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

Lockheed Martin still might be a few months away from bagging that exclusive deal which it has been searching in India from the time American Aerospace major like Boeing and Lockheed Martin were allowed to participate in scrapped MMRCA tender floated nearly a decade ago.

Lockheed Martin officials then had made it precondition to India that once F-16 order is given to them, then F-35 will follow, even though India never expressed any need for procuring American 5th generation F-35 fighter jet which is still going through various technical issues and India and Russia had firm commitment to built FGFA 5th generation aircraft together . Continue reading

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

Pakistani media has been going bonkers from the moment it was confirmed that United States State Congress has cleared India’s request for sale of 22 Guardian drones for Indian Navy. Pakistani Military think tanks are really pissed that Trump administration has given Indian accesses to the drone technology which can be a game changer since Pakistan in past was denied the sale of such drones in their so-called fight against terror.

India for past few years has been after American administration for the supply of non-combat and combat drones for its military but to keep its ally, Pakistan happy, Obama administration was found non-committal on the sale of high-tech drones to India. MTCR restriction too prevented the sale of such drones to India but entry into MTCR regime by India last year and China aggressive posturing in Indian ocean finally forced Trump administration to grant sale of drones to India. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Lockheed Martin and Tata will come together to manufacture F-16 Block 70 in India if they are awarded a contract by Government of India. F-16 Block 70 offered to India comes with standard American weapons package which will see for the first-time introduction of wide range of American weapons like Air-to-air missiles, Air-to-surface missiles, Anti-ship missiles, targeting pods and bombs.

While Transfer of Technology will be a key factor in Make in India F-16s, It is still not clear if India will also ask for the right to customisation of this F-16 manufactured in India with Indian weapons currently in development for its fighter aircraft. Continue reading

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

Global Helicopter Purchase forecasts for next 5 Year compelled by Honeywell predicts that Light Single engine will continue to dominate Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook for next 5 years with 48 % Share in total sale predicted at 3900-4400 units for all Sizes.

Light Utility Helicopter developed by India’s HAL for Tri-service requirement of its military will also see the development of Civilian variant which can dominate Light Single engine Civilian Helicopter requirement in the Country as well as in the region if marketed aggressively said the report. Continue reading

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

While India’s requirement for 100 Single-engined Fighter jet seems to be already in American kitty due to lack of competition from Russians and other Western Countries But India’s requirement for Twin-engined is likely to see the fiercest competition of them all due to active lobbying from many companies.

While Russians are confident that there upgraded Mig-35 which is much more potent then the Mig-35 which was evaluated by India under MMRCA Tender will get them past the competition but it is also a fact that Russian bagging the deal is also quite dime due to India’s obsession with Western fighter aircraft and strong competition by other contenders . Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A Brewing standoff between the Iranian government and Iranian military over Pakistan on its stand on covert support to militant group Jaish-al-Adl which have been attacking Iranian border guards and other military forces in alleged cross-border raids with the eastern border with Pakistan can be sensed by statements made by Iranian commander Mohammad Baqeri after Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month.

Iranian Military has increased frequency of its surveillance in the region and has deployed Iranian spy drone for months now. Iran has been violating Pakistani air space from March according to Pakistani media reports in its attempts to keep track of militants on the other side of the border. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Defence minister Arun Jaitley has returned from Russia after having a successful one-to-one meeting with key officials from Russian Military complex leading to fast tracking of pending military deals with the Russia.

Helicopter, Frigate and S-400 Negotiation will be fast tracked and will be concluded within next few months said several media reports but it seems no breakthrough was achieved in long pending negotiation for the development of 5th Generation fighter jet which was to be carried out by India and Russia. Continue reading

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

With the addition of P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft in Indian Navy a few years back, India has been trying put together complete backup support ecosystem for its P-8I aircraft’s which will ensure that Indian Ocean region (IOR) always remains its backyard.

Recent Principal approval given by US State Department for sale of state of the art multi-mission maritime patrol Predator Guardian UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from General Atomics to Indian Navy is positive step to strengthen India’s maritime reconnaissance capabilities but India is not done yet and may push for last missing jigsaw piece which is high altitude, long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Continue reading

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

Media reports indicate that F-16 deal might be announced when Indian Prime Minister Narinder Modi and US President Donald Trump will meet face to face in Washington later this week. India needs over 300 + Fighter jet which can replace it’s soon to be retired Mig-21 and Mig-27 fighter jets by 2019. A Certain section of the Indian media has been critical that Lockheed Martin is dumping nearly 40 years ago developed F-16 on India.

Many arguments put forward by the critics are absolutely right But it is also a fact that F-16 in Indian Air Force is more of a number maker in the air force to fill the void left behind by premature retirement of nearly 150+ Mig-27s due to engine troubles. F-16 will be the second line of fighters which will supplement Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas which will come handy in a two-front war for which Indian Air Force has been modernised for. Continue reading

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

In Indo-Pak 1971 War, Pakistani Navy was nearly inoperable from its main port of Karachi due to onslaught of tactical offensive which was unleashed by Indian Navy when 245-tonne Soviet-designed Osa class missile boats carrying P-15 Termit (SS-N-2 Styx) AShM (Anti-Ship Missile) destroyed fuel and military supply facilities on Naval Base that for decades after the war smaller Navy around the world made beeline in Indian Naval Headquarters to study naval strategic adopted during the operations .

Since then Smaller missile boats have only become deadlier with the adoption of improved AShM Weapons over the years and Pocket Battleships which they are called are still a major part of the offensive capabilities of any modern naval warfare today in smaller navies but also in Larger Navies. India’s Proposed Next Generation missile boats are just going to become deadlier to keep regional rival Warships on their toes. Continue reading

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

Tata Advanced Systems Limited-Lockheed Martin deal to Make F-16 in India and also make India Global Spares hub for nearly 3000 Operational F-16s around the world has put many Indian and Pakistanis in a peculiar situation, Will Made in India parts be supplied to Pakistani F-16 fleet? Can India create a scarcity of F-16s spares to cripple Pakistani F-16 fleet? Well, Let me Explain.

First inducted in 1983, Pakistani Air Force in service has 76 First F-16 Fighting Falcon, out of which 18 are of Block 52+ Standard, while others are older F-16A which have received Mid-Life Update (MLU) over the years. F-16 from 80’s have been front-line and also most advanced fighter jet in PAF’s Fleet and also heavily counted on to take on IAF’s Sukhoi-30 and Mig-29SMT. Continue reading

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

Approved by Obama administration, Blocked by current Trump administration, Proposal of Lockheed Martin plans to produce the F-16 Block 70 Falcon in India, after relocating its entire assembly line from its Texas plant to India had become make or break in Indo-Us defence relationship to move forward but with Tata group and Lockheed Martin agreements at the Paris finally there seems to have overcome Trump factor .

President Donald Trump’s America first Policy and his move to save American jobs blocking American companies moving abroad could have the first casualty in India if Lockheed Martin proposal was rejected, Lockheed Martin, on the other hand, was also under a lot of pressure to lower its prices and fix nagging issues with its F-35 jets . Continue reading

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

Tata Advanced Systems and Lockheed Martin deal for Make In India F-16 Block 70 has got the momentum behind them which both companies wanted to keep an edge over its rivals just before Indian Air Force starts Limited Technical evaluation trials of both Gripen-E and F-16 Block 70 in next few months, Sweden’s Saab AB has been scouting for a local partner in India for a while now and Adani Group was among companies being considered for Gripen E planes .

According to Saab India Technologies Pvt, talks were held with Six Local companies in India and are still evaluating local partners but a lack of Aerospace project experience with Adani Group meant Saab was also considering more then one company to make Gripen E if it wins the contract from Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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

While Indian Government is working out formalities to select which Public-Private Shipyards will build next Six Next Generation Stealth Submarines, Indian Navy is busy drafting Request for Information and Request for a proposal which will layout detail technical requirements Indian Navy would like it Project-75I Submarines it could like to have.

Media reports hints that Indian Navy may ask for submarines which have higher submerged displacement then current Project-75 Kalvari-Class Submarines which will enhance its weapons carrying capacity and its range considerably, India requesting Japan to field its 4,000-tonne S?ry?-class submarines was the first hint that Indian Navy may ask for larger submarines under Project-75I. Continue reading

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

MiG chief Ilya Tarasenko while speaking with Russian daily Kommersant said that the company is exploring new orders for its MiG-29/35 series and the company will respond to India’s requirement for New Generation fighter jets for its Air Force with Mig-35 and has already proposed Upgraded MiG-29K/KUB carrier-borne fighters for Indian Navy’s requirement.

India plans to float a separate tender for Twin-engined fighter jet soon under ” Make in India ” initiative and RAC MiG plans to respond with Mig-35 with complete transfer of technology. Continue reading

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