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

After placing orders for Modernized Tejas MK-1A , Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha made a bizarre statement in the media that air force will order and induct LCA-Tejas (MK-1A) in its current form and have no immediate requirement or plans for the development of Mark-2 variant of LCA-Tejas which it has been backing until a few years back .

It’s no secret that Current State of operational preparedness of Indian Air force is not at its optimal level and combat squadron fleet has already fallen to 28 Squadron from sanctioned 42 Squadrons and with phased retirement of Mig-21 and Mig-27 already underway for next three years , Squadron strength dangerously will slide below 25 Squadrons if future inductions does not take place at much higher rate . Continue reading

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

Swedish Saab Aerospace is making all out efforts to secure orders for 90 fighter jets which India is planning to acquire to fill the void left behind after India decided to downsize its initial plans to purchase 126 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France to 36 and decided to acquire remainder of the jets under separate Government 2 Government deal .

LCA-Tejas lobby in India fears that India going for single engine, a light class fighter like Gripen E will certainly kill indigenously developed homegrown LCA-Tejas program and will cap further development of LCA Mark-II . Continue reading

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

By 2020 Indian Army will have in its possession nearly 2000 Russia’s most formidable T-90s Main battle tank (MBT) in its inventory also making it one of the largest operator of latest Russian tanks in the world . while India’s Indigenously developed Arjun tank is still struggling to get past orders for even 200 tanks while Army kept on changing its technical requirements just to avoid placing orders for more tanks .

Indian Army has in possession only 122 Arjun Mark-I tanks and for long has been refusing to place orders for next batch and has demanded a host of new equipment and improvements in Mark-II tanks which are yet to clear never ending Armies user trials which always falls short of user expectations . Continue reading

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


India in last few months has been sending feelers in American Political and diplomatic circles on its interest to acquire jet-powered General Atomics developed Unmanned combat capable Predator C aka Avengers drones and as per recent media reports India has officially has asked the United States to export 100 armed Predator C Avengers to India .

General Atomics Avenger is Stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle powered by a turbofan engine which features reduced radar and heat signature also comes with other features such as internal weapons storage, Six external hard points,Triple-redundant avionics,also has on board avionics like Synthetic Aperture Radar and AESA Sensors and can perform wide-area surveillance, time-sensitive strike missions over land or sea, and a host of other challenging military missions. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG with inputs from IDRW NEWS NETWORK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG


India’s indigenous Airborne Early warning and Control (AEW&C ) surveillance system also now known as AEW&C India is progressing through its final phase of flight testing at Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) and the first aircraft likely will be handed over to Indian Air Force sometime in the year 2016.

AEW&C India aircraft is capable of detecting ,identifying and classifying threats present in the surveillance are and also act as a Command $ Control Centre to support air operations . The Surveillance aircraft with its multiple communication and Data Links can alert and direct fighters, while providing recognised Air Situation Picture (RASP) to commanders through Ground Exploitation Stations (GES) on ground . Continue reading

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

GA Electromagnetic Systems Group has plans to develop and manufacture EMALS and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) components for a variety of smaller platforms after it goes operational on Gerald R. Ford class Super aircraft carriers currently undergoing sea trials and scheduled to become operational in 2016.

Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is 337 m (1,106 ft) in length and General Atomics plans variants to serve in smaller aircraft carriers which are 280 m (920 ft) in length or even on smaller 250 m (820.21 ft) in length . Continue reading

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

The major security concerns that emerge from the Indo-Myanmar border are-

1-Unresolved territory issues- Of the 1643 kilometres of international border shared between India and Myanmar, it is to be noted that 171 kilometres or roughly 10 per cent of the total border shared, has not been demarcated. This is a serious issue as it causes administrative problems and poses questions over territorial integrity.

These 171 kilometres, consist of nine unresolved border pillars in the state of Manipur. According to a reply by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in the Lok Sabha in the year 2013, both the sides have been carrying out regular dialogues via institutionalised mechanisms, such as Foreign Office Consultations, National Level Meetings (NLM), Sectoral Level Meetings (SLM) and meetings also being held at the level of the Heads of Survey Department and Director (Survey).  Continue reading

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

With the Recent cancellation of a deal to procure Black Shark Heavyweight Torpedoes for its front line conventional Kalavari class Diesel submarines and Nuclear Arihant class submarines meant that India’s major underwater sea platforms will be operational without one of its major offensive weapons to take on enemy submarines and warships in high seas.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) who are in charge of developing Torpedoes for Indian Navy has successfully developed ship-launched Varunastra heavyweight torpedoes (HWTs) which will likely enter into production and service by the end of this year as per media reports. Continue reading

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

Swedish Aerospace giant Saab recently rolled out Next Generation Gripen E Smart fighter jets in its factory in Linkoping which was attended by close to 500 people . It will be foolish to say that Gripen E is just another upgraded variant since the aircraft not only has greater fuel carrying capacity but also has 20 percent more thrust, comes with more pylons, in-flight refuelling capability and increased take-off weight.

In short it’s a quantum jump in Airpower technology when compared to its older variant and can serve has 4.5 ++ Generation Point Air defence fighter jets in the light category of fighter jets and one of the best alternative to cheap 4.5++ Generation aircraft when compared to other Western fighter jets leaving a side Russian and Chinese offers . Continue reading

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

After successful test firing of 3500 km K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier this year, India has seen murmurs of protest of its latest SLBM tests coming from western media and high voltage campaign lead by arch rival Pakistan who have already dragged this matter to United Nation .

K-4 is India’s Second indigenously developed SLBM after it had completed developmental trials of its first SLBM dubbed K-15 which had reported a range of 750-1000km . With Growing International pressure on India to curb its SLBM developmental program, India will need to be super secretive in the development of its further SLBM arsenal in near future . Continue reading

SOURCE: Swastik Mohapatra / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In the present scenario, the future of Indian air force can be described in one word – uncertain. There is still no clarity on which aircraft(s) shall finally be inducted to replace the aging Migs . The MMRCA deal is yet to be inked despite years of negotiations while the LCA is yet to pick up numbers in production lines (LCA MK 1-A is still to be flight tested) .

Adding to the woes, we are still unable to come to terms with Russia with regards to the 5th Generation FGFA , owing to Russia’s reluctance in sharing technology and granting access to the prototypes , to IAF personnel . The need of the hour is to take a quick and logical decision to provide a much needed relief to IAF which is facing squadron depletion lest it falls behind the neighboring air forces which are ramping up their air power . Continue reading

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

Last year in December state-owned HAL completed successfully inaugural run of its 25 kN indigenous Aero Engine (HTFE 25) in the presence of Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar at HAL’s Engine Division .

After the function, CMD of HAL T Suvarna Raju briefed Media and said that Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE-25), it can be used for basic, intermediate and advanced trainer aircraft. The engine can also be used on business jets and five-tonne weight class aircraft in single engine configuration and on aircraft of up to nine-ton weight class with twin engine configuration. Continue reading

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

India’s Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister ) Manohar Parrikar while speaking in Parliament informed legislators that American Company Lockheed Martin did make an offer to sell its F-16 legacy fighter jet and move its production line to the country but India is not interested in procuring F-16s for Indian Air Force .

American administration after the cancellation of MMRCA tender had offered its F16 IN and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets to India and had agreed to move their production line to India to meet PM Modi’s ” Make in India ” initiative in the defence sector. Continue reading

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

DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) and French Snecma (makers of the M88 engine used in Dassault Rafale aircraft) for nearly 6 years negotiated to set up a Joint venture company to develop a new engine based on French designed Snecma M88-2 core with components from Kaveri engine to develop new engine for LCA-Tejas MK-2 and later for AMCA before both decided to walk away from any deal due to serious differences over Transfer of Technology (ToT) and cost of the program .

At present Indian and Us Government are engaged in talks under Jet Engine Technology Joint working group (JETWG) to Co-develop General Electric developed Upgraded F-414 engine for India’s 5th Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) fighter jet project . Failure of GTRE-Snecma proposed Joint venture talks should have promoted our planners to always have a backup plan or parallel negotiation team talking with rival Engine makers to have an upper hand in negotiation table with Engine OEMs. Continue reading

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

Australia and France have agreed to develop futuristic next-gen Stealth Conventional Shortfin Barracuda diesel submarine fleet based on the French Navy’s Barracuda Nuclear Attack submarine . which is expected to see a launch in 2017 nearly 10 years after officially work begin on it in 2007 .

French company DCNS will be leveraging its state of the art technology it had developed originally for its big brother and most of the technology like intelligence-gathering platforms, stealth capability with improved reduced signature and modern diesel-electric propulsion will not only play a key role in help reducing both drag and noise of the submarine but also make submarine one of the quietest ones to operate in vast and noisy Indian ocean . Continue reading