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

It’s been more than 30 years now from when India truly started perusing its DEW dreams especially in Laser technology. It was Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), the key institution on whose shoulder it was putting its trust for its dreams to become real. Since then LASTEC developed and tested several types and classes of Laser sources, Lasing mediums, associated technologies for each types and classes, several types of laser applications etc. etc.
LAB in the Centre Stage:
Yes the LASTEC it was, the central lab responsible for all the actions on that field. And there are reasons that why LASTEC and why not others. The question is valid because peoples may think that when the LASTEC stands for Laser Science and Technology Centre, it’s obvious that it will be given the work because it was meant for the type of work.

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SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When I say Tank MRO and not trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, I say this bcoz that is what sound common sense application should be as it saves the governments hundreds of crores of tax payers money as well as boost defense preparedness. If you ask how and why? Common sense says it’s a bad idea to assemble various models of Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. Here are the below points:-

What does Vehicle Factory Jabalpur do?
Apart from other types of vehicles, the plant mainly assembles Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks for the armed forces that are manufactured in Ashok Leyland’s own plant, then dis-assembled into CKD/SKD kits; packaged and transported to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh where again they are unpacked and re-assembled once again. Continue reading

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

Indian-American Vivek Lall who joined Lockheed Martin as vice- president of strategy and business development recently in his interview with Press Trust of India (PTI) made contrary statements on Lockheed Martin’s proposal for sale of F-16 while bringing in a push for sale of F-35 to India leading to high level of confusion.

Lall said Lockheed is keen on offering Customised F-35 to India, while his later part of Interview he was clearly talking about F-16 proposal to manufacture 114 with Tata Group in India to meet Indian Air Force’s Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender. Continue reading

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

Turkey’s Exporters Assembly (TIM) reported that with purchase of USD106.8 million of Defence equipment and 125% growth in Defense export sales to India when compared to previous year, India is now Turkey’s Third biggest purchaser.

Turkish Defense exports to India is largely supply of equipment to Indian Private sector companies as there is no known direct defence deal between the two countries for sale of any equipment. In 2013, then Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on a visit to Turkey helped revive 20-year-old draft defence cooperation agreement between Turkey and India, since then Ankara’s outlook towards cooperation between two defence forces through military-to-military contacts and training exchanges have improved. Continue reading

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

A few days back Pakistan Navy (PN) carried out first test firing of Harbah land attack Cruise Missile from newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat successfully. Harbah is a Naval version of short-range turbojet powered Babur subsonic cruise missile which already has been entered into service with Pakistani Army.

Pakistani press release failed to mention the range of the new Harbah subsonic cruise missile but it is likely to a range of 450 km or lesser. Continue reading

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

The Indian government recently scrapped a planned massive USD 500 million deal with Israel for the purchase of Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) for Indian Army. A requirement for the purchase of 3rd Generation ATGM was felt more than 10 years ago since then Army has scrapped tenders multiple times due to various reasons.

This time the Purchase order was scrapped after State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was able to convince Government of India that India was on the verge of a breakthrough in the development of indigenous Man-Portable ATGM for the Army. Continue reading

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

                                   REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

India’s Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender for procurement of 114 Modern 4++ Generation fighter jet through local partnership for the first time with Private Aerospace Sector Company is facing a unique dilemma after the collapse of MRRCA Tender.

Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender lacked clarification on several fronts especially on key specifications but IAF drafted Tender documents did require higher payload carrying capabilities, which clearly hinted that IAF was still chasing for procurement of Medium-Multirole Aircraft on a tighter budget. Continue reading

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

Indian Ministry of Defence and the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization are working in tandem to ensure that part of India’s homemade ballistic missile defence system is ready to be deployed by 2018 and recent Interceptor missile tested a few days ago reportedly was tested in Production ready configuration clearlying its path for its deployment to shied New Delhi and Mumbai .

Two Radar site has been selected to deploy Phase-I two-tier fully automated Ballistic Missile Defence to provide an effective missile shield against incoming enemy ballistic and nuclear missiles Countries Capital New Delhi and Commercial Capital Mumbai in the first phase. Continue reading

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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) till a few months ago had nothing much to do after Government of India and Indian Air Force became non-committal on the development of a stretched version of LCA-Tejas MK-2 post-Aero India 2017 held earlier this year.

At Aero India 2017 ADA has shown scale models of the LCA-Tejas MK-2 and confirmed that the final design of the new aircraft will be frozen soon but rise of upgraded Tejas MK-1A promoted by HAL and IAF’s keen interest to acquire Single-engined fighter jet in a separate tender meant LCA-Tejas MK-2 project took backseat and almost on the verge of been shelved .

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

United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) will be the first export customer of Astra, India’s first indigenously developed beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile if recent Indian media reports are to be believed. Developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Astra is an all-weather air-to-air missile which can engage high manoeuvring targets at medium range.

Powered by indigenous RF Seeker, Astra BVRAAM already has gone through intense trials and has met all mission objectives and parameters in recent trials and has entered Small-scale production after it received orders from Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE:  HIMANSU SWAIN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The much-awaited single-engine fighter deal of 114 aircrafts has hit the roadblock over MOD concerns on Single vendor situation after Lockheed Martin’s hesitance over technology transfer & safeguard issue. American lobby seems to be on front foot after Back to back high profile diplomatic visits & putting pressures on India to buy F-16. However, IAF’s unacceptability & US strict technology transfer safeguard policies making the deal impossible.

F-16 which came with 80s era technology & some minor improvements during MMRCA competition was discarded by IAF. But after a decade how this plane could become beneficial for the force, the question is now being asked by many defence experts. Continue reading

SOURCE: Air Commodore KI Ravi, AVSM VSM (retd)/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Finally, RFP is issued but only to HAL, Why? Why not to TASL, L&T, Mahindra etc who all have collaboration with OEMs of aerospace and defence abroad?

The Mk 1A is only an improved version of the Mk 1 and hence the accrued benefits are not worth the cost. Assuming 50000 crores for the complete package of 83 ac, the cost per ac works out to Rs. 603 crores/ac or USD 93 million per aircraft. Compare to Rs. 200 crores per aircraft for the Mk 1. Yes, HAL is promising advanced AESA radar and Electronic Warfare Equipment, but all from abroad. Continue reading

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

                                                              ARTIST IMPRESSION

After nearly 40 years of Research and Development, India’s less talked about Nuclear submarine program finally seems to have hit expressway after it recently launched its Second Nuclear ballistic missile Submarine and have plans to launch 2 more improve Arihant Class Submarines in next 5 years which will further strengthen India’s Nuclear Triad.

Indian Naval chief recently also confirmed to Indian media that ground developmental work for developing Six Indigenous Nuclear Attack Submarine has already started and this one will have a quick turnaround time and will not take decades to become fruitful. Continue reading

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

India’s Single Engine Fighter requirement is facing rather unexpected questioning, Ministry of Defence which first formulated purchase of single and twin-engine fighter aircraft on the backdrop of collapsed MMRCA tender is now questioning IAF’s requirement after Lockheed Martin refused to oblige to carry out full Transfer of Technology of its F-16 to India which could lead to awkward single vendor situation .

MOD officials are also worried the new deal could cost over $ 20 Billion for the purchase of 114 units of aircrafts and will also face an allegation of irregularities in their procurement since only two vendors have responded and there is growing realisation that both F-16 and Gripen-E were rejected by IAF under Technical rounds of MMRCA evaluations. Continue reading

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

DRDO has developed 250 KWs Silver Oxide Zinc (AgOZn), both primary and secondary batteries for propulsion of heavy weight torpedo Varunastra

DRDO’s Varunastra, the first indigenous heavy weight ship launched anti-submarine electric torpedo.It is capable of targeting quiet and stealthy submarines, both in deep and littoral waters in intense counter measure environment . The battery, which is used for heavyweight torpedo propulsion, will enhance the propulsion characteristics of the weapon. This will help in increasing the speed of torpedoes due to increased power from the present 100 kW to 250 kW, almost within the same space. Continue reading

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