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

Western fighter manufacturers like Boeing, Dassault and Eurofighter with their 4++ Generation fighter aircraft like F/A-18E/F ,F-15, ­Rafales and Eurofighter were able to keep the momentum going this year after these companies were able to bag additional orders, which will help prolong their production line well over 2020 .

While Lockheed Martin too had a good year in terms of sale and delivery,while it also bagged additional orders for 5th Generation Stealth F-35 Lightning II fighter jet but what will worry company bosses will be No sales orders for its legacy F-16 combat jets ,making their production line venerable , which might not be able to survive till 2020 due to lack of orders. Continue reading

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

Once again DRDO and HAL will be clashing with each other on which AESA Fire-control radar ( FCR ) will be equipped on upgraded Tejas MK1A after DRDO chief S Christopher recently said that Tejas MK1A will come with Indigenous Aesa Radar rather than Imported one .

Comments made by DRDO chief carries significant weight since HAL while promoting upgraded Tejas MK1A concept had proposed to use Israeli-developed ,HAL enhanced ELTA-2052 AESA FCR which had firm backing from Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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

French company Safran and India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) will come together to revive India’s long-delayed Kaveri gas turbine engine once Ministry of Defence (MOD) clears French defence manufacturer Safran proposal to fix Kaveri engine for free to meet mandatory Dassault Rafale offset regulations in India .

The French company is confident that engine can be made flight-worthy in next 18-24 months period since it earlier had carried out an internal assessment of the whole program and had found it to be 70-75% completed. GTRE plans to offer completed Kaveri engine to be powered by HAL proposed upgraded LCA-Tejas MK-1A but to get IAF nod on the engine ,new Kaveri engine will have to develop 90-95 kN uninstalled thrust as per media reports. Continue reading

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

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba came hard on LCA-Navy while speaking to the media and severally criticised it for being too heavy to be a carrier-based aircraft nor it meets weight and thrust ratio requirement to be able to take off with full weapon load.

GE’s F404-IN 20 engine which powers LCA-Tejas MK-1 barely generated 85 kN uninstalled of thrust and was one of the major shortfalls specifically pointed out by Navy when it had carried out detail assessment of LCA-Tejas way before it had joined indigenous LCA-Tejas program in 2002-04 . Continue reading

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

Indian Naval Chief speaking to the media made an interesting observation which was well known among all Defence enthusiast that LCA-Navy (MK1 Airframe ) in its current form does not meet the thrust-to-meet requirement to take off with full fuel and arms load from a aircraft carrier’s deck.

Fighter plane LCA-Navy (MK1) in its current form was never intended to be operational for aircraft carrier operations and it was Stretched LCA Tejas MK2 powered by high thrust GE’s F-414-GE-INS6 generating 98kN thrust was the plane which was to be developed for carrier operations . Continue reading

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

Chinese state media officially confirmed that China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works will be building 8 Type 041 Yuan-class conventional submarines for Pakistani Navy and first four submarines fitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems will be delivered by 2023 and rest four submarines which will be built at Karachi under Chinese technical assistance will be completed by 2028.

Type 041, also known as Type 039A is a new diesel-electric submarine leveraging influence from both Type 039G and Russian-made Kilo submarines. Submarine features improved reduction of acoustic signature and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) might commission as much as 28 submarines of the same class, which will replace all previous generation conventional submarines in its fleet. Continue reading

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

If the recent purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems might not have made our rivals nervous , other air defence systems that India is putting together will definitely give them a severe headache to enemies military planners, Since India for last decade and more has been working on a comprehensive plan to develop world’s most heavily guarded airspace.

No doubt, India is still working to fill gaps in its air defence and is procuring and developing many air defence systems which will provide India in next few years, with a multi-layer air defence coverage of the key facilities and Military establishments , while it continues to vastly improve its Threat detection and Threat engagement capabilities . Continue reading

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

Israeli Air Force (IAF) at present single-handedly operates nearly 300+ American F-16s in its fleet and boasts of the second largest F-16 fleet after USAF. India and Israel after Kargil war have enjoyed a very close relationship with each other, which not only has lead to weapons sales,joint development and also training of troops over the years .

For last decade or so Indian Air Force has been regularly sending Indian Pilots to be deputed in Israeli F-16 Squadrons to learn more about combat jet which is the frontline fighter jets off our arch rival Pakistani air force and Israeli pilots in India were mostly deputed with Mig-29 squadrons due to their presence in Iran,Syria and other Arab states . Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

While the concept of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle has come a long way but development of UCAVs around the world is still in advance or technical demonstrator stage shows that using Jet powered UAV’s in combat roles still has room for innovation to improve its operational capabilities, lethality and survivability.

At present, most of the conventional MALE and HALE class Drones armed with weapons operate in non-contested airspace but the arrival of Stealthy Jet powered UCAVs will see the use of combat drones in the highly contested airspace to take out targets while not endangering lives of Combat Pilots . Continue reading

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

Turkish Altay main battle tank (MBT)

India is all set to place orders for 464 T-90SM main battle tanks to arguments its current fleet of T-90s MBT which will now take total orders over the 1300s. While India continues to rely on Russian-supplied Main Battle tanks which form a large chunk of its Tank fleet while it continuously keeps ignoring Indigenous homegrown Arjun Main Battle tanks , Interesting development in Pakistani Army might force Indian Army to take rethink their policy towards Indigenous Arjun Main Battle tanks.

Pakistani Army until now heavily relied on it’s 420 Indigenously developed Al-Khalid and 300 Ukrainian T-80 MBTs to counter India’s T-90 MBTs but recent development and change of stance in Pakistani army think tank suggests acceptance of multiple tank approach plans to deal with India’s T-90s. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas achieved a major milestone earlier this year when LSP-7 (KH2017) equipped with Israeli origin Derby Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) was test fired for the first time and now Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed integration of Python-5 Close Combat Missile (CCM) into LCA-Tejas LSP-7 .

Recently DRDO chief S Christopher while speaking to media had confirmed that LCA-Tejas will go for another round set of weapons next month which will also see test firing of Derby BVRAAM but images of Python-5 CCM onboard LCA-Tejas seems to suggest next round of trials will also involve Python-5 . Continue reading

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

GE Aviation till now has supplied 49 F404 afterburning engines to power the first operational squadron of Tejas fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

41 engines are F404-GE-IN20 engines which can generate more than 19,000 pounds (85 kN) uninstalled thrust . India also has 8 older F404-F2J3 engines supplied before India conducted Pokhran II ,which were used to power earlier Technology Demonstrator and earlier prototypes . Continue reading

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

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar speaking to media said that India navy’s Submarine acquisition plan under which it plans to procure 30 Conventional submarines needs to be tweaked not only to allow development of indigenous submarines but also expand its plans and requirements to accommodate a larger submarine fleet .

While Project-75 India will see the purchase of another Six Conventional submarines from an International vendor but all submarines will be developed in local shipyards in India for which India will be investing in shipyard infrastructure and in trained manpower for the construction of such submarines . Continue reading

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

In 2008, Then DRDO Chief M Natarajan in an interview to Defence journal had first contemplated the idea of developing unmanned LCA-Tejas which could be adopted to be used as an advanced UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) ten years down the line, we are yet to hear if DRDO and Indian Air force will be interested in such a concept yet.

The concept was born due to cheaper price tag which came with LCA-Tejas at that time , without Ejection seat,Human support systems and cockpit avionics a much cheaper UCAV could be developed and could be used validate technologies and act has the predecessor to India’s Stealth Ghatak UCAV. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Many were taken back when DRDO Chief S. Christopher while speaking to Indian media revealed that indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA)-Tejas was flown by Air chief of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan is among few countries which has shown interest in the combat jet and with whom India is carrying out the discussion for its export .

While first test flight of LCA-Tejas Twin seat Trainer by Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha was widely reported in the media , flight test of LCA-Tejas Trainer with Air chief of Turkmenistan was done under the shadow of secrecy with many in mainstream media having no clue about it, for reasons not disclosed by DRDO. Continue reading

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