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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In a shocking revelation, National Investigation Agency in its charge-sheet has said that a PDP Youth leader Waheed Para on behalf of Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party gave Rs 5 crore to Altaf Shah, separatist leader of Hurriyat Conference to keep the situation boiling in Kashmir valley after the killing of Burhan Wani. Many mainstream local J&K-based political parties like Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party in past have been accused of running soft-separatism agenda to further their grip of power in the valley, while it continues to draw financial aid from Delhi. 

People of Jammu and Kashmir have seen nearly 4 decades of conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people due to predominantly ideological and identity-based factors, but still, it has managed to sustain the conflict via funds coming from Pakistan and the rest of the Islamic world that is providing the economical motivations, at the individual and group level to continue this never-ending circle of conflict in the region. 

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Chiefs Of Air Staff (CAS) Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria visited Bengaluru flew a Su-30MKI to witness the capability enhancement on the jet that has received Software upgrades that were carried out by the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment & software engineers of Software Development Institute. But since no details about the Software capability enhanced were provided this generated lot of curiosity with some speculation that this was the commencement of the Super-Sukhoi program that could involve major hardware and system upgrade not limiting it just to the software enhancement.

But the visit of CAS and flight test by him on the Su-30 got Software capability enhanced was significant enough that mandated visit of the Chief himself to check the performance. Software Development Institute (SDI) is an independent in-house software development and upgrade facility of the IAF that was established to integrate new weapons and systems into the IAFs Fight aircraft.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Last year, the Indian Navy issued a Request For Information (RFI) for the development of an Indigenous 500KWh High capacity Lithium-Ion battery system for submarines. Indian Navy back then had said that the intended use of the Lithium-Ion battery is to replace existing lead-acid batteries fitted onboard conventional submarines and fitment as a power source on the new submarines under procurement and construction. 

Indian Navy is seeking vendors to demonstrate a prototype Lithium-Ion battery system with a Battery Management system (BMS) to validate its energy output and various discharge rates. The Indian Navy has specified a 20-month deadline for the lithium-ion battery project from the date a contract is awarded. A submarine with lithium-ion batteries usually has greater underwater endurance and can run faster than a comparable ship that has lead-acid batteries. India’s Kalvari Class submarines are compatible with both Li-ion batteries and lead-acid batteries, but presently are incorporating lead-acid batteries.

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

Pakistan is very much keen on acquiring the Russian Air Defense System after repeated poor performance of the Chinese medium-range LY-80/HQ-16 air defense systems. In response to India procuring an S-400 air defense system from Russia, In the past, Pakistan has approached Russia and has requested the sale of S-300 Air Defense System, when it was denied it requested for sale of Buk-M2, what interesting is that LY-80/HQ-16 is a Chinese copy of the same missile system.

Pakistan has been seen testing the Chinese FD-2000 which is an export variant of the HQ-9 long-range surface-to-air missile to consolidate its LY-80/HQ-16 air defense system but is not impressed by the range that the missile offers which has been cut down to just 125km for an aircraft sized target from 200km for the Chinese variant. HQ-9 is often called a Chinese copy of the Russian S-300 that Pakistan always desired but has to settle for a Chinese missile that offers less than 50% of the range what the original offered.

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

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According to a Senior ranked Pakistani air force (PAF) official, who in a recent interview to the local media has claimed that PAF will move to all 5th Gen and beyond fighter jet types by 2047 and plans to retire all the older 4th generation fighter jets with a locally developed 5th generation fighter jet under its next-generation fighter aircraft (NGFA) program under Project AZM.

It’s still not clear what is the status of the NGFA under Project AZM but according to the Pakistani defense portal,” Quwa Defence News and Analysis Group” preliminary designs are ongoing still, and PAF is yet to finalize the design. PAF claims that the 5th generation aircraft will be locally designed and manufactured but it is still not clear if it will involve Chinese technologies.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

PM Modi will be traveling to Portugal for the India-EU Summit being held under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, and later will continue on the second leg of his tour to France for a bilateral visit according to media reports. France has been building up diplomatic pressure on India to press fresh orders for 36 more Rafale jets since deliveries for the first 36 jets ordered by India are almost coming to an end by this year.

Media reports hint that if an order for 36 jets is placed now, it will take France the same amount of time to manufacture them and deliver them to Indian that will be close to three years after inking of the contract due to which some level of urgency needs to be shown so that number of fleet type is build up and with more Rafale induction, IAF BVR-AAM Edge is back after induction of the Very Long Ranged Meteor BVRAAM.

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

At least 22 Security personals belonging to India’s Central Police force were killed in an ambush that was set up by nearly 400+ left-wing terrorist that has made India’s eastern jungles their base for over 70 years, in hopes of spreading a dying communist ideology for establishing Communist rules in India, that has seen hundreds of security forces being killed in operations that are often carried out in this deep jungles due to lack of effective airpower that Indian Air force refuses to provide for unknown reasons when world over security forces use special aircraft that are designed for counterinsurgency and close-air-support missions.

HAL developed HTT-40 turboprop aircraft if converted into a light attack aircraft like can provide excellent air coverage to the security forces who often go inside the Jungles that are infested with the left-wing terrorist, which allows them ample time to set up ambushes and boobytrap to often target security forces. not using airpower for providing an eye in the sky and also as an element that will deter such ambush is hurting the Indian central police force badly due to the lack of will power of the Indian air force.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Within 24 hours of declaring plains of the selected government to open up trade deals between India and Pakistan for the supply of Cotton and Sugar, Prime minister U-Turn Khan of Pakistan had to revert his own decision after facing unexpected backlash from its lapdog private media that is partly funded by dubious deep state establishment to the online troll army of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

A repeated lie of the deep state establishment and the Pakistani government on being on one page on all matters related to the country was also somewhat exposed when the establishment appointed interior minister of Pakistan, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed along with Shireen Mazari, Minister for Human Rights, and Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry for Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry forced U-Turn Khan to back down from opening trade relations with India.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

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Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), India’s nodal design agency for the development of fighter jets in the country will be soon approaching the Government of India for official sanction for India’s AMCA 5.5gen stealth fighter jet program, estimated at the costs of 15000 crores that will come in phases. In 2018, ADA has sanctioned seed money of over 400 cores for the program to develop basic technology and for research and development purposes to demonstrate some of the technology that will find its way in the AMCA fighter jet.

Phase-I will see sanction of Full-Scale Engineering Development (FSED) program under which ADA will be in charge of developing Two Next-Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) aircraft for them to be used as Test-bed for many of the technologies that will eventually go in AMCA Prototypes. The scope of FSED Phase 1 was to demonstrate the technologies so that a decision could be taken to build operational proto vehicles, at a later stage.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

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Indian Navy has decided to prioritize the development of Six Nuclear Attack Submarines over the need for the 3rd Aircraft carrier due to budgetary issues, Proposal for the development of 3rd Aircraft Carrier entirety has not been scrapped but will be taken up at an appropriate time at a later part of this decade. Chinese on the other hand have demonstrated a rate of speed at which they can build Aircraft carriers along with supporting battle groups and have plans to maintain at least one carrier battle group in the Indian Ocean Region with the ability to send more due to any possible conflict in the region.

India on the other hand has taken up the development of a Medium ranged Land and Ship-based anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) in a range of 2000km, that along with the Six Nuclear Attack Submarine program, will challenge any Chinese plans to deploy its carrier battle groups in Indian Ocean Region . India is already working on BrahMos-ER with a range of 800km that will now have a near Hypersonic speed of 4.5 Mach and a salvo of BrahMos-ER should be enough to sink an Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean Region, but the development of anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) that is under development for some time now will provide India a dedicated Aircraft Carrier Killing capability at hand.

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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Nearly 4 years ago, China launched the first Type 055 naval destroyer, a mammoth 12,000-ton vessel that is the biggest and most heavily armed warships on the planet, that made India’s latest Project- 15B “Visakhapatnam” class destroyers that displaces close to 8,200 tones that not only has outgunned India’s latest but also revealed China’s aggressive plans for the Indian Ocean Region when it was disclosed that China has plans to have a fleet of 18 Type 055 warships that will give it the firepower it desires put also the range it can operate.

Recent media suggests that the Indian Navy is finally taking this threat seriously and now plans to counter this mega warship with its equivalent when it will commence Project-18 under which it plans to manufacture 13000-ton stealth Guided Missile Destroyer, at an estimated price of over 50000 crores.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

India has quietly inducted INS Dhruv, a first-of-its-kind, nuclear missile tracking vessel that has capabilities to monitor launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at long range using its primary X-Band and a secondary S-Band AESA Radar to scan for launches in the area. INS Dhruv will also be used to record telemetry data of long-range missiles by India during its developmental phase.

INS Dhruv will also be used to gather electronics intelligence on missile launches made by the rivals in the region so that trajectory data and other missile flight profiles can be studied to improve the effectiveness of the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system.

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SOURCE:  DEEPAK HILORI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In three months of 2021, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has lost two fighter jets in crashes and both have been aging Mig-21Bis that has resulted in the death of Group Captain Ashish Gupta, a high ranking pilot of the ill-fated jet that has sent shockwaves not only in IAF but also in Ministry of Defence (MoD). Since 2000, IAF has lost 81 Mig-21 fighter jets in crashes, which is the highest among all fleet types and has lost around 400 in crashes since its induction in the ’60s.

IAF has retired all the older variants of the Mig-21 in recent times and operates around 4 Squadrons of the upgraded Mig-21Bis that were manufactured last in mid ’80s locally by HAL. IAF Chief has often flown in Mig-21 and has claimed that the aircraft is safe and notorious accident records of the type is due to high flying hours one aircraft type generates in a year since 60’s nearly 800+, Mig-21s were inducted.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa said it is time to bury the past and move forward, while the underlying tone remains that India needs to take the first steps and act on some of the preconditions offered to India to begin talks racks of the delusional state of mind, that Pakistan is presently going through. While liberal media in India just can’t see it or don’t want to see it as Aman ki Asha Gang are already working on pressure tactics using Bajwa’s carefully drafted words to open up dialogue.

While there exists no evidence that there is a possibility that the Pakistani deep state and Political circle have accepted the current status quo post-August 5, 2019 developments nor a clear understanding of what Pakistan wants from India, that has been presumed as softening of stand by liberal media in India on contiguous issues like Article 370 and 35A, which isn’t.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently both the selected Prime minister of Pakistan and Pakistani Army Chief has offered talks with India for peace in the region and both the time’s condition is that India takes the first step. What’s debatable is that there is no clarity what is the first step that Islamabad wants New Delhi to take and on what it wants to have talks on ?. After getting no support from the International community for the restoration of now scrapped Article 370 and Article 35A to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir and reunification of present union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the Pakistani administration has now called for grant of statehood to the UT of Jammu and Kashmir as a precondition for having formal talks with India.

what’s strange is that condition put by Pakistan seems to be a face-saver measure requested for the domestic audience, since UT of Jammu and Kashmir is presently going through redrawing of the electoral constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir by the Delimitation Commission that already has got a one-year extension to conclude its task in J&K, only after which elections can be planned.

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