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

Ministry of defence (MoD) has set a deadline of 2018 for state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in developing Upgraded Tejas MK-1A which will come with new Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite, mid-air refuelling capacity and beyond the vision range missiles and easy on Maintenance .

HAL on other hand wants to rope in Makers of Gripen fighter jet Swedish company “SAAB” to help in develop new upgraded LCA-Tejas in less than two years for which Indian Air Force has a requirement for 80 + aircraft . Continue reading

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

India’s NAVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation ) is finally taking shape with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G which is India’s very own Navigation Satellite System equivalent to Global Position System (GPS) of the USA, the Russian Glonass, China’s BeiDou and Galileo of Europe.

But India’s perception about Military use of space changed only in 2007 after China using an ASAT System destroyed a defunct weather satellite which finally lead to India’s MOD setting up tri-service integrated space cell (ISC) in 2010 taking note of the evolving threat in the space in general and its vicinity. Continue reading

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

Kalvari 1st of Scorpene class subs built at MDL went to sea for first time today off Mumbai coast.

INS Kalvari (S50) first of Scorpene-class submarine Made in Mumbai set for Sea Trials today marking an end to long wait for India’s quest to acquire conventional submarine force . It took 11 years from the date of the agreement for the first submarine to be ready for induction .

Project-75 also bears eloquent testimony to India’s industrial and scientific prowess which will enable Indian Industries and shipyards to be better prepared for the bigger push to construct indigenous SSK and SSN . Continue reading

SOURCE: ANIMESH MISHRA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Artillery is one of the most important arms of a modern army, in the age of laser-guided airstrikes it’s the old school shelling that often gives the extra push; even though modern ammunition now come with their own guidance systems.

For the Indian Army, its artillery has been in hibernation state for years, we all know why. 105mm IFG and the 105mm LFG have been the workhorse of the army and of course the big guy, the infamous howitzer the Bofors FH77. It’s the hero of the army’s equipment which proved its worth in the Kargil War. Continue reading

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Serious disagreements on proposed Indo-Russian Joint development of Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) seems to have grounded the project indefinitely and might have also sounded the death knell for the project since now  Russia plans to work alone on the development of II-214 .

New Proposed twin turbofan 20-tonne tactical transporter was to replace An-32 fleet and could have lead to IAF inducting 45 MTA Transporter which was to be built in India . The main bone of contention has been using Aviadvigatel PS-90A76 derivate engine on MTA which has been Red flagged by IAF multiple times in negotiation talks . Continue reading

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

French air force Rafale seen above armed with Nuclear capable ASMP-A Cruise missile 

India and France are on the final lap of negotiations and close to an agreement to sell 36 Rafale fighter jets. 36 Rafale fighters will make up barely two Squadrons in Indian Air Force While IAF wants to further expand Rafale fleet to 60 aircraft but MOD now seems to be more interested in Making in India American F-16 or F-18 fighter jet in locally then procure more French-built Rafale Omni role fighter jet .

Can Two Squadron of French Rafale fighter jets change the outcome of a war ? Not really but Rafale fighter jet might still play a vital role in India’s deterrence capabilities and might be next designated aircraft which will be tasked to deliver a nuclear weapon when needed . Continue reading

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

Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a public sector undertaking owned by MoD for years argued with Indian Air Force that it can develop an upgraded Tejas dubbed Mark 1-A which will come with 43 improvements over the existing Tejas Mark 1 and host of major technological improvements which will negate the need for the development of proposed Stretched Mark II.

HAL promised Mark 1-A with five major improvements like AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar, Air-to-air refueling probe ,Externally fitted Electronic warfare suite and a new internal layout to iron out maintenance issues. Continue reading

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

Over the years, India has been quietly beefing up its western sector facing Pakistan. IAF’s ability to detect and track aircraft movements deep inside enemy territory over the years has been boosted by Induction of wide array of radars like LLTRs (low-level transportable radars), MPRs (medium-power radars) , Aerostat to indigenous medium-range Rohini systems, Arudhra (AESA, 4D) and Aerial platforms like AWACS and CABS EMB-145i AEW&C which will be India’s formidable eyes in the sky and true force multipliers .

Western sector more or less has now covered all the existing gaps in the country’s air defence coverage with Seamless data transfer from military radars to different IACCS (integrated air command and control system) nodes to ensure swift counter-measures to thwart aerial threats as soon as they are detected in real time . Continue reading

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

Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) in recently concluded DefeXpo 2016 held in Goa showcased 155mm/52 caliber Prototype of Desi Bofors based on Swedish Haubits FH77 ” Bofors” which has already been tested internally and will be ready for user trials soon .

52 caliber variant will be instrumental and significant in filling the gap between just inducted 155mm 45-calibre Dhanush Gun and next generation DRDO developed Advance Towed Artillery Guns System (ATAGS) 155MM/52 caliber artillery gun , which will improve range of its firepower considerably . Continue reading

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

India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine, INS Arihant (S2) has begun its Deep Sea Trials and recently completed series of Weapons trials including launch of Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) establishing India’s Second strike Nuclear capability and completing India’s Nuclear triad .

INS Arihant by many Western Defense Analyst was ridiculed and dubbed as Nuclear Submarine which will have limited Utility and will hardly be available for operational patrol even for one-fifth of its lifespan, more credibility came to their claims when Former Indian Naval Chief Nirmal Verma also described it as primarily a ‘technology demonstrator’ . Continue reading

SOURCE: ANIMESH MISHRA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The word airforce is a word which signifies fast moving fighter planes locking missiles on eachother, well for a simple person it is the definition of airforce which up to some extent it is correct but we all know an airforce is more than that, a good force needs force multipliers. Multipliers are what we going to talk about.To start things off cargo planes, mid air-refuel planes, awacs are all fixed wings force multipliers, helicopters can also be counted as the same but it’s a good topic for some other day.

First let’s have a look at the mid air refuel aircraft India right now operate il-78mki, but in a new contest for 6 more MARS, the IAF selected the Airbus A-330 MRTT not just once but twice, because the deal had to be redone due to some the allegation of corruption. But still it made its way in however il-78 is not completely out of the race yet there still some hope as the cost of the MRTT seems too high right now, its future uncertain, however il-78 is not all good things at cheap rate, it has a higher life cycle cost this brings up the question which way are going?, resulting in the delay. It’s a decision which needs to be quickly because the IAF needs a new system because for an airforce of such big strength, only 6 are not enough, 12 would be somewhat sufficient. Continue reading

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

U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter quite often has been heard saying he wants to co-produce fighter jet with India and his recent visit and recent Indian media reports hints at possible headway been made in talks with the United States on Making American fighter jet in India with tech transfers .

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar already has made it clear that by end of this year India will select another fighter jet which will be Made in India and there are strong possibilities that nearly 90 jets (126-36 Rafale) which were part of original MMRCA deal will be concluded under Government 2 Government deal and Boeing’s F/A-18E/F fighter jet is currently favoured by airforce and Defence ministry . Continue reading

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetti / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

“21st Century” Aerial warfare is no longer based on the lethality of a combat aircraft like it always have been in the past nor can it be judged on basic criteria like speed,agility, and firepower of the combat jet. Next generation Aerial warfare not only demands cutting edge firepower but also Smarter jets which can take up a host of new roles while in air and switch between several different missions in the same sortie.

Rafale Omnirole Combat Aircraft selected by India under MMRCA Contract was not only most advanced fighter jet but also smartest aircraft by far which was equipped with array of sophisticated electronics systems and equipment which let it beat its competition with ease and American legacy fighter jets like F-16 and F-18 currently been offered to India under ” Make in India ” lost the race by a mile . Continue reading

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

India might not have seen this coming but last week the United States criticised India’s on it’s not so secretive 3500km long submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) K-4 and later bracketed India and Pakistan in the same league of countries which according to them should seriously work to backtrack or curtail their Nuclear Weapons programme to maintain regional stability .

Criticism coming from United states within few days on both India’s ballistic missile programme and its nuclear programme felt like it came straight out of Cold war era pre-scripted notes when India was part of Soviet Block and tests of short range 150 km Prithvi missiles could get considerable amount of media attention in West later followed by heavy Diplomatic pressure on India to stop missile test or face Economic sanctions .  Continue reading

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

The proposed development of LCA-Tejas MK-1A might have surprised many Defence Pundits in India Since Indian Air Force until few years ago was firmly rallying behind proposed development of LCA-Tejas MK2 variant and were hesitating to place further orders for MK-1 variant but with sudden change of heart and orders for 80 Upgraded Tejas MK-1A , development of MK2 has gone for a spin .

While Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed it is still working on the development of LCA-Tejas MK2 variant while its Industrial partner for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is eager to work on future variants based on MK-1 airframe . Continue reading

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