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SOURCE: ANIMESH MISHRA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The word airforce is a word which signifies fast moving fighter planes locking missiles on eachother, well for a simple person it is the definition of airforce which up to some extent it is correct but we all know an airforce is more than that, a good force needs force multipliers. Multipliers are what we going to talk about.To start things off cargo planes, mid air-refuel planes, awacs are all fixed wings force multipliers, helicopters can also be counted as the same but it’s a good topic for some other day.

First let’s have a look at the mid air refuel aircraft India right now operate il-78mki, but in a new contest for 6 more MARS, the IAF selected the Airbus A-330 MRTT not just once but twice, because the deal had to be redone due to some the allegation of corruption. But still it made its way in however il-78 is not completely out of the race yet there still some hope as the cost of the MRTT seems too high right now, its future uncertain, however il-78 is not all good things at cheap rate, it has a higher life cycle cost this brings up the question which way are going?, resulting in the delay. It’s a decision which needs to be quickly because the IAF needs a new system because for an airforce of such big strength, only 6 are not enough, 12 would be somewhat sufficient. Continue reading

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

U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter quite often has been heard saying he wants to co-produce fighter jet with India and his recent visit and recent Indian media reports hints at possible headway been made in talks with the United States on Making American fighter jet in India with tech transfers .

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar already has made it clear that by end of this year India will select another fighter jet which will be Made in India and there are strong possibilities that nearly 90 jets (126-36 Rafale) which were part of original MMRCA deal will be concluded under Government 2 Government deal and Boeing’s F/A-18E/F fighter jet is currently favoured by airforce and Defence ministry . Continue reading

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetti / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

“21st Century” Aerial warfare is no longer based on the lethality of a combat aircraft like it always have been in the past nor can it be judged on basic criteria like speed,agility, and firepower of the combat jet. Next generation Aerial warfare not only demands cutting edge firepower but also Smarter jets which can take up a host of new roles while in air and switch between several different missions in the same sortie.

Rafale Omnirole Combat Aircraft selected by India under MMRCA Contract was not only most advanced fighter jet but also smartest aircraft by far which was equipped with array of sophisticated electronics systems and equipment which let it beat its competition with ease and American legacy fighter jets like F-16 and F-18 currently been offered to India under ” Make in India ” lost the race by a mile . Continue reading

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

India might not have seen this coming but last week the United States criticised India’s on it’s not so secretive 3500km long submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) K-4 and later bracketed India and Pakistan in the same league of countries which according to them should seriously work to backtrack or curtail their Nuclear Weapons programme to maintain regional stability .

Criticism coming from United states within few days on both India’s ballistic missile programme and its nuclear programme felt like it came straight out of Cold war era pre-scripted notes when India was part of Soviet Block and tests of short range 150 km Prithvi missiles could get considerable amount of media attention in West later followed by heavy Diplomatic pressure on India to stop missile test or face Economic sanctions .  Continue reading

SOURCE: ANIMESH MISHRA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As of march 2016 it is pretty clear that IAF is not willing in the SAAB jas-39 gippen, and the MiG-35 was literally never in the race, which leaves out the F/A-18 super hornet and the F-16 block 60, both heavily modified variants of their respective roots.  Any inclination towards the f-16 will turn out to be a bad decision; but I don’t want to just jump to conclusion. So lets compare these two platforms.

Let’s talk about the radars, the  f-18 uses the AN/APG-79(AESA) radar while the f-16 uses the AN/APG-80(AESA) not seen in USA used only by UAE and infact entirely funded by the UAE.  The  f-18 having the bigger radar has more TR-modules and has a better performance than the f-16’s radar. Continue reading

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

US Congress approval of Sale of additional F-16 to Pakistan has given setbacks to Lockheed martin plans to roll-out F-16s from an Indian plant for Indian Air Force. F-16 lobbyist in India off lately has been trying to counter negative vibes send by U.S Administration after it approved the sale of F-16 to Pakistan by planting articles which make believe that F-16 deal with United states is nearing final lap contrary to the actual ground situation.

India’s fascination with F-16 is quite old and in past Indian air force out of curiosity and to overall its strategy against F-16 allowed its pilot to first fly them in United states, and later reportedly also deputed few of its pilots with Israel Defense Force/Air Force who were exclusively flying F-16 variants in regular rotations giving its pilots plenty of exposure against a jet considered as a front line fighter jet flown by its arch rivals. Continue reading

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

At Peak of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, United States agreed to supply Pakistan with 40 of its latest 4th Generation F-16 fighter jets to guard its self against Soviet Air force operating in Afghanistan, which immediately made Indian Air Force nervous about adversary acquiring such high-tech fighter jet in the neighborhood.

Pakistan impressed with the performance of F-16 started to discuss procuring more 50-60 of the latest batch of F-16, Which finally woke Government of India from its deep sleep ultimately lead to procurement of Dassault Mirage-2000s from France. Continue reading

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

With a large force of Military Personnels, tanks, artillery guns, aircrafts, fighter jets, helicopters, Navy ships  China will obviously be the No.1 power at Asia Pacific region by 2030. But another rising power is catching them up very quickly. With a growing and probably the 3rd Largest economy and defence expenditure respectively by 2030, India aspires to be the counter-weight to the red chinese. India is going to emerge as the 2nd most powerful country at Asia Pacific region after China, with not only a strong economy but also an enormous military power which is growing rapidly at present.

Just like China, India is also want to dominate the high seas at Asia Pacific region, not to impose hegemony over other countries but to safeguard its own interests by co-operating with other countries, that’s why India is pumping billions of dollars into its Navy for acquiring Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine(SSBN), Nuclear Attack Submarine(SSN), Stealth Guided Missile Destroyers like Aegis class, Multirole stealth Frigates, Anti Submarine Warfare stealth Corvettes, Naval Fighter jets, Submarine Hunters etc.

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India is likely to field nearly 28 submarines including 3 Arihant class Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines, follow-on SSBNs program of 6 new Nuclear Ballistic missile submarines which will be larger and more powerful, 6 Kalvari class (Scorpene) SSKs and 6 more AIP-equipped Conventional Submarines under P-75(I) Project and development of 6 New SSNs Hunter killer Nuclear Submarines, making it the most formidable submarine force in the Indian Ocean region in next two decade or so .

Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) last year cleared the project to build India’s six nuclear-powered attack submarines for roughly $12 billion in next 15 years. Continue reading

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

Introduction of Cannons in War

Cannons are very efficient gunpowder artillery which have their roots in history back in several hundred years. Invention of gunpowder in 9th century in China, led to

the invention of fireworks and firearms in China. In 11th century cannons helped the Song dynasty of China to ward off its enemies. In the year 1593 40,000 Ming (Ming Dynasty) troops defeated the Japanese army of equal numbers in the siege of Pyongyang in a single day largely due to the firepower of the Chinese cannons. The chemical formula for gunpowder and its refinement process reached Europe in complete form in 13th century through European traders returning from China. European scientists,inventors and alchemists improved the gunpowder. Berthold Schwarz of Germany invented the first European cannon in 1353. With the help of advanced techniques of metal work stronger and durable cannons were created. Europeans learned to calculate and determine the amount of force of gas in the chamber of the cannon and this knowledge helped to create cannons that can fire greater distances. The advancements in cannons and gunpowder reached China by a Portuguese ship in 1520 AD. Continue reading

SOURCE:   Aakar Patel / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A spokesperson for Sri lanka Air Force Group Captain Chandima Alwis Speaking to local private news agency stated that Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) was not under any kind of pressure to purchase India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas as reported by a certain section of the media.

Alwis also confirmed that Sino-Pakistan developed JF-17 fighter jet was never shortlisted nor Government had initiated any kind of process to enter into an agreement to buy 8 of this jet as reported in media. Continue reading

SOURCE:   Aakar Patel / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) a daily published in Sydney said in a report that while India’s 6000-tonne Arihant Nuclear submarine is all set for Induction into Indian Navy which will push India into Elite Countries who posses Nuclear Blastic missile Submarine clearly aimed at Countering China’s growing influence in Indian ocean Region, Bejing will be forced to respond to India’s New Submarine by adding Pakistan submarine program .

Arihant Nuclear submarine deployment would complete India’s nuclear triad, allowing it to deliver atomic weapons from land, sea and air. Only the US and Russia are considered full-fledged nuclear triad powers now, with China and India’s capabilities still largely untested. Continue reading

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

Technology of USS Gerald R.Ford (CVN-78) likely to influence IAC-2  

With regards to design and configuration of second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2/ INS Vishal) which still been chalked out by Indian Navy, there is growing degree of concern seen among veteran naval personnel on influence of Joint working group for aircraft carrier technology corporation formed under the ambit of the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative framework will have on next aircraft carrier.

Several retired high-ranking naval and Defence Analyst are worried that Indian Navy might abandon its conservative and tactical approach and might adopt bolder doctrine based on sea control and reach clearly influenced by US Navy which will influence IAC-2 and force India to invest in capability and symbolism of larger single aircraft carrier , which will be highly vulnerable in war then to go for multiple relatively small and conventionally powered vessels that embark 30-35 combat aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: Samarpeet chandan/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

With statistics , lets evaluate how much the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is scrutinized for using terror as state policy:
Pakistan received:
  • 33-billion $ in 10 years as aid from US
  • Of which foreign military finance(FMF) is 3.8 billion $ , counter-insurgency fund 2.3 billion $ and non-proliferation fund of .17 billion $
  • Other Western nations and China gave 4.15 billion $ as aid
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) gave 4.4 billion $ between 2009 -2012
  • The world Bank bailed out Pakistan with 5 billion $ in recent years
  • IMF has assisted Pakistan with 11.2 billion $ in 6 years
  • Saudi-Arabia, Pakistan’s patron and brother in arms has many times deferred oil payments, provided for oil at crucial times and funded 1.5 billion $ as bailout in 2014

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

Introduction:

Electronic Warfare (EW) has become one of the most talked about topics in the defense industry. With the exception of Russia nearly all major military powers for the last 20 years or so had put EW on the back burner. But now with the impending need to deal with peer and near-peer adversaries and to have the ability to enter anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environments EW has become a critical requirement and thus has become a primary and compulsory aspect of modern war.

 

What Is Electronic Warfare?

Electronic warfare (EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum or directed energy to control the spectrum, attack an enemy equipment, or impede enemy assaults via the spectrum. Continue reading