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

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come under severe criticism by Defence Ministry after HAL quoted over ?463 crore for each 83 Mk-1A variants featuring specific advancements which made it even more expensive than twin-engine Sukhoi-30 assembled in India for just over ?400 crore.

What raised several eyebrows was that for Mk-1, HAL quoted ?100 crore and price hike from ?100 crore to ?463 crore for Mk-1A even though a major chunk of the systems remain the same! what has to lead to a sudden surge in price even if new systems and inflations are factored in? HAL needs to answer them first. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

News just trickled as to how UAE double game hit India hard. India had help nab the runaway UAE princes off Goa coast and hoped that UAE will reciprocate by handling over a wanted terrorist by the likes of Farooq Devdiwala but this was not to be as UAE played a massive double game handing him over to Pakistan. This has hit India hard, with a massive diplomatic loss of face. Lets start from the start,

Case 1 – Runaway UAE Princess Continue reading

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

Taiwan Media has confirmed that it has received Submarine design offer from several countries which include almost all major United States allies including Japan, India, and Several European countries since the US doesn’t build or operate Conventional submarine also known as Diesel submarines to meet the Taiwanese defense ministry Global request for help in construction of indigenous submarine locally .

Taiwan operates four Submarines in its Navy and only Two Hai Lung (Sea Dragon) class which are over 30 years old are operationally active in its service. Taiwan for last two decades has been trying to acquire new Conventional submarine from abroad but due to aggressive bullying from China, many European Countries have stayed away from offering a direct sale of the submarine to Taiwan which lead to considerable reduction in operational capabilities of the Taiwan Navy to thwart any possible invasion of the country from China . Continue reading

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

Nearly Fifty years ago, Indian Navy established Directorate of Naval design an in-house design bureau was established to develop and grow India’s capability in designing contemporary warships, which over the years from humble beginnings as now moved to design and development of modern warships, to aircraft carriers and also nuclear submarines, making Indian Navy one of the few armed forces in the world which designs and develops its own products based on its own requirements working in sync with private and state-owned shipyards in India and abroad .

Indian Air Force for years relied on cheaply imported fighter aircraft which were either licensed assembled in India or were produced locally with Transfer of Technology. With development of new generation of aircrafts prices of fighter aircraft have only trended upwards in the cost of procurement due to advancement in modern technology which now requires considerable amount of additional funding for research and development of next-generation combat aircraft which it is making very difficult for IAF and India to forever depend on external suppliers for current and future needs to safeguard our airspace . Continue reading

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

India has taken up its self to develop a new next generation long range Surface to Air Missile in the class of 48N6 missile (250km) which is part of the S-400 Triumf which India plans to acquire soon to meet its local demands for extra long interception capabilities.

XR-SAM Program was initiated by DRDO a few years back, Yet not much has been shared in the Public domain officially. What little could be gathered from the various media reports is that was suspected that the XR-SAM Program will utilize technology from India’s proven Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program to develop an interceptor missile capable of targeting fast maneuvering targets in long range. Continue reading

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

Great Indian Tamasha is back again for its Second Season after running for decades in the first season without any success. After the cut-off date passed by media reports in India confirmed that same defeated Air warriors of the past tenders are once again entering the arena to battle it out among themselves to secure orders for 110 units of Make in India fighter which actually nobody knows how long this season will last due to India’s love for tons of paper works and hectic documentation which is common in all high budget Military procurement tenders .

Airbus Defence and Space is back with its Eurofighter Typhoon Combat jet which missed the bus last time after it was declared a winner on Technical rounds but failed to become an L1 bidder after Dassault Aviation reportedly offered their Rafale fighter jets at an even lower price than Eurofighter Typhoon. Airbus has participated in the tender without much buzz in the local Indian media circle indicating less expenditure was incurred on promotion on so-called Defence Journalists in India. Continue reading

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

India’s defense acquisitions council has given its final approval to an agreement to purchase S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, despite Washington’s opposition, S-400 procurement most likely will see the wrath of the United States Government on India since no exemptions were given to India not only on procurement of S-400 system but also on existing procurement plans of purchase of frigates and Joint venture with Russian companies on BrahMos-NG and BrahMos-2K .

Under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) virtually dealings with all Russian defense companies are banned that means even procurement of any new weapons system or additional capabilities to the existing systems will attract US Scanners and it will simply be of no use for India even if it drops plans to procure S-400 from Russia . Continue reading

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

Global aerospace manufactures who are soon likely to send their response to Indian Air Force’s Request for Information (RFI) issued earlier in April have been warned to provide clear commitments from the vendors and their sub-vendors on the supply of sensitive guarantees on the transfer of technology including training facilities and performance guarantees or face chances of their response been rejected .

IAF issued RFI’s in 2004 (MMRCA ) and 2016 (Single Engine Fighter (SEF)) in both tenders had let Vendors decide what level of sensitive technology details they can transfer and previous RFI didn’t pin down clear commitments due to which Dassault Aviation after winning MMRCA became sensitive to transferring technology and later even Lockheed Martin which was leading in SEF tender suffered from commitment issues after learning it was about to clinch orders for F-16-V from India . Continue reading

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

In a major breakthrough in missile technology, India recently tested a new missile system which has as the potential to be called as a big deal for the future of air warfare of India. Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) is joint development project between India and Russia which in past have produced world’s deadliest Mach-3 capable Supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missiles system and SFDR will again be next major milestone system coming out of the strategic defense relationship which both India and Russia have.

SFDR will come with an advanced propulsion system having thrust modulation using hot gas flow controller. What impressive is claimed range of the Air-launched Tactical Missiles which doesn’t make it regular long-range Air-to-Air Missile but it will birth of a new Next Generation Very long Tactical Air-to-Air Missile which will put India in a league of small countries like Russia, USA and China when system clears trials. Continue reading

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

On April 6th earlier this year, IAF published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking proposals from interested vendors for supply of 110 fighter jets in a deal worth $15 billion which will be manufactured locally under the Modi government’s flagship Make in India scheme.

According to the Request for Information issued global manufacturers have to respond by July 6, with their offers along with other information like Transfer of technology on offer along with product information of the aircraft on the offer. Continue reading

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

Arjun Mk-2 after incorporating 84 improvements gained over six tons over the MK1 and now weighs at 68.6 tons. but this is about to change and on instances of the Indian Army, DRDO has again started working on to carry out structural improvements and also develop a reconfigured Hull with new improved advanced armor material which will allow it to lose 3 tons in total weight.

Indian Army had asked for weight optimized Mk-2 in 2016 and work begin soon after by DRDO put results will not be quick since reconfiguration of an accepted design will mean more painstaking and also slow developmental work which will keep the Mk-2 out of production before it is revalidated again by Indian Army in fresh trials. Continue reading

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

Israel recently declared that intends to build up its Barak missile family and plans to develop two new missiles using a modular and scalable approach which will be tailored and sized to meet specific air defense needs. Israel plans to offer three missiles based on the Barak 8 to all its customers.

Barak MRAD will use a single-pulse engine giving a range of up to 35km, Dual-pulse Barak LRAD which in India is known as MR-SAM/LR-SAM will have a range of 70km and Barak ER with help of additional booster motor and increased length will have engagement range of 150km. Continue reading

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

Medium Combat Fighter (MCW) is what India will be calling its new fighter which is likely to be developed by India after it completes development of LCA-Tejas. MCW which also goes as Tejas MK-2, make no mistake is not an upgraded variant based on LCA-Tejas but is a full 4 tonnes heavier aircraft which will come with increased range and weapons carrying capacity.

A final design is likely to be frozen by end of this year and most likely a scale model will be showcased at the next year’s Aero India 2019 to be held in the month of February in Bangalore. Previous designs and scale models floating around of the Tejas MK-2 are more or less have been discarded since several radical changes were approved only last few years ago, with new features and new design inputs aircraft is official to be called Medium Combat Fighter (MCW) and as per rumors to keep its distant identity will also get a different name and unlikely will be ever called Tejas MK-2 when it enters production . Continue reading

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

Biased UN Report might have come as a shocker to many in India which for the first time in 70 years seems to have sided with Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir and their propaganda and blamed everything on India and its security forces. The report might be first coming from an International body but may not be the last, since last few years great International efforts have been made by some Muslim organization backed by certain officials in Arab governments to bring Kashmir and Palestine issues on par to grab world attention.

While World media is quite sympathetic towards Palestine issues largely remains anti-Israeli when it comes to reporting and propaganda, the same level of support seems to be clearly missing in dominant western media even though one-off articles and reports do come on against India on Kashmir but support for Pakistan is nil due to its deep-rooted association with terrorism in the region due to which India has managed to keep Kashmir off International attention. Continue reading

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

India’s longest-delayed defense projects ” Project-75I” to construct six Next-Generation conventional submarines for $10 billion is finally gathering pace after offers from countries like France, Russia, Sweden, and Germany was received by India and are being currently being evaluated by a high-level technical committee of Indian Navy and Government officials which will then identify Submarine which meets the requirement and also later the L1 ( Cheapest Vendor ) before negotiations for final contract is held with the winner .

With Winner likely to be announced in next few months, Russia’s Rosoboronexport Rubin Design Bureau officials have offered their services towards India’s ambitious project to build six nuclear-powered attack submarines in lieu of securing orders for its Amur-1650 Non-nuclear submarine under India’s ” Project-75I”. Continue reading

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