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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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The United States Government had approved the foreign military sale (FMS) of the 22 Guardian drones at an estimated cost of $2 billion for Indian Navy last year in June but the Indian government is yet to seal the deal with US Government and as per latest media reports, Indian government Defence Ministry issued letter of request in 2016 maybe re-issued with certain amendments .

New Delhi now favors the acquisition of armed drones instead of unarmed drone from the US and will discuss with Pentagon and Trump administration to amend current offer to include weapons carrying capacity in the requested drones. Continue reading

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

A Recent report prepared by India Today Group said that European manufacturers have informed India that they no longer can offer long-range Meteor beyond visual range missiles for Integration on Russian Supplied SU-30MKI fighter jet and also on India’s very own indigenously developed Tejas MK-1A fighter jets.

MBDA which makes Meteor beyond visual range missiles is yet to comment on the report but Defence Analysts think they might have been some political interference in the possible sale of the missile system to India and likely culprit could be France which is one of the closest strategic defense partners of India. Continue reading

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

India recently marked the 20th Anniversary of Pokhran-II, where it carried out series of five nuclear bomb test explosions at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998 which saw series of articles coming from various media channels in India taking opinions of various think tanks in India for way forward and what next India needs to do to further strengthen its Nuclear weapons to meet challenges of present and future security scenario .

Outgoing DRDO Chief S Christopher in an interview to a private news channel confirmed that if asked DRDO can assist Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) again to help carry out another series of Nuclear tests in less than 40 days on orders from the government of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After two successful tests in 2018 and Six in last Six Years, Agni-V just needs one more pre-induction test before it’s cleared to go in the mass production said DRDO officials after India successful conducted test of its longest ranged Agni-V missile in its final production configuration which for the first time was fired for its full range of 5000km and landed close to Australian waters .

In today’s test, Agni-V sported a new paint scheme which was similar to military camouflage usually used by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on a deployed missile system. DRDO is likely to carry out last pre-induction trial later in this year of the Agni-V missile system before its handovers it to SFC. Continue reading

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

 

DRDO quietly tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) from a ground-based launcher to validate flight characteristics of the new missile before it can move to next phase of trials. SFDR also sported a new booster-ram jet sustainer propulsion system and trials were an initial phase developmental trials done largely to collect in-flight data of the new missile system which India has been developing with Russia from 2013 onwards.

According to media reports, the prototype of the SFDR Missile will lead to the development of a Long Range Surface to Air Defence Missile System and also will lead to the development of Next-generation Air-to-Air Missile Systems to be equipped on Indian Air Force fighter jets. Continue reading

SOURCE:  KRISHNA SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India is one among the largest importer of defense equipment. Airforce has a variety of aircraft of which most of them are Russians. At present, the squadron strength is low to 31 squadrons against a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons consisting of 18 planes per squadron.

Aircrafts operated by Indian Airforce are Mig-21, Mig-27, Mig-29, Jaguar, Mirage-200, Su-30 MKI and LCA. MIG-21 One of the best aircraft of that time now has operated for around 25-30 years in India which is way beyond the expected life of an aircraft. India now operates around 10 squadrons of them which are expected to be decommissioned within next 4 years. Mig-21’s now operated by Air Force is the upgraded Bison version. It has a very high landing and take off speed. Continue reading

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

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared and approved design and development of the Long Range Dual Band Infrared Imaging Search and Track System (IRST) for SU-30 MKI. IRST systems according to Defence ministry will operate in day & night conditions and significantly boost the operational capabilities of SU-30 MKI aircraft.

For years now, Russians have fine-tuned their IRST sensors systems so that it can filter out false positives and can also help aid Pilot in the detection of low observable fighter aircraft like F-22 and F-35. IRST supplemented by a Powerful radar like NIIP N011M Bars used in Su-30MKI is a significant threat to any stealth fighters and local indigenous development has far too many local applications and likely to be integrated into other Indian fighters too. Continue reading

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

According to the latest report, Indian Air Force way back in December 2014 for the first time had informed Ministry of Defence (MOD) that development of proposed FGFA based on Russian Pak-fa Platform was not suitable for induction into IAF and had a number of deficiencies that were found were simply not acceptable to the IAF.

News of IAF not being happy with the FGFA Project has been going on for last few years now, but they were also enough media reports which contradicted them and even claimed that project is on verge of final negotiation until earlier this year when Indian MOD officially informed their Russian counterparts that India is finally pulling the plugs on the multibillion-dollar programme to develop and produce a stealth fighter with Russia . Continue reading

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

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) offering to manufacture 40 additional Su-30s with the capability to carry BrahMos missiles (ALCM) given the shortfall of IAF fighter squadrons. Sukhoi-30MKI fighter production run is nearing its end and last locally manufactured Su-30 is likely to be delivered by end of 2020.

Out of 32 Squadrons which IAF has, soon 15 Squadrons will be entirely made up of Sukhoi-30MKI fighters with last of the 10 Squadrons of legacy fighters like Mig-21 and Mig-27 to be retired by 2022, IAF is all set to go into a free fall of combat squadron strength for the next 5-7 years before it can revamp itself with the induction of new fighter jets post 2025-27 period . Continue reading

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