dr. Girish Shantaram Deodhare who is Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed to Indian media that after Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is granted to Tejas Mark-1 by this July, ADA has been cleared by Government of India (GOI) to commence work on the development of Unmanned Tejas.

Unmanned Tejas according to ADA Chief, will be developed to further explore the futuristic role for the LCA-Tejas and according to experts in the field also will help fast-track development of India’s Indigenous Stealth Ghatak Autonomous unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) program. Continue reading

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

When India confirmed to Russia that it is no longer Interested in pursuing joint development of 5th generation fighter jet program based on its Su-57 fighter. Back Home Air Chief B.S.Dhanoa had some pretty serious explaining to do to the media on why Indian Air Force decided and even recommended Ministry of Defence (MOD) to pull out from such a prestigious program.

In one to one Interaction with media, Dhanoa, when asked how IAF plans to counter Chinese developed 5th generation fighter which recently has been deployed in airbases in Tibet towards India, gave a sharp and prompt reply saying ” Radars of our Su’s (Sukhoi-30MKI) can detect them ” and ended this discussion and in subsequent questions dismissed rumours of India showing any interests in procurement of American 5th generation F-35 fighter jets . Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

8 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the first time participated in Indian Airforce’s Biggest air Exercise in last three decades and flew countless sorties with main Air Superiority aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which is Sukhoi-30MKI.

In first of the Joint Missions flown by LCA-Tejas and Sukhoi-30MKI, Pilots of both aircraft not only got the feel of each others aircraft capabilities but were also perfecting their tactics and ideas to create a hunting pack between an Air Defence Point Interceptor fighter and Air Superiority fighter aircraft to further improve coordination between two jets. Continue reading

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

All Interested Companies who are keen to bid on India’s recently issued Request for Information for the supply of 110 units of fighter jets have been told by IAF not only to provide Transfer of Technology (TOT) for this jets to be manufactured in India but also give them access to their technology which can be used by India to produce 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet .

Indian Air Force for the first time has directly linked supply of 110 units of a fighter jet with India’s AMCA fighter jet, which Aerospace Giants see as an enhanced business opportunity which can further consolidate their presence in India due to which many have agreed to IAF’s proposal. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recent Unsuccessful missile strikes on Syria backed by the USA and its Western allies have clearly shown how vulnerable sub-sonic cruise missiles are even against a vintage Soviet-era Air Defence system and particularly will be more vulnerable to modern Air Defence system which now possesses much better interception abilities against smaller sub-sonic cruise missiles.

Yet Pakistan’s Babur and Raad cruise missiles represent a considerable threat to India now due to the adaption of this cruise missiles to complete low-cost Nuclear Triad for Pakistani Military establishments. Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas MK1 fighter jets in the largest military exercise in three decades. Gagan Shakti 2018 which began on April 10 and would conclude on April 23 saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft.

14 day Air Exercise is IAF’s high-intensity combat exercise which will mimic actual war for a small period of 14 days. For LCA-Tejas MK1 Squadron this was first time aircraft actively carried out operations with other aircraft fleets of the IAF . Continue reading

SOURCE: Satyajeet Kumar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

At Defexpo 2018, it was confirmed that new upgraded Tejas MK1A will come with a Dual-Rack Pylons to carry two Close Combat Missiles (CCM) in a single weapon station their by increasing it firepower tremendously.

Weapons Stations 5 or 6 can be used for Dual-Rack Pylons in pure Air-to-Air Missions or only one Mixed Air-to-Surface and Air-to-Air Missions one pylon can be utilized for Dual-Rack Pylons. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Arch Rivals, India and Pakistan have started working on a new and improved version of their low-end fighter variant yet again, India has plans to develop an upgraded Tejas MK1A with a host of new features and capabilities over the previous version, Pakistan to has initiated development of Block III configuration with its technological partner China to keep JF-17 relevant in near future .

Both Tejas MK1A and JF-17 Block III are yet to enter production and it likely JF-17 will be first to enter production in 2020 followed by MK1A in the 2021-22 period. For Pakistani Air Force Block III configuration will be first major upgrade JF-17 will receive after Block II Configuration since severally diluted Block I was rushed into production without achieving major capability milestone. Continue reading

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