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According to Russian media report Sukhoi, Su-30 Operators are closely monitoring the long-awaited first flight of Air launched Brahmos Cruise missile from India’s front light strike aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI. the report also says that many countries have a prose Russia and India on the possible sale and integration of are Air launched from Brahmos Cruise missile into their Sukhoi Su-30 fleet.

A specially modified Su-30MKI currently is currently been prepped in India to flight test world’s deadliest Mach-3 capable supersonic Cruise missile. After the Successful conclusion of Dummy and captive trials has already lead to a buzz among Sukhoi 30 operators. Continue reading

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Randy Howard, Lockheed Martin’s director of F-16 business development, speaking to American media has once again said that Lockheed Martin is confident that Trump administration will finally approve and allow it to move its Texas F-16 production line to India.

Howard also confirmed that under new arrangements USAF will maintain, operate and upgrade nearly 300 F-16s in its fleet, way beyond 2048 dispelling concerns raised by many operators and other prospective buyers regarding serviceability of F-16 fleet world over based on speculation that USAF will retire them soon. Continue reading

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Chances of India’s first locally developed fighter aircraft going back in the air as part of Indian Air Force’s Vintage Squadron seems to be very slim after Senior serving air force official confirmed author that IAF has no plans to resurrect at least one working HF-24 aircraft back to life to be part of Vintage Squadron.

Reasons behind this decision are still unknown but it is a major setback to the people who were involved in the program and to the pilots who flew them that HF-24 Marut will not be back in the air again. Continue reading

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Previous Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Commodore C.D.Balaji (Retd) in an interview to local media has said that LCA-Tejas MK-II when developed, will be similar to Gripen-E candidates technology and operational performance in direct head-on competition between fighter jets.

Comments made by Balaji is a significant admission of abilities and capabilities of LCA-Tejas MK-II which can match Gripen-E in head to head comparison between two fighter aircraft. Statement gains more importance now since Gripen-E and F-16 are only viable candiates left in the race to supply 100+ fighter jets to Indian Air Force. Continue reading

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The Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition, also known as the MRCA tender floated by the Indian government to procure 126 multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF).But the only problem is in the quest to procure the best 4.5 Generation fighter jet our there than now might be settling down to fighter jet which was conceptualized in the early 70’s?

Although MMRCA is dead, its ghost continues to linger since instead of acquiring 126 jets, India and France concluded a long-awaited deal for sale of 36 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters to India in fly-away condition ditching local assembly option. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Last May Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) inaugurated Submarine Assembly workshop which can build five submarines concurrently. New Facility is the second line of Submarine Assembly workshop which is independent of the first one which is currently been used for the construction of Six Kalvari class Submarines in India.

Since then a year has passed and without any new Submarine orders from the Indian Government and the brand new workshop facility is lying vacant due to constant delays in executing Project-75I. Continue reading

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is yet to approach American General Electric for possible supply of additional batch of F404-GE-IN20 engines to power upgraded LCA-Tejas MK1A aircraft and naval prototypes as per company officials information provided to local media.

General Electric in 2011 had bagged orders for supply of 24 F404-GE-IN20 after-burning engines to power the first operational squadron of Tejas fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force which was follow-on order for 17 F404-GE-IN20 engines ordered in 2004 which were used on limited Series Production aircraft. Continue reading

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

Vice Admiral DM Deshpande on Indian Navy has confirmed that Navy shortly will be holding Internal discussions on exact tonnage, size and design prospects of the Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-II (IAC-II) before it is presented to Government of India for approvals.

When asked if IAC-II will have Nuclear Propulsion, Deshpande refused to confirm and only added that post-Internal discussions details of the high ticket item will emerge and till now nothing has been frozen on IAC-II. Continue reading

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Islamabad’s otherwise dull and tranquil nights are now a days abuzz with a certain discomforting and disquieting vibe and many of the inhabitants of this beautiful capital are feeling the heat of it. If one looks up towards the city’s hills-clad horizon, he would find visible signs of wide spread mistrust that exists between and in-between the country’s premium institution.

It seems as if through the swipe of a mystical wand someone or somebody has managed to vanish every single shred of mutual good-will that ever existed in the corridors of power-politics and momentarily everyone who walks through these ghostly cloisters is wary of his own shadow. This situation which speaks volumes about the state of affairs prevalent in the heart of the Islamic world’s sole “Nuclear Power”, is however well concealed beneath a dark veil of secrecy and from the outside it seems all is healthy hearty in this lush-green valley. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As China launches its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own and now also has made its intention clear to develop and field Six aircraft carriers, last two being Nuclear powered long endurance Aircraft Carriers, India on other hands in its response to emerging Chinese Aircraft Carrier threat also has started working on ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missiles which has potential to disable or sink Aircraft Carriers.

Indian Military planners have already set the ball rolling and have initiated development of multiple anti-ship missile (AShM) projects and some with ‘Carrier-Killer’ capabilities to ensure that Chineses Aircraft carrier won’t be able to dominate over Indian Navy in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Continue reading

SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In India owing to a much higher price than expected, only 36 MMRCA category fighter jets have been contracted to be obtained in the form of Rafale out of the required number of 126 MMRCA category of fighter jets that are required by IAF.

Thus another opportunity presents itself for IAF to evaluate fighter jets from companies of other countries. Although the final decision rests with IAF to determine the fighter jet that it evaluates to be suited to its requirement ; MiG 35 of RAC MiG from Russia , a 4++ generation fighter aircraft, holds many positives over the fighter jets in the same category and should be positively taken into consideration while obtaining the remaining number of 90 MMRCA category of fighter jets by IAF. A brief explanation citing quite a few technologies incorporated in MiG 35 giving an insight into its capabilities is attempted in the write up that follows.
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SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force Special team formed to have a relook at proposed Indo-Russian joint collaboration on the development of 5th generation FGFA fighter aircraft based on Sukhoi developed T-50 Stealth fighter will be submitting its report on May 15th, outcome of which will decide the fate of FGFA.

It is an open secret that IAF has been a vocal critic of FGFA program for a long time now and one of the factors which IAF was not happy about was Russia’s incapability to develop true 5th Generation class fighter jet engine for the program. Continue reading

SOURCE: ASHOK VERMA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy is all set to go to Government of India for their principal approvals and sanctioning of funds to develop Second Indigenous aircraft carrier IAC-2 aka INS Vishal. India already operates Russian modified INS Vikramaditya and will soon have India’s first local developed INS Vikrant (IAC-I) which will be ready for Sea Trials from next year onwards.

Indian Navy plans to have a Three Carrier battle group hopefully by 2025 but key component in a Carrier battle group which is Fast Attack Nuclear submarines which are deployed and moves with Aircraft carrier is still missing and lone Russian leased INS Chakra Attack Nuclear submarine will be simply overwhelmed and conventional submarine will have to chip in to protect Carrier battle groups . Continue reading

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

Chinese Media and Chinese Diplomatic circle have been on the offensive lately after Tibetan Spiritual Guru Dalai lama recently visited Tawang region in Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh which China claims Historically belonged to Tibetan region, a claim not backed by Tibetans them self.

China for long without even firing a shot after 1962 Sino-India war was able to keep New Delhi on back-foot almost on all issues ranging from boundary disputes to India’s acceptance of One China policy but change of guard in 2014 saw new policy shift by New Delhi, where India is seen more keen on engaging a regional bully rather than keeping quiet . Continue reading

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Department of Defense under Trump administration have decided to drop plans of retiring F-16 Fighting Falcons anytime soon from United State Air Force and instead have decided that at least 300 F-16 Fighting Falcons will receive a structural and avionics upgrades that will allow them to fly till 2048, thanks to a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) with Lockheed Martin.

F-16 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) structural modifications will allow the US Air Force to safely operate [F-16C and D] Block 40-52 aircraft to 2048 and beyond. Continue reading