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On the sidelines of BRICS summit in Goa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin to acquire an advanced air defence system from Moscow that is worth over $5bn. S-400 Triumph is a long-range air defence missile system that has the capability to destroy any incoming hostile aircraft or drone at ranges of up to 400km.

S-400 is already dubbed by many Defence Analyst in the region has a ” Game Changer ” Air Defence systems for India . Hypothetically S-400 Radars which has a scan range of 600km can track each aircraft flying over Pakistani airspace with ease and with 400 km missile range , Pakistani Fighter jets can be destroyed right after takeoff from whichever base they operate from . Continue reading

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India yet again has sent indirect requests through Diplomatic channels to various countries inviting them to bid for supply of 90 + Single engine combat jets with Transfer of Technology to be Made in India .

Single engine requirements asked by India might have dashed hopes of many countries who were considering offering their twin-engined fighter jets to India , which also now limits India’s options to only American legacy F-16 fighter jet and Sweden’s Gripen fighter jet but there is still confusion which aircraft’s new fighters will be actually replacing in IAF . Continue reading

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

Predictably entire global submarine industry is eagerly awaiting realise of a formal request for proposal by Indian defence ministry under Project-75I under which India plans to build Six Next generation conventional submarines for Indian Navy in its own shipyards with technology transfer but recent data breach regarding France’s DCNS Scorpene-class submarine might have further delayed India’s P-75I.

Under 2005 contract with DCNS along with India’s Mazagon Dock Limited has been building Six Scorpene-class submarines in India and first of its INS Kalvari already has started sea trials. DCNS were seen has frontrunners to bag orders for 3 more Scorpene submarines which could later also compete for P-75I with Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A but repeated delays and cost escalations along with vital data breach regarding Scorpene class has certainly forced Indian defence ministry to rethink seriously possible proposals by other International suppliers Including from Russia and Germany. Continue reading

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

Media reports are indicating that Boeing has offered military aerial refuelling and strategic military transport aircraft, KC-46 Pegasus, amidst growing uncertainty over India’s tender for six multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft.

In my previous Article ( Will Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Vs Airbus A330 MRTT war re-ignite for India’s Mid-air Refueling tender ?) I had put together some fact check on both Boeing KC-46A Pegasus and Airbus A330 MRTT and had concluded that India will benefit from cheaper operational cost and economic of scale when it comes to KC-46A but will lose on exceptional long haul operational capability if we reject A330 MRTT. Continue reading

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

Kargil war exposed Indian Air forces inability to fight conventional and maintain Airpower at 18,000 feet, only saving grace from that war was that French built Mirage-2000H performed exceptionally well over mountainous terrain and got desired results for India which was instrumental in pushing back Pakistani Army from Kargil sector .

India’s cancelled MMRCA tender had roots in Kargil war and post-Kargil war assessment by IAF recognised the need for new Multi-Medium role combat aircraft and the obvious choice was to purchase 126 upgraded Mirage-2000-V (Dash 5) from France . Continue reading

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In November 2001, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ilya Klebanov’s announced that India and Russia had agreed to jointly develop a fifth-generation strike aircraft. This was the result of a four-day visit to Russia by India’s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

As part of protocols signed at Moscow, it was agreed that a new 5th generation fighter aircraft could be developed jointly by both countries, which could fly by 2006 and will be ready for induction by 2009. New 5th Generation fighter was seen as an attractive option for India, which has a definite requirement for such a new generation fighter to replace its large and obsolescent fleet of Mig-21s and Mig-27s. Continue reading

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Bharat Forge first came into major limelight in defence sector when Defence ministry officials asked Baba Kalyani if they can manufacture artillery shells at height of Kargil war when the world witnessed a sustained barrage of artillery firing , the biggest world has seen after World War 2 .

Bharat Forge since has emerged has a major player when it comes to the development of artillery systems in India and has already has introduced five artillery systems and their Bharat 52 a 155 mm/52 cal artillery gun has been grabbing world attention due to the aggressive approach adopted by Bharat Forge . Continue reading

SOURCE: K C MONNAPPA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

“No army, with bombs and shellfire could devastate a land as thoroughly as Pakistan could be devastated by the simple expedient of India’s permanently shutting off the sources of water that keep the fields and the people of Pakistan alive. India has never threatened such a drastic step… but the power is there nonetheless.”

David Lilienthal, head of the seven-state Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) USA

The British, before finally calling quits in the Indian sub-continent in 1947, took one last parting shot, i.e. dividing the sub-continent into two, based purely on religion. The division took place in a most un-scientific manner without terrain and geographical considerations and irrigated boundaries, this had serious repercussions as with the division, Kashmir became a bone of contention — as did the six major rivers flowing down to Pakistan (the three western rivers) and India (the three eastern rivers). This was to have a long lasting impact on the future relationship of the two fledgling countries, India and Pakistan. Continue reading

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Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, India’s Air Force chief, has fired the first salvo in the ongoing process of selecting second fighter jet to be manufactured in India just when India and France concluded a deal for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jet for the Indian Air force .

Raha when asked by Media which fighter aircraft, Air force could prefer to be made in India with Transfer of Technology , he admitted his first choice will always be Dassault Rafale fighter jets and preferred Swedish Gripen E fighter over American legacy F-16 and F-18 fighter jets which too are competing for a deal for 90 aircraft. Continue reading

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

PJ-10 BrahMos Cruise missiles represent one of the finest joint ventures in Indo-Russian defence cooperations . DRDO and NPO over last 15 years have fully exploited growth potential of BrahMos Cruise missiles by developing new and improved blocks and are now working on the development of ASCM ( Air launched Supersonic Cruise Missile ) BrahMos-A which will make it deadlier than ever before .

India recently carried out maiden flight of Su-30MKI with an inert BrahMos missile and IAF plans to have around 40 Su-30MKI aircraft which will be modified to be BrahMos missile and first live firing might take place from the aircraft by end of this year . Continue reading

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In India, if 10 Civilians are asked who is Army Chief of India 9 might fail to answer but in Pakistan out of 10 asked 9 might be able to tell that General Raheel Sharif is current Pakistan Army Chief . General Raheel Sharif at present enjoys more public popularity and respect then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif .

Posters urging General Raheel Sharif to take over Pakistan have been cropping up on and off near Islamabad for last few months and Panama leaks which named Nawaz Sharif family of corruption and offshore accounts already has dented his image in the public. Western and European countries are increasingly worried that powerful and influential forces in Pakistan are working in the background in creating a situation in Pakistan which will allow General Raheel Sharif to take over Pakistan before his retirement later this year . Continue reading

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

Chinese designed , Pakistan assembled JF-17 fighter jet was declared has a rightful successor to the legendary Soviet-era Mig-21 and was quoted as the best and most affordable 4th Generation light-class fighter jet which will eventually replace much older Chinese copy of Mig-21 (F-7) and Soviet-supplied Mig-21s in air force around the world .

But reported Second crash of JF-17 into the Arabian sea killing the pilot and total silence by both Chinese and Pakistani military over the crash has dented huge claims made by both Pakistan and China on offering a modern fighter at an affordable price tag which eventually might hurt its export potential further . Continue reading

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

While we discuss options like cross-border raids and surgical strikes across the border , we are yet to unleash a caged tiger R&AW which for long has been kept on a leash. Its a recorded fact that under successive governments in India, Countries only External Intelligence agency has been systematically demolished and its power crippled to keep nervous political bosses from becoming edgy over growing capabilities of Research and Analysis Wing .

India for long feared that R&AW like Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence will become too powerful of an agency and a non-political force which can make or break governments and will have say in all matter related to countries security and beyond , so a systematic and controlled disarmament was planned . Continue reading

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

Ministry of Defence plans to equip all Army’s 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanised infantry units with next-generation Anti-tank and Anti-Armour guided missiles for which India plans to purchase more than 20,000 hand-held ATGMs in next decade to meet this requirement.

The government now plans multi-vendor approach to meet Armies requirement and will also explore the Indigenous option . Indian government a few months back had selected Israeli 3rd Generation Spike ATGM to be locally produced in India under Transfer of Technology by Public sector company , but now as per latest media reports India and United states are also finalising contract for possible sale of American FGM -148 Javelin ATGMs which will see also transfer of technology to Private Indian Defence company for local manufacturing . Continue reading

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

Uri and Pathankot attacks have shaken people’s believe that Modi is a Strong and decisive leader . Uri attack on Indian Army was single biggest Causality of Armymen in a single attack in last 26 years in Jammu Kashmir and Pathankot attack was the first instance of Terrorist barging into India’s major airbase with intention of damaging Aerial assets at the base .

Mear assurance of action and big talks of cross-border raids and air strikes have been synonymous with congress governments in past which were always seen has a weak government by Indian citizens and same repeated antics by people in BJP government is simply leading to a comparison between two governments . Continue reading

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