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SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

While India might be newcomer to the world of Ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), yet it is not too far away from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) when it comes to the Nuclear ships and missile it has under its disposal when it comes to direct comparison with regional arch-rival China.

PLAN has JL-2 (CH-SS-N-14) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) with a range of around 7500km is currently operational. JL-1 it’s predecessor with a range of 2500km which now has been decommissioned from the service due to technical difficulties and also due to lack of credible launch platform resulting in the development of JL-2 SLBMs which are equipped on 6 Type-094 (Jin-class) nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs). Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who is called Architect behind Indian Air Force (IAF) placing orders for 83 Upgraded Tejas Mk-1A after Initially, it had refused to place orders beyond 20 IOC Configured Tejas Mk-1 and 20 FOC Configured Tejas Mk-1 and instead were more interested in procurement of Tejas Mk-II aircraft which was sanctioned in 2009.

IAF then had told Parrikar that performance shortfalls and maintenance issues were one of the primary reasons why it was not considering procurement of additional Tejas Mk-1 when Questioned by Parrikar on lack of further orders for LCA-Tejas aircraft. later Parrikar held several meetings with all the stakeholders to find a solution and also identify issues and why IAF was not keen on the procurement of additional jets. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After Turkey and Pakistan signed their biggest-ever arms deal, for the supply of 30 T129 ATAK multipurpose helicopters for the Pakistani military for $1.5 billion. US-based manufacturer Honeywell and Britain’s Rolls-Royce has been blocked by US Administration for the supply of LHTEC T800-4A turboshaft engines which powers the T129 ATAK attack choppers.

US-made parts of the engines that are meant to power the aircraft have been denied export license from the US Department of Defense. Pakistan and Turkey agreed to seek a replacement variant for the engines but it will prolong the deliveries of the T129 ATAK attack choppers since it will need to go through re-certification of the engines. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has recently gone ahead and has signed a deal with Israeli Company for the supply of 83 ELM-2052 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and ELL-8212/22WB electronic warfare suite (EW suite).

Interestingly DRDO developed Electronic warfare suite (EW suite) onboard Tejas-PV1 light combat aircraft has been performing developmental trials for close to last four years and the program is near completion of its development, Which obviously raised few eyebrows and raised questions why local indigenous Electronic warfare suite (EW suite) was ignored for an imported one. Continue reading

SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

One of the greatest accusations on the signed Rafale deal IGA is that we have missed a precious opportunity of “transfer of high end technology” to HAL which was under consideration of previous MMRCA deal. While initially when we look into screaming of opposition we may consider it a valid accusation (unlike of the higher prices, configuration accusations which are childish) .

We know that we have achieved a very high % of offsets in this deal 50% against a mandated 30% in the DPP. So how and France agreed to outsource this amount of work to India or is offsets mean more than work? The answer is the France is outsourcing a very great amount of work to India and something more than that in the form of offsets, that is technology (cooperation) and it is in accordance of the guidelines of DPP. Continue reading

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

Supreme Court today in what could be seen as a massive validation for the government’s 59,000 crore deal for 36 Rafale jets, cleared the deal and also dismissed the need for a probe as it didn’t find any evidence of commercial favoritism to any private entity. Indian Air Force which recently floated tender for 110 fighter jets to be Made in India with local partners will breather a sigh of relief since now Rafale will no more be seen as Hot Potato by the current government if it is reelected again in 2019.

Declaration of the winner of the recent tender will likely be made only after the new Government is sworn in 2019, but it now allows IAF a fighting chance to induct 110 more Rafale fighter jets which were previously selected after going though gruesome Technical trials by Senior most ranked Test pilots of IAF. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Tejas 3

After Quietly singing a deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta Systems for 83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare (EW) suites to be fitted onto the Tejas Mk 1A. Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued a tender for fabrication and supply of 5 Chassis assembly for DFCC Mk1A.

Major sub-assemblies such as front fuselage, center fuselage rear fuselage, wings et al, have been outsourced to private industry. Since the Current line of Tejas Mk1 and the upgraded variant, Tejas Mk1A will be similar and identically externally, it is expected that the current line of work will also go to Industrial outsource partners already selected by HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Selection of Israeli developed Elta ELM-2052 Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft means that it will be nearly impossible for India to ever opt to integrate Meteor active radar-guided beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) due to the restriction imposed by the European countries on the missile manufacturer MBDA, which severally restricts it from integrating its Meteor BVRAAM with Israeli Radars thus affecting India’s Tejas Mk1A (83) and Tejas Mk1 (40) fleet.

Elta ELM-2052 which also has been integrated into IAF’s Jaguar Strike-bomber fleet was obviously chosen for upcoming Tejas Mk1A due to past association with the ELTA and the Radar, but also since it emerged the lowest bidder among various AESA Radar manufactures which had responded to the tender floated by HAL. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After been Snubbed by Russia on its effort to procure long-range air defense systems like S-300 and S-400 Air defense missile system, Pakistan is now reportedly setting its focus on procuring FD-2000 long-range air defence requirements from its old friend China and has expressed its desires to procure three to four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems to counter India’s Purchase of S-400 Systems from Russia.

HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems which Pakistan previously procured from China has a range of only 42km but with induction of FD-2000, Pakistani forces will have the ability to track and target aerial threats up to 125km. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat last year said that Indigenous Attack/combat helicopters HAL Rudra and HAL Light Combat Helicopter have major shortcomings, that is in their current configuration both do not have suitable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is the main weapon of any Attack/Combat helicopters around the world.

Lack of ATGM on 60+ Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters and few Pre-production of LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) which have been already Inducted into Indian Army Aviation Corps, meant they lacked required firepower to be used as effective anti-armor, anti-bunker and anti-fortification role for the Strike Corps, but that’s about to change with coming of age of Indigenous HELINA and SANT anti-tank guided missile system . Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

US Air Force is launching a next-generation airborne surveillance and command and control technology intended to successfully synchronize air, ground, drone and satellite assets onto a single seamless network. Advanced Battle Management and Surveillance (ABMS) Program in a way will be directly replacing aging E-8C JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System platform ) fleet in near future.

Like an AWACS which is deployed to carry out Aerial Surveillance within its own space to track and provide advance warning of enemy aerial formations within its range, E-8C JSTARS have been used by US Air Force do exactly the same but to look at the enemy territories and its troops on the ground. Continue reading

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

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command has again confirmed after few doubters questioned if Nambiar made a positive statement for LCA-Tejas Mk1 only to support the indigenous program on Twitter. Nambiar responded by saying ” No…. I was just stating facts… The Tejas has a few teathing problems….Weapon delivery accuracy is thankfully NOT one of them!.. I’m proud to be the oldest serving member of Team Tejas!”

Nambiar in his piece written for a ” Salute ” Indian defense magazine had said that in LCA-Tejas Mk1 had emerged with the best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Just around when the Chinese government officials confirmed that they have started work on the construction of their third aircraft carrier and have plans to have 5-6 aircraft carrier group and one might be marked for Indian ocean region. India on another hand also officially confirmed it has quietly given go-ahead for the construction of its second indigenous aircraft carrier.

IAC-II (INS Vishal) which will be India’s Second aircraft carrier with Displacement of over 65,000 tonnes has come with tactical backing from the United States of America which has agreed to help India overcome technological and resources challenges which Indian engineers and shipyards are going to face in the construction of the behemoth vessels. Continue reading

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

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces, has said that ” LCA Mark II will replace the MiG 29 in the next ten years, the Jaguar in the next 15 years and the Mirage 2000 in the next 20 years. All combined, this adds up to a total of twelve squadrons.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa in recent media interviews did say that six squadrons (108) aircraft of LCA Mk-II has been planned in immediate future, Nambiar’s twelve squadrons remark might have included fighter aircraft procurement in the long term which might involve future variants of LCA Mk-II aircraft. Continue reading

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

Earlier this year , In the largest military Air- Exercise ” Gagan Shakti 2018 ” in last three decades. Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets in the air exercise which also saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft like Jaguars and Mirage-2000s.

In 14-day high-intensity combat Air Exercise, LCA performed remarkably well and emerged with best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018 disclosed Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces. Continue reading

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