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

                                    R-73 used for Representation Pic

Enforcing Air Superiority in a war always will remain a primary factor for Indian Air Force and critical driving force which will factor in will be Air-Air Missile (AAM) deployed. AAMs now not only determine the outcome of a dogfight but it will also determine the outcome of the war.

In the pursuit to enforce Air Superiority doctrine and boost its fighter weapon system design and development. India’s premier weapons research and development organization ” DRDO” achieved an important milestone when its Astra MK1 Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) achieved 7 Successful launch and interceptions of Aerial targets tested out in real combat situations with indigenous seeker thus completing its developmental trials which first begin in 2003. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush singh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After a tedious MMRCA tender, with years of trials and all, the tender was scrapped. IAF is facing acute shortage of fighter jets and IN too needs more carrier based fighters. IAF needs another line of light fighters to replace MIG 21/27 fleet to fill the gap with a cheap, low maintenance and effective fighter. A good decision to fill the void as soon as possible.

But, on what basis it was decided that a light fighter can be the one viz single engine? A light fighter should be classified based on it’s performance attributes, procurement and maintenance costs and not by it’s engine if the ultimate goal is to fill the gap with an effective fighter. In my opinion, it is an unfair and weird discrimination policy for defense procurement’s? Let’s take F-16 and F 18 for an example, the procurement cost of F 18, a twin engine jet is slightly more than F-16 but the maintenance cost of F-18 is the least among all Front line fighters in US Forces. Continue reading

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

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Indian Air Force is getting a Desi Aerial fire power make over as DRDO and Ministry of Defence have been clearing major projects to develop a cluster of aerial weapons systems which will replace expensive imported weapons systems used by Indian Air Force for its operations.

What started off almost a decade back to replace basic aerial weapons with indigenous replacement is fast gaining space to develop series of new aerial weapons which will make Indian Air Force completely independent from foreign weapons manufacturers in less than a decade. Few of the Project initiated by the DRDO has been listed below.

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

It might have raised few eyebrows in Bejing when outgoing Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley along with Senior Indian Naval officials also accompanied by DRDO Chief was given a guided tour of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces Kawasaki’s P-1 maritime patrol aircraft developed indigenously by Japan as a replacement for its fleet of Lockheed P-3 Orions.

P-1 maritime patrol aircraft will make its India debut as part of 2018 edition of Malabar exercise in India which has been confirmed by media reports and it is expected that a full-scale demonstration of the aircraft’s capabilities will be showcased to Indian Ministry and Naval officers. Continue reading

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

In my Previous article, (Click Here ) my report had assumed that Makers of Gripen fighter jets mostly likely will tie up with Adani Aero Defence Systems & Technologies Ltd to build Gripen-E fighter jets soon after Lockheed and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd entered into an agreement to develop and become part of global supply chain for F-16s in production, modernization, and maintenance of this jets in India.

Under India’s ‘Strategic Partnership’ (SP) policy each Private sector player will be selected in four segments. fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines and armored fighting vehicles/main battle tanks who will bag exclusive right to develop in partnership with a foreign vendor on strategic defense programs in India. Continue reading

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

In my previous report on INS Aridhaman (Click Here ), Snoop about possible 2017 Soft launch of India’s Second Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine is turning into a reality after ” The Print ” report also confirmed possible Soft launch soon by PM Modi in coming weeks.

Following INS Aridhaman development closely and keeping track of unverified data, there has been a lot of buzz, lately for some time now that the Aridhaman has been carrying out system check in the dry docks though external power, even though Nuclear reactor is yet to go critical. Continue reading

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

Request for Information issued by Indian Navy to procure approximately 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) along with two flight simulators, one maintenance simulator and infrastructure including Transfer of Technology (ToT) could spell end game for HAL’s effort to get Indian Navy on board its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) to replace its ageing HAL developed Cheetah and Chetak helicopters in service with Indian Navy .

Navy in its RFI made it clear that Helicopters other than capable of carrying out routine operations like Search and Rescue, Medical Evacuation, Communication Duties, Communication Duties, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) will also need to carry at least one light weight Anti Submarine Torpedo for sub surface operations along with Radar and sensor package required for Target Detection . Continue reading

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

Since the creation of Indian Army Aviation Corps (AAC) in 1986, a tussle has been brewing for the ownerships of Rotary Platforms between Indian Army Aviation and Indian Airforce. The first instance was when Indian Army wanted to ownership of Mil Mi-25/Mi-35 attack Helicopters and Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter which is administered by the Indian Air Force but were under the operational control of the Army and procured from their Budget.

Indian Army for long pitched for its own dedicated fleet of attack helicopters which has been opposed by Indian Air Force (IAF) which feels it role will diminish and in future Indian Army Aviation might demand separate Transport aircraft fleet to meet its operational needs. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to recent India media reports, India has shown Interest in acquiring National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) air defence system developed by Raytheon with its Norwegian partner KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace. NASAMS is owned by seven countries and has been used by the U.S. National Capital Region’s air defence system since 2005.

NASAMS is a highly adaptable, medium-range solution for any operational air defence requirement. The system provides the air defender with a high-firepower, networked and distributed state-of-the-art air defence system that can maximize the ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving threat aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle and emerging cruise missile threats. Continue reading

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

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator C Avenger remotely piloted aircraft is again back in the news after General Atomics President David R. Alexander confirmed that unnamed foreign country is interested in acquiring as many as 90 Avengers and the most likely prospective buyer in question would be the Indian Air Force.

Since 2009, Avenger which has accumulated over 13,000 flight hours has been under evaluation process by US Air Force but still has failed to conclude any orders. General Atomics believes that Big order from a foreign buyer could eventually open the door for US Air force and US Navy contracts and prices of the platform will make it further more affordable. Continue reading

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

Dr Kota Harinarayana who was driving force behind the development of India’s indigenous light combat aircraft was once asked: ” Why Do You want to have another Suranjan Das Road in Bangalore? “.

Kota once said there wasn’t a day when this team member of LCA-Tejas in its initial days was not reminded of Group Captain Suranjan Das and why LCA-Tejas program was suspectable to same mistakes which lead to the death of India’s foremost Test Pilot Group Captain Suranjan Das who was killed in a fatal crash of HF-24 Mk 1R Prototype. Continue reading

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

Recently 70’s era Anglo-French Designed Jaguar Deep Penetration Strike aircraft belonging to Indian Air Force took the made headlines when it took off from HAL Owned Bangalore airport with Next Generation ELTA-2052 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Fire Control Radar (FCR), thus becoming the first aircraft in IAF’s Inventory to be equipped with AESA FCR .

India is the lone operator of Jaguar’s in the world and was part of small group of Six countries which operated them and saw construction of only 543 aircraft which means nearly 30% of that totalling 160 units were procured by Indian Air force but that came at great price, since India had to kill its own HF-73 Program to make a case for purchase of Jaguar Strike aircraft from Britain. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With Original MMRCA requirement for 126 aircraft involving comprehensive transfer of technologies of Dassault Rafale could not be pursued and Government of India has now placed an order Two squadrons of the Dassault Rafale instead , lack of clarity and commitment shown by the Government means that long term procurement plans of Indian Air Force are still in Doldrums and replacement plans like purchase of single engine fighter jets and twin engine fighter jets is unlikely to happen for few more years while Indian Air Force continues to see decline in its Fleet strength.

One of the long term solutions for Indian Air Force could be too fast track development of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program currently developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) rather than resort to expensive import solutions. but is it too late ? or we need more clarity in our objectives to define what do we really require? Continue reading

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

Federation of American Scientists (FAS) which are made of Nuclear Scientists and works to promote safer and more secure world by developing advanced solution and Technology for nuclear security and to educate public and policy makers in its report ” Nuclear Dynamics in a Multipolar Strategic Ballistic Missile Defense World ” says that transfer of M-11 missile by China to Pakistan in 1992 and 1994 was the trigger behind India to develop Ballistic Missile Defence system .

According to the report, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) took first steps in research in mid 90’s due to the transfer of M-11 missiles pose a significant threat because being solid fuel short range, this missile was quicker to launch and more mobile then SCUDS used by Iraq in 1991 Gulf War . Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As Indian Air Force makes a transition from 4.5 generation to 5th Generation platforms like FGFA and AMCA in near future I cannot help but think what the next generation of a platform is going to look like after 5th Generation platforms are inducted into Indian Air Force.

Increasingly of late, the number of missions which have been now been carried out by unmanned combat aircraft in last decade or so has increased tremendously even though major rumored are still carried out by Manned aircraft or while humans are in the loop but still many Militarizes around the World are also moving to develop unmanned aerial platforms which can work Independently and can perform way many missions then they are permitted today with today’s technology . Continue reading

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