” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 
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My Take


The major security concerns that emerge from the Indo-Myanmar border are-

1-Unresolved territory issues- Of the 1643 kilometres of international border shared between India and Myanmar, it is to be noted that 171 kilometres or roughly 10 per cent of the total border shared, has not been demarcated. This is a serious issue as it causes administrative problems and poses questions over territorial integrity.

These 171 kilometres, consist of nine unresolved border pillars in the state of Manipur. According to a reply by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in the Lok Sabha in the year 2013, both the sides have been carrying out regular dialogues via institutionalised mechanisms, such as Foreign Office Consultations, National Level Meetings (NLM), Sectoral Level Meetings (SLM) and meetings also being held at the level of the Heads of Survey Department and Director (Survey).  Continue reading


With the Recent cancellation of a deal to procure Black Shark Heavyweight Torpedoes for its front line conventional Kalavari class Diesel submarines and Nuclear Arihant class submarines meant that India’s major underwater sea platforms will be operational without one of its major offensive weapons to take on enemy submarines and warships in high seas.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) who are in charge of developing Torpedoes for Indian Navy has successfully developed ship-launched Varunastra heavyweight torpedoes (HWTs) which will likely enter into production and service by the end of this year as per media reports. Continue reading


Swedish Aerospace giant Saab recently rolled out Next Generation Gripen E Smart fighter jets in its factory in Linkoping which was attended by close to 500 people . It will be foolish to say that Gripen E is just another upgraded variant since the aircraft not only has greater fuel carrying capacity but also has 20 percent more thrust, comes with more pylons, in-flight refuelling capability and increased take-off weight.

In short it’s a quantum jump in Airpower technology when compared to its older variant and can serve has 4.5 ++ Generation Point Air defence fighter jets in the light category of fighter jets and one of the best alternative to cheap 4.5++ Generation aircraft when compared to other Western fighter jets leaving a side Russian and Chinese offers . Continue reading


After successful test firing of 3500 km K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier this year, India has seen murmurs of protest of its latest SLBM tests coming from western media and high voltage campaign lead by arch rival Pakistan who have already dragged this matter to United Nation .

K-4 is India’s Second indigenously developed SLBM after it had completed developmental trials of its first SLBM dubbed K-15 which had reported a range of 750-1000km . With Growing International pressure on India to curb its SLBM developmental program, India will need to be super secretive in the development of its further SLBM arsenal in near future . Continue reading

SOURCE: Swastik Mohapatra / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In the present scenario, the future of Indian air force can be described in one word – uncertain. There is still no clarity on which aircraft(s) shall finally be inducted to replace the aging Migs . The MMRCA deal is yet to be inked despite years of negotiations while the LCA is yet to pick up numbers in production lines (LCA MK 1-A is still to be flight tested) .

Adding to the woes, we are still unable to come to terms with Russia with regards to the 5th Generation FGFA , owing to Russia’s reluctance in sharing technology and granting access to the prototypes , to IAF personnel . The need of the hour is to take a quick and logical decision to provide a much needed relief to IAF which is facing squadron depletion lest it falls behind the neighboring air forces which are ramping up their air power . Continue reading


Last year in December state-owned HAL completed successfully inaugural run of its 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (HTFE 25) in the presence of Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar at HAL’s Engine Division .

After the function, CMD of HAL T Suvarna Raju briefed Media and said that Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE-25), it can be used for basic, intermediate and advanced trainer aircraft. The engine can also be used on business jets and five-tonne weight class aircraft in single engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine-ton weight class with twin engine configuration. Continue reading


India’s Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister ) Manohar Parrikar while speaking in Parliament informed legislators that American Company Lockheed Martin did make an offer to sell its F-16 legacy fighter jet and move its production line to the country but India is not interested in procuring F-16s for Indian Air Force .

American administration after the cancellation of MMRCA tender had offered its F16 IN and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets to India and had agreed to move their production line to India to meet PM Modi’s ” Make in India ” initiative in the defence sector. Continue reading


DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) and French Snecma (makers of the M88 engine used in Dassault Rafale aircraft) for nearly 6 years negotiated to set up a Joint venture company to develop a new engine based on French designed Snecma M88-2 core with components from Kaveri engine to develop new engine for LCA-Tejas MK-2 and later for AMCA before both decided to walk away from any deal due to serious differences over Transfer of Technology (ToT) and cost of the program .

At present Indian and Us Government are engaged in talks under Jet Engine Technology Joint working group (JETWG) to Co-develop General Electric developed Upgraded F-414 engine for India’s 5th Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet project . Failure of GTRE-Snecma proposed Joint venture talks should have promoted our planners to always have a backup plan or parallel negotiation team talking with rival Engine makers to have an upper hand in negotiation table with Engine OEMs. Continue reading


Australia and France have agreed to develop futuristic next-gen Stealth Conventional Shortfin Barracuda diesel submarine fleet based on the French Navy’s Barracuda Nuclear Attack submarine . which is expected to see a launch in 2017 nearly 10 years after officially work begin on it in 2007 .

French company DCNS will be leveraging its state of the art technology it had developed originally for its big brother and most of the technology like intelligence-gathering platforms, stealth capability with improved reduced signature and modern diesel-electric propulsion will not only play a key role in help reducing both drag and noise of the submarine but also make submarine one of the quietest ones to operate in vast and noisy Indian ocean . Continue reading


Border management is a crucial aspect of national security. Securing international borders plays an important role in securing the nation. Thus, nations need to police their borders expediently, while not antagonising their neighbours and adhering to international norms and conventions.

India ‘s immediate neighbourhood consists of the 15,106 km of its territorial boundary that it shares with six nations-Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The extent and types of threats and challenges that it faces while managing its borders, greatly differ with regards to all six of its territorial neighbours. The security challenges that India faces at the international borders can be broadly classified as follows Continue reading


Ministry of defence (MoD) has set a deadline of 2018 for state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in developing Upgraded Tejas MK-1A which will come with new Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite, mid-air refuelling capacity and beyond the vision range missiles and easy on Maintenance .

HAL on other hand wants to rope in Makers of Gripen fighter jet Swedish company “SAAB” to help in develop new upgraded LCA-Tejas in less than two years for which Indian Air Force has a requirement for 80 + aircraft . Continue reading


India’s NAVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation ) is finally taking shape with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G which is India’s very own Navigation Satellite System equivalent to Global Position System (GPS) of the USA, the Russian Glonass, China’s BeiDou and Galileo of Europe.

But India’s perception about Military use of space changed only in 2007 after China using an ASAT System destroyed a defunct weather satellite which finally lead to India’s MOD setting up tri-service integrated space cell (ISC) in 2010 taking note of the evolving threat in the space in general and its vicinity. Continue reading


Kalvari 1st of Scorpene class subs built at MDL went to sea for first time today off Mumbai coast.

INS Kalvari (S50) first of Scorpene-class submarine Made in Mumbai set for Sea Trials today marking an end to long wait for India’s quest to acquire conventional submarine force . It took 11 years from the date of the agreement for the first submarine to be ready for induction .

Project-75 also bears eloquent testimony to India’s industrial and scientific prowess which will enable Indian Industries and shipyards to be better prepared for the bigger push to construct indigenous SSK and SSN . Continue reading


Artillery is one of the most important arms of a modern army, in the age of laser-guided airstrikes it’s the old school shelling that often gives the extra push; even though modern ammunition now come with their own guidance systems.

For the Indian Army, its artillery has been in hibernation state for years, we all know why. 105mm IFG and the 105mm LFG have been the workhorse of the army and of course the big guy, the infamous howitzer the Bofors FH77. It’s the hero of the army’s equipment which proved its worth in the Kargil War. Continue reading


Serious disagreements on proposed Indo-Russian Joint development of Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) seems to have grounded the project indefinitely and might have also sounded the death knell for the project since now  Russia plans to work alone on the development of II-214 .

New Proposed twin turbofan 20-tonne tactical transporter was to replace An-32 fleet and could have lead to IAF inducting 45 MTA Transporter which was to be built in India . The main bone of contention has been using Aviadvigatel PS-90A76 derivate engine on MTA which has been Red flagged by IAF multiple times in negotiation talks . Continue reading

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