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SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

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Post-1962 war with China, Indian Air Force felt a need for modern supersonic interceptor aircraft and quickly English Electric Lightning, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 were shortlisted. F-104 Starfighter came with superior avionics and construction was top notch in comparison to Soviet-developed MiG-21.

Electric Lightning lost favor pretty soon with IAF and Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was selected by India. Since F-104 were supplied to Pakistan Air Force a year earlier in 1961, Indian government felt that Americans will oblige to Indian request just after 1962 war with China and will agree to the sale of F-104 Starfighter to India but then came a shocker. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Exactly 30 years ago, in last week of September month of 1987, Israeli Cabinet voted to halt development of the Lavi fighter jet, which was to be Israel’s which was to be Israel’s main advanced combat aircraft for the 1990’s.

Program was canceled as a result of pressure from the Reagan Administration and instead, Israel went on to purchase 90 less-expensive American-made F-16 fighters were brought instead which will follow on contracts expanded to 200 units over the years but lead to Lavi once dubbed as most advanced 4th generation fighter jet ever developed went to scrapyard instead of production line and how Tejas MK-2 might see repeat of Israel’s Lavi fate due powerful American lobbying. Continue reading

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

When LCA-Tejas was proposed in early 80’s, idea was to replace bulk of Soviet-era Mig-21s variants which made up nearly 50% of the fleet strength of the Indian Air Force with an indigenous plane to break free India’s dependence from foreign fighter aircraft manufactures.

As India’s threat perception evolved, one to one replacement of Mig-21 with LCA-Tejas was long abandoned and by the time aircraft entered production it had confirmed orders for only 123 jets which is far less production run than originally anticipated. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Chinese military spokesman confirmed that China’s first stealth fighter J-20 has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force thus becoming third stealth fighter to enter service with any air force, after the F-22A Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

J-20 made its first official first flight in 2011 and made into People’s Liberation Army Air Force one year before assessment made by Pentagon which had told its government that it will become operational by end of 2018 but Defence experts are still skeptical if the aircraft is fully operational at squadron level. Continue reading

SOURCE: Punit Wagajkar/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A clash between two fighter planes depends on much more on the skill of the pilots flying them then the technologies incorporated in them. Many examples can be presented where a Russian fighter has drowned its western counterparts. Similar is true vice-versa. In many instances, the aircraft involved were at the same technology level. So it is true that the pilot matters the most.

Coming to the competition, are the two contenders really capable of making itself into IAF? Gripen is a multi-national component machine, similar to Tejas. It’s C/D version are not battle proven. Gripen-E is still an evolutionary phase. 40% of its parts are procured from the USA. So, as per analysts, USA can pull the plugs on Gripen by any hook or crook and that too at a time of its choosing. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s longest running Premier Public sector Aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is facing order crunch due to the ever-increasing participation of Private Aerospace companies in Indian Defence Sector. Crunch especially has been felt at fighter aircraft segment after Government of India decides to keep HAL off the Single engine and Twin engine fighter jet requirement for 200 fighter jets and instead allowed Private Aerospace companies to partner with winning International partner.

HAL Chief recently voiced his concerns about this, since production and assembly of fighter aircraft for HAL always has been a very lucrative business which contributes immensely towards companies year-on-year growth and profits, while company is doing good business with its Rotary orders it still faces no new orders as a production agencies for its fighter aircraft division. Continue reading

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

                                    R-73 used for Representation Pic

Enforcing Air Superiority in a war always will remain a primary factor for Indian Air Force and critical driving force which will factor in will be Air-Air Missile (AAM) deployed. AAMs now not only determine the outcome of a dogfight but it will also determine the outcome of the war.

In the pursuit to enforce Air Superiority doctrine and boost its fighter weapon system design and development. India’s premier weapons research and development organization ” DRDO” achieved an important milestone when its Astra MK1 Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) achieved 7 Successful launch and interceptions of Aerial targets tested out in real combat situations with indigenous seeker thus completing its developmental trials which first begin in 2003. Continue reading

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

After a tedious MMRCA tender, with years of trials and all, the tender was scrapped. IAF is facing acute shortage of fighter jets and IN too needs more carrier based fighters. IAF needs another line of light fighters to replace MIG 21/27 fleet to fill the gap with a cheap, low maintenance and effective fighter. A good decision to fill the void as soon as possible.

But, on what basis it was decided that a light fighter can be the one viz single engine? A light fighter should be classified based on it’s performance attributes, procurement and maintenance costs and not by it’s engine if the ultimate goal is to fill the gap with an effective fighter. In my opinion, it is an unfair and weird discrimination policy for defense procurement’s? Let’s take F-16 and F 18 for an example, the procurement cost of F 18, a twin engine jet is slightly more than F-16 but the maintenance cost of F-18 is the least among all Front line fighters in US Forces. Continue reading

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

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Indian Air Force is getting a Desi Aerial fire power make over as DRDO and Ministry of Defence have been clearing major projects to develop a cluster of aerial weapons systems which will replace expensive imported weapons systems used by Indian Air Force for its operations.

What started off almost a decade back to replace basic aerial weapons with indigenous replacement is fast gaining space to develop series of new aerial weapons which will make Indian Air Force completely independent from foreign weapons manufacturers in less than a decade. Few of the Project initiated by the DRDO has been listed below.

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

It might have raised few eyebrows in Bejing when outgoing Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley along with Senior Indian Naval officials also accompanied by DRDO Chief was given a guided tour of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces Kawasaki’s P-1 maritime patrol aircraft developed indigenously by Japan as a replacement for its fleet of Lockheed P-3 Orions.

P-1 maritime patrol aircraft will make its India debut as part of 2018 edition of Malabar exercise in India which has been confirmed by media reports and it is expected that a full-scale demonstration of the aircraft’s capabilities will be showcased to Indian Ministry and Naval officers. Continue reading

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

In my Previous article, (Click Here ) my report had assumed that Makers of Gripen fighter jets mostly likely will tie up with Adani Aero Defence Systems & Technologies Ltd to build Gripen-E fighter jets soon after Lockheed and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd entered into an agreement to develop and become part of global supply chain for F-16s in production, modernization, and maintenance of this jets in India.

Under India’s ‘Strategic Partnership’ (SP) policy each Private sector player will be selected in four segments. fighter aircraft, helicopters, submarines and armored fighting vehicles/main battle tanks who will bag exclusive right to develop in partnership with a foreign vendor on strategic defense programs in India. Continue reading

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

In my previous report on INS Aridhaman (Click Here ), Snoop about possible 2017 Soft launch of India’s Second Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine is turning into a reality after ” The Print ” report also confirmed possible Soft launch soon by PM Modi in coming weeks.

Following INS Aridhaman development closely and keeping track of unverified data, there has been a lot of buzz, lately for some time now that the Aridhaman has been carrying out system check in the dry docks though external power, even though Nuclear reactor is yet to go critical. Continue reading

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

Request for Information issued by Indian Navy to procure approximately 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) along with two flight simulators, one maintenance simulator and infrastructure including Transfer of Technology (ToT) could spell end game for HAL’s effort to get Indian Navy on board its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) to replace its ageing HAL developed Cheetah and Chetak helicopters in service with Indian Navy .

Navy in its RFI made it clear that Helicopters other than capable of carrying out routine operations like Search and Rescue, Medical Evacuation, Communication Duties, Communication Duties, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) will also need to carry at least one light weight Anti Submarine Torpedo for sub surface operations along with Radar and sensor package required for Target Detection . Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Since the creation of Indian Army Aviation Corps (AAC) in 1986, a tussle has been brewing for the ownerships of Rotary Platforms between Indian Army Aviation and Indian Airforce. The first instance was when Indian Army wanted to ownership of Mil Mi-25/Mi-35 attack Helicopters and Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter which is administered by the Indian Air Force but were under the operational control of the Army and procured from their Budget.

Indian Army for long pitched for its own dedicated fleet of attack helicopters which has been opposed by Indian Air Force (IAF) which feels it role will diminish and in future Indian Army Aviation might demand separate Transport aircraft fleet to meet its operational needs. Continue reading

SOURCE: THOMAS D’SOUZA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to recent India media reports, India has shown Interest in acquiring National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) air defence system developed by Raytheon with its Norwegian partner KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace. NASAMS is owned by seven countries and has been used by the U.S. National Capital Region’s air defence system since 2005.

NASAMS is a highly adaptable, medium-range solution for any operational air defence requirement. The system provides the air defender with a high-firepower, networked and distributed state-of-the-art air defence system that can maximize the ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving threat aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle and emerging cruise missile threats. Continue reading