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

British Labour Party politician of Pakistan Origin Naz Shah, peddling ISI Book of lies has said while Addressing the UK Parliament “As a proud daughter of Kashmir, I simply ask the Minister whether the Prime Minister, who has now canceled his visit to India, will follow on and cancel the shipment of arms to India?”

She also tried to argue that the British arms trade to India contributes to the imaginary genocide of the Kashmiris by India. Ignorant British Labour Party politician doesn’t know that most of the arms trade with India is for the supply of parts to Trainer, fighter jets, and Naval equipment that can never be used against Kashmiri Militancy unlike in Pakistan where fighter jets were used to bomb their towns in name of the fight against Terrorism.

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

Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned the procurement of 83 fighters on Wednesday for Rs. 45,696 Crore along with Design and Development of Infrastructure sanctions worth Rs.1,202 Crore. The deal for 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft could mean that each aircraft cost could be around Rs 550 crore ($75 million) Per unit that is way above what was speculated previously.

HAL originally had asked for a little over Rs 599 crore ($81 million) that could have meant a 12% Profit Margin for the company per unit when the initial quotation for the jets came in early 2019. In 2020, Indian media had reported that the price for the deal has come down to Rs 37,000 crore that could have meant that each unit cost could have been only Rs 455 crore ($61 million), but these figures were never confirmed by HAL, but when the deal pegged at 45,696 Crore was approved it did raise few eyebrows in many circles in India.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

2020 saw a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that shook up many in India. Azerbaijan relied heavily on drones, specifically the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 and the Israeli-made Kamikaze drones in targeting its adversaries missile batteries, air defense radars, tanks, armored fighting vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, towed artillery guns, and even multi-barrel rocket launchers that came as a wake-up call for the Indian military planners who have been ignoring advancement of drone technologies in the region that has allowed China, Pakistan and even Iran advance its self and has gone on to build a superior UAV/Drone programs than India.

Armenia and Azerbaijan Drone War, has finally woken the sleeping giants In the Ministry of Defence (MoD) who have finally cleared funding for two important drone programs in India that can take offensive to its rivals. The State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and NewSpace Research and Technologies, a Bengaluru based start-up has got clearance for the development of ALFA-S or Air-Launched Flexible Asset (Swarm).

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SOURCE: DINESH BEHARA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

On 3rdDecember, during the annual press conference, the Navy chief highlighted the major Requirements and procurements of the Indian Navy such as the Follow-on order of Boeing P-8i Neptune Aircraft, Third Aircraft Carrier, Six Submarines, and other assets [1].But CDS and Navy Chief have different opinions on Third Aircraft Carrier, with former stressing focus on Submarines because of the depleting strength and later being adamant on the need of carrier, well this will be another discussion altogether[2].

Submarines are always the element of surprise in naval warfare and are considered game-changers. Every Navy on the planet takes pride in at least operating a submarine. India had a bitter experience of losing INS Khukri to a submarine during the 1971 War.

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

In Pakistan’s tribal town of Darra Adam Khel, guns used or refurbished Kalashnikovs at that are available at a price cheaper than what a smartphone would cost you, They are also a cheap source of guns for the terror organizations in the region, and some even making it to the Indian side of Kashmir that includes illegal copies of American M16A1 assault rifle that have been found from killed Pakistan backed Terrorist in the valley.

Kalashnikovs made in Darra Adam Khel are not only cheap but also a constant headache for the Indian security agencies but Kalashnikov Concern, a leading Russian manufacturer of sporting, hunting, and military small arms, outdoors, tactical and military equipment in its YouTube video channel has described 5 worst AKs ever made in the world and has named Pakistan’s tribal town of Darra Adam Khel as a place where worst AKs are made in the world over.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

We all know that Brahmo 1 has a range of 300 kms (298 kms actually) in accordance with MTCR regulations. Jointly developed by India and Russia Brahmos is based on the Yakhont missile, whose actual range is 600 kms. How the range was capped at under 300 kms, simple by filling the propellant fuel tank less than 50% or less t han half only.

After negotiations started for India’s entry into MTCR the missiles’ fuel tank was filled up to 75% or 3/4 that allowed its range to be extended to 450kms. After it was confirmed that India is part of MTCR the Block3 missiles were built with full propellant furl tank giving the missile a range of 600 kms but as customary India understates its missile range at 550kms only.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Mistake 1

  1. Recently we heard a news that US Navy decided to scrap a amphibious ship. The US Navy decided to de-commission and scrap the USS Bonhomme Richard after a damage assessment found that restoring the ship damaged by fire while sitting on a dock.
  2. The cost of resorting the ship was pegged at US 1 billion, instead the scrapping will cost US $ 30 million. This brings us to the mistake done by Indian Navy. Indian Navy decided to acquire the fire damaged Admiral Gorshkov for US$ 932 million in 2003 initially but after detailed inspection it was decided to buy the ship for US 2.3 billion in 2008. It was inducted into Indian Navy s INS Vikramaditya.
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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air force (IAF) has decided to procure 6 Commerical aircraft from the State-owned enterprise Air India that is on verge of disinvestment to be converted into an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with a rotodome mounted above the aft fuselage, that houses a three-dimensional locally developed AESA radar providing a 360-degree view that can detect targets more than 400 kilometers away.

IAF first choice of aircraft was Airbus A330-200 a commercial aircraft to be used as a base airframe for the AWACS program but due to high purchase cost it has been questioned by the finance ministry several times but here comes another surprise, Air India owned fleet is largely made up of Boeing aircraft, with only 19 A319 and 20 A321 coming from Airbus, but with no A330-200 owned by Air India that was the first choice of the air force.

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

Indian Navy (IN) has reduced it earlier forecast requirement for multirole carrier-based fighters (MCRBF) from 57, now down to 36 jets and now wants, Government and Indian Air Force (IAF) to help select a platform that will be common between both the forces to reduce the need for multiple RFI/RPF and other documentary processes and also have a Naval Aviators in the IAF team that will be conducting Technical Trials of the jets on the offer.

IAF has requirements for 114 jets that probably will be the last time, India ever will be buying a foreign designed and manufactured jets since off late the focus is now shifting towards locally made fighter jets to meet present and future requirements. Navy’s plans to piggyback on the IAF’s deal could mean additional orders for the selected vendor of 36 jets more, making it the largest fighter jet deal in recent history but, only if accepted by IAF. it will also mean that aircraft capable of carrier-based operations and normal operations from Airforce Stations could see considerable fewer options in the contest.

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

Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh put up a brave face while addressing the media at the annual event on Navy Day, which commemorates Operation Trident – a key offensive during the 1971 India-Pakistan War when the Indian Navy inflicted heavy damage on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbor. Navy Chief faced a barrage of questions on sinking funds for the Navy due to the slowdown in the economy and cut down in resources allocated to Navy and stress to further cut down on imported weapons system to reduce India’s import bill and save precious foreign reserves.

With 5th Scorpene Class submarine hitting waters recently and 3rd one set for induction into Navy, Navy Chief was unable to shed more light into long-pending Project-75I under which it had planned to acquire Six more Next Generation conventional attack submarines of 3000 tons displacement to be made locally in India with International collaboration. when asked about the long-delayed issue of Request for Proposal (RFP), the chief could only say it will be issued soon but that has been the standard answer even from the previous chief and in India, the 7 year period between RFI (Request for Information ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) seems to be only growing with no clarity when the program will be kick-started while the country waits for economic recovery, while many Naval analysts fear that the program might see further delays.

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

Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile per Unit cost has been pegged at ?7.5 crores that roughly translates into $1.1M that raised many eyebrows in the Indian Defence community recently, some calling it far more expensive than some of the similar Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile in the segment and available for IAF and others called high unit price due to limited numbers of orders placed by IAF.

Manufactures of the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile usually do not advertise unit cost. So the Contract between the Manufactures and the country that is procuring them is usually used as a benchmark to figure out the average unit cost per missile, but this contract also has other arrangements factored in like installation costs, software upgrade costs, missile testing costs, and even missile spares and training round costs so it becomes difficult to ascertain average unit costs accurately.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The State-owned aerospace and defense company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which is testing and developing HTFE-25 (Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine ), a 25 kN thrust-class turbofan engine to power the indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) once it completes its Spin Trials, has now officially proposed to develop a reheated derivative after certification of HTFE-25, called “HTFE-40” to be used as a new powerplant for the aging Jaguar Strike aircraft.

In March last year, HAL has taken up the design and development of ‘Afterburner Technology’ for the HTFE-25 aero engine. The afterburner module was mounted on the PTAE engine followed by a successful demonstration of the basic afterburner technology using a fixed area propelling nozzle for the HTFE-25 engine was also carried out.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India has offered Vietnam it’s locally produced Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual range Air to Air Missile to be equipped primarily on its Sukhoi-30MK2 fighter fleet also on its older Su-27 fleet in recent meetings between Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich over video-conferencing.

India has assured Vietnam help in the modernization of its armed forces, with a focus on enhancing maritime capabilities including training of its Pilots for flying Russian-made Su-30 jets and to train its aircrew in the maintenance of these jets. IAF recently cleared Astra Mk1 BVR-AAMs to be operational on its Su-30MKI fleet after extensive trails.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Around Late 2019 there were reports that UAE Air Force that operates the 2nd most numbers of Mirage 2000 jets after France was planning to sells around 24 to 36 fighter jets to Iraqi Air Force. The reports also said that UAE wanted to provide Iraq with these jets to be stationed inside or near Kurdistan region after refurbishing the jets to latest model. This may be as deterrence against Turkey. Whatever the reason may be but both France and Dassault refused and put their foot down, France perhaps for fear of these jets falling into wrong hands and Dassault for total lack of relevant support and service infrastructure in Iraq.

UAE Air Force which is buying both the 5th generation F35 jets from USA and 4.5 generation Rafale jets from France in good numbers (both at least 36) will have 69 surplus Mirage 2000 jets that it wants to hive off or et rid off asap.

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SOURCE: JOYDEEP GHOSH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

What is a megaton nuke bomb, its a nuclear weapon with an explosive power equivalent to one million tons of TNT.  The largest nuke ever tested was Tsar Bomba, a thermo nuclear bomb developed by the Soviet Union. The bomb exploded over a island in the arctic region, was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT however, however the bomb yield was reduced to 50 megatons in order to reduce nuclear fallout. In comparison the Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima and Fat Man dropped on Nagasaki had a yield of just 15 and 21 kilotons respectively.

It may be known that a megaton nuclear weapon when exploded in an attack will create a blast overpressure spread out over a larger area. Unlike fission devices, fusion devices or thermo nuclear bombs produce 50 million degree fireballs. Within 10 seconds the fireball grows into 1 mile around and cools off to 11 million degrees. 4 miles away from blast of 1 MT Bomb, pressure is 6 pounds per square inch (It may be known that 5 pounds overpressure breaks the eardrums) and winds blow at 180 miles per hour. The blast wind cleans all houses and buildings with 2 pounds per square inch enough to crush a house. The light flash of the explosion that will last upto 22 seconds wil cause people living 10 miles away to receive 2nd degree burns.

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