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SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The US again has offered to sell India it’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System if it scraps a deal with Russia on procurement of S-400 anti-aircraft weapon system even though weapons offered in question do not supplement each other, yet it stirs up an interesting debate for India and the way forward for military planners.

S-400 is an anti-aircraft weapon system which is capable to shoot down any maneuverable fast moving aircrafts close to a range of 400km and also has capabilities to bring down cruise missile and Ballistic missiles but Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System is a land-based element capable of shooting down a ballistic missile both inside and just outside the atmosphere and has no anti-aircraft capability literally, since interceptor batteries works on hit-to-kill concept against short-, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and have no warheads and minimum effective attitude range are 50-60km which is much higher then any aircrafts fly. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF at the Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA took delivery of the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter which is seen as a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet with an option for more 39 helicopters but after a enduring a bitter turf war with Indian Army which funded the procurement .

Next Six AH-64 E (I) helicopter will be part of Army Aviation Corps rather then IAF and IA will continue to push for the transfer of current fleet of 22 Apache back to it but Ministry of Defense (MOD) is keen to avoid duplication of assets and effective use of system and with growing need for Attack helicopters in Army Aviation Corps is it time for to invest in the development of Desi Apache attack helicopters ? Continue reading

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

In early 2018, ” The Hindu ” had reported that a human Error might have caused considerable damages to India’s first Nuclear ballistic missile submarine which required nearly 10 months of repair work, the report never received any official reaction due to sensitive nature of the program but many Defence analysts raised more questions on this alleged incident and glaring inconsistencies in the report which mentions that water entered Arihant’s propulsion compartment and damaged it, after a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake.

Defense analysts wondered how a submarine which has Russian double hull design with a sealed nuclear reactor section and no hatches at the rear as mentioned in the report could damage the propulsion compartment ?. Even though the report was highly dubious in nature it was latched on by many armchair defense blogs even though it was never reported by other agencies. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

‘Dalla’ is a notorious word in India which means a person who works as a mediator between a customer and a call girl, but it became quite a common reference name to many Indian journalists who are part-time arms lobbyists, who are referred to as ” Dalla” by many defense analysts and enthusiasts for promoting import of weapons from certain weapons manufactures who pay them to promote their product.

Some section of Indian Dalla’s are busy trying to paint a very grim picture of Balakot Strikes and even suggesting that casualty figures which IAF believes could be hundreds actually be in close to nothing arguably without much proof or evidence to suggest that strikes failed to meet it their target. Even bigger, distortion of facts has been of repeated questioning of IAF claim that it shot down F-16 in events that followed after failed PAF raid across the line of control. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The United Kingdom and India are reportedly working on possible collaboration in design and development of aircraft carrier based on Elizabeth class aircraft carriers operated by Royal Navy according to media reports.HMS Queen Elizabeth has no catapults or arrestor wires and is instead designed to operate V/STOL aircraft like F-35B, which means it won’t be able to operate carrier-based airborne assets like Mig-29k and N-AMCA which requires at least STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) configuration to function.

But the Indian Navy is firm about one thing that it wants a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) for its New Aircraft carrier which will require considerable design changes to the deck section and British designers have proposed a new design which was initially proposed to Royal Navy but was not selected. As seen above, Elizabeth-class developers had two design in mind when the program was at the design stage and one was a V/STOL configuration which was selected by the Royal Navy and other was the STOBAR configuration which was overlooked. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Russian-Indian joint venture Brahmos Aerospace was supposed to work on the development of hypersonic BrahMos 2 cruise missile which was later renamed as BrahMos 2K, K standing in memory for Kalam but the program development which has been in talks from 2011 onwards is yet to see the light of the day, makes many wonder, why the program is yet to take off and remains only to be seen at defense expo.

BrahMos 2K missile was capable of flying at speeds of Mach 5-Mach 7 and according to then BrahMos chief in 2012, they had carried out series of lab tests at the speed of 6.5 Mach and first fully-functional prototype of the missile was supposed to make it debut by 2017-18 which has long gone. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria today assumed charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. Bhadauria who has clocked more than 4050 flying hours on 26 types of Fixed wing fighter jets is an avid supporter of the homegrown LCA-Tejas program and with him being at Top, Defence Analyst back home are expecting fresh orders for 83 more advanced variant of Tejas Mk1A and also steady support for the next-generation Medium Combat Fighter (MCW) program too which is about to go critical, but contenders at the MMRCA 2.0 might be nervous due to his past association with procurement of 36 Rafale by IAF.

Bhadauria was head of the contract negotiation team with France on Rafale Deal and under his watch complex hurdles were overcome, thus paving way for the deal of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France. Rafale made for India have serial number RB and according to Indian media reports RB are initials of Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria but some reports hints it’s not. Continue reading

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Indian Airforce (IAF) is arguing against development of 65000 tonne Mega Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy as per latest Indian media reports. Indian Navy which will require over 50000 cr for the development of the brand new aircraft carrier will also require an equal amount of funding for new fighter aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters to be, operated upon from the new aircraft carrier, which IAF feels can be better utilized by use of strategic airbases in Andaman command as a deterrence against any possible intervention of the Chinese naval fleet in the Indian ocean.

The tri-service rivalry is also due to the encroachment of turf war between the forces due to the growth of Aviation assets which both Indian Army and Indian Navy are keen to expand which IAF feels will diminish its role in the chain of command in management of air assets. In January last year, the Indian Navy had kick-started the process of procuring 57 carrier-based aircraft and has also has invested in the development of Naval LCA and AMCA in the near future which will limit the roles of IAF over Sea. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In a recent report in the Pakistani media, the Pakistani military is trying to procure Russian designed Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery weapon system for its forces after Indian Airforce for the first time since 1971 war breached Pakistani airspace for ground strikes in terrorist hubs in Balakot which is well inside Pakistani. The same report also said that the Pakistani Army is also interested in procuring 300 T-90 Main Battle Tanks along with 30-40 fleet of Mig-35 fighter jet for its airforce.

In a deal worth close to $9 Billion just has one tiny bit of problem that is Russia is not interested in losing its arms market in India, where it in last 6 months it has sealed orders worth billions even under cloud of US sanctions and presently in negotiation for more deals which will keep Russia as a Top exporter of weapons to India which was briefly taken by the United States in last few years. Continue reading

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

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India aspires to make its navy a formidable force in Asia and at the global level. Like Japan and South Korea, India is also in hostile waters which has always encouraged it to think about the future. The dream to become a Blue Water Navy with the capability to act at any place in the region requires dramatic expansion. Indian Navy is currently undergoing a massive expansion process. New aircraft carriers, frigates, aircraft, helicopters, submarines of all categories (SSK, SSN, SSBN) are either in planning, procuring, or in the building stage. Another huge component of the navy is its surface fleet of Destroyers. Kolkata class (Project 15A) and Visakhapatnam class (Project 15B) destroyers are the two new destroyer class of the Indian Navy.

Among these new and advanced warships, there is one class of destroyers that silently sails in the background, the Rajput class. This old workhorse class of 5 ships was once the backbone of the Indian Navy and has served India for a long time in the Eastern Naval Command. INS Rajput, the oldest ship in the class has been in service for the last 38 years while the youngest ship has 31 years of service. This clearly means within a decade these ships will be at the end of their service and need replacement. INS Ranjit the third ship of the class, ends its 36 years’ service on May 6 2019. This comes a week after INS Imphal was launched, the old destroyer goes into the sunset and new vessel gets ready to step in. Continue reading

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P-17A stealth frigate programme in on its way. First frigate of this class will enter in Indian navy in 2022 as per Wikipedia. Type-26 Global Combat Ship will enter its service in UK Navy in 2023 as expected. Admiral Gorshkov Class frigate is already in service with Russian navy since July, 2018. Now if we compare P-17A stealth frigate with its modern rivals such as Type-26 of UK and Admiral Gorshkov class frigate of Russia, it seems like under powered and under armed.

Now comparing specifications of  P-17A, Type 26 and Admiral Gorshkov Class frigate. Continue reading

SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army owned WhAP 8×8 Platform which was jointly developed by the DRDO and the Indian Company TATA Motor has been spotted carrying out High Altitude trials in the Himalayan range. In 2018, the Indian Army had procured a WhAP 8×8 prototype fitted with a two-man BMP-2 turret, from the Soviet-made Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

WhAP 8×8 was first spotted in DefExpo 2018 where it was part of the live demonstration exercise. WhAP 8×8 Platform had Army registration which confirmed that it was procured by Indian Army for Internal testing which is a really rare sight to do especially a product which is yet to enter limited production. The WhAP with its BMP-2 turret comes with a Soviet/Russian 2A72 30mm autocannon which has an effective range of 2kms. WhAP can also be armed with a “Konkurs” (AT-5 Spandrel) and 9M113M “Konkurs-M” (AT-5B Spandrel B) anti-tank missiles. Continue reading

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

If you think, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman taking down an F-16 with an older Mig-21Bis was a rare feat, then let me jog back some memories of 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, when Indian Air Force Pilot Ajjamada Boppayya Devaiah brought down a Pakistan’s F-104 Interceptor fighter jet while flying a French Dassault MD.454 Mystère IV fighter-bomber aircraft and was awarded Param Vir Chakra after 23 years of his death.

Squadron Leader Ajjamada B. Devaiah was part of 12 crew aircraft strike mission over Sargodha airfield in Pakistan. PAF dispatched pair of F-104 Interceptor fighter jet to take on Mystère IV fighter-bomber which was seen as easy picking for the pilots since Mystère IV was a sub-sonic fighter bomber which had a habit of punching its rivals over its weight and had seen some success against MiG-15, MiG-17, and Hawker Hunter in Suez Crisis of 1956 flown by Israel, but F-104 was a generation ahead of Mystère and was a challenger to the Soviet Mig-21s. Continue reading

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In a recent press conference hosted by Major General Asif Ghafoor who is the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Ghafoor tried to cover up for the Dubuis claims, ISPR had made on the aftermath of the aerial dogfight which took place over both sides of the line of control between Indian air force and Pakistani air force, but instead ending up further sulking under the lies of their hybrid warfare which left more questions than answers.

The curious case of second Indian pilot in their custody claim initially made by Ghafoor and retracted back later in the day was explained but as a gross error due to multiple inputs. the claim that two Indian pilots were in custody was due to two sources said, Ghafoor, but he still failed to explain how he claimed that one pilot was in custody and another one was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) hospital and both of his ground sources were claiming two different things but were same at end. Continue reading

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Kalyani Group has confirmed that they are working on an Ultra-Light Howitzer which they call ” Super Ultra-Light Howitzer ” incorporating hybrid recoil technology which will bring, the weight of the gun to just 3.2 tons. Super ULH can be towed just like regular Howitzers in the battlefield position or can be moved in dismantled condition, which can be also be easily airlifted by helicopter, or dropped by parachute.

With nearly half the weight of M777 towed howitzers and it’s very own Mountain Artillery Gun (MArG) which weights just 5 tons, Super ULH will allow mobility which Indian Army wants since they can be moved around with the help of all-terrain 6×6 Field Artillery Tractor military trucks. Continue reading