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After been Snubbed by Russia on its effort to procure long-range air defense systems like S-300 and S-400 Air defense missile system, Pakistan is now reportedly setting its focus on procuring FD-2000 long-range air defence requirements from its old friend China and has expressed its desires to procure three to four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems to counter India’s Purchase of S-400 Systems from Russia.

HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems which Pakistan previously procured from China has a range of only 42km but with induction of FD-2000, Pakistani forces will have the ability to track and target aerial threats up to 125km. Continue reading

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Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat last year said that Indigenous Attack/combat helicopters HAL Rudra and HAL Light Combat Helicopter have major shortcomings, that is in their current configuration both do not have suitable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which is the main weapon of any Attack/Combat helicopters around the world.

Lack of ATGM on 60+ Rudra ALH Mk-IV helicopters and few Pre-production of LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) which have been already Inducted into Indian Army Aviation Corps, meant they lacked required firepower to be used as effective anti-armor, anti-bunker and anti-fortification role for the Strike Corps, but that’s about to change with coming of age of Indigenous HELINA and SANT anti-tank guided missile system . Continue reading

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US Air Force is launching a next-generation airborne surveillance and command and control technology intended to successfully synchronize air, ground, drone and satellite assets onto a single seamless network. Advanced Battle Management and Surveillance (ABMS) Program in a way will be directly replacing aging E-8C JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System platform ) fleet in near future.

Like an AWACS which is deployed to carry out Aerial Surveillance within its own space to track and provide advance warning of enemy aerial formations within its range, E-8C JSTARS have been used by US Air Force do exactly the same but to look at the enemy territories and its troops on the ground. Continue reading

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Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command has again confirmed after few doubters questioned if Nambiar made a positive statement for LCA-Tejas Mk1 only to support the indigenous program on Twitter. Nambiar responded by saying ” No…. I was just stating facts… The Tejas has a few teathing problems….Weapon delivery accuracy is thankfully NOT one of them!.. I’m proud to be the oldest serving member of Team Tejas!”

Nambiar in his piece written for a ” Salute ” Indian defense magazine had said that in LCA-Tejas Mk1 had emerged with the best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018. Continue reading

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Just around when the Chinese government officials confirmed that they have started work on the construction of their third aircraft carrier and have plans to have 5-6 aircraft carrier group and one might be marked for Indian ocean region. India on another hand also officially confirmed it has quietly given go-ahead for the construction of its second indigenous aircraft carrier.

IAC-II (INS Vishal) which will be India’s Second aircraft carrier with Displacement of over 65,000 tonnes has come with tactical backing from the United States of America which has agreed to help India overcome technological and resources challenges which Indian engineers and shipyards are going to face in the construction of the behemoth vessels. Continue reading

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Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces, has said that ” LCA Mark II will replace the MiG 29 in the next ten years, the Jaguar in the next 15 years and the Mirage 2000 in the next 20 years. All combined, this adds up to a total of twelve squadrons.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S.Dhanoa in recent media interviews did say that six squadrons (108) aircraft of LCA Mk-II has been planned in immediate future, Nambiar’s twelve squadrons remark might have included fighter aircraft procurement in the long term which might involve future variants of LCA Mk-II aircraft. Continue reading

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Earlier this year , In the largest military Air- Exercise ” Gagan Shakti 2018 ” in last three decades. Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets in the air exercise which also saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft like Jaguars and Mirage-2000s.

In 14-day high-intensity combat Air Exercise, LCA performed remarkably well and emerged with best range scores in terms of best weapon delivery by any aircraft fielded in the Gagan Shakti 2018 disclosed Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in an article he wrote for ” SALUTE ” which is a Defence magazine covering Indian Armed forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Naval Team of Experts will be soon visiting Russia to finalize between K-391 Bratsk and K-295 Samara Akula-II Class Submarine lying in Amur Shipyard, which will later go on the become India’s third Nuclear attack submarine which will India take on lease from Russia post 2022 when current INS Chakra II (K-152) is returned back after completion of 10-year-old lease.

INS Chakra III is most likely, will be the name given to the third leased nuclear attack submarine by India. As per previous media reports, In past, Russia had offered India K-322 Kashalot which was commissioned in 1988 over India’s interest in uncompleted Iribis Akula-II Class Submarine which has been lying in Russia’s Amur Shipyard Uncompleted from 1994 on wards. Continue reading

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Dr. S Christopher, Previous Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2017 edition of Aero India had announced that Indigenously developed Kaveri engine developed by its associated lab Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), will power an LCA-Tejas Prototype by 2019 edition of Aero India.

Many back then had questioned the viability of having a workable Kaveri engine in a such a short period of time even though it was officially known at that time that Safran, a French company which manufactures engines for Rafale combat jets had become the technical consultant for the GTRE to help fix issues with the Kaveri engine. Continue reading

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China and Pakistan air forces carried out joint training exercise dubbed as “Shaheen VI” last year in the month of September, where China had dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops and Pakistani air force had sent older J-7s and their new inducted JF-17 which they had co-developed with Chinese.

According to China Youth On-Line (CYOL), 2 Shenyang J-11( Copy of Sukhoi Su-27) fighter aircraft were on the tarmac preparing for the take off to have a rare encounter between with pair of JF-17 Thunder belonging to visiting Pakistani air force when one of the J-11 aircraft developed some technical problem but other Chinese pilot named ” Zhu Zhenhua” in command of second J-11 was adamant to continue with the mock dogfight which was set up by both air-force and soon took off with his plane alone. Continue reading

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National Herald, a Congress mouthpiece in one of its article ‘Rafale: Modi’s Bofors’ compared the Rafale deal to the Bofors scam which by the way Congress has never admitted of any wrongdoing, It also raises a question why Congress till date, which has always denied any wrongdoing in the purchase of 155mm field howitzers in the 1980s, want Rafale deal to be compared to Bofors scandal which caused major political uproar for then Rajiv Gandhi government.

Bofors scandal investigation had revealed a Middle Men (Ottavio Quattrocchi) and the payments details which have been produced in the courts, yet no one went to the jail due to Political interference, but this did lead to the Congress losing power in subsequent elections. Continue reading

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Rising costs and numerous procedural process and delays have resulted in a frustrating scenario where Indian air force has realized that only way moving forward is focusing more on indigenous fighter program after initially being reluctant to fully supporting the country’s LCA-Tejas program.

Tejas Mk-1A will now be the main component of the IAF’s Low-tier Point Air defense fighter fleet which will be replacing aging MiG-21 fleet which will also come as a boost to the shrinking fleet of the air force. Full support to the Tejas Mk-1A program shows that IAF finally has realized that the potential of the indigenous program that they have started to think ahead of future programs. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Lack of modern fighter fleet and with no advance aerospace industrial ecosystem in the country to fall back on, Pakistani air force (PAF ) is fast limiting its self to two or three type of fighters to meet all its operational roles in the region, but that has not stopped PAF from initiating ” Project Azm ” under which top military planners of the PAF say will lead to the development of a first 5th generation fighter aircraft based out of its requirement to meet its future requirements.

Under ” Project Azm “, PAF wants its local universities and public sector companies to develop systems and sub-systems which ultimately can be used on a 5th generation fighter aircraft but there is clearly lack of any clarity if the aircraft devised under ” Project Azm ” will be fully developed locally from the scratch, which seems highly unlikely due to lack of infrastructure and aerospace ecosystem in the country to support such an ambitious project but also due to super ambitious timeline of 10-12 years which even an established aerospace giant will have difficulty meeting. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army has declared that Russian firm’s Igla-S system as the winner of Very-Short-Range Air Defence, or VSHORAD program after nearly 8 years of tendering and trial process from various international vendors. Russian made Igla-S air defense systems with man-portable systems will be replacing its predecessor Igla-M which has been with India armed forces from the early ’80s.

France-led consortium MBDA and Swedish Saab Group which were other participating vendors in the VSHORAD program previously have complained to the Indian defense establishment that the Russians were given too many chances and the Russian weapon system was given undue advantages even when the weapon system failed to intercept targets in Indian conditions several times due to malfunctions. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The enhanced capabilities in the Rafale fighters sought by India will see 14 India Specific Enhancements Exclusive to be incorporated to India bound 36 Rafale fighter jets which will be added by the company once the delivery of all the jets is completed by 2022.

14 India Specific Enhancements for India bound Rafale fighter jets have been listed out

1) Upgraded Sigma 95N INS: A Hybrid inertial navigation/GPS system used on the Dassault Rafale fighter jets will now support Indian developed Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS ) also called as NAVIC which provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services for India and a region extending 1,500 km around it. Continue reading