” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 
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My Take


As of march 2016 it is pretty clear that IAF is not willing in the SAAB jas-39 gippen, and the MiG-35 was literally never in the race, which leaves out the F/A-18 super hornet and the F-16 block 60, both heavily modified variants of their respective roots.  Any inclination towards the f-16 will turn out to be a bad decision; but I don’t want to just jump to conclusion. So lets compare these two platforms.

Let’s talk about the radars, the  f-18 uses the AN/APG-79(AESA) radar while the f-16 uses the AN/APG-80(AESA) not seen in USA used only by UAE and infact entirely funded by the UAE.  The  f-18 having the bigger radar has more TR-modules and has a better performance than the f-16’s radar. Continue reading


World’s largest democracy and the flag bearer of ‘Ahimsa’ , ‘Satyagraha’ and Peace has emerged as the world’s 4th most powerful  country this decade, only behind China at No.3, Russia at No.2 and United States at No.1. In terms of defence expenditure too, it has emerged as the 4th largest military spender overtaking the Russians and Saudis as both these two countries are effected with the huge fall of oil prices.

But in terms of % of GDP, it is still very low taking the fact in mind that it has contested boundaries with two arch rival neighbours Pakistan and China. It has spend 1.8% of its GDP in defence, and the capital budget among this defence budget stands at 36% of overall budget, so it means it has shrinked from last year due to the inclusion of long demanded One Rank One Pension policy for the veteran army officers and soldiers. Continue reading


US Congress approval of Sale of additional F-16 to Pakistan has given setbacks to Lockheed martin plans to roll-out F-16s from an Indian plant for Indian Air Force. F-16 lobbyist in India off lately has been trying to counter negative vibes send by U.S Administration after it approved the sale of F-16 to Pakistan by planting articles which make believe that F-16 deal with United states is nearing final lap contrary to the actual ground situation.

India’s fascination with F-16 is quite old and in past Indian air force out of curiosity and to overall its strategy against F-16 allowed its pilot to first fly them in United states, and later reportedly also deputed few of its pilots with Israel Defense Force/Air Force who were exclusively flying F-16 variants in regular rotations giving its pilots plenty of exposure against a jet considered as a front line fighter jet flown by its arch rivals. Continue reading


At Peak of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, United States agreed to supply Pakistan with 40 of its latest 4th Generation F-16 fighter jets to guard its self against Soviet Air force operating in Afghanistan, which immediately made Indian Air Force nervous about adversary acquiring such high-tech fighter jet in the neighborhood.

Pakistan impressed with the performance of F-16 started to discuss procuring more 50-60 of the latest batch of F-16, Which finally woke Government of India from its deep sleep ultimately lead to procurement of Dassault Mirage-2000s from France. Continue reading


With a large force of Military Personnels, tanks, artillery guns, aircrafts, fighter jets, helicopters, Navy ships  China will obviously be the No.1 power at Asia Pacific region by 2030. But another rising power is catching them up very quickly. With a growing and probably the 3rd Largest economy and defence expenditure respectively by 2030, India aspires to be the counter-weight to the red chinese. India is going to emerge as the 2nd most powerful country at Asia Pacific region after China, with not only a strong economy but also an enormous military power which is growing rapidly at present.

Just like China, India is also want to dominate the high seas at Asia Pacific region, not to impose hegemony over other countries but to safeguard its own interests by co-operating with other countries, that’s why India is pumping billions of dollars into its Navy for acquiring Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine(SSBN), Nuclear Attack Submarine(SSN), Stealth Guided Missile Destroyers like Aegis class, Multirole stealth Frigates, Anti Submarine Warfare stealth Corvettes, Naval Fighter jets, Submarine Hunters etc.

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India is likely to field nearly 28 submarines including 3 Arihant class Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines, follow-on SSBNs program of 6 new Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines which will be larger and more powerful, 6 Kalvari class (Scorpene) SSKs and 6 more AIP-equipped Conventional Submarines under P-75(I) Project and development of 6 New SSNs Hunter killer Nuclear Submarines, making it the most formidable submarine force in the Indian Ocean region in next two decade or so .

Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) last year cleared the project to build India’s six nuclear-powered attack submarines for roughly $12 billion in next 15 years. Continue reading

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

Introduction of Cannons in War

Cannons are very efficient gunpowder artillery which have their roots in history back in several hundred years. Invention of gunpowder in 9th century in China, led to

the invention of fireworks and firearms in China. In 11th century cannons helped the Song dynasty of China to ward off its enemies. In the year 1593 40,000 Ming (Ming Dynasty) troops defeated the Japanese army of equal numbers in the siege of Pyongyang in a single day largely due to the firepower of the Chinese cannons. The chemical formula for gunpowder and its refinement process reached Europe in complete form in 13th century through European traders returning from China. European scientists,inventors and alchemists improved the gunpowder. Berthold Schwarz of Germany invented the first European cannon in 1353. With the help of advanced techniques of metal work stronger and durable cannons were created. Europeans learned to calculate and determine the amount of force of gas in the chamber of the cannon and this knowledge helped to create cannons that can fire greater distances. The advancements in cannons and gunpowder reached China by a Portuguese ship in 1520 AD. Continue reading


A spokesperson for Sri lanka Air Force Group Captain Chandima Alwis Speaking to local private news agency stated that Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) was not under any kind of pressure to purchase India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas as reported by a certain section of the media.

Alwis also confirmed that Sino-Pakistan developed JF-17 fighter jet was never shortlisted nor Government had initiated any kind of process to enter into an agreement to buy 8 of this jet as reported in media. Continue reading


The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) a daily published in Sydney said in a report that while India’s 6000-tonne Arihant Nuclear submarine is all set for Induction into Indian Navy which will push India into Elite Countries who posses Nuclear Blastic missile Submarine clearly aimed at Countering China’s growing influence in Indian ocean Region, Bejing will be forced to respond to India’s New Submarine by adding Pakistan submarine program .

Arihant Nuclear submarine deployment would complete India’s nuclear triad, allowing it to deliver atomic weapons from land, sea and air. Only the US and Russia are considered full-fledged nuclear triad powers now, with China and India’s capabilities still largely untested. Continue reading


Technology of USS Gerald R.Ford (CVN-78) likely to influence IAC-2  

With regards to design and configuration of second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2/ INS Vishal) which still been chalked out by Indian Navy, there is growing degree of concern seen among veteran naval personnel on influence of Joint working group for aircraft carrier technology corporation formed under the ambit of the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative framework will have on next aircraft carrier.

Several retired high-ranking naval and Defence Analyst are worried that Indian Navy might abandon its conservative and tactical approach and might adopt bolder doctrine based on sea control and reach clearly influenced by US Navy which will influence IAC-2 and force India to invest in capability and symbolism of larger single aircraft carrier , which will be highly vulnerable in war then to go for multiple relatively small and conventionally powered vessels that embark 30-35 combat aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: Samarpeet chandan/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With statistics , lets evaluate how much the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is scrutinized for using terror as state policy:
Pakistan received:
  • 33-billion $ in 10 years as aid from US
  • Of which foreign military finance(FMF) is 3.8 billion $ , counter-insurgency fund 2.3 billion $ and non-proliferation fund of .17 billion $
  • Other Western nations and China gave 4.15 billion $ as aid
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) gave 4.4 billion $ between 2009 -2012
  • The world Bank bailed out Pakistan with 5 billion $ in recent years
  • IMF has assisted Pakistan with 11.2 billion $ in 6 years
  • Saudi-Arabia, Pakistan’s patron and brother in arms has many times deferred oil payments, provided for oil at crucial times and funded 1.5 billion $ as bailout in 2014

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India’s s biggest air fire power show ” Iron Fist 2016″ will be organized at Chandan field firing range in Jaisalmer district from March 18 which will be witnessed by President of India Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi, Defence minister Manohar Parikar, including other cabinet ministers and foreign delegates and VIP, but all eyes will be set on weapons demonstration of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas .

Iron Fist 2016 will demonstrate IAF’s day-night exercise of its full combat capability. . About 100 different fighter planes like Sukhoi Su-30, Tejas, Mirage 2000, Jaguars, MIG 21, attack helicopters, UAVs and high-tech AWACS will display their full potential during the exercise. Continue reading


China’s 5th generation J-31 fighter aircraft model was recently displayed at Dubai Air Show, where the aircraft was seen with several modification to it and with improved air-to-ground capabilities and with apparent changes made to its vertical fins and horizontal capabilities, with integrated cockpit canopy.

Lead designer of J-31 Lin Peng who was present at the airshow declared that Aircraft is ready to enter limited production and can be exported to prospective customers. Continue reading

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


Electronic Warfare (EW) has become one of the most talked about topics in the defense industry. With the exception of Russia nearly all major military powers for the last 20 years or so had put EW on the back burner. But now with the impending need to deal with peer and near-peer adversaries and to have the ability to enter anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environments EW has become a critical requirement and thus has become a primary and compulsory aspect of modern war.


What Is Electronic Warfare?

Electronic warfare (EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum or directed energy to control the spectrum, attack an enemy equipment, or impede enemy assaults via the spectrum. Continue reading

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

This is an analysis focused on F-35’s ability to perform against advanced foreign militaries that are its likely competitors. The very purpose of the F-35 program was to produce an aerial weapons platform which would enable USA to sustain her advantage of air dominance by performing multi-role aerial sorties or missions defeating the enemy aircraft and air defences to strike surface targets.


 The key capabilities of  F-35 are assessed in the following section: Continue reading

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