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What could be the biggest flip-flop of the Modi Government in modernization of Indian air force after reducing Dassault Rafale order from 126 to just 36 is that Modi Government is actively mulling scrapping of Make in India single engine fighter (SEF) after both Swedish Saab and the American Lockheed Martin refused to Transfer Deep Technology for their Gripen-E and F-16 Block-70 to their selected partner and also trying to maintain a dominant position in their proposed local joint venture.

Request for Information issued under Single engine fighter (SEF) tender by India had called for procurement of at least 100 jets in partnership with the Private Defence companies like Adani and TATA after whichever proposal is declared a winner. Move to push Tejas over Gripen-E and F-16 Block-70 seems to be a classic case of last-minute realization that government doesn’t have enough funds to procure additional Dassault Rafale, along with India’s 5th generation AMCA and FGFA Program still hangs in balance. Continue reading

SOURCE: Indrajit Majumdar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Various of Publications/Newsletters from government agencies like BARC and DRDO’s ARDE, HEMRL etc. is indicative of that Railgun research in India was really started vary long back in the mid 80s or early 90s.

Two ARDE publications in the DRDO website dating back to the April [Ref-1] and July [Ref-2] of 1994 clearly writes that: Continue reading


Indian Army in its efforts to replace 2,400+ aging Soviet-origin T-72 tanks has issued a global request for information (RFI) for development and procurement of 1,770 multipurpose Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) from global manufacturers to develop a next-generation base platform for the Main Battle Tank upon which need-based variants will be developed.

Design and Development of FRCV are to be planned and executed in three stages, (a) Design Stage. (b) Prototype Development Stage. (c) Production Stage which will be ready for induction by 2025-27. FRCV needs to be developed on a modular concept with a high degree of flexibility in a manner that, as a tank platform, it can address the varying requirements of different terrain configurations. At the same time, it can provide the base on which a ‘Family of Vehicles’, catering to the operational needs of various arms of the Army, can be developed as per RFI. Continue reading


IAF has faced many criticisms to fulfil its MMRCA desire. Everything has been changed since MMRCA tender was on table; Gov after Gov, minister after minister, CAS after CAS but except the Bureaucracy. The tussle between the Military & Bureaucracy has made many deals Khichdi rather than Biriyani. So, the question is being asked when it comes to IAF affection with Rafale aircraft which costs 2 times more than SU-30MKI that, why Indian Air Force is still pitching for more of these planes as these birds are economical in nature & if Pakistan buys such a plane, then their $ 80 debt trap will turn into a Death trap.

 Generally, Indians’ interest always lies on getting American technologies in their hand but the cold era rivalry with American nexuses Pakistan made it difficult for them to reach at their aim. That’s why India opted France to fulfill that technological imbalance. French technology is believed as more competent to their American counterparts. Indian Air Force has a 3-long decade experience of handling Mirage-2000H which makes it comfortable to operate its next Gen Rafale aircraft. Continue reading

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

A Few Words On Ballistic Missiles:

 A ballistic missile follows ballistic trajectory destined to deliver one or more warheads to a predetermined target and are guided for a very brief period of time during its flight. Long range ballistic missiles like the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) spends most of its flight out of the earth’s atmosphere while the shorter ranged ones stay within the atmosphere all throughout their flight.

Ballistic missiles like ICBM have three stages of flight – the powered flight portion, the free flight and the re-entry portion where the missile re-enters the earth’s atmosphere. The powered portion of the flight carries the missile out of the atmosphere, then the thrust is curtailed and missile uses the inertia of the powered flight into the the space from the launch site. During the third stage the missile re-enter the atmosphere and is guided mainly by the the seeker and its rocket motor against the gravity to hit the target. Continue reading


PTAE-7 Turbo jet engine developed by HAL for use on pilotless target aircraft, Lakshya likely used on recent Nirbhay Trial

In Recent successful test flight of India’s first indigenously designed and developed ‘NIRBHAY’ Long Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile achieved the range of 647 km for a total time duration of 50 minutes which was less than what it had covered in its second flight when it covered over 1050 km for a 1-15 minute duration due to which it was widely speculated that drop in performance was largely due to use of Turbojet engine instead of Turbofan engine for the first time .

DRDO has not confirmed nor denied use of Turbojet engine instead of a Turbofan engine nor clarified on exact reasons behind the need to use it, but this has not stopped many Defence Analysts from coming up with their own theory why a Turbojet engine was used instead of Turbofan engine used in all previous trials. Continue reading


India’s indigenously developed Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile will be tested in coming days this week for the fifth time. Since the last test conducted nearly a year ago in last December had to be aborted just two minutes into flight after it veered outside its safety corridor leading to the remote self-destruction by the team on the spot. fresh trials will be seen as a make or break moment for the Nirbhay Project.

Nirbhay in its four trial flights only once achieved near 1000 km flight coverage while in three trials it crashed within few minutes into its flight. Development of subsonic cruise missile is critical weapons system required to provide crucial low-cost precision firepower and to substitute expensive supersonic BrahMos cruise missile system already inducted into Indian Armed Force. Continue reading


” Airforce will be happy if we can replicate Rafale Sensor package for AMCA, ” said a serving senior IAF official to the author in his private capacity when asked how high tech India’s homegrown AMCA 5th generation stealth fighter jet should turn out to be after it enters production stage. when asked did many in IAF shared similar views like his on replicating Dassault Rafale sensor and avionics package for AMCA, the nod was of yes !! made me wonder if the Dassault Rafale already has left an impression on top decision makers in IAF that they want to replicate Dassault Rafale in AMCA? even though India is yet to induct the jets in the first place.

AMCA like Dassault Rafale will be medium category fighter jets which can swing between roles and carry out both ground and air superiority missions in a single mission if required. Rafale which is known as     ” Omni Role ” already has demonstrated its strikes and reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria as part of anti-Islamic state campaign in the middle east. Precision strikes from Dassault Rafale launched from French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier  said to have decimated Daesh targets which played a vital role in the liberation of Mosul. Continue reading


India’s quest to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) started in early 90’s when India’s ADE (Aeronautical Development Establishment), a branch of DRDO was tasked to develop India’s first Nishant UAV based on India Army’s requirement for intelligence gathering platform over enemy territory, which had its first flight in 1995.

Exactly after a decade later, Indian army’s fleet of four home-grown Nishant UAV had suffered crashes and all were lost prompting Army to cancel any future plans to place any further orders for the Nishant UAV. Continue reading


It’s out in the open now that Indo-Russian 5th generation fighter jet program is fast becoming Clash of egos between Indian air force and HAL after both the organizations expressed opposite views on FGFA Program. Indian Air Force wants the project to be scrapped and the state-owned public sector giant HAL wants Indo-Russian fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) to be finalized and become reality soon, while the ball is still in the court of Government of India which will have a final say on it.

Indo-Russian inter-governmental pact for the FGFA project was inked way back in 2007, yet 10 years down the line project is far from becoming a reality after years of negotiations. Continue reading


                                                               INS Arihant

Florence Parly, the French Minister for the Armed Forces, recently concluded her three-day visit to India and both France and India mutually agreed to further enhance their defense sector cooperation. Parly’s top focus was to secure second batch order for Dassault Rafale fighter jet but further maritime cooperation was also discussed including India’s Project-75I submarine tender for Six new Next Generation Conventional diesel submarines.

India already has received four proposals from France, Germany, Russia, and Sweden for Project-75I, while Spain and Japan have decided to not to respond to Request for Information (RFI) issued by Indian Navy. Continue reading


After Doklam stand-off, this gap between both India & China were facilitated into a complexity of hawkish & psychological warfare where China’s unprecedented support to Pakistan’s anti-India activities has enforced India to strengthen its military relationship with Chinese nightmare ‘Vietnam’ as Vietnam is always vocal about strengthening it’s military mighty with Indian help.

Hanoi has dispute with Beijing over South china sea especially on Spartly Island & their request for acquisition of Brahmos which is known to be the world’s fastest cruise missiles moving at a speed of 3 Mach is a master plan to annihilate Chinese blueprint on south china sea. It will pose a serious challenge to Chinese Naval fleet & army Columns. Continue reading


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently cracked a huge order for LR-SAM/MR-SAM Air Defence System from Indian defense establishment worth over $2.6 billion, largest in IAI’s history and the history of Israel leading to a massive jump in companies profit.

LR-SAM/MR-SAM Air Defence System will be used by Indian Navy, Indian Army and Indian Air force to provide Medium-level Air-Defence coverage for its vital installations and will continue to remain one of the key air defense systems with Indian armed forces for next three decades to come while continually ranking mullahs for Israel Aerospace Industries. Continue reading


Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, have decided not to send their bid documents for their diesel-electric Soryu attack submarines in response to India’s Project-75I tender for procurement of Six new attack submarines for Indian Navy.

Recent media Hype in India, that Japan this time will be positive to India request and will finally offer their Soryu attack submarines for the tender seems to be due to their lack of understanding of the Japanese continues persistence and hesitation on transfer of technology (ToT) of their Super Secretive Soryu Submarine dubbed “Crown Jewel” of Japan Maritime Self- Defense Force . Continue reading


Many of us know that after terrorist attack on Indian parliament in 2001 when operation PARAKRAM was failed to achieve its objectives, a new doctrine was planned by former Army General Sundarji christened as Cold Start to crush Pakistan with a co-ordinated military strike in a short period of 72 hours. But after 2015, observing the Chinese huge investment of $52 billion in Pakistan & their interest to protect the CPEC at any cost signalled the concept of two front war real in future.

Therefore, the existence of Cold start needs to be transformed into a two-front strategy giving less time to devastate Pakistan before diverting maximum columns to Northern frontier. As military advancement needs more time, we need to tap the core of IWT (INDUS WATER TREATY) so that we annihilate Pakistan in less time with a single shot. Continue reading

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