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SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Defence Analyst Ranesh Rajan told idrw.org that recent decision by the Indian government to approve procurement of ten missile-armed Israeli-made Heron TP reflects a change in military mindset on the controversial weapons systems and on its usage.

Heron TP which is a medium-altitude, long endurance UAV is produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which can be airborne for a maximum flight time of around 36 hours and can 1000kg Air-to-Ground ammunition’s /missiles which can be deployed in counter-insurgency/terrorism operations . Continue reading

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

In Chinese mythology, the duel between fire and water is described as one of wits. It was a contest between equals, a contest for supremacy, one that was seemingly stuck in a deadlock, only till water decided to transform and claim the stakes once and for all. Water, in all its wisdom , transformed into ice, assuming that its new found form, will intimidate fire into submission.

On the contrary, fire was able to melt water down and win the battle. Thus, this story proves that change must come with some analysis. A mere transformation may not always help us prevail over our enemies; objectivity and reason can help us prepare better. In the midst of the Gurdaspur attacks, police personnel were seen swarming the place, dressed in high tech attire and carrying Israeli Tavors, but like ice, their transformation was inadequate. They lacked basic head gear and other protective equipments that could have served them better. However, a combination of pure luck with their well executed combing operation ensured that the stand-off ended without any tragedy. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Like most of Indian Soap opera which run for years, or even decades with mindless twist and turns and few surprises Procurement of fighter aircraft for Indian air force also generates the same level of excitement over the Internet, with many defence experts and pundits throwing in their own suggestions and national media quoting their so called sources and try their best to keep spinning new stories with so-called leaks.

Spectacle tendering process, nail-biting selection procedures heated debates over national media and on various defence forums all play perfectly in the public arena with zero results at the end of whole tamasha. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

According to latest media report, Indian air force is contemplating ordering 3 Squadrons of Russian variant of 5th generation fighter jet off the shelf while negotiation to develop Customized variant based dubbed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).

Indian air force had projected requirements of 8 Squadrons (144 aircrafts) of FGFA, but constant delays in drafting final $11billionresearch and development (R&D) agreement for FGFA which have been dragging on for years now due to disagreements over Price and work share agreements have already led to considerable delays in the project. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

“You can die crossing the street,” he observed, “or you could die in a nuclear war. You’ve got to die some day anyway.” Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Munir Akram, reiterated Pakistan’s refusal of a no-first-use policy amid 2001-2002 India-Pakistan standoff after an attack on Indian Parliament, then India’s Defence Minister George Fernandes responded by saying “India can survive a nuclear attack, but Pakistan cannot”.

For long Pakistan believed that its aggressive nuclear posturing will deter any Indian response in event of any terror-related incidents but all that changed due to two main development in India, which many in India believed gave India enough reasons to call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff. Continue reading

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

Post the Kargil war, Indian security establishment felt urgent need to usher in some fundamental changes. The Home ministry, helmed by L.K Advani, the second  most powerful minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government,  who also went on to become the Deputy PM, approved some sweeping changes, that were not only unprecedented but also pretty much in genuine.

Some of these changes included- Continue reading

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

“Why did you join this service”, an innocuous question this writer asked a 40 something paramilitary soldier. “I used to work in a rice mill. My manager was a good man. I was paid well, treated even better, the manager would trust me with his financial affairs, I would be asked to deposit significant sums of money”. He paused, gazed around for a while and then continued, “My parents though had other ideas, they wanted me to get into a government job, I tried convincing them that I was doing well in this job, but then they asked me to appear for recruitment trials for this very force and here I am”. He looked at me intently, and then smiled.

I asked him if he felt he had done the right thing, his reply, was equally inspiring and troubling-“I don’t know, maybe I should have never left the job, I was settled well, I have served for 16 years now, I have had my share of joys, I served in the NSG for 6 years, no one can question my integrity and my devotion, I have been devoted to my motherland, but for all these years I have had to stay away from my family and kids, God forbid, if some trouble befalls them and I am far away, who will help them? The least I can say is, we men and women of Central Armed Police Forces deserve some extra support from the government, as the armed forces do”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetty / IDRW.ORG

Top Original MCA stretches, Below Final Design of AMCA 

Concept to develop a twin-engine fighter aircraft post LCA project can be tracked back to late 90’s when first stretches of Medium combat aircraft (MCA) emerged which back then was a tailless delta design with two engines, combined with a thrust vectoring control capability.

Aircraft was designed keeping in mind LCA-Tejas Delta wings and was a direct derivative from LCA, as per original idea it was supposed to have maximum spares and design commodity with Tejas at that time. The main purpose was to replace the aging Jaguar & MiG-27 fleet from the Indian Air force, original design weight was supposed to be less than 20 ton. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army on 08 June , has issued Request for Information (RFI) to Vendors for design of Future Universal Combat Platform upon which new Main Battle tank will be developed to replace existing Soviet-era T-72 Main battle tanks in the Armoured Corps which will enter service in Indian Army by 2025-27.

“Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV)” under which RFI has been issued requested Design Bureaus from India and Abroad to submit their Design information by 31-July-2015. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently a report prepared by idrw.org ( Read: United States takes lead in India’s INS Vishal ) highlighted how United states has taken lead role in helping India develop next generation 65,000-tonne Aircraft carrier ” INS Vishal ” which will be constructed in next decade to come .

United States active help for INS Vishal design only came when India agreed to buy Expensive and operationally untested Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) developed by General Atomics. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

A Recent report prepared by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) came heavily on India’s home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas program.

Report tabled in Parliament highlighted many shortfalls and technical deficiencies in the aircraft but same report failed to highlight User requirements which have steadily been changed over the years making aircraft which started off low-cost fighter based on ASR which wanted aircraft which was bigger than Gnat but Smaller than a Mig-21. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a function a few days ago in New Delhi hosted by Private news Channel made a Statement that said ” Why only my Army men Should be used to neutralise terrorists and why can’t terrorist take on terrorist?

While he made the statement clearly referring to Situation in Kashmir, Many Pakistan Saw it another way . Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, Mr Sartaj Aziz and Pakistan’s defence minister both responded in same voice by asserting that Indian defence minister Statement, in fact, merely confirmed Pakistan’s apprehensions that India has been involved in terrorist activities inside Pakistan . Continue reading

SOURCE: SUDESH CHARI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

There’s a new sub-hunter in town and aircraft which could be easily mistaken for a Civilian plane since it is modeled after Boeing 737 but US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon been tasked to patrol the South China Sea’s disputed territory is giving Chinese Navy difficult time hiding up its rapidly build airstrips, moorings and other additions to reefs and rocks in the South China Sea .

Friction between Crews of P-8A Poseidon and Chinese Radar controllers and Chinese Navy has become a daily occurrence. Few days back Chinese Radar controllers warned and radioed its pilots with, “This is the Chinese navy … You go!”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Replying to Request For Information (RFI) issued by Indian Air force for an Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), US defense company Textron has offered Scorpion light attack aircraft which can double as a light attack aircraft .

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who is expected to visit India will be making another attempt on IAF’s requirement and will be re-offering Us made tactical aircraft for sale during his two-day visit to the subcontinent in June under Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). Continue reading

SOURCE: Vishal Asolkar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

First Two Upgraded Mirage-2000 of Indian Air force which now features improvement to the Orginal Mirage 2000 arrived at their home base at Air Force Station (AFS) Gwalior, last month.

Upgraded to Dash-V Standard Aircrafts are technically at par with latest F-16 fighter Blocks operated by PAF which also makes them a potent fighter jets in Indian air force Inventory till Rafale Fighter jets starts arriving. Continue reading

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