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

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) recently cracked a huge order for LR-SAM/MR-SAM Air Defence System from Indian defense establishment worth over $2.6 billion, largest in IAI’s history and the history of Israel leading to a massive jump in companies profit.

LR-SAM/MR-SAM Air Defence System will be used by Indian Navy, Indian Army and Indian Air force to provide Medium-level Air-Defence coverage for its vital installations and will continue to remain one of the key air defense systems with Indian armed forces for next three decades to come while continually ranking mullahs for Israel Aerospace Industries. Continue reading

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

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, have decided not to send their bid documents for their diesel-electric Soryu attack submarines in response to India’s Project-75I tender for procurement of Six new attack submarines for Indian Navy.

Recent media Hype in India, that Japan this time will be positive to India request and will finally offer their Soryu attack submarines for the tender seems to be due to their lack of understanding of the Japanese continues persistence and hesitation on transfer of technology (ToT) of their Super Secretive Soryu Submarine dubbed “Crown Jewel” of Japan Maritime Self- Defense Force . Continue reading

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

Many of us know that after terrorist attack on Indian parliament in 2001 when operation PARAKRAM was failed to achieve its objectives, a new doctrine was planned by former Army General Sundarji christened as Cold Start to crush Pakistan with a co-ordinated military strike in a short period of 72 hours. But after 2015, observing the Chinese huge investment of $52 billion in Pakistan & their interest to protect the CPEC at any cost signalled the concept of two front war real in future.

Therefore, the existence of Cold start needs to be transformed into a two-front strategy giving less time to devastate Pakistan before diverting maximum columns to Northern frontier. As military advancement needs more time, we need to tap the core of IWT (INDUS WATER TREATY) so that we annihilate Pakistan in less time with a single shot. Continue reading

SOURCE:  DEV SIDDHANTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As news arrives of the development of an air launched version of Brahmos and extension of range from 450km to 800 km in about 2.5 years the strategic importance of this development cannot be understated. A Su 30 Mki with a ferry range 1500 km and added with 800 km range of Brahmos gets a theoretical range of 2300 km.

That range easily covers not only entire Pakistan but even deep inside China. Even the acquisition of S400 by China will not make much of a difference. The very short reaction time available due to the extreme speed of Brahmos as well as the ability to manoeuvre the terrain of the Himalayas by the Sukhoi’s will not give even the S400 any reaction time. Continue reading

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

China just inducted its Chengdu J-20 fighter jets which could help People’s Liberation Army air force with a long-range interception capability and also allow it to strike first at infrastructure targets on ground positions in India’s eastern sector and cities but that was quickly dismissed by IAF since Chinese forward Air bases in Tibet and other regions near India are still not all whether capable nor is J-20 has matured enough to be rushed to the frontline but that said, but can it allow India to seat tight ? .

Chinese industrial base has grown stronger over the years and turnaround time for each project too has come down, with J-20 hitting production in large scale, this will only further improve its capabilities in developing more stealth platforms in shorter span of time, while India’s AMCA and FGFA based on Su-57 5th Stealth project are yet to be off the drawing boards and slow movement in this program will only lead to further derailment of airpower edge India had maintained over the years . Continue reading

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

Indian Navy kick-started the process of procuring 57 multi-role combat aircraft for its carriers by issuing an RFI to leading Boeing pitching its F-18, Dassault its Rafale M, Mig Corporation its Mig-29K and Saab its Sea Gripen concept based on Gripen E, missing was Lockheed Martin offer for F-35B or C variants.

Lockheed Martin not participating in Indian Navy’s tender for 57 fighter planes is strange since 2010, company representatives were quite eager to sell this aircraft to the Indian navy and had also given an official presentation to India after getting authorization by the US Department of Defense (DOD). Continue reading

SOURCE: SAJJAD ABIDI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Coming week will witness Air Force’s landing and take-off exercise on the stretch of Agra-Lucknow express way from dated: 20 till 24 Oct.

Use of highways as airstrips date back to world war 2 where Germans used highways (Autobahn) to land fighter planes. Though airstrips were used during Hitler reign, they were extensively constructed during cold war in countries like Russia, Finland, Continue reading

SOURCE: Himansu Swain/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It had been over a half-long decade when both INDIA & RUSSIA were decided to develop a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) by sharing 50-50 portions of money, engineering & intellectual property. But many factors affected the deal’s proceeding like Russians’ demand on heavy prices as well as their reluctance on sharing technology, Indian Gov hesitant attitude on investing heavy money & etc.

As Indian gov realized facts from the previous SU-30MKI programme when Russian bullied India over technology sharing & developed their own powerful SUKHOI version (SU-30SM) with Indian money, it made a clear way for Indian air force & Bureaucracy to ignore FGFA deal. Meanwhile, India’s growing proximity towards EUROPE & USA is the major reason of FGFA failure. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Israeli company, Elta after winning contract, to supply 61 Elta’s ELM-2052 AESA radar to be equipped on DARIN-3 upgraded Jaguar fleet of Indian Air Force was largely seen as in the driver seat before India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) invited overseas bids for 80 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and electronic warfare (EW) suites to be equipped on soon to be developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A variant.

Request for quotation (RFQ) for 80 AESA radars issued last December had asked for fast delivery scheduled since the project is expected to go alive by 2019 followed by production by 2021. Israel Aerospace Industries/Elta (Israel), Raytheon (United States), Rosoboronexport (Russia), Saab (Sweden), and Thales (France) were some of the companies which received RFQ but tight delivery schedule meant not all agreed to participate. Continue reading

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

A top American defense think-tank of RAND Corporation in their latest report entitled, “Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of a New Class of Weapons.” has advised US Government to work with Russia and China to deny export of complete hypersonic missile systems or their major components to other countries, including India to restrict spread of Hypersonic missile technology .

Russia, China, and the United States are only 3 countries which have active Hypersonic missile programs which have already entered developmental testing stage and it is believed that a production variants will emerge soon post 2020 from either of this countries. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s quest to buy Combat drones from Israel and United States seems to be heading to nowhere after reports emerged that both Israel and the United States have suddenly developed cold feet on supply and transfer of Combat Drone technology to India.

India’s request for 100 Stealth Combat Avenger Drones are still pending with Trump administration and India’s closest exporter of defense equipment over the years, Israel too wants to restrict the sale of combat drones to India in lieu of new export restriction imposed by Israeli government reportedly under American pressure. Continue reading

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

Thier is no doubt now that American Defence major Lockheed Martin with its F-16 Block-70 is in driver’s seat when it comes to India’s Single-engined fight jets program for a requirement of 114 jets. But does Swedish Saab has an ally in India to become the darkhorse in the race to clinch the deal from Americans?.

While Government of India can be seen totally inclining towards Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block-70, but Indian air force has not shown the same level of inclining and support towards F-16s. IAF in its candid admission has said that if allowed to decide between both F-16 Block-70 and Gripen-E, the force will choose the later for various reasons. Continue reading

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

Aloud Siren followed by Room televisions getting switched on automatically to inform on the emergency broadcast channel that North Korea has just fired a missile over Japan and letting its citizen know what to do next is what fear Japanese citizens in western part of Japan lives by every time North Koreans fire a missile towards Japan.

Shimane, Hiroshima, and Kochi are few of the Japanese cities which are always on high alert for possible North Korean fired intermediate-range ballistic missile landing in their backyard in case the North’s missiles malfunction while over Japan. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG / VIDEO CREDIT NOOR ALAM

The first video of Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) launched from Jaguar DARIN-II has surfaced online.

SAAW is an indigenously designed and developed 120 kg class smart weapon capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 km. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Post-1962 war with China, Indian Air Force felt a need for modern supersonic interceptor aircraft and quickly English Electric Lightning, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 were shortlisted. F-104 Starfighter came with superior avionics and construction was top notch in comparison to Soviet-developed MiG-21.

Electric Lightning lost favor pretty soon with IAF and Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was selected by India. Since F-104 were supplied to Pakistan Air Force a year earlier in 1961, Indian government felt that Americans will oblige to Indian request just after 1962 war with China and will agree to the sale of F-104 Starfighter to India but then came a shocker. Continue reading

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