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After Russia finally delivered four Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China after a delay of two years, Government mouthpiece PLA Daily in an article expressed that Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets purchased from Russia will be the last fighter imported by China.

China which has made many advances in the manufacturing of new type of fighter jets, till now was still largely dependent on Russia for engines as well as avionics. But Defence Analyst now see a pattern on how China is raising its game in Aeronautical projects. Continue reading

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India and Russia are in talks in enhancing current Generation BrahMos cruise missile range from 292 km to 600 km which will make world’s deadliest supersonic cruise missile just more deadly in capacity but it is the next alternation of the missile which can be dubbed has a “Game Changer ” and an offensive weapons system which can change course of war and blunt any offensive capabilities of rivals .

Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) who have jointly created BrahMos Aerospace are planning to develop NG (Next Generation ) variant which will be lighter and smaller in size. but will come with an additional punch to overwhelm future defence capabilities of enemies. Continue reading

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While Agni-V is yet to become fully operational with Indian Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which manages countries tactical and strategic nuclear weapons stockpile but many countries in India’s immediate neighbourhood are already rattled at growing range of India’s missiles which allows India to project its power beyond its regional rivals.

With murmurs of nervousness and uneasiness found among countries who India classifies has Allies/ friendly due to India’s growing missile range, Government of India for a while has been hesitant to openly talk about Countries next Big missile and kept long-range missile away from its annual republic day parade to create positive perception of the country as responsible Nuclear power to gain entry into elite Nuclear Suppliers Group. Continue reading

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Previous Indian media news report had pinpointed that recent failure could be neither attributed to Hardware failure or Software failure and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) blamed ADE-developed software and ADE was pointing towards the defective hardware supplied by RCI.

But as per latest report culprit behind recent test failure of Nirbhay cruise missile has been identified and it is reported that Nirbhay’s onboard flight control software malfunctioned shortly after lift-off, causing its first-stage solid rocket booster to lose thrust. Continue reading

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In Shadow of Scorpene submarine data leak, Australia and France signed an agreement to build the world’s largest diesel-electric submarines in the Australian industrial town of Adelaide. 56 billion Australian dollars ($41 billion) contract to build 12 Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A based on French Barracuda nuclear attack class submarine have raised few eyebrows among many Defence Analyst.

At first, Austalia is going to build Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A submarine which is still a concept and its design still on paper and is nearly twice the price has compared to nearest rival offer made by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for its HDW Class 216 Submarine. Continue reading

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India’s own cruise missile project Nirbhay is on the verge of closure claimed latest Indian media reports after a recent test of the missile was declared an absolute disaster and Government of India now mulling plans to close the project due to repeated delays and failed tests.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Nirbhay was initially demanded by Indian Army nearly 15 years ago and Project went active nearly 12 years ago. But since 2013 missile has been tested Four times, with Three complete failures and only one partial success to its credit. Continue reading

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According to Buzz in Indian Defence circles. INS Aridhaman, Second Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine might have a soft launch in 2017 after it was confirmed that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has completed assembly of the Second nuclear reactor, which is likely to propel the second N-powered submarine.

India under its Secretive indigenous SSBN Program is developing Three Nuclear-powered Submarines which will complete India’s second-strike capabilities and earlier this year Indian Navy quietly commissioned INS Arihant which is first lead ballistic missile submarine into operational patrolling duties. Continue reading

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DRDO’s 155 mm x 52 calibre ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) fully integrated gun system with on-mount auxiliary power unit (APU) will be ready by mid of 2017 for user (Indian Army) trials said latest media reports.

ATAGS soon will be integrated with 95kW Auxiliary power unit (APU), which gives the gun a top speed of 12 km/h, which is much faster than 7km/h offered by APU system installed on FH77 Bofors thus allowing ATAGS faster manoeuvrability and relocation capacity. Continue reading

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Indian Government has decided to invite tenders from Global Defence companies on possible supply of Advance Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) to be equipped on 83 Upgraded LCA-Tejas MK-1A, which India plans to manufacture from 2020 onwards for operations with Indian Air force .

Major U.S. defence contractor Raytheon has shown interest in responding to Indian tender and is open to offering its sophisticated Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) AESA radar capable of tracking targets in the air and on the ground for India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jet fleet. Continue reading

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India and Vietnam have decided to deepen their defence cooperation and are making plans to move their strategic ties to next level . Indian Navy has been training Vietnam Navy to operate Russian-built Kilo Class Diesel submarines and from early next year Indian Air force will send Instructors to Vietnam to train its pilots from Vietnam People’s Air Force to fly Sukhoi Su-30MK2 combat jets.

Vietnam has also shown interest in the purchase of some Indian developed weapons system and Indo-Russian developed BrahMos Anti-ship Supersonic cruise missile tops their wish list to beef up its Navy due to raging dispute with China over ownership of territory and undersea deposits of oil and gas in the South China Sea (SCS) . Continue reading

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A lot has been said and written about on Indian naval chief rejecting Indigenously developed light combat aircraft for carrier-borne operations and I have nothing more to add to this debate but positives of this debacle could be that finally navy has shown interest in developing Naval variant of AMCA for future carrier operations .

India learning from LCA experience should ask both Indian Air force and Indian Navy to prepare common requirements for next generation aircraft which it wants to produce next and it will be advisable that Indian Navy is made in charge of the project since Indian Navy has more experience in handling high-profile weapons development program like Aircraft carrier and Nuclear submarines and Indian Air force for long has tendency to behave like more of customers than that of developer . Continue reading

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Western fighter manufacturers like Boeing, Dassault and Eurofighter with their 4++ Generation fighter aircraft like F/A-18E/F ,F-15, ­Rafales and Eurofighter were able to keep the momentum going this year after these companies were able to bag additional orders, which will help prolong their production line well over 2020 .

While Lockheed Martin too had a good year in terms of sale and delivery,while it also bagged additional orders for 5th Generation Stealth F-35 Lightning II fighter jet but what will worry company bosses will be No sales orders for its legacy F-16 combat jets ,making their production line venerable , which might not be able to survive till 2020 due to lack of orders. Continue reading

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Once again DRDO and HAL will be clashing with each other on which AESA Fire-control radar ( FCR ) will be equipped on upgraded Tejas MK1A after DRDO chief S Christopher recently said that Tejas MK1A will come with Indigenous Aesa Radar rather than Imported one .

Comments made by DRDO chief carries significant weight since HAL while promoting upgraded Tejas MK1A concept had proposed to use Israeli-developed ,HAL enhanced ELTA-2052 AESA FCR which had firm backing from Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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French company Safran and India’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) will come together to revive India’s long-delayed Kaveri gas turbine engine once Ministry of Defence (MOD) clears French defence manufacturer Safran proposal to fix Kaveri engine for free to meet mandatory Dassault Rafale offset regulations in India .

The French company is confident that engine can be made flight-worthy in next 18-24 months period since it earlier had carried out an internal assessment of the whole program and had found it to be 70-75% completed. GTRE plans to offer completed Kaveri engine to be powered by HAL proposed upgraded LCA-Tejas MK-1A but to get IAF nod on the engine ,new Kaveri engine will have to develop 90-95 kN uninstalled thrust as per media reports. Continue reading

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

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba came hard on LCA-Navy while speaking to the media and severally criticised it for being too heavy to be a carrier-based aircraft nor it meets weight and thrust ratio requirement to be able to take off with full weapon load.

GE’s F404-IN 20 engine which powers LCA-Tejas MK-1 barely generated 85 kN uninstalled of thrust and was one of the major shortfalls specifically pointed out by Navy when it had carried out detail assessment of LCA-Tejas way before it had joined indigenous LCA-Tejas program in 2002-04 . Continue reading

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