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SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The sale of Russian S-400 missile system to India has rattled several feathers and punctured Pakistani Military self-believe that they have thwarted and in fact actually derailed India’s Cold Start Doctrine successfully which will allow them to carry on their old strategy of bleeding India will thousand cuts instead of actually fighting a conventional war which they know they can never win.

Pakistani strategic experts are fast to claim that their Ababeel Missile System which possesses untested ‘Mirv’ capability will not only defeat the S-400 system but also overwhelm India’s anti-ballistic missile systems thus acting as a system which will derail any pre-emption tendencies among Indian military planners. Continue reading

SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

We all are seeing the shifting goal posts in the media from one accusation to another regarding the Rafale deal, when one tries to answer one, people shifts the goal post to another with other accusation, the latest addition to it is the number as to why government is buying only 36 instead of 126 when they have got the aircraft 9% cheaper and package 20% cheaper. However the thing that the simple people of India do not know is that the 36 Rafales ordered in fly away condition is double of the then the earlier 18 to be ordered in MMRCA tender.

Now the genuine question that comes in the mind is that what is the difference is between the Indian assembled 108 aircraft and 18 or 36 fly away aircraft. The answer is nothing, once inducted in the air force but from defence procurement, tendering and commercial perspective the difference is more than the difference between sky and earth. Continue reading

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

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat during his six-day visit to Russia recently discussed with the top brass of the Russian Armed Forces and key military formations and establishments of Indian Army procuring 1,770 Next Generation future ready combat vehicles (FRCV) to replace the aging force of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs).

Indian Army which is the largest operator of T-90 Main Battle Tanks from Russia is also very keen on procuring T-14 Armata which according to media reports will be built just like T-90 in India under Transfer of Technology agreements but this time with a Private Defence company in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: YASH V. TODI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After almost a decade of flip-flops and speculations over India’s human spaceflight programme, it was on 15th August, 2018 when prime minister Narendra Modi publicly announced an Indian human spaceflight programme in his independence day speech. This announcement initially did not capture the headlines as national media houses put more focus on public welfare programmes and achievements of the present government in its tenure.

Although, gradually as the enthusiasm started building, speculations started taking front pages. “Can India do it?”, “Does India have the capacity?”, “How much funding would be required?” etc. were the questions running through everyone’s minds. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After a gap of 7 years, DRDO developed solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile Prahaar (“Strike”) once again made a comeback to the argument the offensive conventional firepower of the Indian Army against strategic and tactical targets. Prahaar which has a range of 150km was developed to provide superior offensive firepower to strike forces against both tactical and strategic targets after its first launch in 2011 it soon went to cold storage due to lack of interest by Indian Army then.

Prahaar only made a come back after Sino-India Doklam standoff when Indian Army felt the need for a battlefield support tactical weapon system due to the ever-increasing deployment of superior tactical weapon system by the Chinese army in the region which is close to the Indian border. Continue reading

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

The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E recently entered in the race to supply 114 units of fighter jets to Indian Air force amid allegation of a Scam on previous fighter jet purchase from France. Dassault Rafale which was one of the two fighters which made to last round on its technical capabilities alone with Euro fighter Typhoon is still the best of the aircraft in the race to win an enlarged order from India if Current Government comes backs in power in 2019 in full majority.

But If India does select a fighter out of this two clear winners of the last MMRCA Tender then current dispensation should be aware that opposition will again raise this issue of India buying an inferior fighter jet for the air-force and allegations of scams will also likely come back to haunt the new government. Continue reading

SOURCE:  HIMANSU SWAIN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

There is no doubt that Indian military has been a victim of stiffy bureaucracy & deceptive political propaganda which compromised our military preparedness to some extent. Starting from BOFORS scam to a Fake political Conspiracy on $7.8 Billion Rafale Deal, we have seen the dark side of these activities. However, the lengthy weapon acquisition process is responsible for delays in inducting sophisticated weapons in our military arsenal. Meanwhile, The revised DPP is unable to bring transparency in fast-tracking the signing of major defense deals.

We recognize IAF ‘s RFI of inducting 110 MMRCA to make up with it’s depleting & aging fleet on one hand while Indian Navy’s struggle for spares of Mig-29k erupted the RFI for 57 MRCBF to equip INS VIKRANT on the other hand. With an estimate of $30 Billion & demand of 167 fighters in one of the world’s largest lucrative defense market, it has attracted major Aerospace hubs to grab the deal at any cost. Definitely, every competitor won’t let it lose. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The picture above has been going around defense circle off late and claimed by many to be the first possible configuration design of Tejas MK-2. Updated Mk2 configuration now features canards as per the image. all previous models of Tejas Mk-2 displayed by DRDO and HAL didn’t have canards but for some time now rumors of Canards making a comeback to the Tejas Mk2 design has been going around.

Canards as per experts will improve the low-speed performance of the Tejas Mk-2 which has now grown into full-fledged Medium multi-role aircraft which can be compared with Mirage-2000 in terms of its weapons and payload carrying capabilities. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

For some time, rumors abounded that the IAF might make a bid for the Lockheed Martin F-35A, however, IAF quickly scotched such speculation since it was pretty much clear from the start that US government might consider clearing the sale of such an advanced fighter to India but without transfer of technology nor it could have granted India license to locally produce .

Earlier this year, India asked Russia to proceed alone with developing their fifth-generation fighter Su-57 jet and deal for the joint development of a new variant based on Su-57 is completely shelved while India, however, left the option open to procure Su-57 in future if Russian is able to fix issues with the program. Continue reading

SOURCE:  VIHAAN KAPOOR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In early 80’s when Pakistan decided to procure 40 F-16 from the United States and planned for a fleet of 150 jets in near future, then Congress government decided to procure ultra cheap Mig-23s on offer from the Soviet Union, if when Indian air force’s test pilot which had evaluated them had given a negative report on them and had advised against procurement of this jets.

Yet Government went on to procure MiG-23MF, MiG-23BN and MiG-23UB variants which were not only had major shortfalls in its capabilities but also was highly accident prone in the service that just after their induction it was declared unfit to take on mighty F-16 fighters which came with latest 4th generation avionics and system. which meant India again needed to scout for a new aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has acknowledged that there exist issues with HAL which air force has been complaining about all these years regarding the production of aircraft by HAL which often faced poor quality standards, cost overruns, and repeated delays due to which air force has suffered immensely.

Government is planning to argument production capacity of the HAL to address delays in product delivery and also take measure to enhance skills of the workforce which often leads to more expensive aircraft than from the Original equipment manufacturer (OEM), which means air force pays more for the same jet which could have cost less if procured directly from the manufacturer. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been in the news of late after Indian National Congress Party accused current government of denying work to HAL and selecting private defense companies with zero experience over state owned company. While HAL which is in charge of the production of country’s homegrown LCA-Tejas program is yet to shift gears in terms of speeding up production of the aircraft even after several requests from the Defence ministry and Indian Air force.

HAL has flight tested and handed over only one brand new LCA-Tejas aircraft ( SP-10/LA-5010 ) in the first six months of this financial year 2018-19 and yet, continues to promise to deliver 10-12 more of brand new LCA-Tejas by end of this fiscal which not many in the air force and defense ministry are buying. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

After missing out to Dassault Rafale on Pricing, Euro fighter consortium is back in news for all the wrong reasons after TV Journalist, Vikas Bhadauria who works for Indian news channel ABP Group hinted in this tweets that certain sales directors of the German-based Aerospace company met five senior leaders of two different parties to raise the Rafale issue to malign the image of the current government.

Vikas Bhadauria has not named the company directly but has left clear hints at the company which is easier to identify by any commoner who has basic knowledge of defense matters. Above are the two tweets which for the first time bring Euro fighter consortium dimension to the so-called alleged Rafale scam. Continue reading

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

According to latest media reports, Russia is pushing India to go for additional short-range Tor-M2 Air defense system along with Medium range ill famous Buk-M2/M3 Air defense system to make S-400 long-range air defense system which India is buying to make one complete Russian Air defense ecosystem to effectively tackle the variety of threats in all possible scenarios.

India on other hand has opted to procure only very-long-range 40N6 (400 km) and the long-range 48N6 (250 km) missiles which are part of the S-400 missile family and has left out medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km) since India already has low and medium tier Air defense system in place. Continue reading

SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In India decision making and defense procurement procedure is so cumbersome and complex that even best and fastest of defense acquisition takes at least 4-5 years to complete. These procedure and rules have only become more and more complex thanks to a series of scams in defense procurement starting from 1980’s. Seeing the defense procurement procedures and rules, one can easily confuse to notice, whether the objective of DPP is to get the best equipment for forces in shortest possible time or to prevent scams and entry of middlemen in it.

In the above context, completion of an acquisition process of Rafale aircraft in 12-15 months’ time, which previous governments had failed to seal in last 12 years, raises serious questions on whether the government has followed proper procedures or not. The government is also facing fire from people who don’t know the difference between Rafale and Rafael or between manufacturing partners and offset partners for allegedly not taking due procedures especially the ‘holy’ approval of CCS (cabinet committee on security). Continue reading

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