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SOURCE:  PARESH NAIK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

In Mid of this year, In an event of L&T Defence at its facility at PMSC Coimbatore first glimpses of Next Generation Akash which will soon begin its developmental trials by mid of next year. Akash-NG sports radical new design minus four long tube ramjet inlet ducts which are seen in the older Akash1 and Akash-1S.

Learning from its expertise in the development of Indo-Israeli MR-SAM and LR-SAM air defense system, dual pulse solid propulsion and indigenous Active radar seeker which, backed by an Aesa Radar will be a leap of generation of the Search and Track technology currently used by the Akash-1 and Akash-1S Air Defence system. Continue reading

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

Five years ago General Electric of the US bagged the hotly contested $800-million tender to supply 99 engines for India’s Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA). Engine selected was F414-GE-INS6 which generates 99kN of Thrust which was supposed to make it into India’s Tejas Mk-2 Concept which was just the enlarged variant of the basic Mk-1 design but the Mk-2 concept has evolved in the last few years and now will be classified as a Medium Category fighter jet with higher maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) which is closer to a Mirage-2000.

Thrust levels in the F414-GE-INS6 engine according to experts still have the ideal thrust levels to comfortable power a 13-tonne aircraft with all the weapons and fuel but IAF is counting big on the Mk2 to replace the whole bunch of the mid-medium tier aircraft like Jaguars, Mig-29 and Mirage-2000s which will also mean it will require more thrust over the years since it will be in the force for next 40 years or so. Continue reading

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Amid political bickering in India over the purchase of the 36 Rafale fighter jets, RB 008 a Twin Seater Made-For-India Rafale fighter jet successfully completed its first flight as per media reports on 30th October from Dassault Facility in France.

RB 008 Rafale which stands for Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauri who was instrumental in price negotiation committee may be the first aircraft to manufactured for India but will be retained in France and only will be delivered with the last batch in 2022 and since it will act as a platform upon which will be used to test India specific enhancements for Indian air force . Continue reading

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

Completion of INS Arihant’s first Fully combat Deterrence Patrol comes as a major boost to India’s Nuclear planners and establishes country’s Nuclear Triad in place for the time being where India can claim that a Nuclear weapon can be delivered from Land, Air, and Sea wherever required.

The last leg which was the Nuclear delivery system from the Sea of the nuclear triad was the most difficult and also most challenging because of the launch platform and underwater firing long-range missiles which had to be developed, perfected and tested several times to make them reliable before it was ready for deterrence patrol in the high seas. Continue reading

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

 

HAL has re-clarified and has confirmed that its Bangalore LCA-Tejas Production line will produce 16 aircraft per annum and Nashik Plant which currently produces 12-15 Sukhoi-30MKI will make the transaction from Su-30 to LCA-Tejas 1A after a final contract is reached with Indian Air force for 83 upgraded LCA-Tejas 1A.

Nashik Plant according to Industrial experts can further argument total LCA-Tejas Production capability to beyond 24 per year if there is further scope for expansion of orders for LCA-Tejas beyond 123 (40+83) in near future. Opening up of the Nashik Plant for 3rd line of LCA-Tejas production will come has handy for HAL in a possible production run of 201 LCA-Tejas MK-2 which increasing has been speculated off late will land up with a private sector company. Continue reading

SOURCE:  PARESH NAIK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After news started to trickle in, that India’s first Nuclear Ballistic missile Submarine INS Arihant completed its first deterrence patrol with active Nuclear weapons along with its launch system. Pakistan’s oldest, leading and most widely read English-language newspaper Dawn reacting to the news said that Pakistani Nuclear triad was in place from 2017 and India was late to the party.

Dawn made reference to the Submarine launch of Babur Sub-sonic Cruise missile which was tested from an unknown undersea launch platform which till today remains a mystery and as per Indian Intelligence agency was a Chinese conventional submarine which was loaned to Pakistan with Chinese Crew only for the trials of the sub-sonic cruise missile. Continue reading

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

A Few weeks ago, I found out a Bizarre article On My Take by a great individual who put all the blames on current BJP gov for the loopholes in Indian military & it’s preparedness. Such people are unable to digest the truth of difference between 55 years of Congress rule & 5 years of Narendra Modi’s rule. Nothing is wrong being inspired by Politicians like Rahul Gandhi (PAPU) but before pointing figures towards anyone, you need an insight.

I agree, there are some cracks in the current gov. but this gov isn’t like the previous UPA gov which enjoyed 10 years of Honeymoon period with the State of Pakistan through AMAN KI ASHA in spite of being hammered by Bleed India Through Thousand Cuts Activities. The people who rides BMW,Audi eat Italian Burger,Plans to buy VVIP Chopper & didn’t even provide a home/toilet to Poor for 70 years are now-a-days talking about failures of Modi gov in defence sector. Continue reading

SOURCE: NJ THAKURIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Slowly but steadily the residents of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) start raising voices against the Pakistan government in Islamabad. It may be the visible effect of Narendra Modi government in New Delhi, or not, but one must admit that people of the hilly region have come to the streets repeatedly in the last few years demanding freedom from Pakistan. Otherwise, for millions of common Indians, the PoK looks like a province of Pakistan. It is presumed that nearly 4.5 million PoK habitants happily agree to any proposal from the Pak government. With the proximity of religion, the people of PoK seemingly feel comfortable with the Islamic Republic.

But slowly the myth has started losing its ground. Few recent uprisings in PoK’s capital city of Muzaffarabad along with few other towns against Islamabad have shown the anxiety of locals. The local media in PoK highlighted the people’s angers against the Islamabad regime, even though the Pak media preferred to remain reluctant to cover those demonstrations. Very recently, a section of PoK residents in Kotli town demonstrated against the government in Muzaffarabad demanding proper medical care in the hospitals. Continue reading

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

A lot has been has been said about the past and history of the defense procurement, especially the history of MMRCA, formulation of DPP, manipulating claims made by different persons regarding it but nothing has been discussed regarding the after effects of the recently created controversy on future procurement of IAF especially recent ones and who is going to benefit from it.

After studying it, we can also guess that the controversy is manufactured by opposition but it may be getting fumed and motivated by external sources for their benefits. We all know that the IAF is going to procure 110 fighters and Navy will also needs 57 carrier based fighters with the following contenders (Total 167 fighters). Continue reading

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

The United Arab Emirates has joined a long list of countries which has expressed interest in the Indian developed LCA-Tejas fighter aircraft but India is nowhere close to a deal with any country even when Defence Ministry already has cleared the aircraft for export.

Previous order for just 40 aircraft meant that production facilities were not augmented keeping in mind export orders nor were LCA-Tejas promoted to prospective customers aggressively in the past. Negative local media campaign also meant that the aircraft had poor perception abroad even though aircraft never suffered from any crashes in its entire developmental flight regime which span for over a decade.

Some of the Key Export blockers which I have identified are discussed below

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

While BJP in its antipathy towards INC but reality is some of the biggest ills for India’s defense have been BJPs doing, list is endless but main reasons are listed below.

  1. in 1998-99 NDA rejected MDL plea for manufacturing HDW subs &selected for Scorpene subs, meaning MDL had to unlearn and relearn sub making a costly affair and waste of tax payer money.
  2. Going for Su30 floated by London based arms dealer Sudhir Choudhary instead of lapping up France proposal for 150 Mirage 2000, if that proposal was accepted IAF wouldn’t be starring at such low numbers today (not confirmed but its said during 13 day stint in 1996 NDA govt approved 2 proposal 1st to go for nuke test and 2nd to go for Su30 that was taken forward in 1997) Continue reading

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

The sale of Russian S-400 missile system to India has rattled several feathers and punctured Pakistani Military self-believe that they have thwarted and in fact actually derailed India’s Cold Start Doctrine successfully which will allow them to carry on their old strategy of bleeding India will thousand cuts instead of actually fighting a conventional war which they know they can never win.

Pakistani strategic experts are fast to claim that their Ababeel Missile System which possesses untested ‘Mirv’ capability will not only defeat the S-400 system but also overwhelm India’s anti-ballistic missile systems thus acting as a system which will derail any pre-emption tendencies among Indian military planners. Continue reading

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

We all are seeing the shifting goal posts in the media from one accusation to another regarding the Rafale deal, when one tries to answer one, people shifts the goal post to another with other accusation, the latest addition to it is the number as to why government is buying only 36 instead of 126 when they have got the aircraft 9% cheaper and package 20% cheaper. However the thing that the simple people of India do not know is that the 36 Rafales ordered in fly away condition is double of the then the earlier 18 to be ordered in MMRCA tender.

Now the genuine question that comes in the mind is that what is the difference is between the Indian assembled 108 aircraft and 18 or 36 fly away aircraft. The answer is nothing, once inducted in the air force but from defence procurement, tendering and commercial perspective the difference is more than the difference between sky and earth. Continue reading

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

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat during his six-day visit to Russia recently discussed with the top brass of the Russian Armed Forces and key military formations and establishments of Indian Army procuring 1,770 Next Generation future ready combat vehicles (FRCV) to replace the aging force of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs).

Indian Army which is the largest operator of T-90 Main Battle Tanks from Russia is also very keen on procuring T-14 Armata which according to media reports will be built just like T-90 in India under Transfer of Technology agreements but this time with a Private Defence company in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: YASH V. TODI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After almost a decade of flip-flops and speculations over India’s human spaceflight programme, it was on 15th August, 2018 when prime minister Narendra Modi publicly announced an Indian human spaceflight programme in his independence day speech. This announcement initially did not capture the headlines as national media houses put more focus on public welfare programmes and achievements of the present government in its tenure.

Although, gradually as the enthusiasm started building, speculations started taking front pages. “Can India do it?”, “Does India have the capacity?”, “How much funding would be required?” etc. were the questions running through everyone’s minds. Continue reading

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