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

Congress minister Shashi Tharoor off late seems to be tasked to revive long dead Hindu terror bogey yet again crucially when the county is just a few months away from National Assembly elections with a tactical backing of the ” High Command ” which have neither condemned this remarks nor have shown any regret for the comment made by him.

A Majortiy section of the Indian media too has not questioned the ” High Command ” on Tharoor’s remarks hinting that more such remarks are expected to come from him in what seems to be repackaged Hindu terror bogey which P Chidambaram and Digvijay Singh had floated in the past. Continue reading

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

Lockheed Martin concept of a sixth generation fighter.

Russia, UK-Italy, Germany-France, United States and even China have publically announced their intention to pursue development of new stealth fighter jets which are so advanced that they all will be categorized as 6th Generation fighter aircraft in a way completely redefining combat air sector for next two to three decades to come.

Taking best from the 5th generation aircraft technology, the concept of 6th Generation fighter revolves around additional capabilities which are certainly missing in a 5th generation aircrafts. features of 6th Generation concept are yet to be defined but aircraft will incorporate stealth directly into the designs of aircraft, will carry weapons internally and have a reduced radar signature. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

6. Illegal Capture of Shaksgam Valley/Trans Karakoram Track 1963 – The Trans-Karakoram Tract is composed of the Shaksgam Valley and was formerly administered as a part of Shigar, a valley in Baltistan region. Most names of mountains, lakes, rivers and passes are in Balti/Ladakhi, meaning this land had been part of Baltistan/Ladakh region for a long time and has no connection with China whatsoever. The only connection with China was that China claimed suzerainty over Hunza, south of Macdonald line as its emir had given nominal allegiance to China in 1847. But suddenly after WW2 ended in 1959, China published maps showing large areas west and south of Macdonald line as part of its territory. Continue reading

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

After India confirmed what was suspected for a long time that Indo-Russian Joint venture to develop 5th Generation fighter aircraft based on Sukhoi’s Su-57 Stealth fighter has been put on backburner permanently and India has quietly left the program showing no interest in pursuing the project with Russia anymore. In deference shown by its own air force towards the project might have come as the final nail in the coffin for the program after Russian Airforce recently also refused to go beyond the Initial order of 12 aircraft which was placed a few years back.

Russian Airforce is quite happy with 4++ Generation aircraft like Sukhoi Su-30SM and Sukhoi Su-35 which were inducted into the fleet only a few years back and plans to continue adding additional capabilities and new aircraft in the fleet leaving out expensive Su-57 completely out of its modernization plan for next decade to come. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Since the video of ‘7 Sins of India’ rolled out from china’s news manufacturing unit, I thought I should list out the list of ‘7 Sins of China’. Btw did anyone notice this video was surprisingly posted in english language and in social media platforms like youtube, twitter both of which are supposedly banned in China. Truly speaking there are numerous sins committed by China but I will list out just 7 most infamous ones, and these are: – Continue reading

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

Turkey’s Government-Owned English-language based TRT World news channel portal has accused Indian state of using Hindu pilgrimage sites like Amarnath yatra to expand its nationalist project and further its claim on the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir which India calls its own.

Article pen downed by Kashmir based independent journalist Nayim Rather has accused New Delhi of starting State-sponsored religious yatra only after the political turbulence of the 1990s when Kashmir militancy was at its peak. Author has said that the Indian state is using Amarnath yatra with an objective to care out a forceful cultural integration of the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has come under severe criticism by Defence Ministry after HAL quoted over ?463 crore for each 83 Mk-1A variants featuring specific advancements which made it even more expensive than twin-engine Sukhoi-30 assembled in India for just over ?400 crore.

What raised several eyebrows was that for Mk-1, HAL quoted ?100 crore and price hike from ?100 crore to ?463 crore for Mk-1A even though a major chunk of the systems remain the same! what has to lead to a sudden surge in price even if new systems and inflations are factored in? HAL needs to answer them first. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

News just trickled as to how UAE double game hit India hard. India had help nab the runaway UAE princes off Goa coast and hoped that UAE will reciprocate by handling over a wanted terrorist by the likes of Farooq Devdiwala but this was not to be as UAE played a massive double game handing him over to Pakistan. This has hit India hard, with a massive diplomatic loss of face. Lets start from the start,

Case 1 – Runaway UAE Princess Continue reading

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

Taiwan Media has confirmed that it has received Submarine design offer from several countries which include almost all major United States allies including Japan, India, and Several European countries since the US doesn’t build or operate Conventional submarine also known as Diesel submarines to meet the Taiwanese defense ministry Global request for help in construction of indigenous submarine locally .

Taiwan operates four Submarines in its Navy and only Two Hai Lung (Sea Dragon) class which are over 30 years old are operationally active in its service. Taiwan for last two decades has been trying to acquire new Conventional submarine from abroad but due to aggressive bullying from China, many European Countries have stayed away from offering a direct sale of the submarine to Taiwan which lead to considerable reduction in operational capabilities of the Taiwan Navy to thwart any possible invasion of the country from China . Continue reading

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

Nearly Fifty years ago, Indian Navy established Directorate of Naval design an in-house design bureau was established to develop and grow India’s capability in designing contemporary warships, which over the years from humble beginnings as now moved to design and development of modern warships, to aircraft carriers and also nuclear submarines, making Indian Navy one of the few armed forces in the world which designs and develops its own products based on its own requirements working in sync with private and state-owned shipyards in India and abroad .

Indian Air Force for years relied on cheaply imported fighter aircraft which were either licensed assembled in India or were produced locally with Transfer of Technology. With development of new generation of aircrafts prices of fighter aircraft have only trended upwards in the cost of procurement due to advancement in modern technology which now requires considerable amount of additional funding for research and development of next-generation combat aircraft which it is making very difficult for IAF and India to forever depend on external suppliers for current and future needs to safeguard our airspace . Continue reading

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

India has taken up its self to develop a new next generation long range Surface to Air Missile in the class of 48N6 missile (250km) which is part of the S-400 Triumf which India plans to acquire soon to meet its local demands for extra long interception capabilities.

XR-SAM Program was initiated by DRDO a few years back, Yet not much has been shared in the Public domain officially. What little could be gathered from the various media reports is that was suspected that the XR-SAM Program will utilize technology from India’s proven Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program to develop an interceptor missile capable of targeting fast maneuvering targets in long range. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Great Indian Tamasha is back again for its Second Season after running for decades in the first season without any success. After the cut-off date passed by media reports in India confirmed that same defeated Air warriors of the past tenders are once again entering the arena to battle it out among themselves to secure orders for 110 units of Make in India fighter which actually nobody knows how long this season will last due to India’s love for tons of paper works and hectic documentation which is common in all high budget Military procurement tenders .

Airbus Defence and Space is back with its Eurofighter Typhoon Combat jet which missed the bus last time after it was declared a winner on Technical rounds but failed to become an L1 bidder after Dassault Aviation reportedly offered their Rafale fighter jets at an even lower price than Eurofighter Typhoon. Airbus has participated in the tender without much buzz in the local Indian media circle indicating less expenditure was incurred on promotion on so-called Defence Journalists in India. Continue reading

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

India’s defense acquisitions council has given its final approval to an agreement to purchase S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, despite Washington’s opposition, S-400 procurement most likely will see the wrath of the United States Government on India since no exemptions were given to India not only on procurement of S-400 system but also on existing procurement plans of purchase of frigates and Joint venture with Russian companies on BrahMos-NG and BrahMos-2K .

Under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) virtually dealings with all Russian defense companies are banned that means even procurement of any new weapons system or additional capabilities to the existing systems will attract US Scanners and it will simply be of no use for India even if it drops plans to procure S-400 from Russia . Continue reading

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

Global aerospace manufactures who are soon likely to send their response to Indian Air Force’s Request for Information (RFI) issued earlier in April have been warned to provide clear commitments from the vendors and their sub-vendors on the supply of sensitive guarantees on the transfer of technology including training facilities and performance guarantees or face chances of their response been rejected .

IAF issued RFI’s in 2004 (MMRCA ) and 2016 (Single Engine Fighter (SEF)) in both tenders had let Vendors decide what level of sensitive technology details they can transfer and previous RFI didn’t pin down clear commitments due to which Dassault Aviation after winning MMRCA became sensitive to transferring technology and later even Lockheed Martin which was leading in SEF tender suffered from commitment issues after learning it was about to clinch orders for F-16-V from India . Continue reading

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

In a major breakthrough in missile technology, India recently tested a new missile system which has as the potential to be called as a big deal for the future of air warfare of India. Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) is joint development project between India and Russia which in past have produced world’s deadliest Mach-3 capable Supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missiles system and SFDR will again be next major milestone system coming out of the strategic defense relationship which both India and Russia have.

SFDR will come with an advanced propulsion system having thrust modulation using hot gas flow controller. What impressive is claimed range of the Air-launched Tactical Missiles which doesn’t make it regular long-range Air-to-Air Missile but it will birth of a new Next Generation Very long Tactical Air-to-Air Missile which will put India in a league of small countries like Russia, USA and China when system clears trials. Continue reading