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The recent standoff between India and China at the tri-junction border of Doklam plateau has led to exchange the war of words through media and social media of both the countries. This was led by official news agency of Communist Party Of China, the ‘Global Times’ and followed by several others like People’s Liberation Army Official mouthpiece ‘PLA Daily’ etc.

India reacted only through social media, but with calmness. But the way the Chinese have been issuing warnings and threatening to India can be taken as a result of clear frustration and disappointment about the rise of a new ‘Resurgent India’ with a continuously improving economy and military might. Chinese are also frustrated about the continuous downfall in their economy which led to the slashing of economic ratings of China by Moody’s. Continue reading

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

Last April, 30,000 soldiers took part in a major exercise ‘Shatrujeet’, led by the elite Mathura-based Strike Corp. Army drills conducted had one major objective that was to counter any tactical nuclear attack on its mechanised unit, as part of the war games being conducted in deserts of Rajasthan.

‘Shatrujeet’ was to validate India’s much talked about ” Cold Start ” Doctrine but under a tactical nuclear attack threat. Strike teams were all equipped with Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) which will allow them to fight in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Conditions. Continue reading

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

As per latest India media reports, it seems that decks are cleared for the development of long delayed much hyped Indo-Russian 5th Generation fighter jet based on Sukhoi designed T-50 design, FGFA which India plans to develop with Russia and has been under negotiation for last 10 years while many in Indian Air force were simply not convinced if the aircraft described as a 5th generation fighter aircraft was actually can be clubbed in the same category of other 5th Gen fighter like F-22 and F-35 in the first place .

With little information is available on what could be Indian workshare,transfer of technology and the area of technical gain from this project in the development of FGFA and way it was announced with little fanfare clearly suggests India has decided to buy Russian bluff called Pak-fa even though IAF team were not to fly or evaluate the aircraft in the first place. Continue reading

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After receiving Green light from Indian Air Force, Government of India and Russia are working on final contract for jointly developing the much-delayed fifth-generation fighter aircraft Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) based on T-50 Air-frame.

According to the Draft Contract, Russia will be handing over India nearly Three T-50 Prototypes in next three years which will be used to as Test-bed before FGFA aircraft based on Indian customisation will be developed. Continue reading

SOURCE: VINAYAK SHETTY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Amid Doklam standoff between India and China which can lead to small scale border conflict and due to deepening of crisis in the South China Sea, Western leaders for long have been flirting with idea of creation of an Anti-China Military Alliance similar to NATO in Asia which will be used to by front-line states like Japan, India and Vietnam to use military force to prevent China from taking military control over their disputed territories .

U.S./UK/Japan and India lead Military Alliance in Asia never took off since many countries in Asia were most interested in trying to tame the Dragon rather than provoke it and formation of such Anti-China Military Alliance could have lead to strong reactions from Bejing. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) earlier this year confirmed that a team has already started work on the project to convert the LCA into a drone. HAL is confident that the project can be carried out within a short time frame and Unmanned Tejas will come as a boost in the making of a Stealthy Ghatak unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) in future.

While IAF officially has not commented on the development of Unmanned Tejas but increasing procurement cost of manned aircraft and rising need for new aircraft to replace older aircraft do advocates for affordable power projection, which needs a balance between manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: DIGAMBAR THAKUR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) last year had come hard on Russian supplied Carrier based Mig-29K for its operational deficiencies and Poor Serviceability of MiG-29K which ranged from 15.93 per cent to 37.63 per cent. In simple terms out of 45 Mig-29k in the fleet today, less than 17 could be available for operational duties anytime while 28 could be under repairs or waiting for spares.

Defects in Klimov RD-33 engines has been identified as one of the prime reasons for low Serviceability of MiG-29K. CAG reports highlighted that since induction from 2010, 40 engines had been withdrawn from service due to design-related deficiencies. Continue reading

SOURCE: DIGAMBAR THAKUR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries developers of Japan’s Stealth Soryu-class Conventional submarines was in the driver seat to secure the contract to build Australia’s next fleet of 12 submarines in a deal worth $50 billion before French company DCNS (Now Known as Naval Group) gatecrash the party and secured a one of the world’s most lucrative defense deals.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who has been driving force behind to revive Japan’s arms export industry saw this has his personal setback. Soryu lost to French proposed Shortfin Barracuda submarines which is still on drawing boards not due to technical superiority but it failed to commit to providing skilled shipbuilding jobs in Australia. Continue reading

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

It was at the end of 2013 when Initial Operational Clearance-II of Tejas was finally granted and since then proposed deadline for Final Operation Clearance (FOC) has been postponed and delayed several times but does Final Operation Clearance is really that important? and does FOC of a new fighter jet really is counted as a significant milestone in other international projects?

Well a simple study will reveal that official declaration of Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) is always considered as an important milestone in any fighter jet project because once IOC is achieved it only means that aircraft in question doesn’t require any structural modifications and can be used on basis upon which it can enter into series or small scale production, while it keeps on getting internal changes and up gradation over the period of time . Continue reading

SOURCE: DIGAMBAR THAKUR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A report prepared by Deputy Editor Manu Pubby for ” The Print ” suggests that India and France recently held discussions to develop a new Kaveri engine which will be able to generate 125Kn Thrust levels to replace current AL-31F engines on 272 Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. India and France are already engaged in the development of a 90kN Thrust level engine which will be ready by 2019 based on India’s Kaveri K9 prototype engine. New 90kN Kaveri mostly likely will be used in India’s Tejas MK-1A to replace American GE supplied F404-GE-IN20 after burning engines.

90kN Kaveri will be mated into retired Tejas PV-1 air-frame to used as a flying test bed for the engine, 18 months turn around time and fast tracked testing once commenced will allow, India and France to a put 90kN Kaveri into production in next 5 years and will enter into Tejas MK-1A in later batches and will replace American engines in older batches once production line stabilizes . India also plans to develop a 51kN Dry thrust version of the engine to be used on India’s Ghatak UCAV Project. Continue reading

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

Russian officials are again gearing up to offer its ultra modern 4.5++ Generation Mig-35 to India soon. Souped up Mig-29 in new Avtaar does share design cues from its older sibling but Internally it is completely new beasts and can brag of being among best 4.5++ Generation fighter jet presently available.

With over 100 + Mig-29 variants in operation fleet of both Indian air force and Indian navy, Mig-35 should have been an obvious choice for India but that clearly is not the case with Mig-35 due to troublesome Mig-29 service history with India. Continue reading

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

For last few years India has been working out to streamline its export regulations and also streamline its export licencing policies to make way for export of Indian made weapons to the world and allow it to break into the exclusive club of defence exporting countries within next decade.

Africa could be one of the Defence markets which India like to enter before it can break into other exclusive markets in the middle east and South America. Price sensitive African Defence export market is clearly dominated by Chinese weaponry and off course due to corruption and Chinese Government diplomacy, it is also the only market which could be the ideal market for India to start off with before thing smooth-ens up in other regions. Continue reading

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

In the past few years a lot has been said about the HAL Tejas (LCA) and many experts believe the aircraft is not good enough, it is here just to serve the purpose of increasing the numbers and nothing else. Yes agreed Tejas has had its fair share of problems in the past, but the whole idea of it being “not good enough” comes because we are assigning a wrong role to the LCA. It is a lighter fighter so let it be a light fighter instead of making it a medium-multirole aircraft.

We all remember how easily Tejas performed high-G maneuvers at the Bahrain Air Show, this aircraft is designed to be a high G fighter but in the efforts to make it multirole we sacrifice this capability by putting huge 2000Lbs Kh-59 or 1200lt drop tanks. Instead work should be done on improving the air-air capabilities of the fighter making it a perfect interceptor which employs Derby, Python-5, Astra, R-77 and R-73. The main duty of LCA should be to deny enemy our airspace at all cost, as it is small it can be loaded and dispatched very quickly, and is fit for the role of QRT (Quick Reaction Team). Continue reading

SOURCE: DIGAMBAR THAKUR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In Russia’s premier international air show MAKS 2017, Russian defence ministry is finally started to think beyond Mig-35 and Pak-fa to remain relevant in global demand for new fighter jets and have finally revealed plans to pursue development of Four new fighter jets which will be able to replace older Russian supplied jet and also met changing advancement in fighter jet while remaining lighter on the operators pocket .

Mig Corporation seems to have taken the lead and already has started working on Mig-31 replacement aircraft which will continue to rely on its Superior Mach Number to defeat all known Surface to Air defence systems. Since Mig-31 can hit Mach 3 when required, new replacement aircraft is rumored to be Mach 4-5 capable and will use its speed and high altitude operation ability to remain technical relevant in an era of Stealth age. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A Report prepared by ” The Hindu ” if confirmed, then Japanese firms Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have both responded to India’s quest for acquiring six new stealth Conventional submarines and will take part in the tender process.

Both companies jointly have developed Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Soryu-Class Submarines which is considered among deadliest of the Diesel submarine in the production. While report failed to report if Soryu-Class Submarines have been offered to India or Soryu technology based submarine export variant will be on offer it does mark change in Japan’s attitude towards India’s in the export of its weapons. Continue reading

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