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Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar speaking to media said that India navy’s Submarine acquisition plan under which it plans to procure 30 Conventional submarines needs to be tweaked not only to allow development of indigenous submarines but also expand its plans and requirements to accommodate a larger submarine fleet .

While Project-75 India will see the purchase of another Six Conventional submarines from an International vendor but all submarines will be developed in local shipyards in India for which India will be investing in shipyard infrastructure and in trained manpower for the construction of such submarines . Continue reading

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

In 2008, Then DRDO Chief M Natarajan in an interview to Defence journal had first contemplated the idea of developing unmanned LCA-Tejas which could be adopted to be used as an advanced UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) ten years down the line, we are yet to hear if DRDO and Indian Air force will be interested in such a concept yet.

The concept was born due to cheaper price tag which came with LCA-Tejas at that time , without Ejection seat,Human support systems and cockpit avionics a much cheaper UCAV could be developed and could be used validate technologies and act has the predecessor to India’s Stealth Ghatak UCAV. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Many were taken back when DRDO Chief S. Christopher while speaking to Indian media revealed that indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA)-Tejas was flown by Air chief of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan is among few countries which has shown interest in the combat jet and with whom India is carrying out the discussion for its export .

While first test flight of LCA-Tejas Twin seat Trainer by Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha was widely reported in the media , flight test of LCA-Tejas Trainer with Air chief of Turkmenistan was done under the shadow of secrecy with many in mainstream media having no clue about it, for reasons not disclosed by DRDO. Continue reading

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

France’s engine maker Snecma as part of offset obligation for 36 Rafale fighter planes purchased by India from another French company Dassault will help revive Kaveri engine and make it flight-worthy within 18 months. As per current negotiation upgraded Kaveri will be integrated with LCA-Tejas prototype by 2018 and first flight will be completed by 2020.

If accepted by Indian Air Force , Kaveri will be integrated with production variant of Mk-1A version of the Light Combat Aircraft for which IAF has already placed orders for 83 aircraft types or it will be reserved to power Ghatak UCAV. Continue reading

SOURCE:  DEBOJYOTI KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With Indian Govt. opting for S400 missile defence system (MDS) for securing the borders of India it is a welcome decision. A decision that should have been put into effect a lot earlier. It is heartening to see defence planners thinking on a comprehensive strategy to counter the possible threats perceived by the Indian defence advisors & organization.

The thinking behind the induction of MDS S400 is a part of that strategy which emphasises on countering possible threats in the form of destructive missiles & invading fighter aircrafts emanating from across the border of India with the perception of two front war percieved by our defence analysts and defence wings. The decision making and the initiative that of the Indian Govt. in this regard is quite appreciable. Continue reading

SOURCE:  DEBOJYOTI KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

PAK FA T50 is the Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft comes with many unprecedented technological incorporation in comparison with all fighter jets introduced prior to its inception. A few of those technologies are put to light in this brief compilation of technological infusion within PAK FA T50. Development of this is being done by an Indo Russian Joint Venture.
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A group of Indian Journalist are currently on a fully paid trip to the United States sponsored by Boeing in disguise of Industrial tour to their production facilities . The trip has been arranged so that back home, they can help create hype surrounding Boeing’s offer of F/A-18E/F to India , which is literally going out of fighter plane business soon.

By the time you might have read this article few articles on F/A-18E/F might have shown up in Indian mainstream media . Sponsored articles might be passed on has an expert opinion on how F/A-18E/F are perfect combat jet ready to be made in India. But views expressed by Peter Criss, who is a retired RAAF air vice-marshal, former air commander of Australia and one of Australia’s most experienced fighter/strike pilots might give a neutral performance review of F/A-18E/F . Continue reading

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

China’s Chengdu J-20 fighter jet recently made world debut at China’s Zhuhai Airshow earlier this month, flypast indicated to the world that China’s most advanced fighter jet is ready for production . While back home in India, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command, Air Marshal SB Deo reacting to Indian media questions, put some hard facts on Chinese J-20 and hype related to stealth features of the jet.

Deo pointed out that J-20 posses front portal stealth features but not in the rear and was also not sure if the aircraft really is more advanced than Dassault Rafale fighter jet , deal for which India has recently Inked . Deo also showed tremendous confidence in Rafale fighter jet and its ability to counter any threat it will face near China border, where it will be stationed along with Sukhoi-30MKI. Continue reading

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

Indian Army’s Northern command spokesman Colonel N N Joshi speaking to Indian media on alleged 7 Pakistani troops killed by Indian Army on Sunday night , has thrown up some interesting details . Joshi confirmed firing by Indian troops but was sceptical that Indian shelling caused casualties since India did not even use them in in Nowshera sector as claimed by Pakistani Army.

Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif, who is set to retire later this month is doing everything he can to keep Line of control and International border on the boil so that his path to an extension as Army Chief is achieved . Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under tremendous pressure to extend his tenure by one more year but he resisting such moves made by many in his civilian government and all-powerful Pakistani military establishment. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The first flight of Rustom-2 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is scheduled to be held in next few days tweeted India’s Prominent defence Journalist Dr Anantha Krishnan M from his twitter handle (@writetake) .

Mainstream media for last three years has reported on many occasion on a possible first test flight of Rustom-II UAV ,but due to weight issues program suffered continuous delays which stood at about 2,400 kg and was overweight by 700kgs and engineers were facing issues in weight reduction since Indian Army and Air Force wants it to be brought down to about 1,700 kg before it hits production . Weight issues remained one of the major factor leading to several delays in the flight of Indigenous drone. Continue reading

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

Pakistani government are hopeful that President-elect Donald Trump will stick to his earlier views and will help to stat negotiation between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute. While Pakistani mainstream media were a little sceptic of comments made by their Foreign Office spokesman many hardline peace doves in India were also not seen buying that argument .

For first New Delhi’s relationship with Washington is at its all-time high due South China sea dispute and due to India’s rise in the world economically and military. Many in India have taken Trump’s mediation offer has a cue that for Trump, Kashmir will be off the radar for his government, since for mediation to begin with both India and Pakistan will have to approach Trump administration in first place , which is unlikely to happen due to India’s rigid stance on 3rd party non-interference in Kashmir dispute . Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

It’s more or less confirmed now that Russia too has received Request for information through diplomatic channels regarding the supply of nearly 200 Single-engined fighter jets for Indian Air force to be made in India under transfer of technology agreement .

While American defence firm Lockheed Martin was first to respond with a proposal for supply of F-16s to India and their proposal is considered Hot favourite to bag the order, proposal from Swedish firm Saab on supply of Gripen E to India likely will be followed soon, it is assumed that Russians who do not have any single engined fighter jet under production right now will give it a pass . Continue reading

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

Development of Interim upgraded Tejas MK1A and Development of Extended Tejas MK2 Projects are officially on and maybe for the first time , India might witness two Aeronautical agencies competing for the same slice of orders to meet India’s light aircraft requirement to replace Point air defence fighters like Mig-21s.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited proposed upgraded MK1A has been cleared by DAC and Indian Air force . With Acceptance orders for 83 Tejas MK1A in hand, HAL can now officially commence work on the development of new upgraded Light Combat aircraft . Continue reading

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

Section of old Diplomats in Pakistan are wondering what stand Hillary Clinton will take on Kashmir if she is elected president of the united states . Debates on many Pakistani media channels don’t see a change of heart on Kashmir issue but a small section of old chaps who have worked with her husband are counting that he might be able to influence her on Kashmir , since it is recorded fact that Bill Clinton in his presidency did give Pakistani-centric backing on Kashmir issue and in fact had a dubius stand on the dispute itself.

For many , Clinton’s always called Kashmir has a dispute between India and Pakistan which ultimately can lead to Nuclear war . At height of Kashmir insurgency in mid 90’s , many Pakistani Diplomats and politicians were able to convince then US president Bill Clinton that Kashmir solution can be reached if India is forced to sit down and made to negotiate under pressure to give up kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army might be finally getting Main Battle Tank which it always has been desiring for long after it send a proposal of recommendation to Defence ministry to procure nearly 500 new T-90S Modernized Main Battle Tanks for western sector bordering Pakistan.

T-90SM was first unveiled in August 2011 at Nizhny Tagil, Russia by Uralvagonzavod . T-90S Modernized upgrade was largely based on feedback taken from various customers who operate them and Indian Army being one of the largest T-90S MBT operators , Developers tried to address all shortfalls and recommendations made by Indian Army to tap more export orders from India. Continue reading

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