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SOURCE: ANANT BHASKAR PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The year 2019 will go down as the most exciting year for the country’s Indigenous fighter jet program, since for the first time, Country showcased two brand new fighters which are under development for Indian Air Force and Indian Navy for the first time shifting focus from Tejas Mk1 and AMCA which have been two fighter programs under production and other under consideration for some years now. ADA showcased a Navy Mark-2 a Carrier based fighter jet and Medium Combat Fighter (MCF) for the Indian Air force.

Both Navy Mark-2 and MCF-Mk2 have emerged as a Fraternal Twins who have differences in appearance but since both were conceived by the same defense laboratory that’s Aeronautical Development Agency and continues to share same DNA of Tejas Mk1 fighter jets when it comes to external similarities, but similarities ends here, because both the programs will cater to different user requirements and will be based on mission specification and operational roles opposite of each other. Continue reading

SOURCE: GAGANDEEP SINGH/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Idrw was the first to break the news that General Electric had recently briefed Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) on F-414 Enhanced Engine to power indigenous MWF (Medium Weight Fighter) and AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft). GE is looking at a potential order for 1400+ engines in next three four decades.

GE till now has supplied ADA with Eight F414-INS6 engines which generate 98kN Class of Wet Thrust but F414 Enhanced Engine can generate 116 kN Class of Wet Thrust with 1% improved fuel burn over F414-INS6 engines with negligible weight gain. GE in 2010 had won a contract to supply 99 F414-INS6 engines with an option of 40 more as follow on order to power Mk-2 LCA-Tejas which now has become MWF with increased Maximum take-off weight of 17.5 tonnes over which GE officials feel that additional 18kn Wet Thrust will come in handy on MWF after incremental growth in its payload and weapons capabilities after redesign. F414-INS6 engines and F414 Enhanced Engine dimensions will remain the same and no airframe changes will be required was the assurance given by the GE officials to ADA. Continue reading

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

SAAB has quietly delivered without much fanfare three more Saab 2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in April to Pakistani Airforce, which comes after crucial dogfight episode with Indian Airforce in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Indian Kashmir, where both sides were actively using AWACS Aircraft to monitor airspace intrusion and also guide fighter formations.

Pakistan Air force operated 4 Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C along with one Saab 2000 in VIP configuration, One Erieye AEW&C aircraft was lost In an attack on Kamra airbase and two more were damaged but were repaired and put back into service. Down to three aircraft, PAF decided to procure 3 more Saab 2000 aircraft from former airline operators, later upgraded with Erieye radar system, which now takes the total strength of Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C to Six. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India is determined to make sure that the production of Six next-generation submarines comes with the highest indigenous content that will be a perfect road-map for the development of Project-76 the successor program which Indian Navy Bureau will be in charge of the design and development of indigenous conventional submarine post-Project-75 I.

Four contenders in the Project-75I have been recently notified that winning bidder will have to use local, DMR 249A steel plates developed by the State-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL), which will negate import of military grade steel from abroad, and also will come handy in the development of future local submarines. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Su-30s were the Bigfish which Pakistani Airforce wanted to kill to win a propaganda war and establish superiority myth over Indian air force but instead lost an F-16 in the process to an inferior Mig-21 in the latest dogfight between two nuclear-armed neighbors which came nearly after 40 years from their last war. Upgraded Mig-21 known as ” Bis” snuck up and was positioned in a way by the ground operators that F-16 while busy trying to kill a Su-30 that it completely forgot about the small fish which chased one F-16 with an R-73 missile and went for the kill.

Su-30s are not only front line fighter jets of the Indian air force but also the poster child of the IAF and knocking one down will not only dent the morals of the rivals but also come as great propaganda for their own personals who were wary of the jet, this is the reason that F-16 pilots in recent dogfight largely focused on a Su-30 which was nearly 60km away from the pack of F-16s who tried for a kill using multiple rounds of long-range air to air missile. Continue reading

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

European weapons maker MBDA recently refused to allow integration of their Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) into India’s Russian origin Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet, leaving India with very few choices now, to upgrade its Air-to-Air Missile arsenal for its front-line Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet with the new bread of very long range air-to-air missile which can provide a credible edge over Pakistan after recent aerial dogfight where IAF had to rely on Short range R-73 Air to air missile to take down Pakistani F-16 after R-77 BVRAAM couldn’t be engaged due to lack of firing clearance from the missile system.

Controversial R-77 is still a highly modern and much-feared air to air missile system armed on almost all Russian origin fighter jets in Indian arsenal but missile system is also aging rapidly and IAF now is clearly favoring locally developed Astra air-to-air missile over R-77 but Astra can only act as a supplement to R-77 arsenal and actually doesn’t supersede its performance which is still limited with range of 75-90 km in head-on chase due to which DRDO has started development of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) air to air missile program which will have Meteor missile long range performance in excess of 150km but that is still far from ready for production and might take nearly 5-7 years more to be cleared of all trials. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF recently showed evidence in Radar Pictures of formation of 3 F-16 against one Mig-21 in aerial battle which took place in the month of February where a Mig-21Bis of Indian Air Force shot down a Pakistani F-16 before it was shot down by Second F-16 later both inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Phalcon airborne warning and control system (AWACS) A-50EI aircraft, was airborne when close to four F-16 breached LOC and nearly 24 Pakistani jets were in the vicinity when the operations were launched and the whole sequence of events was recorded by the powerful EL/W-2090 radar system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elta Electronics Industries of Israel.

In the first series of evidence showcased by IAF were the images shown above, IAF also claimed it has further evidence of voice interceptions on the ground and in the air which confirms that one aircraft presumably an F-16 was shot down and the event was recorded by Phalcon AWACS which have designed and developed by Israel which nearly operates 200 F-16s in its own fleet and have helped India build library of Radar signature of F-16 database, making it very difficult for Pakistani F-16 to go undetected over Indian airspace but that evidence was not enough for some armchair Pakistani defense analysts who were quick to dismiss them and instead came up with new theories which are even more bizarre than claims of captured Israeli Pilot and JF-17 taking down Su-30 Continue reading

SOURCE:  JOYDEEP GHOSH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s now a well-known fact that Tejas Mk1/LCA that has been over 35 years in the making is a woefully short of being able to be declared as combat ready fighter jet.  Its developers DRDO’s ADA/ADE still haven’t been able to deliver the perfect jet to the end user IAF. This has resulted in various versions; one is IOC version (20 jets are to be developed) and second is FOC version (20 jets are to be developed); all powered by GE 404 engine.

But these jets are still way of the mark, bcoz these jets wont/don’t have RWR or MAWS or OBOGS, which basically means these 40 jets will be sitting ducks in a hostile environment, and will be only suitable for flying only in friendly air space. This also means that these 40 jets are only suitable as LIFT (Lead In Fighter Trainer) or their trainer versions as SPORT (Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft). Continue reading

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

Why should it be so difficult for the Pakistani air force to admit that it lost one of it F-16 against vastly inferior Indian Mig-21 recently? It isn’t for the first time anywhere in the world that an F-16 has been lost in a dogfight and the fact remains that on Oct. 1996, a HAF Mirage 2000 fired an R.550 Magic II air to air missile that shot down a Turkish F-16D that had violated the Greek airspace so why it is so difficult for most of the Pakistani citizens to believe that their larger then life F-16 can actually be shot down and it is not for the first time Pakistani air force tried to claim no loss fakery which it even tried after end of the 1971 war with India.

Pakistani Army’s Instrument of Surrender happened on 16 December 1971 and a new country called as Bangladesh was created with help of the Indian Army. Pakistani air force some in the Pakistani army said was fighting its own war, mostly to wage a propaganda war against Indian air force by largely concentrating its interception missions within its own airspace and limiting aerial supports for its own troops and a negligible amount of missions across the Indian border. when IAF claimed that it has brought down multiple numbers of PAF’s latest acquisition which was Mirage-III fighter jets from France after the war, PAF refused to acknowledge any loss and instead launched a major propaganda campaign asked then IAF chief come visit and count them in person. Continue reading

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

 

 

The recent test of Prithvi Defence Vehicle MkII aka Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) Missile test by India, for the first time, gave sneak peek into India’s Secret K Missile Family which is associated with the development of India’s Underwater Submarine-launched ballistic missile which for years now has remained under the wraps and even operational completing India’s nuclear triad.

It is now confirmed that Stage I and Stage II of the PDV-MkII (ASAT) Missile have been borrowed from India’s longest ranged Submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called K-4 which according to DRDO officials has a range of 3500-5000km and already has gone through several rounds of secret underwater trials and now is operational onboard INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. Continue reading

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

listen from 0.40 seconds till 1.27 seconds of the video 
Major General Asif Ghafoor who is the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), chief spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces in an interview given to a 24 hours Urdu language news and current affairs television channel ” Dunya News ” from Pakistan which was uploaded on Youtube on 5th March 2019 had said that after India’s aggression on 26th of February we had responded on 27th February shot down two fighter jets of Indian air force and one of their (IAF) pilot died and one was captured and one pilot who was in their custody was realized.

Ghafoor on 27th February itself in his press briefing on National media had said that One Indian pilot has been captured and another Indian pilot who was injured was admitted to a Combined Military Hospital (CMH) which are operated by the Pakistan Army. Two different statements at two different dates confirm that so-called second pilot which even Prime Minister Imran Khan had mentioned in his speech to Country didn’t disappear into thin air but actually was dead F-16 pilot who was shot down by the Indian Mig-21 flown by the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman that day. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANANT BHASKAR PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As post Pulwama attack reply Balakot Air Strikes and the Pakistani stupid aggression against India, using their American F16’s against India, and the Lockheed F16 Being shot down by yesteryear MIG 21 with its CCM R Series short range missile, the question of India buying the F series American Fighter jets is over, as no Indian government would ever risk to come under serious attack from the opposition and the common man for buying such defeated fighters especially with its lone AIM 120 series missiles which have been proven outdated by the already outdated Russian R Series Missiles.

As Americans would not allow any other missile to be integrated with their Fighters and share the radar source codes for integration; and Indian Air Force will not be very keen on buying the AIM 120 series onboard Lockheed martin F16’s or the Boeing F18’s, as both will come with the same defeated AIM120. Continue reading

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

Well, I had predicted it nearly a month ago in my previous report to idrw.org (Mig-21 vs F-16: Pentagon can literally force count Pakistani F-16 fleet, But will they ??) how Arms lobbyists most likely will give a clean chit to Pakistani air force only to save their business interests.US Publications reported as per their sources that Pentagon officials visited Pakistan and conducted an audit of all the F-16s procured by Pakistan from the United States and found over the weeks of the audit process that all F-16s were accounted for and no F-16 was lost to Indian Mig-21Bis as claimed by the Indian air force.

An unnamed source is now the flag bearer of the truth peddled by US Publications which didn’t reveal how and when the audit was conducted and if that also included ex-Jordanian F-16 procured directly by Pakistan from Jordan and if AIM-120C-5 missile debris recovered by India actually was sold to Pakistan or did they also audited count of AIM-120C-5 missile inventory which all remain unanswered. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After spectacular flying display at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2019, which won praise from all quarters of the crowd and visiting military delegation of various countries, Two LCA-Tejas are staying back for evaluation by a team from Royal Malaysian Airforce personal for possible sale of them under Malaysian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) tender for 18+18 jets in near future.

Request for Information (RFI) was sent to several companies in January and their respective offerings were, Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 Golden Eagle, Italy’s Leonardo with its M-346FA Master, the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder, and India’s HAL Tejas. Under LCA tender, RMAF plans to replace it’s aging Hawk Mk108/208 which are used to as an advanced training aircraft for transitional courses to teach pilots to fly fighter aircraft but also plays the main role in maintaining the safety and sovereignty of the country’s air space. Continue reading

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

Recent Aerial battle might come has shake-up to Indian air force when Beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) armed on Mig-21 and Sukhoi-Su 30MKI fighter jets just couldn’t be engaged due to lack of clearance from the missile system.R-27 + R77 AAM Combo on the Sukhoi-Su 30MKI could not be engaged since it was clearly out of range of the missile system and Mig-21Bis was having a hard time getting a radar lock with his R-77 AAM which forced him to switch to an R-73 Withing visual Range AAM in manual mode for which he had to get closer to its target resulting in giving getting an F-16 at cost of losing his Mig-21Bis over Line of Control.

In short, IAF urgently needs modern Beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) even though most of its Interceptor fleets like Mig-21, Mig-29, and Sukhoi-30MKI are armed with R-27 and R-77 BVRAAMs but the recent aerial battle clearly shows that IAF urgently needs to upgrade its Air-to-air missile fleet and exactly that is gonna happen by end of this year, which can shift the BVRAAM End Game in the region for Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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