My Take


Reports published by La Tribune and Reuters have created buzz over the revival of India’s long dead Kaveri turbofan engine with French assistance coming from Aero-engine major Snecma which has sent Indian defence media into a tizzy due to lack of clarity on the possible deal when French President Emmanuel Macron visits India next week.

Kaveri engine was delinked from LCA-Tejas program after it was not able to generate enough thrust to power an fighter aircraft in the class of LCA. The engine also suffered from last mile technological issues which GTRE was unable to fix. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s quest to procure 114 units of single-engine fighter jet, worth over $10-billion under SEF Tender will be scrapped soon and instead India will remove engine limitations basically allowing all rejected contenders and even winning candidate of earlier scrapped MMRCA Tender a second shot at the world biggest tender for the fighter jets.

What could have possibly have gone wrong that India decided to scrap Single Engine Fighter Tender? Well Idea of Single Engine Fighter Tender was floated by then Defence minister Manohar Parrikar after MMRCA Tender was scrapped and India instead opted for procurement of 26 Dassault Rafale fighter jet directly in a Government-to-Government deal. Continue reading


Recent media reports indicate that Indian Air force has asked Lockheed Martin to brief them F-35A for the possible purchase of more than 120 jets in what could be India’s first Stealth Combat jet clearly dumbing any possibility of manufacturing FGFA based on Russian 5th Generation Su-57 aircraft in India.

The author argued that falling prices of Bare bone F-35A makes it very attractive alternative when it is compared to expensive Dassault Rafale and FGFA both which cost over $100 million per unit. Lockheed Martin has confirmed that cost of F-35A will be below $80 million per unit cost in bare bone configuration by 2020 which seems lucrative for many Bureaucratic and Politicians back in India, but the question remains, can India really afford F-35A Ecosystem in long term ?. Continue reading


Kalvari class of diesel-electric attack submarines based on the French Scorpène-class submarine being built for the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai are on the roll after the third submarine INS Karanj, was launched last month, with three more submarines all set to join by 2012, Navy is making all-out effort to kickstart long-delayed successor Project 75I which is a follow-on of the Project 75 Kalvari-class submarine for the Indian navy .

Under Project 75I, Indian Navy had planned to procure Six Next generation diesel-electric attack submarines to add muscle to India’s underwater submarine fleet. Project 75I-class submarine had two key additional requirements over the Kalvari class which was to be equipped with Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems to enable them to stay submerged for longer duration and substantially increase their operational range and to also feature Vertical launch system (VLS) to enable submarine fleet to carry Supersonic BrahMos and Sub-sonic Nirbhay Cruise missiles . Continue reading


Indian political leaders, traditionally, were misers in using the Pro-active action and/or Military option, even when warranted. This, even though earned us a label of “Country that stands for peace”; if you analyse in the macro level, were counterproductive most of the time.

Due to this irrational & paranoid aversion for Pro-active action / Military option, even when unavoidable; had led to numerous and substantial setbacks economically, politically, militarily etc. Some of them plague us even today. Maldives itself is a very good example. It is time for us to learn from history and avoid repeating mistakes in the past. Continue reading


Current Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat was the first serving Army chief who acknowledge India’s cold start Doctrine for the first time. Rawat was also first to confirm that cold start doctrine which Pakistan felt was defeated after the development of tactical nukes was still alive and kicking and was likely to be further enhanced and modified to take care of Pakistani tactical nuclear threats.

In 2016 elite Mathura-based Strike Corps of Indian Army carried out major exercise ” Shatrujeet” which involved 30000 personal. Aim of the strike crops what to carry out a simulation to validate and skills to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) warfare. Continue reading


For years, an eye was kept on Lhasa airfield through Google Maps. The Lhasa airfield being a forward staging base does not have any aircraft shelters or ammunition dumps. Some four years before, Lhasa airfield used to host a detachment of 5 Su-27s. The satellite imagery of Lhasa airfield hosted by, has not been updated for a long time.

So, through this image, we can see that how Lhasa airfield used to look like. To the east of the terminal building is the PLAAF apron. A detachment of five flankers could be seen. Later a detachment of J-10s were rotated against Flankers. When J-10s came to Lhasa, a detachment of J-10s was maintained for the first time in Hotan airfield in Xinjiang. This was the situation even when both PLA and Indian Army were locked in tent pitching war somewhere in Depsang plains. Continue reading


According to Chinese Military specialist while speaking on Indian Naval Capabilities in a Military show hosted by state broadcaster CCTV channel, identified long-range surface to air missile (LRSAM) jointly developed by Israel and India has one of the key weapon system which can neutralise firepower of the People’s Liberation Army Navy while operating in the Indian ocean to a great extent.

Advanced air and missile defence system joint development by IAI and DRDO were designed specially to take down Chinese developed Sub-sonic cruise missiles in anti-ship role. Israel Navy Ship (INS) Hanit in 2006 was attacked while patrolling off the Lebanese coast with Chinese C-802 cruise missile which was supplied to Iranian forces but was smuggled to target Isreali Navy. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Government in India might have just little over a year before Country goes back to election mode, this time to elect new government in the centre but after Budget 2018 was announced it seems like it is unlikely Modi government is in any mood to acquire or take any big decision on procurement of big-ticket defence items which has been stuck from the time of previous UPA Government .

Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy which are all three important wings of Indian armed force, have many big-ticket defence items which had been stuck for last 10-15 years or more at the hands of Defence Ministry due to red tape and procedural delays but it seems Modi is failed to free Defence Ministry from the slow bureaucratic system of India. Continue reading


With over 96% indigenous content and with the solid backing and orders from Indian Army and Indian Airforce, India’s indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile is fast emerging as Reliable, efficient and yet low-cost weapons system which has potential to replace several vintage Air Defence system used by many countries in the Asian region.

As part of performance enhancements package, Akash will be receiving an addition of Seeker on the basic Akash-1 version to further improve its interception reliability against aerial targets. Continue reading


India’s present development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) and Smaller Drones locally is pathetically low to meet a large number of requirements felt by the Indian Armed forces. with technology trajectory of UAV’s and Drones moving to next level in the usage of their military applications, Rising Regional Power like India is embarrassingly depended on imported Drones to meet its requirements.

Some of the local projects initiated by India which has seen success are Pilot-less Target Drones like Abhyas and Lakshay and Netra which is a light-weight, autonomous UAV for surveillance and reconnaissance operations, India still doesn’t have a significant drone program which has tasted any success. Continue reading


Longtime Critic of F-35 Program, US President Donald Trump has reportedly cleared US Militaries officials and Lockheed Martin’s proposal to explore completely new potential customers for its 5th Generation F-35 fighter aircraft outside its traditional circle of allies who largely procure the US made weapons.

One of the reasons for the exploring new potential buyers of F-35 is due to the United States Air Force’s inability to procure 1,763 F-35A jet by end of 2038. With a shorter production run of only 60 F-35A per annum from earlier proposed 80 per annum could seriously derail cutbacks in the cost which Lockheed Martin had announced after President Trump took office. Continue reading


Internally initiated by India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in 2008, Development of India’s first 5th generation multi-role aircraft with stealth characters is yet to take off even after it had officially received Air Staff Requirements from Indian Air Force for development of 5th generation fighter aircraft way back in 2010.

For the Developers of LCA-Tejas, Development of AMCA has come as a real shocker due to much more complex and mammoth project requirements which years of LCA-Tejas experience seemed insignificant. without any technical milestone in the project to flaunt, AMCA is yet to get official full-scale clearance from the Ministry of Defence and PMO which has pushed back initial induction timeline of AMCA in IAF from 2025 to 2030-35 period. Continue reading

SOURCE:   Indrajit Majumdar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s been more than 30 years now from when India truly started perusing its DEW dreams especially in Laser technology. It was Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), the key institution on whose shoulder it was putting its trust for its dreams to become real. Since then LASTEC developed and tested several types and classes of Laser sources, Lasing mediums, associated technologies for each types and classes, several types of laser applications etc. etc.
LAB in the Centre Stage:
Yes the LASTEC it was, the central lab responsible for all the actions on that field. And there are reasons that why LASTEC and why not others. The question is valid because peoples may think that when the LASTEC stands for Laser Science and Technology Centre, it’s obvious that it will be given the work because it was meant for the type of work.

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When I say Tank MRO and not trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, I say this bcoz that is what sound common sense application should be as it saves the governments hundreds of crores of tax payers money as well as boost defense preparedness. If you ask how and why? Common sense says it’s a bad idea to assemble various models of Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. Here are the below points:-

What does Vehicle Factory Jabalpur do?
Apart from other types of vehicles, the plant mainly assembles Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks for the armed forces that are manufactured in Ashok Leyland’s own plant, then dis-assembled into CKD/SKD kits; packaged and transported to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh where again they are unpacked and re-assembled once again. Continue reading