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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

DRDO is developing a 150-ton Vehicle for Defence Application (Veda) that will be used to put defense satellites into orbit after the Indian armed forces suffered delays in the launch of four dedicated navigation satellites of the Indian armed forces due to misplaced priorities of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) that had put their launch in the backburner said a report of the “New Indian Express”.

Indian Armed forces depend on the civilian-administered ISRO for launches of its defense satellites into orbit and have to make payment of expenses for each launch to them, yet are often sidelined. DRDO developing a Road-mobile VEDA might help in reducing its dependency on the ISRO but also boosts its launch capacities in the defense satellite capability into orbit.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Last week, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper revealed new details of Tokyo’s ambitious plans to offer fighter jets and other lethal weapons to India and 12 other countries for the first time. While the article didn’t mention what is on the offer but Japan’s fighter jet developmental program revolves around domestically developing a sixth-generation F-X stealth fighter with International partners.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) plans to build a next-generation fighter to succeed Japan’s outgoing F-2 aircraft. F-X development timeline foresees the construction of a prototype in 2024, with a first flight to follow in 2028 with entry into service following in 2035, which is the same development timeline that India’s kept for its ambitious 5.5Gen AMCA fighter program.

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

The present Japanese government is planning to allow the export of lethal weapons to 12 countries to counter the growing footprints of the Chinese military in the subcontinent. India, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Italy are among a select few countries that under new defense export control regulations will be allowed to purchase Japanese-made weapons systems from 2023 onwards.

A few years back, the Indian Ministry of Defence had requested their counterparts in Japan to offer their S?ry? class of attack submarines developed for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to the Indian Navy under the Project-75I program where it plans to acquire six new conventional diesel-electric submarines for its fleet.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy’s tender for the 57 MRCBF to be equipped on an Indian Aircraft carrier might have shrunk to 27 jets units now but that has not stopped the fierce battle that is going on in India’s tiny state of Goa, where Two F-18 E/F have landed to demonstrate its capacities to operate from the Indian Navy operated aircraft carrier that is likely to supplement Mig-29K deck based fighter jets.

Both Rafale M and F-18 E/F are leagues ahead of ill-fated Mig-29K that are facing technical issues but Rafale M which was in India in January has hit some of its design limits that are giving F-18 E/F the upper hand in the deal in India that is already is making French nervous.

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SOURCE:  JATIN RAM / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Philippine Air Force (PAF) is scrambling to catch up amid a tight budget after following a decade of inaction to replace aging defense capabilities. PAF after the retirement of the Northrop Grumman-made F-5A Freedom Fighters in 2005 was without fighter jets for 10 years before it got 12 Korean Aerospace Industries-made FA-50 trainers/light-attack jets in 2015.

PAF is now looking at expanding its fighter fleet and is considering placing orders for 12 more fighter jets for which it was in talks with Lockheed Martin for its F-16 Block-70 Fighting Falcon and Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen-E under its multirole fighter program. However, Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the F-16 price tag is too expensive, leading to speculation that the Gripen will be the front-runner for the contract but the recent sale of Gripen-E to Brazil confirms that fly by unit cost hovers around $80 million due to which it is having a relook at other options.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Navy’s Plans under the Project-75I program to acquire six next-generation submarines to enhance its now aging submarine fleet are in shambles and it is unlikely it will be back on track anytime soon. While Naval Design Bureau has commenced design and development work on India’s first-gen nuclear attack submarine program it needs to be further expanded along with expanded submarine production capabilities and abandoned its plans to procure conventional submarine lines under Project-75I.

Nuclear attack submarines are nearly 3 times more expensive to build and operate but a conventional submarine lacks weapons carrying capabilities and endurance when it is compared to the nuclear attack submarine. The Navy itself confessed that it doesn’t have all the components and systems in place to make locally designed conventional submarines but due to the Arihant class project, it does have an established and proven nuclear submarine supply line that it can use to further expand its nuclear submarine program in much shorter time.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

From its rollout in 2016 to the serial delivery of four aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force in mid-December 2021, the Gripen-E program was able to stick to its scheduled timeline largely due to great corporation between Saab and the Brazilian Air Force, but Gripen E FOC is estimated only in 2026 and aircraft to be delivered in first lost all of 36 aircraft that were ordered in 2014 will be of IOC Configuration and slowly will be later upgraded to FOC Configuration from 2026 onwards.

Tejas Mk2 ceremonial rollout has been planned by end of this year and the first flight will commence within one year after its rollout with plans to windup its developmental trials by 2028 which could be quite similar to the Gripen-E program turnaround time but it’s no brainer that the first lot will be in IOC Configuration and it will take some time before HAL and its partners can start delivering FOC Configuration aircraft to the air force sometime in 2032 onwards.

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SOURCE: SRINIVAS GOWDA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Since the abolition of Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution for the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, 19 Non-Muslims have been killed by Pakistan-backed terror outfits. Hindus who either recently got a domicile certificate or Kashmiri Pandits who stayed back have seen burnt of these targeted killings. Panun Kashmir a demand for a separate homeland in the Valley for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits has been a long-standing demand of the Kashmiri pandits that have often never been taken seriously by the people in New Delhi.

While Our leaders are busy discussing if ” Kashmir files ” moved was based on lies or not what is not a lie is the recent spate of targeted killings of Kashmiri pandits just exposed the fault lines that existed from the early 90s when exodus was planned and hatched from Islamabad in efforts to grab Kashmir from India.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

17.5-Ton Tejas MKII was supposed to be an Indian shot at the development of a multi-role aircraft that could have replaced the ’80s purchased Jaguar, Mig-29, and Mirage-2000 fleets that makeup nearly 200 jets in the Indian Air Force but the Air Force seems to be so keen on acquiring MRFA and AMCA than it seems to have lost focus on the Tejas MKII program that it has been sidelined now only to be called as an Interim solution till AMCA arrives by mid-2030.

The air force has set requirements for 2 Squadrons of AMCA MKI and 5 Squadrons of AMCA MkII, due to the high cost that are usually associated with the 5th generation fighter jet programs but the same air force is keen on spending nearly $20 Billion in acquiring a 4.5 generation platform when 5th generation platforms like F-35A can be acquired almost at same costs to the country.

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SOURCE: SRINIVAS GOWDA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy’s Plan to procure six next-generation electric-diesel attack submarines under the Project-75 India might be heading towards a single vendor situation after the pullout of France, Germany, and Russia from the tender off late. Some countries don’t have tried and tested technologies like lithium-ion batteries or Air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that forced them to Quit and others didn’t want to transfer technology to India to safeguard their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

Indian designed design for the attack submarine is still in infancy and will take Naval Bureau few years before it can come with an indigenous design but with an aging underwater submarine fleet, India simply can’t wait for Project-76 and will need to develop an interim solution which might help India come up with some of the technologies locally while it can scout for critical technologies that could take longer to develop from countries like France.

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

Amid the Ukraine-Russia war, India has dropped plans to carry out upgrades to the Russian-supplied Su-30MKI jets. India had planned to carry out upgrades to 85 units that were inducted nearly 20 years ago and were due to mid-life upgrades and a major overhaul of the systems and engines. IAF will now seek help from the state-owned HAL to come up with a comprehensive upgrade plan with indigenous systems.

HAL had proposed to equip the upgraded Su-30MKI with a new cockpit layout with a new improved touch-based Voice-activated system and also upgrade its Digital Missile warning receiver and EW systems. HAL also had proposed it to be equipped with an upgrade Mission computer so that it can cater to the new modern AESA radar that it plans to integrate it with.

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SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

JSR Dynamics Proposed Light weight Cruise missile

Indian Navy recently revealed plans to develop a ” Glidefire Surface to Surface Missile system with Indian Industry partners, initially, there was some level of confusion due to the mention of ” glide” with many assuming it will be a hypersonic projectile but since it will be developed with private sector company it became obvious that it won’t be the case. but now latest information that is coming in confirms that it will be a long-range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system meant to hit high-value maritime and land targets.

A Glidefire missile that can be launched from Universal Vertical Launcher Module (UVLM) from the frontline warship and will fly at a high subsonic speed that will have a range above 300km and will be equipped with a Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) technology which automatically matches the target, as it zooms in, with the image that has been pre-fed, besides the GPS coordinates.
A Glidefire missile due to its small wings mission profile enables sea-skimming and terrain-following low-level flight above ground with real-time datalink support and full operational capability in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)/ INS-denied arenas, in all weather conditions.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

NORTH GRUMMAN Unmanned Fighter Aircraft Concept

DRDO has started work on the development of Futuristic Unmanned Fighter Aircraft (FUFA) that it hopes to make into a reality in a decade or so but DRDO officially till now has not commented on the project nor acknowledged its existence. What we can understand from tender documents is that it will be high subsonic stealth unmanned aircraft that can comply with 5th generation platforms in autonomous mode.

Since FUFA is a separate program from the Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (IUSAV) its role will be to accompany 5th generation platforms like AMCA in Air superiority operations in the first wave to make it safer for manned fighter jets to follow in the second wave of attack.

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

With the Indian Air Force (IAF) adamant that it wants either 80 more Rafale or 114 jets of different types, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is having second thoughts on placing orders for the second batch of Rafale that it originally had planned after taking deliveries of all 36 Rafale that were previously ordered, India might be thinking to go for another type due to high-cost associated with the French jet.

It has been reported that little or no headway has been made to get France to reduce the price for the proposed Made in India Rafale. The United Arab Emirates and France recently signed a $19bn arms deal that will see the Gulf state acquire 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters.

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

India has decided against placing repeat orders for 72,400 SIG Sauer assault rifles from the US after it faced higher recoil, jamming, and accuracy in burst-mode firing when using locally sourced ammunition. SIG 716 Patrol 7.62mm rifles were procured for the Indian Army units deployed along the border with Pakistan in Kashmir and for the counter-insurgency operations in the region.

A video that has gone viral is of an Indian soldier where it was noticed that the gun suffered from heavy recoil on single fire mode and recoil was so bad that the soldier almost lost control of his weapon after the first bust. Video is allegedly from the time when the weapon was getting inducted by the Army, so Army knew about issues with the gun at least from early 2020.

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