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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Indian Navy have agreed to disagree that the whole rational idea of building a Carrier based Naval next-generation stealth fighter, Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) first before Airforce variant has been rejected and ADA will continue to build Airforce variant first as per latest media reports.

ADA is simply not buying Navy’s argument that once Naval-AMCA is developed first it will be easier to develop or adapt that into an Airforce variant like emulated by French in their Dassault Rafale programme where Carrier based Dassault Rafale was first to be developed and later based on that an Airforce variant was developed. Continue reading

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

NEED FOR MORE POLICE WOMEN

According to studies conducted by different police counties in the United States of America since their introduction to police forces in 1970s, women police personnel are very effective due to lesser reliance on authoritarianism, minimal usage of brawns and better communication with the general populace.

Women police personnel are adept at handling situations without letting violence takeover. According to the Police Foundation, a premier think tank in the United States, women police personnel are relatively calmer and don’t lose their composure easily. In 1974, the Police Foundation in a nationwide survey found that while dealing with violent situations involving inebriated and angry individuals or criminals, women police personnel rarely relied on force. Continue reading

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

IAF’s Sukhoi and Jaguar fighter aircraft, equipped with the potent Brahmos and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, showcased their strategic depth and capabilities to carry out any sort of operations over an entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region recently in Gagan Shakti 2018.

Chinese Navy which has been trying to expand its influence in critical sea lanes around India might have watched India’s seaboard aerial drills were careful because it has a subtle message to the Chinese that any “misadventure” by any adversary will be dealt with strong force and India will continue to keep its Air dominance over the entire extended area of the Indian Ocean region. Continue reading

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

Artist Impression of Unmanned Tejas

Dr. Girish Shantaram Deodhare who is Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has confirmed to Indian media that after Final Operational Clearance (FOC) is granted to Tejas Mark-1 by this July, ADA has been cleared by Government of India (GOI) to commence work on the development of Unmanned Tejas.

Unmanned Tejas according to ADA Chief, will be developed to further explore the futuristic role for the LCA-Tejas and according to experts in the field also will help fast-track development of India’s Indigenous Stealth Ghatak Autonomous unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) program. Continue reading

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

When India confirmed to Russia that it is no longer Interested in pursuing joint development of 5th generation fighter jet program based on its Su-57 fighter. Back Home Air Chief B.S.Dhanoa had some pretty serious explaining to do to the media on why Indian Air Force decided and even recommended Ministry of Defence (MOD) to pull out from such a prestigious program.

In one to one Interaction with media, Dhanoa, when asked how IAF plans to counter Chinese developed 5th generation fighter which recently has been deployed in airbases in Tibet towards India, gave a sharp and prompt reply saying ” Radars of our Su’s (Sukhoi-30MKI) can detect them ” and ended this discussion and in subsequent questions dismissed rumours of India showing any interests in procurement of American 5th generation F-35 fighter jets . Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

8 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the first time participated in Indian Airforce’s Biggest air Exercise in last three decades and flew countless sorties with main Air Superiority aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which is Sukhoi-30MKI.

In first of the Joint Missions flown by LCA-Tejas and Sukhoi-30MKI, Pilots of both aircraft not only got the feel of each others aircraft capabilities but were also perfecting their tactics and ideas to create a hunting pack between an Air Defence Point Interceptor fighter and Air Superiority fighter aircraft to further improve coordination between two jets. Continue reading

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

All Interested Companies who are keen to bid on India’s recently issued Request for Information for the supply of 110 units of fighter jets have been told by IAF not only to provide Transfer of Technology (TOT) for this jets to be manufactured in India but also give them access to their technology which can be used by India to produce 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet .

Indian Air Force for the first time has directly linked supply of 110 units of a fighter jet with India’s AMCA fighter jet, which Aerospace Giants see as an enhanced business opportunity which can further consolidate their presence in India due to which many have agreed to IAF’s proposal. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recent Unsuccessful missile strikes on Syria backed by the USA and its Western allies have clearly shown how vulnerable sub-sonic cruise missiles are even against a vintage Soviet-era Air Defence system and particularly will be more vulnerable to modern Air Defence system which now possesses much better interception abilities against smaller sub-sonic cruise missiles.

Yet Pakistan’s Babur and Raad cruise missiles represent a considerable threat to India now due to the adaption of this cruise missiles to complete low-cost Nuclear Triad for Pakistani Military establishments. Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force fielded all 8 LCA-Tejas MK1 fighter jets in the largest military exercise in three decades. Gagan Shakti 2018 which began on April 10 and would conclude on April 23 saw the participation of 160 Su-30 aircraft and several other fighter aircraft.

14 day Air Exercise is IAF’s high-intensity combat exercise which will mimic actual war for a small period of 14 days. For LCA-Tejas MK1 Squadron this was first time aircraft actively carried out operations with other aircraft fleets of the IAF . Continue reading

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

At Defexpo 2018, it was confirmed that new upgraded Tejas MK1A will come with a Dual-Rack Pylons to carry two Close Combat Missiles (CCM) in a single weapon station their by increasing it firepower tremendously.

Weapons Stations 5 or 6 can be used for Dual-Rack Pylons in pure Air-to-Air Missions or only one Mixed Air-to-Surface and Air-to-Air Missions one pylon can be utilized for Dual-Rack Pylons. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Arch Rivals, India and Pakistan have started working on a new and improved version of their low-end fighter variant yet again, India has plans to develop an upgraded Tejas MK1A with a host of new features and capabilities over the previous version, Pakistan to has initiated development of Block III configuration with its technological partner China to keep JF-17 relevant in near future .

Both Tejas MK1A and JF-17 Block III are yet to enter production and it likely JF-17 will be first to enter production in 2020 followed by MK1A in the 2021-22 period. For Pakistani Air Force Block III configuration will be first major upgrade JF-17 will receive after Block II Configuration since severally diluted Block I was rushed into production without achieving major capability milestone. Continue reading

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

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has displayed Two Scale models of Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) at Defence Expo 2018 which is currently being held in Chennai, TamilNadu. AMCA Scale model was displayed showcasing Stealth and Non-Stealth configuration even though both models displayed were not exact same of the same design.

Stealth configuration of Scale model which is same as AMCA design which was provided in the documents issued for the Request for Expression of Interest to seek vendors who could manufacture Two Next Generation Technology Demonstrator (NGTD) based on Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA). Continue reading

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

Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued Global Requests-for-Information (RFI) for the purchase of 110 new multi-role fighters jets to replace the Mig-27 fleet. Interested vendors are requested to submit their response by 3rd July 2018.

RFI issued by IAF is most likely be responded by Boeing with F-18 Block III Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin with F-16 V, Saab with Gripen-E, Eurofighter Consortium with Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3, Dassault with Rafale and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) with Mig-35. Continue reading

SOURCE: HARISH ASNODKER / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

IAF Chief has now confirmed that Tejas MK-2 which will begin its development from 2019 onwards will be procured to replace Mirage-2000 and Mig-29 fighter fleet from Indian Air Force as development and production of 5th generation AMCA fighter jet will start only after 2030.

DRDO Chief recently confirmed that IAF already has issued a letter of intent for 201 Tejas MK-2, which over 83 Tejas MK-1A to be ordered soon and 40 Tejas MK-1 which was already ordered earlier. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jogin Abraham Thomas / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Washington Dc and Pentagon in particular of late have been edgy after many of their close allies like Turkey and India expressed interests in the procurement of S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, even though both Turkey and India are feeling insecure and are doing their best to seal its airspace to counter new threats in the region, the US seems to have failed to understand their concerns .

Washington already has given Turkey an ultimatum on decisions to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles and also has warned that it will cut off the supply of 5th generation F-35 stealth fighters from the US. when it comes to India, Washington only raised concerns regarding the purchase by New Delhi but it also raised several eyebrows back in India due to unwanted commentary coming from Washington Dc and Pentagon. Continue reading