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

Last year Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnam counterpart both reached an agreement to train Vietnamese pilot in India to operate Sukhoi 30. According to latest Indian media report, Indian Air Force and their counterpart Vietnam People’s Air Force have reached initial workout plan.

As per media reports, a small batch of Vietnamese pilot will be arriving in India by end of this year to begin their training on Sukhoi 30. Vietnam People’s Air Force is also interested in learning from India’s experience in repair and maintenance of the Su-30s. Indian Air Force currently operates up to 220 Su-30s domestically assembled by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under Russian license. Continue reading

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

Pakistani media lately has been keenly following statements made by Vipin Narang about possible change in India’s no first use Nuclear policy, statement and reaction made by Pakistani media suggest alteration of India’s no first nuclear policy regarding Pakistan in event of any future conflict shows nervousness on India gaining upper Hand in nuclear arms race in South Asia.

News of India creating a Counterforce nuclear doctrine was first suggested by previous NSA Shivshankar Menon in his book. Change in nuclear strategy hinted India will develop a Counterforce to take out Pakistani nukes in event of conditions where India thinks Pakistan will be using its nuclear weapons against India. Continue reading

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

Procurement of Sukhoi-30MKI from Russia seems to be emerging has a major stumbling block for India’s next big purchase of 5th generation fighter jets from Russia due to past baggage of failures in terms of delivering transfer of technology and performance, operational parameters of Sukhoi-30MKI.

Sukhoi-30MKI often described as poster boy of Indian Air Force even in its 15th year of operational service with Indian Air Force is still struggling to go past 68% operational availability figures and touch the desired serviceability of 75% even when the aircraft has been locally manufactured in India by HAL for nearly a decade now. Continue reading

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

2017 will mark 7th year of India and Russia signing on a preliminary design contract way back in 2010 thus beginning official discussion on the proposed joint Indo-Russian project to develop a 5th generation fighter program which is yet to take off with adamant Indian Air Force not ready to accept inferior 5th generation fighter jet, soon we might hear if the long-delayed joint venture does take off or quietly be buried like Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA) .

No doubt development of Stealth fighter completely in-house is no easy task and this elite club is still predominately dominated by only one country that is United States which has nearly four-decade worth of research from SR-71 to F-35 and new entrants like Russia and China who claimed to have developed 5th generation fighters have arrived at somewhat compromised solutions like Pak-Fa and J-20 true capabilities of which are still questionable . Continue reading

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

Tank is a highly mobile armoured platform consisting of cannon and protective armor concealing the crew operating the tank and thereby increasing the percentage of their survival in a war zone. The necessity of battle tanks was felt during World War I to break through the obstacles and defences created by the enemy and at the same time cause havoc destruction to the adversary assets and strategic formations.

From World War II the Russian main battle tanks have undergone significant evolutions . The latest main battle tank in service is T-90 which was designed and built by Uralvagonzavod in Nizny Tagil of Russia. It was inducted in Russian military service in the year of 1993. T90 has a weight of 46 tonnes, is operated by a crew of 3, and has a cross country range of 550 Kilometers. It uses a 125 MM smoothbore gun, the 2A46M gun.

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

Earlier this month supersonic BrahMos cruise missile was tested for Extended Range of 450 km from the present 290 km successfully. Extended Range was achieved after Software limitation enforced on BrahMos was removed after India became member of MTCR regime last year,

But BrahMos-ER with a range of 800km will be introduced by mid of 2019 as per DRDO Chief S Christopher. BrahMos-ER will require some hardware changes to enable it to strike targets up to 800km, which will be jointly developed by the Indian and Russian team soon. Continue reading

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

According to Alan Warnes, Assistant Editor for leading military aviation magazine ” AirForces Monthly” who attended 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition 2017 In Malaysia in his latest tweet has said that as per his reliable sources Indian Air Force has shown Interest in procuring Mikoyan MiG-29N operated by Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

The Royal Malaysian Air Force ( RMAF ) in 1995 had procured 18 MiG-29N from Russia against expert advice from its own Defence Analyst and Ex-RMAF officials since RMAF was accustomed to fielding fighters from the West and in particular from the United States. Continue reading

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

India recently decided to use its indigenously developed Ushus-II state-of-the-art sonar suites to be equipped on Russian Supplied Kilo Conventional Submarine. Ushus-II sonar suites is a package of several sonars, which include passive sonar, active sonar, intercept sonar, obstacle avoidance sonar and underwater telephony.

India lately has been making serious efforts to develop underwater technologies in a big way and also is keen on developing indigenous solutions which can be replaced in imported submarines with better equipment thus saving on cost and also leading to local technical know of. Continue reading

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

                                         Japan’s Soryu-Class Submarine

According to latest Indian media report, Indian Navy has rejected the idea of ordering more Scorpène class French developed conventional submarines and has decided to pursue Project-75I. Under Project-75I tender Indian Navy plans to procure 6 new conventional submarines of higher displacement than the current Project-75 Scorpène/ kalavari class submarine due to evolving threat perception in the Indian Ocean.

While Indian Navy is yet to issue tenders for Project-75I to International bidders, unexpected technical changes in its requirements for the new submarine fleet will no doubt put prospective Builders India strategy in the back burners since submarine which they were planning to offer India, now will not be able to meet technical requirements of the Indian Navy. Continue reading

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

Nearly a year back in my article (How India is building an impregnable Air Defence coverage in Western sector) I had mentioned the development of a New Long Range Surface to air missile which was revealed by DRDO few years back. New missile had a reported range of 150 km to 200 km.

Now Saurav Jha who is prominent Indian Defence Journalist in his latest tweet has confirmed the development of very long range Surface to air missile with a reported range of 250km dubbed as XRSAM. Continue reading

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

HAL recently announced that it has started Internal studies to develop Unmanned combat version of home-grown Light combat aircraft which got lukewarm and mix response from Indian Defence Analysts, due to the preconceived opinion that unmanned specially un-stealth combat jets have limited utilities in modern warfare.

preconceived opinion was largely based on facts that In Past United States and China have largely used their retired combat jets as Aerial targeting drones and never in actual combat and when HAL proposed using Unmanned LCA-Tejas for combat many were dismissive about it, but new “Loyal Wingman” concept floated by Pentagon and US Air force last March 2016 Washington DC, might shed some new ideas how Unmanned combat jets can be made relevant even in modern warfare of the future . Continue reading

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

Stone pelting incidents after Friday afternoon prayers between mobs and Indian security forces is becoming a routine affair in Kashmir now, clashes are also leading to large scale injuries among security forces which are seeing rising figures of the injured year on year among Indian security forces.

Stone pelting tactics which have been predominantly used by Palestinians against Israeli defence forces more or less has been successfully replicated in Kashmir by Islamic Jihadist but next round of tactics, if implemented in Kashmir, will present scary situations to Indian security forces in future. Continue reading

SOURCE: Abhishek Das / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As the World politics and relations have started to shift its gears frequently after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US President in January this year, the high seas around the Asia-Pacific has become more turbulent now. With the Chinese have been posturing more aggressive stance at South China Sea and the counter-offensive strategy by the joint force of the United States and Japan have heated up the high seas there. The big question is, what are the challenges and implications for India in this aspect with regard to the Chinese Naval Forays at Indian Ocean Region(IOR) have been growing over the past few years ? How it can overcome those challenges ?…

Let’s debate it briefly—- Continue reading

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

 

Excalibur 5.56mm assault rifle

Indian Army has decided to go for an imported assault rifle to replace its problematic INSAS rifles but last round of attempts are been made by Ordnance Factory Board which will be sending a new prototype of 7.62x51mm Excalibur assault rifle dubbed AR-2 to Indian Army for Army trials in coming weeks soon.

As per information provided by Industrial sources to media. AR-2 is the Second version of indigenous Excalibur 5.56mm assault rifle developed by OFB which can fire 7.62×39 mm rounds. Continue reading

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

 

India and Russia on Friday signed two key agreements for long-term maintenance and technical support for Russian-made Su-30MKI fighter jets of the Indian Air Force and now details have emerged of the major upgrade planned for the Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30MKI fleet next by HAL and Russia.

Under Super-30 Upgrade program IAF’s Su-30MKI will be upgraded to Su-35+ standards which will be far superior to the Su-35 currently been operated by Russian and Chinese Airforce. Continue reading

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