My Take


JF 17 designed by Russia, developed by China and assembled by Pakistan is the pride of PAF. The JF 17 can fly higher than Tejas, for a longer distance and is cheaper than Tejas. But does it mean it is better than Tejas? Although Tejas isn’t the Front-line fighter of India and the JF17 in case of any air to air combat will be facing SU 30 MKI or Rafale in a clash between IAF and PAF but let’s assume that it’s a fight just between JF17 Block 3 and Tejas mk1a. So will the JF17 surely beat Tejas in any engagement anywhere.

If you go by Pakistani propaganda JF17 can even outperform the F22 Raptor but before we say something on which one is better let’s have a comparison: Continue reading


With Tejas MK-2 Program all set to go official by end of this year, HAL, Government of India along with Indian Air Force have set in motion plans to further augment production capabilities of the LCA-Tejas which not only be able to handle demands for 200 more Tejas MK-2 Variant but also be able cater to export market in near future .

With only 40 MK1 aircrafts ordered by IAF initially, HAL using it’s using two production facilities in Bengaluru was able to produce 8 aircraft per year, with MK1-A all set to become reality soon, production facility will now be further augmented to 16 by end of 2019. Continue reading


After India scrapped Single Engine Fighter (SEF) for 114 units, news coming in is that Indian Air Force has agreed to procure 201 units of Stretched version of Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas MK-2 which will come with host of improvements over Tejas MK1 and MK1A and the project is likely to go official by end of this year .

DRDO chief Dr S Christopher also confirmed that first Tejas MK2 will make its first flight by 2022 and will be ready to enter production by the time production run of 83 MK1A ordered by IAF comes to an end by 2025-26. Continue reading


Reports published by La Tribune and Reuters have created buzz over the revival of India’s long dead Kaveri turbofan engine with French assistance coming from Aero-engine major Snecma which has sent Indian defence media into a tizzy due to lack of clarity on the possible deal when French President Emmanuel Macron visits India next week.

Kaveri engine was delinked from LCA-Tejas program after it was not able to generate enough thrust to power an fighter aircraft in the class of LCA. The engine also suffered from last mile technological issues which GTRE was unable to fix. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s quest to procure 114 units of single-engine fighter jet, worth over $10-billion under SEF Tender will be scrapped soon and instead India will remove engine limitations basically allowing all rejected contenders and even winning candidate of earlier scrapped MMRCA Tender a second shot at the world biggest tender for the fighter jets.

What could have possibly have gone wrong that India decided to scrap Single Engine Fighter Tender? Well Idea of Single Engine Fighter Tender was floated by then Defence minister Manohar Parrikar after MMRCA Tender was scrapped and India instead opted for procurement of 26 Dassault Rafale fighter jet directly in a Government-to-Government deal. Continue reading


Recent media reports indicate that Indian Air force has asked Lockheed Martin to brief them F-35A for the possible purchase of more than 120 jets in what could be India’s first Stealth Combat jet clearly dumbing any possibility of manufacturing FGFA based on Russian 5th Generation Su-57 aircraft in India.

The author argued that falling prices of Bare bone F-35A makes it very attractive alternative when it is compared to expensive Dassault Rafale and FGFA both which cost over $100 million per unit. Lockheed Martin has confirmed that cost of F-35A will be below $80 million per unit cost in bare bone configuration by 2020 which seems lucrative for many Bureaucratic and Politicians back in India, but the question remains, can India really afford F-35A Ecosystem in long term ?. Continue reading


Kalvari class of diesel-electric attack submarines based on the French Scorpène-class submarine being built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai are on the roll after the third submarine INS Karanj, was launched last month, with three more submarines all set to join by 2012, Navy is making all-out effort to kickstart long-delayed successor Project 75I which is a follow-on of the Project 75 Kalvari-class submarine for the Indian navy .

Under Project 75I, Indian Navy had planned to procure Six Next generation diesel-electric attack submarines to add muscle to India’s underwater submarine fleet. Project 75I-class submarine had two key additional requirements over the Kalvari class which was to be equipped with Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems to enable them to stay submerged for longer duration and substantially increase their operational range and to also feature Vertical launch system (VLS) to enable submarine fleet to carry Supersonic BrahMos and Sub-sonic Nirbhay Cruise missiles . Continue reading


Indian political leaders, traditionally, were misers in using the Pro-active action and/or Military option, even when warranted. This, even though earned us a label of “Country that stands for peace”; if you analyse in the macro level, were counterproductive most of the time.

Due to this irrational & paranoid aversion for Pro-active action / Military option, even when unavoidable; had led to numerous and substantial setbacks economically, politically, militarily etc. Some of them plague us even today. Maldives itself is a very good example. It is time for us to learn from history and avoid repeating mistakes in the past. Continue reading


Current Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat was the first serving Army chief who acknowledge India’s cold start Doctrine for the first time. Rawat was also first to confirm that cold start doctrine which Pakistan felt was defeated after the development of tactical nukes was still alive and kicking and was likely to be further enhanced and modified to take care of Pakistani tactical nuclear threats.

In 2016 elite Mathura-based Strike Corps of Indian Army carried out major exercise ” Shatrujeet” which involved 30000 personal. Aim of the strike crops what to carry out a simulation to validate and skills to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) warfare. Continue reading


For years, an eye was kept on Lhasa airfield through Google Maps. The Lhasa airfield being a forward staging base does not have any aircraft shelters or ammunition dumps. Some four years before, Lhasa airfield used to host a detachment of 5 Su-27s. The satellite imagery of Lhasa airfield hosted by, has not been updated for a long time.

So, through this image, we can see that how Lhasa airfield used to look like. To the east of the terminal building is the PLAAF apron. A detachment of five flankers could be seen. Later a detachment of J-10s were rotated against Flankers. When J-10s came to Lhasa, a detachment of J-10s was maintained for the first time in Hotan airfield in Xinjiang. This was the situation even when both PLA and Indian Army were locked in tent pitching war somewhere in Depsang plains. Continue reading


According to Chinese Military specialist while speaking on Indian Naval Capabilities in a Military show hosted by state broadcaster CCTV channel, identified long-range surface to air missile (LRSAM) jointly developed by Israel and India has one of the key weapon system which can neutralise firepower of the People’s Liberation Army Navy while operating in the Indian ocean to a great extent.

Advanced air and missile defence system joint development by IAI and DRDO were designed specially to take down Chinese developed Sub-sonic cruise missiles in anti-ship role. Israel Navy Ship (INS) Hanit in 2006 was attacked while patrolling off the Lebanese coast with Chinese C-802 cruise missile which was supplied to Iranian forces but was smuggled to target Isreali Navy. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Government in India might have just little over a year before Country goes back to election mode, this time to elect new government in the centre but after Budget 2018 was announced it seems like it is unlikely Modi government is in any mood to acquire or take any big decision on procurement of big-ticket defence items which has been stuck from the time of previous UPA Government .

Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy which are all three important wings of Indian armed force, have many big-ticket defence items which had been stuck for last 10-15 years or more at the hands of Defence Ministry due to red tape and procedural delays but it seems Modi is failed to free Defence Ministry from the slow bureaucratic system of India. Continue reading


With over 96% indigenous content and with the solid backing and orders from Indian Army and Indian Airforce, India’s indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile is fast emerging as Reliable, efficient and yet low-cost weapons system which has potential to replace several vintage Air Defence system used by many countries in the Asian region.

As part of performance enhancements package, Akash will be receiving an addition of Seeker on the basic Akash-1 version to further improve its interception reliability against aerial targets. Continue reading


India’s present development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) and Smaller Drones locally is pathetically low to meet a large number of requirements felt by the Indian Armed forces. with technology trajectory of UAV’s and Drones moving to next level in the usage of their military applications, Rising Regional Power like India is embarrassingly depended on imported Drones to meet its requirements.

Some of the local projects initiated by India which has seen success are Pilot-less Target Drones like Abhyas and Lakshay and Netra which is a light-weight, autonomous UAV for surveillance and reconnaissance operations, India still doesn’t have a significant drone program which has tasted any success. Continue reading


Longtime Critic of F-35 Program, US President Donald Trump has reportedly cleared US Militaries officials and Lockheed Martin’s proposal to explore completely new potential customers for its 5th Generation F-35 fighter aircraft outside its traditional circle of allies who largely procure the US made weapons.

One of the reasons for the exploring new potential buyers of F-35 is due to the United States Air Force’s inability to procure 1,763 F-35A jet by end of 2038. With a shorter production run of only 60 F-35A per annum from earlier proposed 80 per annum could seriously derail cutbacks in the cost which Lockheed Martin had announced after President Trump took office. Continue reading