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

Earlier this year at Aero India 2017, While interacting with HAL officials, Author was confirmed that Indian Armed force has not put forward any requirements for development of dedicated Heavy Attack Helicopters. The question was raised on the backdrop of earlier media reports which had hinted that Indian Army wants to acquire 39 American developed Apache Attack helicopter to arms its own Army Aviation Corps (AAC).

HAL’s Rotary Wing Research and Design Centre (RWR&DC) division is currently focusing on starting production of India’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) by 2018 and start work on the development of Medium Multi-role Indian Multi-role Helicopter (IMRH) to replace ageing Mi-8 and Mi-17 Helicopters. Continue reading

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India’s plan to Co-develop and locally manufacture nearly 120 units of 5th Generation fighter jet with Russia hangs in balance after Indian Air force recently submitted its viability report to Indian Defence ministry after carrying out nearly three months of detail study of proposed FGFA based on Russian T-50 5th generation fighter aircraft.

IAF already had reduced initial requirement estimates from high 250 aircraft in 2010 to 144 units in 2013 which was further dropped to below 120 to make space for Dassault Rafale fighter jets. IAF also had given up on developing Twin seater variant of FGFA on similar lines of Sukhoi-30MKI after Russia asked for an additional price for accommodating the second pilot. Continue reading

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

With much awaited Strategic Partners policy likely to be cleared soon by Indian Ministry of Defence on submarine Acquisition plans, along with single-engine fighters, multiple types of helicopters [and] other land systems. Buzz in Indian media is that India will not only select one domestic private sector company in the submarine segment but also will go for Mega submarine Acquisition once the policy is in place.

India might be planning to acquire 10 Conventional diesel submarines by extending Project-75 and by also fast tracking and initiating follow-on Project-75I in coming months. Continue reading

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

According to Pentagon, US and India Defence level of cooperation and relationship between two countries are at all time high, even though many in India could like to disagree, especially after Trump administration took over White House and many Indian Defence acquisition plans involving the US made weapons are stuck are not been cleared leading to delays which could derail Strategic partnership .

The United States even with recent cooling down of relationships under President Trump, is still India’s Top three Defence supplier and there are still many weapons system which India could still like to procure for its armed forces over what is currently under negotiation. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force which operates a wide and varied combat fighter aircraft in its fleet procured from Russia, France and United kingdom has never shyied away from procuring Best fighters jets which were on offer and which were considered best in the world.

But faced with a continuing decline in its combat potential, serviceability issues dogging ageing fleet and delay in induction of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) , MMRCA tender was seen as a way to ensure IAF continues to get Best of the tech out there to maintain regional Aerial supremacy against arch rivals like Pakistan and China . Continue reading

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

its Air to Air Capabilities with the introduction of Game Changer Meteor missile, considered among the most advanced in the world. Meteor designed to knock out enemy aircraft and cruise missiles significantly more than 100 km away.

Latest Rafale Standard such as variant to be delivered to the IAF will also be able to carry SCALP missile what will come as a substantial increase in strike capabilities of the air force will be the unknown number of orders placed for the Indian Air Force in 2016 as part of the Dassault Rafale deal. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter which is said to have a perfect balance between operational performance, high tech solutions, cost effectiveness and industrial partnership. One of the most remarkable features of Gripen is its low operational cost and SAAB is ready to establish a new production line in India with full Transfer of Tech (ToT). The offer seems to be very promising but one needs to read between the lines to understand the pros and cons.

Most of you know the benefits if India chooses Gripen in its single engine fighter tender. But what you probably don’t know or you never thought of is discussed here. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

While French, Russian and German submarines are seen as leading contenders in India, to supply Six Conventional Diesel submarines to Indian Navy in upcoming Project-75I Tender, Submarine builder Navantia has expressed its desire to bid for Indian tender by offering its S 80-class submarines.

French Naval defence group DCNS is largely recognised as developers of India’s Scorpene-class submarines (Kalavari Class ) but the role played by Spanish company Navantia in the development of Scorpene-class submarines is largely ignored due to ignorance. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Introduction

An SSBN is basically a nuclear-powered submarine which can launch ballistic missiles and are used for nuclear deterrence. But to counter a numerically superior Navy, India need each and every submarine to serve as various roles.

An SSN is a nuclear attack submarine which is fit for anti-ship, anti-submarine and land attack missions. SSBNs are capable of anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare using torpedoes but cannot be called a dedicated submarine for anti-ship and land attack roles as it can only fire Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) with nuclear warheads which are not normally used and serves as a deterrent only. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arush Singh/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The F 35 is a fifth-generation, stealth multirole fighter aircraft which can be dubbed as a SAM AND SHIP KILLER. An F 35 have the potential to be four times more effective than fourth generation fighters in air to air combat and eight times more effective in air to ground combat at a cost similar to any western fourth generation fighter.

SPECULATIONS ABOUT F 35

The development of any fighter jet is full of challenges and anything innovative is developed only by taking risks. The US is a global leader in stealth technology and the US is investing a trillion $ or even more in this fighter program because it is a revolutionary design. But there are some speculations about the F 35 which are discussed as follows: Continue reading

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SP-4 LOADED WITH DERBY BVRAAM ON ITS RIGHT WING 

The Sixth Series Production aircraft from Tejas flight line SP-6 has moved to the final stages of systems checking at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and is currently been prepped for its first flight sometime in next month.

Information was confirmed by prominent Defence Journalist Anantha Krishnan M on his social media account. Interestingly fourth series production Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas-SP4 (LA-5004 ) completed its first flight in March but HAL will skip sequential test flight this time since SP6 will be airborne before SP5. Continue reading

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

India and Israel are jointly celebrating 25 years of establishment of Diplomatic Relationships which on the large side has been dominated by Sale of Defence equipment’s from Israel to India, which in recent years has been transformed into many joint developments of weapons systems by both the countries.

Visit of Prime minister Narinder Modi to Isreal this June is seen as further bonding of the relationship between two countries leading to further expansion of military cooperations.What started off as emergency weapons supply at height of Kargil war as lead to a full-scale establishment of strong foot hole of Israeli defence industry in the Indian defence market. Continue reading

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

Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, while confirming that lead prototype aircraft 39-8 will get airborne before the end of the second quarter to local media also confirmed that SAAB is confident to ink major deal with India soon.

GE Aviation supplied F414-powered jet Gripen-E will be ready to enter production by 2019 and he also said that India has a potential requirement for 150 single-engined fighters and SAAB is also eyeing a navy requirement with India for its proposed aircraft carrier-capable Gripen Maritime model. Continue reading

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

President Donald Trump has recently suggested that United States Navy should abandon its long plan digital launching system in favour of Steam Catapults for its new Aircraft carriers. According to Trump EMALS has not been a smashing success, cost and schedule overruns have given the United States Naval carrier projects a reputation of being one of the most spectacular acquisition debacles in recent memory.

The budget for the construction of 3 Ford-class aircraft carriers already has swelled from $27 Billion dollars to $36 Billion dollars in last 10 years, which is $3 billion-dollar increasing in each aircraft carriers. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Former Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh speaking to NDTV has said that only way India can put some level of pressure on Pakistani Army so is to allow its Civilian Pakistani Government to take bring back some normalcy in relations between India and Pakistan, could be by warming up Pakistan’s Western Borders with Iran and Afghanistan.

Bikram Singh said that close to 75% of Pakistani Military deployment is towards India and only 25% is towards its western borders with both Iran and Afghanistan which allows it to maintain some level of pressure on the line of control to push and carry out terror operations in Kashmir against India. Continue reading

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