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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday slashed its FY21 growth projection for India to 1.9%, India along with China were only economies which were in Green and were not in Red with negative growth, IMF report projected that India’s growth will be back to near 7% for 2022 after Pandemic is over but that still puts a big question mark if India will be in a position to acquire new big-ticket items like 114 fighter jets under its MMRCA program worth $30 Billion.

India still needs to make payments to many big tickets weapons purchase it has made in recent years as seen in most of the cases, payments are made in blocks over the years so, in 2020 and 2021, India will be making purchase payments to previous orders when economic disruption has projected poor economic activity for next few months or even years. Continue reading

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

The government of India issued a notification on April 1 changing the decades-old domicile law of the region which was quick to be slammed by Hardliner Kashmiri separatists and Pakistani Government along with its Army and almost all Arab and liberal media who are already calling recent moves buy the Delhi as “Palestine in the making” to change 97 % Muslim majority demography of the Union territory into Hindu majority area.

New Domicile law for Jammu & Kashmir entitles anyone who has stayed in the region for 15 years to domicile status, 10 years for central government officials and their children and seven for high school students. But new Domicile law also has been slammed by the unlikely corner that is Indian Right-wingers who see this new law has self-imposed handicap after getting rid of Article 370. Continue reading

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Boeing will be offering its second candidate F-15 EX to the air force for its requirement of 114 fighters that are to be produced domestically, bringing American aircraft tally to 3 after F/A-18 Super Hornet and the F-21 ( a variant of the F-16) that are already on offer. Both the F/A 18 and the F-21 on offer to India are powered by engines manufactured by the US engine-maker General Electric (GE) but the entry of F-15 EX brings to the table engine offerings from its arch-rival Pratt & Whitney for the first time in a market dominated by General Electric (GE).

40 Tejas MK1 and 83 Tejas Mk1A will be powered by F404-IN20 after-burning turbofan engine and India’s upcoming Tejas MK2 will also be powered by F414-INS6 turbofan engines which have made General Electric (GE) undisputed market leader in India, as India works on development of more locally developed fighter jets to meet its demand. Continue reading

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40 Years old fighter bomber Su-22 was recently in news over Syria after Turkish F-16 fired AIM-120-C5 Beyond visual range missile was successfully dodged by the aircraft over long-range. The incident occurred on March 3rd before that Turkish F-16 was shooting down jets over Syria with AIM-120-C5 BVR AAMs with ease and already had 4 Kills in recent times as seen below graphics.

Before the March 3rd incident, Turkish Armed Forces managed to shoot down three Syrian Air Force jets over the skies of rural Idlib, this prompted the Russian military to get involved to limit the SyAAF’s losses. AMRAAM Kills in Syria 2012 onwards shows a particular situation where AMRAAMs were effective only when fired up within 30-40km range and not at DMAX range of over 100km as Pakistani air force wants to show to its people. Continue reading

SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A country which pans to develop its own 5th Generation fighter jet and is already is working on the development of Tejas-Mk2 a 4.5+ Generation fighter and already has developed Tejas Mk1 4th Gen fighter and now plans to develop a Mk1A 4++ Gen fighter is still depended on the original equipment manufacturer for upgradation and modernization of what it calls the backbone of its airforce fleet? , let examine if India has local technology to upgrade them in the first place.

Since IAF is only planning to upgrade only its avionics and electronics so this report will focus on this aspect.

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

In Recent drills at the Telemba training range in Buryatia part of Russia, “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” according to the Russian media reports and some media outlets were quick to jump to conclusion that since India is getting S-400 systems from Russia from 2021 onwards, India now has capabilities to target to take down Hypersonic weapons.

While live-fire exercise as confirmed only carried out simulated Hypersonic weapons attack and took down the same effect, there is no confirmation at what stage this weapon was taken down and how it was taken down. While S-400 has a missile called 40N6E which is Effective against low-altitude targets at extremely long-range of 400km, there is no confirmation that it is as effective against legacy Ballistic and cruise missiles will also make it effective against Hypersonic missiles. Continue reading

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

It’s more or less now confirmed that India’s upgraded Tejas Mk1A fighter jet will be getting two new Air-to-Air missiles after one of the Israeli supplied Python-5 failed to get firing clearance due to unresolved inflight vibrations issues in its captive flight trials. Tejas Mk1A will also be getting locally developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile along with MBDA developed ASRAAM within visual range (WVR) missiles.

Israeli supplied Derby BVRAAM missile has been successfully integrated and tested with the current lot of 40 Tejas Mk1 fighter jets but that won’t be enough since Derby BVRAAM missiles came from the unused stock of Indian Navy’s Sea Harrier jets which now have been retired from its fleet. Continue reading

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

Twin-engine Medium Class Omni-Role Combat Aircraft (ORCA) or Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program born out of the necessity of the carrier-based requirements of the Indian Navy after it rejected plans to develop a single-engine fighter jet based on the LCA-Navy Mk2 concept which was rejected by the Navy due to various reasons but the questions remains will IAF will be part of the project which is not planned by it?

The timeline of the different developmental programs of fighter jets in India makes TEDBF/ORCA fall into two major programs which ADA along with HAL is developing for the air force, which is MWF-Mk2 and AMCA fighter jet programs respectfully. Air Force hopes MWF-Mk2 program will fill the bulk of the gap which will become void once Mirage and Mig-29 fleet could leave making it one of the prime and possibly the last 4.5 generation fighter jet initiated anywhere in the world. Continue reading

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

Pakistani Defense analyst Maria Sultan who also heads Director General South Asian Strategic Stability Institute University, in a recent interview with Pakistani News Media has said that the detection of the Wuhan Virus in Kashmir shows that the Indian state is spreading the virus in the region amid lock-down and chaos to inflict casualties in the region.

The insurgency-torn region reported its first case of corona virus recently but has been relatively unaffected by the virus and many have said that due to restrictions it has seen such low cases in the valley.Pakistan recently used the SAARC video conference on corona virus to raise Kashmir and called for the lifting of ‘lock-down’. Sultan said that due to lock-down it was impossible for Kashmiri locals to be inflected by the virus and blamed the Indian Government for bringing the virus to the region. Continue reading

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Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and multiple lobby group in sync with the Indian Embassy in the United States of late have been able to demonstrate what Indians can do with offensive diplomacy if it wants to be and how Indian-American lobby group is emerging as a most powerful lobby in the American political circuit after Jews in Washington.

Attempts to raise India’s Internal issues in Washington and try to pass resolutions condemning India in a way has been the main objective of many Liberal Indian Americans activists and Politicians in Washington and with money backing coming from many Pakistan backed Kashmiri groups attempts to circle India due to the removal of Art370 and CAA protests have been derailed multiple times by HAF with firepower provided by the Indian diplomats in Washington. Continue reading

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As the first final operational clearance (FOC) configured Tejas fighter aircraft, SP21 took to the skies recently came back the question why Tejas Mk1 is still been inducted without its Russian Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 twin-barreled 23 mm autocannon gun been cleared for use, even when ground trials of the gun was carried out way back in 2015 and since then no air to air testing of the critical weapon component of any fighter jet still waits trials.

LSP-7 LCA-Tejas Mk1 is been prepped according to an idrw.org report to be used for calibrating and testing the Gun so that it can later be cleared for all the other jets which have been supplied to the IAF. IAF even allowed the FOC certification for the LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jet program to be awarded minus its Gun trials while all the other weapons trials were conducted successfully and tested on multiple occasions and were even judged best air to ground aircraft in IRON FIST Aerial exercises. Continue reading

SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Turkey has claimed that it recently operations it has destroyed eight Syrian Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile/gun systems belonging to the Syrian Army in Syria’s war-battered Idlib province and even provided rather embarrassing video footage of the Pantsir missile systems getting destroyed while being in operational and radar in search mode.

While Russia has disputed this claim and said only Two Pantsir missile systems were partly damaged and refuted Turkey’s claim that 8 were destroyed since only four were operational in the entire Idlib province, but Russia can’t hide that the missile system which was specially developed to counter drones and low flying aircraft was taken down by Turkey’s battlefield weapon of choice in Libya it’s Bayraktar TB2 armed drones. Continue reading

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The State Department recently cleared the sale of its NASAMS II integrated air defense system to India worth $1.87 billion. While the deal is still to reach the contractual stage with India with the scope of further delays expected from the Indian side due to the steep price of the weapon system but the missiles that have been cleared with the NASAMS II will certainly raise few eyebrows in the regions.

NASAMS II integrated air defense system to India will come with 118 AMRAAM C-7/C-8 missiles which are far more advanced then what has been supplied to Pakistan by the United States for its F-16 fleet. While C-7/C-8 AMRAAMs are basically to be used as an air defense missile system to engage and take-down aerial threats ranging from attack helicopters and fighter jets and will be part of India’s integrated inner circle air defense system. Continue reading

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

Billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk shocked the world when he said that F-35 Stealth fighter jet which is considered among the best of the fighter jets presently will become irrelevant in less than a decade from now and also said that “the fighter jet era has passed” and also went on to make another controversial statement when he said that a remote-controlled Stealth UCAS in control of a human, but with its maneuvers augmented by autonomy could easily defeat a manned F-35 even when in superior numbers.

While many dismissed Elon Musk observation has an imaginary future aerial encounter which is unlikely to be encountered any time soon, while many came in defence of the F-35 program, but several illustrations of an imaginary future aerial encounter do predict that AI-powered Fighter jets will overwhelming Manned Fighter jets in future even if both jets have the same level of technologies in them. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force has just confirmed that two of its front-line Air superiority fighter jets have been cleared for the integration of India’s first Astra air-to-air missiles on its Mig-29UPG and Su-30MKI Fleet as IAF plans to balance slight tilt in the balance of air to air missile which went in PAF side after the acquisition of AIM-120-C5 AMRAAMs. but it’s not where things end and it has been cleared that now IAF and DRDO are in talks for development of a new array of weapons system based on Astra AAM experience that plans are in works to develop more distant cousins of the long-Range Air-To-Air Missile Family in the country.

There has been much speculation and confusion about what missile India will be developing next but whatever is out in the media does seem to suggest that the IAF is concerned that it may be close to matching, or even exceeding, the range of the latest Astra AAM variant with host of other advanced features after DRDO was able to develop a KU Band Advance Seeker locally thus replacing the Russian Agat 9B1103M active radar seeker used on RVV-AE (R-77). Continue reading