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

Indian Naval Chief speaking to the media made an interesting observation which was well known among all Defence enthusiast that LCA-Navy (MK1 Airframe ) in its current form does not meet the thrust-to-meet requirement to take off with full fuel and arms load from a aircraft carrier’s deck.

Fighter plane LCA-Navy (MK1) in its current form was never intended to be operational for aircraft carrier operations and it was Stretched LCA Tejas MK2 powered by high thrust GE’s F-414-GE-INS6 generating 98kN thrust was the plane which was to be developed for carrier operations . Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Chinese state media officially confirmed that China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works will be building 8 Type 041 Yuan-class conventional submarines for Pakistani Navy and first four submarines fitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems will be delivered by 2023 and rest four submarines which will be built at Karachi under Chinese technical assistance will be completed by 2028.

Type 041, also known as Type 039A is a new diesel-electric submarine leveraging influence from both Type 039G and Russian-made Kilo submarines. Submarine features improved reduction of acoustic signature and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) might commission as much as 28 submarines of the same class, which will replace all previous generation conventional submarines in its fleet. Continue reading

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

If the recent purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems might not have made our rivals nervous , other air defence systems that India is putting together will definitely give them a severe headache to enemies military planners, Since India for last decade and more has been working on a comprehensive plan to develop world’s most heavily guarded airspace.

No doubt, India is still working to fill gaps in its air defence and is procuring and developing many air defence systems which will provide India in next few years, with a multi-layer air defence coverage of the key facilities and Military establishments , while it continues to vastly improve its Threat detection and Threat engagement capabilities . Continue reading

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

Israeli Air Force (IAF) at present single-handedly operates nearly 300+ American F-16s in its fleet and boasts of the second largest F-16 fleet after USAF. India and Israel after Kargil war have enjoyed a very close relationship with each other, which not only has lead to weapons sales,joint development and also training of troops over the years .

For last decade or so Indian Air Force has been regularly sending Indian Pilots to be deputed in Israeli F-16 Squadrons to learn more about combat jet which is the frontline fighter jets off our arch rival Pakistani air force and Israeli pilots in India were mostly deputed with Mig-29 squadrons due to their presence in Iran,Syria and other Arab states . Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

While the concept of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle has come a long way but development of UCAVs around the world is still in advance or technical demonstrator stage shows that using Jet powered UAV’s in combat roles still has room for innovation to improve its operational capabilities, lethality and survivability.

At present, most of the conventional MALE and HALE class Drones armed with weapons operate in non-contested airspace but the arrival of Stealthy Jet powered UCAVs will see the use of combat drones in the highly contested airspace to take out targets while not endangering lives of Combat Pilots . Continue reading

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

Turkish Altay main battle tank (MBT)

India is all set to place orders for 464 T-90SM main battle tanks to arguments its current fleet of T-90s MBT which will now take total orders over the 1300s. While India continues to rely on Russian-supplied Main Battle tanks which form a large chunk of its Tank fleet while it continuously keeps ignoring Indigenous homegrown Arjun Main Battle tanks , Interesting development in Pakistani Army might force Indian Army to take rethink their policy towards Indigenous Arjun Main Battle tanks.

Pakistani Army until now heavily relied on it’s 420 Indigenously developed Al-Khalid and 300 Ukrainian T-80 MBTs to counter India’s T-90 MBTs but recent development and change of stance in Pakistani army think tank suggests acceptance of multiple tank approach plans to deal with India’s T-90s. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas achieved a major milestone earlier this year when LSP-7 (KH2017) equipped with Israeli origin Derby Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) was test fired for the first time and now Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed integration of Python-5 Close Combat Missile (CCM) into LCA-Tejas LSP-7 .

Recently DRDO chief S Christopher while speaking to media had confirmed that LCA-Tejas will go for another round set of weapons next month which will also see test firing of Derby BVRAAM but images of Python-5 CCM onboard LCA-Tejas seems to suggest next round of trials will also involve Python-5 . Continue reading

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

GE Aviation till now has supplied 49 F404 afterburning engines to power the first operational squadron of Tejas fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

41 engines are F404-GE-IN20 engines which can generate more than 19,000 pounds (85 kN) uninstalled thrust . India also has 8 older F404-F2J3 engines supplied before India conducted Pokhran II ,which were used to power earlier Technology Demonstrator and earlier prototypes . Continue reading

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

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar speaking to media said that India navy’s Submarine acquisition plan under which it plans to procure 30 Conventional submarines needs to be tweaked not only to allow development of indigenous submarines but also expand its plans and requirements to accommodate a larger submarine fleet .

While Project-75 India will see the purchase of another Six Conventional submarines from an International vendor but all submarines will be developed in local shipyards in India for which India will be investing in shipyard infrastructure and in trained manpower for the construction of such submarines . Continue reading

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

In 2008, Then DRDO Chief M Natarajan in an interview to Defence journal had first contemplated the idea of developing unmanned LCA-Tejas which could be adopted to be used as an advanced UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle) ten years down the line, we are yet to hear if DRDO and Indian Air force will be interested in such a concept yet.

The concept was born due to cheaper price tag which came with LCA-Tejas at that time , without Ejection seat,Human support systems and cockpit avionics a much cheaper UCAV could be developed and could be used validate technologies and act has the predecessor to India’s Stealth Ghatak UCAV. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Many were taken back when DRDO Chief S. Christopher while speaking to Indian media revealed that indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA)-Tejas was flown by Air chief of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan is among few countries which has shown interest in the combat jet and with whom India is carrying out the discussion for its export .

While first test flight of LCA-Tejas Twin seat Trainer by Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha was widely reported in the media , flight test of LCA-Tejas Trainer with Air chief of Turkmenistan was done under the shadow of secrecy with many in mainstream media having no clue about it, for reasons not disclosed by DRDO. Continue reading

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

France’s engine maker Snecma as part of offset obligation for 36 Rafale fighter planes purchased by India from another French company Dassault will help revive Kaveri engine and make it flight-worthy within 18 months. As per current negotiation upgraded Kaveri will be integrated with LCA-Tejas prototype by 2018 and first flight will be completed by 2020.

If accepted by Indian Air Force , Kaveri will be integrated with production variant of Mk-1A version of the Light Combat Aircraft for which IAF has already placed orders for 83 aircraft types or it will be reserved to power Ghatak UCAV. Continue reading

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

With Indian Govt. opting for S400 missile defence system (MDS) for securing the borders of India it is a welcome decision. A decision that should have been put into effect a lot earlier. It is heartening to see defence planners thinking on a comprehensive strategy to counter the possible threats perceived by the Indian defence advisors & organization.

The thinking behind the induction of MDS S400 is a part of that strategy which emphasises on countering possible threats in the form of destructive missiles & invading fighter aircrafts emanating from across the border of India with the perception of two front war percieved by our defence analysts and defence wings. The decision making and the initiative that of the Indian Govt. in this regard is quite appreciable. Continue reading

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

PAK FA T50 is the Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft comes with many unprecedented technological incorporation in comparison with all fighter jets introduced prior to its inception. A few of those technologies are put to light in this brief compilation of technological infusion within PAK FA T50. Development of this is being done by an Indo Russian Joint Venture.
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SOURCE: PRASAD CHAWAN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A group of Indian Journalist are currently on a fully paid trip to the United States sponsored by Boeing in disguise of Industrial tour to their production facilities . The trip has been arranged so that back home, they can help create hype surrounding Boeing’s offer of F/A-18E/F to India , which is literally going out of fighter plane business soon.

By the time you might have read this article few articles on F/A-18E/F might have shown up in Indian mainstream media . Sponsored articles might be passed on has an expert opinion on how F/A-18E/F are perfect combat jet ready to be made in India. But views expressed by Peter Criss, who is a retired RAAF air vice-marshal, former air commander of Australia and one of Australia’s most experienced fighter/strike pilots might give a neutral performance review of F/A-18E/F . Continue reading

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