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India’s effort to build its first 5th generation fighter Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is all set to go official later this year. Ministry of Defense (MOD) in coming months will sanction funds for Phase-1 of the development of AMCA to start.

M-MRCA debacle and current negotiation for only two squadrons of Rafale fighter jet with France means Indian air forces declining combat strength will also fast track due to lack of intakes of newer aircrafts. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arghya Patnaik  / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee had once said, “You can choose friends, but you cannot choose neighbours.” This sums up the unenviable situation which India finds itself in. Ever since two dominions- India and Pakistan were born on the midnight of 15th August, 1947, there has been no love lost between the two nations. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has always been a bone of contention between two countries and has even led to three wars- in 1947, 1965 and 1999.

This has been the focal point of almost all conflicts, with both nations refusing to cede ground. Meanwhile, as most of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be a part of the Indian Union, Pakistan continues with its policy of ‘Bleeding India through a thousand cuts’, that is, fermenting terrorism against the Indian state to make up for its deficiency in conventional military prowess. Thus, India’s relations with Pakistan, at best, can be described as volatile or worse. India’s is the world’s largest democracy. Continue reading


As war rages in the streets of Syria and refugee influx in Europe breaking all barriers, a precarious crisis is fast emerging on the horizon. Europe is flooded with almost 4 million refugees and this reminds me of the situation India faced during 1971, when Tikam Khan in the garb of Operation Searchlight massacred around a million Bengalis. India responded with both humane and firm approach teaching Pakistan the right lesson and emancipating Bangladesh from Pak tyranny. But, the refugee issue not only remained unsolved but continues to haunt us till date. Continue reading


A Recent attack on Pakistani air force Camp near Peshawar which had 43 casualties including 13 Terrorist has again exposed repeated attacks on Pakistani military establishment which they have failed to stop over the years even with heighten security in around the many Military premises .

While Pakistani media as usual was quick to find Afghan-Indian Military Intelligence establishment links into recent attacks like it did with all other attacks what remains astonishing and hard hitting fact is that many attacks on highly fortified and secured Military installations have been very successful and have been able to inflict heavy damages to Pakistani military establishments assets . Continue reading


According to latest Military Industrial reports United states dominates with 46 % Market Share of Armed Military helicopters in the world. Us made Textron Bell AH-1 Cobra, Textron Bell OH-58 Kiowa and Boeing AH-64 Apache at present make up 18-19 % of that market share with each helicopter having Production run of more than 1000 units, which pretty much will keep United states in the lead for next few decades to come, even though two of the earlier mentioned helicopters are no longer in production .

Textron Bell AH-1 Cobra and Textron Bell OH-58 Kiowa both described as Light attack helicopters had a combined production run for more than 2100 helicopters which will need replacements by their respective users in next a decade or two and United states is replacing their current fleet with more expensive and heavier Boeing AH-64 Apache leaves plenty for others to fill up the void. Continue reading


Defence Analyst Ranesh Rajan told that recent decision by the Indian government to approve procurement of ten missile-armed Israeli-made Heron TP reflects a change in military mindset on the controversial weapons systems and on its usage.

Heron TP which is a medium-altitude, long endurance UAV is produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which can be airborne for a maximum flight time of around 36 hours and can 1000kg Air-to-Ground ammunition’s /missiles which can be deployed in counter-insurgency/terrorism operations . Continue reading


In Chinese mythology, the duel between fire and water is described as one of wits. It was a contest between equals, a contest for supremacy, one that was seemingly stuck in a deadlock, only till water decided to transform and claim the stakes once and for all. Water, in all its wisdom , transformed into ice, assuming that its new found form, will intimidate fire into submission.

On the contrary, fire was able to melt water down and win the battle. Thus, this story proves that change must come with some analysis. A mere transformation may not always help us prevail over our enemies; objectivity and reason can help us prepare better. In the midst of the Gurdaspur attacks, police personnel were seen swarming the place, dressed in high tech attire and carrying Israeli Tavors, but like ice, their transformation was inadequate. They lacked basic head gear and other protective equipments that could have served them better. However, a combination of pure luck with their well executed combing operation ensured that the stand-off ended without any tragedy. Continue reading


Like most of Indian Soap opera which run for years, or even decades with mindless twist and turns and few surprises Procurement of fighter aircraft for Indian air force also generates the same level of excitement over the Internet, with many defence experts and pundits throwing in their own suggestions and national media quoting their so called sources and try their best to keep spinning new stories with so-called leaks.

Spectacle tendering process, nail-biting selection procedures heated debates over national media and on various defence forums all play perfectly in the public arena with zero results at the end of whole tamasha. Continue reading


According to latest media report, Indian air force is contemplating ordering 3 Squadrons of Russian variant of 5th generation fighter jet off the shelf while negotiation to develop Customized variant based dubbed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).

Indian air force had projected requirements of 8 Squadrons (144 aircrafts) of FGFA, but constant delays in drafting final $11billionresearch and development (R&D) agreement for FGFA which have been dragging on for years now due to disagreements over Price and work share agreements have already led to considerable delays in the project. Continue reading


“You can die crossing the street,” he observed, “or you could die in a nuclear war. You’ve got to die some day anyway.” Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Munir Akram, reiterated Pakistan’s refusal of a no-first-use policy amid 2001-2002 India-Pakistan standoff after an attack on Indian Parliament, then India’s Defence Minister George Fernandes responded by saying “India can survive a nuclear attack, but Pakistan cannot”.

For long Pakistan believed that its aggressive nuclear posturing will deter any Indian response in event of any terror-related incidents but all that changed due to two main development in India, which many in India believed gave India enough reasons to call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff. Continue reading


Post the Kargil war, Indian security establishment felt urgent need to usher in some fundamental changes. The Home ministry, helmed by L.K Advani, the second  most powerful minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government,  who also went on to become the Deputy PM, approved some sweeping changes, that were not only unprecedented but also pretty much in genuine.

Some of these changes included- Continue reading


“Why did you join this service”, an innocuous question this writer asked a 40 something paramilitary soldier. “I used to work in a rice mill. My manager was a good man. I was paid well, treated even better, the manager would trust me with his financial affairs, I would be asked to deposit significant sums of money”. He paused, gazed around for a while and then continued, “My parents though had other ideas, they wanted me to get into a government job, I tried convincing them that I was doing well in this job, but then they asked me to appear for recruitment trials for this very force and here I am”. He looked at me intently, and then smiled.

I asked him if he felt he had done the right thing, his reply, was equally inspiring and troubling-“I don’t know, maybe I should have never left the job, I was settled well, I have served for 16 years now, I have had my share of joys, I served in the NSG for 6 years, no one can question my integrity and my devotion, I have been devoted to my motherland, but for all these years I have had to stay away from my family and kids, God forbid, if some trouble befalls them and I am far away, who will help them? The least I can say is, we men and women of Central Armed Police Forces deserve some extra support from the government, as the armed forces do”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetty / IDRW.ORG

Top Original MCA stretches, Below Final Design of AMCA 

Concept to develop a twin-engine fighter aircraft post LCA project can be tracked back to late 90’s when first stretches of Medium combat aircraft (MCA) emerged which back then was a tailless delta design with two engines, combined with a thrust vectoring control capability.

Aircraft was designed keeping in mind LCA-Tejas Delta wings and was a direct derivative from LCA, as per original idea it was supposed to have maximum spares and design commodity with Tejas at that time. The main purpose was to replace the aging Jaguar & MiG-27 fleet from the Indian Air force, original design weight was supposed to be less than 20 ton. Continue reading


Indian Army on 08 June , has issued Request for Information (RFI) to Vendors for design of Future Universal Combat Platform upon which new Main Battle tank will be developed to replace existing Soviet-era T-72 Main battle tanks in the Armoured Corps which will enter service in Indian Army by 2025-27.

“Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV)” under which RFI has been issued requested Design Bureaus from India and Abroad to submit their Design information by 31-July-2015. Continue reading


Recently a report prepared by ( Read: United States takes lead in India’s INS Vishal ) highlighted how United states has taken lead role in helping India develop next generation 65,000-tonne Aircraft carrier ” INS Vishal ” which will be constructed in next decade to come .

United States active help for INS Vishal design only came when India agreed to buy Expensive and operationally untested Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) developed by General Atomics. Continue reading

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