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

A few days back Pakistan Navy (PN) carried out first test firing of Harbah land attack Cruise Missile from newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat successfully. Harbah is a Naval version of short-range turbojet powered Babur subsonic cruise missile which already has been entered into service with Pakistani Army.

Pakistani press release failed to mention the range of the new Harbah subsonic cruise missile but it is likely to a range of 450 km or lesser. Continue reading

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

The Indian government recently scrapped a planned massive USD 500 million deal with Israel for the purchase of Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) for Indian Army. A requirement for the purchase of 3rd Generation ATGM was felt more than 10 years ago since then Army has scrapped tenders multiple times due to various reasons.

This time the Purchase order was scrapped after State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was able to convince Government of India that India was on the verge of a breakthrough in the development of indigenous Man-Portable ATGM for the Army. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

                                   REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

India’s Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender for procurement of 114 Modern 4++ Generation fighter jet through local partnership for the first time with Private Aerospace Sector Company is facing a unique dilemma after the collapse of MRRCA Tender.

Single Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender lacked clarification on several fronts especially on key specifications but IAF drafted Tender documents did require higher payload carrying capabilities, which clearly hinted that IAF was still chasing for procurement of Medium-Multirole Aircraft on a tighter budget. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Ministry of Defence and the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization are working in tandem to ensure that part of India’s homemade ballistic missile defence system is ready to be deployed by 2018 and recent Interceptor missile tested a few days ago reportedly was tested in Production ready configuration clearlying its path for its deployment to shied New Delhi and Mumbai .

Two Radar site has been selected to deploy Phase-I two-tier fully automated Ballistic Missile Defence to provide an effective missile shield against incoming enemy ballistic and nuclear missiles Countries Capital New Delhi and Commercial Capital Mumbai in the first phase. Continue reading

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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) till a few months ago had nothing much to do after Government of India and Indian Air Force became non-committal on the development of a stretched version of LCA-Tejas MK-2 post-Aero India 2017 held earlier this year.

At Aero India 2017 ADA has shown scale models of the LCA-Tejas MK-2 and confirmed that the final design of the new aircraft will be frozen soon but rise of upgraded Tejas MK-1A promoted by HAL and IAF’s keen interest to acquire Single-engined fighter jet in a separate tender meant LCA-Tejas MK-2 project took backseat and almost on the verge of been shelved .

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

United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) will be the first export customer of Astra, India’s first indigenously developed beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile if recent Indian media reports are to be believed. Developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Astra is an all-weather air-to-air missile which can engage high manoeuvring targets at medium range.

Powered by indigenous RF Seeker, Astra BVRAAM already has gone through intense trials and has met all mission objectives and parameters in recent trials and has entered Small-scale production after it received orders from Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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

The much-awaited single-engine fighter deal of 114 aircrafts has hit the roadblock over MOD concerns on Single vendor situation after Lockheed Martin’s hesitance over technology transfer & safeguard issue. American lobby seems to be on front foot after Back to back high profile diplomatic visits & putting pressures on India to buy F-16. However, IAF’s unacceptability & US strict technology transfer safeguard policies making the deal impossible.

F-16 which came with 80s era technology & some minor improvements during MMRCA competition was discarded by IAF. But after a decade how this plane could become beneficial for the force, the question is now being asked by many defence experts. Continue reading

SOURCE: Air Commodore KI Ravi, AVSM VSM (retd)/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Finally, RFP is issued but only to HAL, Why? Why not to TASL, L&T, Mahindra etc who all have collaboration with OEMs of aerospace and defence abroad?

The Mk 1A is only an improved version of the Mk 1 and hence the accrued benefits are not worth the cost. Assuming 50000 crores for the complete package of 83 ac, the cost per ac works out to Rs. 603 crores/ac or USD 93 million per aircraft. Compare to Rs. 200 crores per aircraft for the Mk 1. Yes, HAL is promising advanced AESA radar and Electronic Warfare Equipment, but all from abroad. Continue reading

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

                                                              ARTIST IMPRESSION

After nearly 40 years of Research and Development, India’s less talked about Nuclear submarine program finally seems to have hit expressway after it recently launched its Second Nuclear ballistic missile Submarine and have plans to launch 2 more improve Arihant Class Submarines in next 5 years which will further strengthen India’s Nuclear Triad.

Indian Naval chief recently also confirmed to Indian media that ground developmental work for developing Six Indigenous Nuclear Attack Submarine has already started and this one will have a quick turnaround time and will not take decades to become fruitful. Continue reading

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

India’s Single Engine Fighter requirement is facing rather unexpected questioning, Ministry of Defence which first formulated purchase of single and twin-engine fighter aircraft on the backdrop of collapsed MMRCA tender is now questioning IAF’s requirement after Lockheed Martin refused to oblige to carry out full Transfer of Technology of its F-16 to India which could lead to awkward single vendor situation .

MOD officials are also worried the new deal could cost over $ 20 Billion for the purchase of 114 units of aircrafts and will also face an allegation of irregularities in their procurement since only two vendors have responded and there is growing realisation that both F-16 and Gripen-E were rejected by IAF under Technical rounds of MMRCA evaluations. Continue reading

SOURCE: Indrajit Majumdar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO has developed 250 KWs Silver Oxide Zinc (AgOZn), both primary and secondary batteries for propulsion of heavy weight torpedo Varunastra

DRDO’s Varunastra, the first indigenous heavy weight ship launched anti-submarine electric torpedo.It is capable of targeting quiet and stealthy submarines, both in deep and littoral waters in intense counter measure environment . The battery, which is used for heavyweight torpedo propulsion, will enhance the propulsion characteristics of the weapon. This will help in increasing the speed of torpedoes due to increased power from the present 100 kW to 250 kW, almost within the same space. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Nearly a decade back on 26 February 2008 for the first time, DRDO confirmed and admitted in Public that India’s first K-15 nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile with a range of 750-1000 kilometres was successfully test fired and the missile had undergone 6 Previous trials in secret and by 2013 K-15 had completed 12th and final trials before it was cleared for induction .

Development of submarine-launched ballistic missile was part of India’s few Military Black Projects which was guarded under secrecy act and developed as a part of India’s nuclear triad to ensure second retaliatory nuclear strike capability in case rivals decides to nuke India first. Continue reading

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

INS Arighat, India’s Second Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine had a quiet launch away from the media limelight but India has already started groundwork to develop its next successor with the development of next-generation Ballistic Missile Submarine internally codenamed S5.

Unlike S4 and S4 * which are just an extended version of Arihant class, S5 SSBN will be a new design and will be nearly double the size of S4 SSBN when it is ready in another decade time. S5 will have reported surface displacement of over 13500 tonnes which is about same as Triomphant class of ballistic missile submarines operated by the French Navy but still smaller then Ohio-class submarine operated by United States Navy. Continue reading

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

According to latest article by India Today, India last month launched its Second Nuclear submarine into the water in a low-key event held at Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Visakhapatnam. The article which was penned down by India’s foremost Defence Journalist Sandeep Unnithan who was first to break the story on India’s Secretive “K SLBM” Program which does bring some reliability in the picture due to his close association with India’s Nuclear submarine program over the years.

India has named its Second submarine INS Arighat and not INS Aridhaman as quite popularly known in the media for quite some time. Arighat is set to be a mirror copy of the lead Arihant class submarine, but with advancement and improvements in the submarine technology and not as speculated in media reports that second submarine will be larger and bigger than INS Arihant. Continue reading

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

By the end of this year, India’s Classified Black Project to develop Six Nuclear Powered Attack Submarines will go official but it will be years before we hear anything credible report coming out in public, officially in the media but years of experience in development of Arihant class nuclear powered Ballistic missile submarines will no doubt come handy and technological partners in the project will make sure project is fast-tracked and don’t take ages to become operationalises .

French shipbuilder, DCNS has been very keen on becoming India’s Non-Nuclear Technology partner in India’s Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine project in lieu for further Submarine orders under Project-75I under which India plans to procure Six Conventional Attack Submarines. Indian Navy Chief along with India’s Top Submariners and key decision makers on their recent visit to DCNS Shipyards in France were given exclusive access to French Barracuda-class nuclear attack submarine which is yet to become operational. Continue reading