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According to Indian media reports, Delegation from Bahrain who was in India for Aero India 2017 held a preliminary discussion with ADA on the possible purchase of LCA-Tejas trainers for Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF).

LCA-Tejas trainers likely to configured has a Lead-in fighter training (LIFT) aircraft. which basically are used as an advanced jet trainer aircraft with avionics and stores-management capability that emulate operational fighters to train its new pilots and to provide efficient training in combat scenarios with reduced training costs compared to moving straight to operational conversion. Continue reading

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

With Aero India 2017 concluded successfully, LCA-Tejas is all set to gear up for upcoming crucial trials which are linked to Final Operational Certification (FOC) from next month onwards said a media report.

Crucial trials lined up are testing of Russian-supplied GSH-23 twin-barreled 23 mm autocannon from aircraft in mid-air against a target. GSH-23 already has carried out successful integration and grounds based tests from LCA-Tejas which have achieved desired results. Continue reading

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

Soviet-made M-55 Geophysica reconnaissance plane often compared to the US Lockheed U-2 spy aircraft in terms of technical characteristics will be in India this summer to conduct series of high altitude flights all over India for good cause.

Alone surviving Myasishchev M-55 has been converted and currently used as a high-altitude geophysical research aircraft. M-55 will be in India this summer to carry out series of high-altitude test flights as part of second phase of the Eu-funded Stratoclim International upper atmosphere research programme pursued by 28 research organisations from 11 countries. Continue reading

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

March 10 is the date set by India to test BrahMos with an enhanced range of 450km. Existing inventories of BrahMos will all soon get software updates which earlier capped their range to 290km due to MTCR regulations.

BrahMos missile which is already in service with Indian Army and Indian Navy will have its software limitations removed allowing it to hit targets up to 450km which is 55% more range than existing blocks. Continue reading

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

The Tejas turning over an F1 circuit during the Bahrain Air Show

Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed (Minister for Transportation and Telecommunication of Kingdom of Bahrain) who was down in India to attend Aero India 2017 told Indian media that he could like Indian developed LCA-Tejas Fighter jet to come back at next year’s BIAS-2018 scheduled for 14-16 November.

Excellency said that India’s indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas impressed everyone with its manoeuvrability and received a significant positive response from many visiting delegations. Continue reading

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

DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher while speaking to media has hinted that Pinaka MK-1 multiple barrel rocket which first bagged major orders from Indian Army a decade ago (2007) and currently in production at Ambajhari ordnance factory outside Nagpur producing 5000 Rockets a year feels its right time to consider it for export.

DRDO already has demonstrated Guided Pinaka MK-II with under 75km range recently and is anticipating orders for Advance and improved variants in future. DRDO Chief feels export of MK-1 version can keep current existing production open for few more years allowing the country to recover its investment in its development. Continue reading

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

According to Indian media reports, Government of Indonesia through official channels has asked Indian government about details on indigenously developed LCA-Tejas combat jet.

Accordingly, India is planning to brief Indonesian air force on the technical aspect of LCA-Tejas followed up with detail proposal if Indonesian air force is interested in the purchase of LCA-Tejas combat jet. Continue reading

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

Reports of Myanmar having advanced negotiations with Pakistan to licence-build JF-17 fighter has not gone down well with Pakistani Netizen who have criticised its government decision, even when Pakistan government has repeatedly raised Rohingya issue at UN, OIC.

Pakistan is seen has a leading Muslim voice in the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and seeking the intensification of diplomatic and moral pressure on the government of Myanmar to grant adequate citizenship rights to the Rohingya community, in accordance with international humanitarian laws. Continue reading

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

Chinese media has indicated that China is working on a new long-range air-to-air missile that seems tailor-made to give rival air forces problems when operating in the region.

Photographs posted on Chinese media show China’s J-11B and J-16 fighters carrying an unnamed missile that Chinese state-run media confirms has a range of nearly 400kms. New very long-range air-to-air missiles are especially threat to India’s high-value targets, which usually operate beyond operational range of BVRAAMs. Continue reading

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

IAF authorised squadron level which is already down from 42 squadrons to 33, with Combat jets inventory of only 660, will only see major slide in squadron level by end of this decade or at the most by early next decade, when IAF will phase out all the MiG-21 and MiG-27 aircraft on account of which the strength of combat squadrons will dwindle further to 25 which is 500 aircraft .

Although the IAF will induct nearly 40 Tejas Mk I and 36 Dassault Rafale by 2020, IAF will only partially recover in terms of fleet inventory since the production of LCA-Tejas MK1A will only start from 2021. Continue reading

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

With Major American and Russian Aeronautical companies out of Light Fighter class category for some time now, Countries with Minimal threat perception also with the lower budget are constantly looking out for cheaper but modern Combat Jets to replace older Migs or F-4/5s from their fleet.

New Combat jets from Major American and Russian Aeronautical companies in Light Fighter class category have disappeared largely due to revolving Air Force doctrine around the world which now is more and more looking out for Multi-role functions from Medium class aircraft due to various reasons. Continue reading

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

Russia is all set to offer India, again an upgraded Mig-35 reportedly equipped with AESA radar and 5th Generation communication avionics to meet India’s requirement for new 4++ Generation fighter jets.

While Mig-35 fighter jet is still predominantly based on Baseline Mig-29 design but comes with new equipment and avionics to which will be offered in its modern avatar to existing customers of Mig-29 as a replacement and will start inducting them from 2019 onwards in its own fleet to replace ageing Mig-29s and other light fighter aircraft. Continue reading

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

While India is currently busy carrying out preparation for Developmental trials of countries longest K-4 Submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in next few days, the buzz around is that next big thing to emerge in Indian Strategic calculus in missile technology might be seeing fastening development of K-5 SLBM over Agni-VI.

Not so secretive K-5 SLBM will have a range of in excess of 6000 km with 2-tonne payload which can carry four multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads of 500kgs each. Continue reading

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

Recently Indian Navy floated a Request for Information (RFI) for a newer generation of aircraft which can operate from the two aircraft carriers it will operate in next few years.

RFI doesn’t mention if the requirement is for single or twin-engined fighter aircraft but the requirement for 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) for deck operations in technical departments hints at twin engine requirements for safety reasons. Continue reading

SOURCE: ALEX SYLVESTER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

What a spectacle the 2017 Republic day parade was. But hidden among the grandeur was something no one had seen in Indian colours before, a model of the AH-64E ‘Apache’ on one of the air force tableau. This was interesting because, although the Indian air force has a firm order for 22 helicopters, they are still not in the IAF inventory.

After a long protracted process that saw Boeing grant 13 price extensions, the MoD finally approved the purchase of 22 Apaches in Sep 2015, with deliveries expected to begin in 3-4 years. This would mean the end of 2018 or early 2019 at the very least. Continue reading

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