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SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG / IMAGE COPYRIGHT : SANJAY SIMHA

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Chief Commodore C.D.Balaji (Retd) speaking to media has said that last year participations of LCA-Tejas in Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2016 and this year’s Aero India 2017 has helped create a positive impression around Ingeniously developed LCA-Tejas fighter jet among prospective clients.

ADA for the first time allowed Indian Journalists and prospective customers Customer Demo Flights on LCA-Tejas Trainers which is considered standard marketing practice done by all Aircraft manufacturers to promote their product and this also shows the confidence of its developers on LCA-Tejas . Continue reading

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

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar has asked Indian Navy to re-work its submarine building plans and have a relook at how many submarine Navy will require by 2050 for its operational requirement after Countries plan to acquire 24 new Submarine under a 30-year plan approved in 2000 was delayed considerably.

While India is still executing orders of the first Project-75 Conventional submarine plans but it now aggressively reworking its submarine building plan which could aim at preserving and fostering existing submarine building talent and skill sets that have been obtained by Indian shipyards with foreign collaborations. Continue reading

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

India’s Defence Community is Buzzed with an unconfirmed report which Indicates that DRDO has been tasked to develop a long-range anti-ship and Anti-coastal cruise missile in lines of framed Russian Kalibr Cruise Missile.

New missile reportedly will have a range of 1000 km and will have a ship and submarine launched versions for anti-ship and land attack cruise missile variant to be launched from Naval Platform. New Cruise missile will be different to Nirbhay Cruise missile currently been developed for Indian Army and Indian Air Force in following ways. Continue reading

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

Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan who is F-35 program executive officer said that by fiscal 2019, the F-35A will cost between $80-85 million each, which is a massive price drop of nearly $15 million each. F-35A costs $94.6 million a unit (only aircraft). Lockheed had made plans to bring the cost down to $85 million per unit by 2020 but after heavy criticism from President Trump, Bogdan is now targeting to get it further down.

Lockheed Martin is also under tremendous pressure for its F-35C which is a Navy variant capable of taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier. F-35C unit cost is $121.8 million and President Trump has asked Boeing to come with a better offer in terms of pricing for their F-18 Super Hornet on possible order reduction for F-35C. Continue reading

SOURCE: Bilal Khan / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Bangladesh Air Force has issued a tender to procure 08 x Multi-Role Combat Aircraft(MRCA) in the financial year 2017-18 with an option for additional 04 aircraft in future.BAF plans to employ these
Fighter aircraft for Air Defence role, Offensive Counter Air Operations role, Anti-Surface Force role and Maritime Air Operations role to assist Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy.

A quick look at the tender documents suggests Technical requirements attached with the tender is tailored made for Russia to respond with the recently introduced Mig-35. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJU GAEKWAD / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In mid 80’s a nervous and shy Indian delegation landed in Moscow with an unusual request which could have caused ripples far in the west and in Asia, Before anybody one could put forward their requests, Senior Ranked Soviet Naval officer gasping hesitation shown by Indian officials took the lead and said, ” We know what you want ” and handed over a Scale model of K-43 Charlie-class nuclear-powered missile submarine to ease the hesitation .

It was first Strategic Defence Partnership with the Soviet Union and India. leasing of INS Chakra 1 is seen as a critical component, which leads to a tactical understanding to support India’s Nuclear Naval ambitions which ultimately lead to kick-start of India’s very own Nuclear Submarine program which we see today inform of Arihant Class Submarines. Continue reading

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

In less than a decade from now, India will be facing a new threat perception with the Bulk introduction of Stealth aircraft in the region by rival China which ultimately will also make way in hands of Pakistan thus creating Stealth Gaps in India’s Air Defence systems.

Bolstering current air-defence systems with the addition of counter-stealth measures should be taken at same priority has to introduce Stealth aircraft for Indian Air force, Since Chinese have invested heavily in next generations of radars designed to detect US stealth aircraft, we can assume that it will also be used against India in event of war. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJU GAEKWAD / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Twice in last few weeks Lockheed Martin has made two contrary statements on its F-16s offer to India and has failed to follow up with clarifications. Lockheed Martin which is under intense scrutiny under Trump administration on its over budget and delayed F-35 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft program might withdraw from setting up a plant in India for the F-16 production plant in India might make in India wary of purchase of arms from United states in the future.

United states in last few years have emerged has India’s second biggest defence equipment supplier but most of the deals have been through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with no involvement of transfer of technology (TOT) or offset obligations which allowed American companies to crack deals without any actual presence of competitions in India. Continue reading

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

Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL) at Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged with a show stopper when it unveiled a full-scale mock-up of Indian Multi Tole Helicopter (IMRH) in presence of Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar. Mockup on display was VIP Version but the larger aim is to replace a large fleet of Mil Mi-8/17s, as well as some naval helicopters.

The Proposed IMRH will be powered by Twin engines and will be equipped with an automatic flight control system (AFCS), mission systems and advanced cockpit displays. Continue reading

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

After US defence major Lockheed Martin indicated that its plans to set up a production line for its iconic F-16 combat aircraft was subject to new President Donald Trump’s approvals, Rick Groesch Regional Vice President, for the Middle East for Lockheed Martin has made another conflicting claim where he has told local media that all future F-16s will be made in the United States.

Groesch confirmed that existing F-16 assembly plants in Turkey, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands will be closed down and only its US plant will be producing and upgrading F-16s to new designated Block 70. Continue reading

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

After rejecting LCA-Navy, Indian Navy issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking details from global aircraft maker which can offer Indian navy carrier-borne combat aircraft with minimum projected requirement for 57 multi-role carrier-borne fighters.

RFI which is available for Public viewing indicates the Government plans to procure 57 carrier-borne aircraft eventually through Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 and will require deliveries of the aircraft to commence within three years post contract which needs to be completed within three years once deliveries commence. Continue reading

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

Cobham India officials speaking to the media on the sidelines of recently concluded Aero India 2017 have said that Cobham has successfully completed qualification programme and has issued a declaration of design and performance to ADA for its refuelling probes for the LCA.

Cobham India carried out full vibration test, drogue impact test, fuel flow, pressure drop and burst pressure tests and a static strength test before LCA-Tejas was cleared for the first flight with a refuelling probe. Continue reading

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

In less than three years from now, by mid-2019, India will gain a regional edge when it comes to the most crucial aspect of Aerial combat scene with induction of Meteor BVR Air-to-air missile which will come equipped on French supplied 36 Rafale fighter jet ordered from Dassault Aviation by India.

India is spending close to 710 million Euros in procuring cutting edge next generation weapons suite for its Dassault Rafale fighter jet. The main highlight of this weapons arsenal will be Meteor Air-to-air missile which is described by many as the worlds’ most advanced air-to-air missiles. Continue reading

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

In less than Two years from now, the first metal will be cut to develop Tejas MK-2 aircraft which will have it first flight in another two years by 2021. the immediate focus now seems to have shifted in the development of upgraded Tejas MK-1A for which Indian air force already has placed orders for 83 aircraft but the focus has not shifted from MK-2 even after Navy rejecting it.

ADA, HAL and Indian air force seems to have a tactical understanding when it comes to Tejas MK-2 Program. IAF officials with whom I spoke to at Aero India 2017 suggests that unlike Navy, IAF is firmly backing the program from the top level. Continue reading

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

Indo-Russian multi-billion dollar joint venture to develop a 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft seems to have hit a brick wall after Indian government set up a committee to examine if Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) will actually benefit India since the project already has crossed critical milestones without any Indian inputs.

India and Russia for last Seven years had various differences on different aspects of the FGFA program. Indian Air force already has recommended 43 critical modification for engines, Aesa radar and avionics etc and has termed its airframe non-stealthy enough to be called a 5th generation aircraft in the first place. Continue reading

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