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The Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter which is said to have a perfect balance between operational performance, high tech solutions, cost effectiveness and industrial partnership. One of the most remarkable features of Gripen is its low operational cost and SAAB is ready to establish a new production line in India with full Transfer of Tech (ToT). The offer seems to be very promising but one needs to read between the lines to understand the pros and cons.

Most of you know the benefits if India chooses Gripen in its single engine fighter tender. But what you probably don’t know or you never thought of is discussed here. Continue reading

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Introduction

An SSBN is basically a nuclear-powered submarine which can launch ballistic missiles and are used for nuclear deterrence. But to counter a numerically superior Navy, India need each and every submarine to serve as various roles.

An SSN is a nuclear attack submarine which is fit for anti-ship, anti-submarine and land attack missions. SSBNs are capable of anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare using torpedoes but cannot be called a dedicated submarine for anti-ship and land attack roles as it can only fire Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) with nuclear warheads which are not normally used and serves as a deterrent only. Continue reading

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The F 35 is a fifth-generation, stealth multirole fighter aircraft which can be dubbed as a SAM AND SHIP KILLER. An F 35 have the potential to be four times more effective than fourth generation fighters in air to air combat and eight times more effective in air to ground combat at a cost similar to any western fourth generation fighter.

SPECULATIONS ABOUT F 35

The development of any fighter jet is full of challenges and anything innovative is developed only by taking risks. The US is a global leader in stealth technology and the US is investing a trillion $ or even more in this fighter program because it is a revolutionary design. But there are some speculations about the F 35 which are discussed as follows: Continue reading

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India and Israel are jointly celebrating 25 years of establishment of Diplomatic Relationships which on the large side has been dominated by Sale of Defence equipment’s from Israel to India, which in recent years has been transformed into many joint developments of weapons systems by both the countries.

Visit of Prime minister Narinder Modi to Isreal this June is seen as further bonding of the relationship between two countries leading to further expansion of military cooperations.What started off as emergency weapons supply at height of Kargil war as lead to a full-scale establishment of strong foot hole of Israeli defence industry in the Indian defence market. Continue reading

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Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, while confirming that lead prototype aircraft 39-8 will get airborne before the end of the second quarter to local media also confirmed that SAAB is confident to ink major deal with India soon.

GE Aviation supplied F414-powered jet Gripen-E will be ready to enter production by 2019 and he also said that India has a potential requirement for 150 single-engined fighters and SAAB is also eyeing a navy requirement with India for its proposed aircraft carrier-capable Gripen Maritime model. Continue reading

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President Donald Trump has recently suggested that United States Navy should abandon its long plan digital launching system in favour of Steam Catapults for its new Aircraft carriers. According to Trump EMALS has not been a smashing success, cost and schedule overruns have given the United States Naval carrier projects a reputation of being one of the most spectacular acquisition debacles in recent memory.

The budget for the construction of 3 Ford-class aircraft carriers already has swelled from $27 Billion dollars to $36 Billion dollars in last 10 years, which is $3 billion-dollar increasing in each aircraft carriers. Continue reading

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Former Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh speaking to NDTV has said that only way India can put some level of pressure on Pakistani Army so is to allow its Civilian Pakistani Government to take bring back some normalcy in relations between India and Pakistan, could be by warming up Pakistan’s Western Borders with Iran and Afghanistan.

Bikram Singh said that close to 75% of Pakistani Military deployment is towards India and only 25% is towards its western borders with both Iran and Afghanistan which allows it to maintain some level of pressure on the line of control to push and carry out terror operations in Kashmir against India. Continue reading

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Indo-Japanese relations have been improving since 2010 after Sino-Japanese relations started deteriorating over various disputes in the region. India has been pushing Japan to overcome its self-imposed defence export restrictions and come together to India on the same page to curb rising Chinese military ambition in the region.

Japanese Defence companies have an extremely strong base and dominating position in local defence market and have produced top quality weapons but have failed to get due credit in the world since they are never highlighted by the western media. Many defence analysts say that Japan could very well become the third largest military exporter within a decade and compete with the US and Russia in the market within 2 decades if it becomes serious on its weapons export. Continue reading

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Contrary to the latest Indian media report which said that India and Russia have finally agreed to co-develop a 5th generation fighter jet based on Sukhoi’s T-50 Concept, many Indian Defence Journalists have said in their social media accounts that Indo-Russian 5th Generation fighter program is yet to be cleared and still in doldrums since India is still ascertaining its viability.

Five member Indian Air Force team will be submitting its final report to Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 15th of this month after which MOD will take a call to ascertain if the proposed 5th Generation fighter program is financially viable and how it will help India in terms of transfer of technology of the jet. Continue reading

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Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) have a strong requirement of at least 200 single engine fighter jets and 200 twin engine jets to defend its airspace.

Apart from these procurement, India and Russia are close to sign the final agreement for the PAK FA and will spend 4 billion $ on R&D and later on around 20 billion $ to buy 127 of these planes. PAK FA is a dedicated air superiority fighter which is likely a match to the F 22 Raptors (which the US is not selling to anyone) in capabilities. India is also working on TEJAS MK2 and AMCA which will also be produced in large numbers by investing billions. The upgrade of Indian SU 30 MKI fleet of 272 fighters to SU 30S or Super Sukhois will cost another 10 – 12 billion $. Continue reading

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Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Japanese counterpart Tomomi Inada and pushed for sourcing of defence technologies from Japan for domestic manufacturing in India. With Eye on China, India has been lately pushing Japan to pursue a strategic partnership in defence technologies to strengthen its military cooperation with Japan.

Manohar Parrikar nearly two years back on his visit to Japan had asked Japan to offer India its Soryu-class submarines in the Indian Navy’s $12 billion Project-75I tender but Japan was “non-committal” on India request. Continue reading

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Manik Engine on TestBed

In my previous report (GTRE’s Manik Engine making progress .) I had highlighted considerable progress made by GTRE developed Manik Engine which in last one year was successful in achieving desired 4.25kN Thrust as per design to replace Russian-supplied NPO Saturn 36MT 5kN engine in the future.

As per latest media reports, Manik Engine might power Nirbhay Cruise missile by next year while upcoming scheduled test flight in May-June might still see the use of Saturn turbofan engine. Continue reading

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Last day to respond and submit Request for Information (RFI) on Indian Navy’s Multi-role carrier-borne fighters (MRCBF) tender might have passed quietly (24-May-2017) but Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier seems to have fired the first salvo while speaking to local media some time back on the high prospect of Dassault Rafale.

Trappier has reportedly has said that Indian Navy knows exactly what it wants and it wants Dassault Rafale and MRCBF RFI issued by Indian Navy to multiple foreign vendors to Supply 57 carrier-borne fighter jets to equip its aircraft carriers with is perfectly tailored made for Dassault Rafale. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) which is production agency of India’s homemade Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) has identified several Asian and Middle Eastern countries to explore the export potential of the LCA as per latest media reports.

HAL has marketed LCA-Tejas very aggressively earlier this year at Aero India 2017 where prospective clients where given flight sorties on LCA-Tejas Trainers which were specially deputed at Airshow for prospective clients to have closer look at the aircraft. Continue reading

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A Palestinian runs after a wounded Israeli soldier to continue stabbing him before being shot dead near the West Bank

Recently video Clips of jawans belonging to the Indian security forces being kicked and pushed around in Kashmir valley had gone viral online, resulting into uproar among Indian Citizen across the country, but according to Intelligence agency reports Separatists now might adopt a far more dangerous form of protest in coming months to keep the valley tense.

After successful implementation of Stone pelting tactics adopted from Palestinian tactics against Israeli military forces in the Kashmir Valley. Separatists might now encourage youths to adopt a more deadlier form of protests in Kashmir to bring it at parallel with Palestinian resistance in front of the world community. Continue reading