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

Russian warplanes, in general, do not age well. and Mig-27 is one example which is giving Indian air force many sleepless nights. IAF lost another MiG-27 aircraft yesterday which crashed at Tantipara in Bengal which killed two civilians on the ground though the pilot ejected safely.

Mig-27 which is a single engine Strike optimised aircraft is powered by Soviet era Klimov R29B-300 engines, which according to IAF have Technical design flaws in its engines which leads to mid air engine failure . according to IAF  it is common mechanical problem and a  reoccurring problem found in all engines powering Mig-27. Continue reading

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

Defense minister Manohar Parrikar has confirmed that Process to make Changes and introduce a revamped Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) by July this year which will suit Prime minister Narender Modi’s ” Make in India” concept has begun .

India which has a dubious distinction of been world largest importer of weapons, currently manufactures only 40 % of its weapons locally and is depended on imports to meet 60 % of its requirements. Modi Government after taking over charge permitted 49% of FDI in the defence sector and in some cases up to 100 %. Continue reading

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

Government of India is all set to review defence procurement procedure for the Indian armed forces. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar already has asked Armed forces to exercise financial prudence and the services should optimise all available resources.

Government and Indian air force are working on a long-term integrated perspective plan which “ought to encompass 25 years which includes more Indigenisation and also select more private players to create Competitive enviroment in Indian Aerospace Business. Continue reading

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

Moscow has agreed to sell China six battalions of the state-of-the-art S-400 missile system. While Chinese media has been propagating that new missile systems will enhance its air defense capability against the United States and its allies in the Western Pacific (Japan).

Indian media or Armed forces are yet to make any threat assessment of S-400 missile system sale to china and how it could create a regional imbalance in south Asia. Missile sale will still pose a serious threat to Indian Air Space not the only in the northeast but the also in the western sector. Continue reading

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

Two years ago when IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules landed in Daulat Beg Oldie, Ladakh it was a clear Political Statements and a show of strength to China, that aircraft which belongs to a tactical transport aircraft of the special operations squadron demonstrated that it is capable of rushing special forces commandos to the theatre if necessary.

Ability to operate near Line of Actual Control (LAC), the scene where intrusions and stand-off with Chinese troops are becoming a norm in last few years Gives the IAF a six-fold increase in deployment capabilities. Recently India and United states agreed to enhance Indian air forces C-130J with specialized electronic intelligence kits called as “Senior Scout ” which is an Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system. Continue reading

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

According to Russian media reports, Russian Army will start receiving, 20 units of beta versions of a future main battle tanks which will usher in the 5th generation MBT for next-generation warfare.

While characteristics and appearance of the platform remain classified, but there is no doubt in minds of many Russian defence experts that as soon as Production line is streamed line Russia will offer an export variant to countries which operate Soviet era Main battle tanks like T-72/T-80/T-90 . Continue reading

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

Saab’s factory in Linkoping has started final assembly work on the first prototype of Gripen E and the aircraft is due to be rolled out by 2016, followed by first flight. Saab plans to add 2 more jets before Certification is completed by 2018 and aircraft enters production in 2018-19 onwards.

Collapse of MMRCA tender and Defence minister Manohar Parrikar clarifying that only Light aircraft will replace Mig-21 in Indian air force has reactivated Gripen Lobby in India, but a plan observation of above-mentioned timeline will clear many misconceptions that G2G deal for Gripen E will resolve all problems of depleting fleet strength of Indian Air force . Continue reading

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

 

A Jingle by online E-commerce website which says ” Hindustani dil kehta hai aur dikhao aur dikhao ” which roughly translates into ” It’s an Indian heart which says show me more (options), makes me wonder if access to too many options is actually delaying procurement of crucial defence equipment for our armed forces .

Spoiled by options of too many, defence tenders are leading to longer procurement delays since each proposal has to be studied thoroughly and product offered also needs to be evaluated at all parameters and to avoid risk of losing company going to Courts and stalling the projects, armed forces also need to give detail explanation on what grounds their equipment was rejected and how it failed to meet user requirements . More the options more delays are observed in many ongoing tenders lately. Continue reading

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

India has finally placed orders for 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, it will be first new fighter jets after India started getting after it started getting Russian build Sukhoi-Su-30MKI from 2001 onwards.

While Sukhoi-30 will be Backbone of Indian Air force with more than twice the amount of jet at disposal even if we include original MMRCA tender, Rafale jets will be seen playing second fiddle to Sukhois in most combat roles and in most combat zones . Both been 4++ Generation fighters aircrafts and ranked best among contemporary fighter jets in its class, comparison within Indian Air force will be hard to miss and Friendly Squadrons Rivalries will only get best for Indian Air force. Continue reading

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

China successfully demonstrated Worlds first Operational Anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM ) in 2010 and later followed up with a test of Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) in 2013. Two missile tests has shaken the traditional views of the many experts and also has threatened unassailable superiority which was boosted by Us Navy.

While development of ASAT and ASBM by China seems to be in response to stop intervention of Superior US Navy on possible conflict at South China Sea, India can ill-afford to ignore it and has to take note of Such development in the region and has to start planning for development of such systems since such complex system tend to have longer development period due to complex technology involved in such weapons systems. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANISH ACHARYA   / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India is capable of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which can hit targets beyond the range of 10,000 km, Chairman of Armament Research Board, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr SK Salwan said on Saturday is India’s worst kept secret .

I still remember reading in newspapers how American Defense analytic were paranoid about rising Space capabilities of India and had said in a report that India will use a modified Pslv rocket to create India’s first ICBM and will gain capability to hit targets in North America thus Mythical ” Surya” missile with range of 10000 km ICBM was born in the same report . Continue reading

SOURCE : GAURAV MADKAIKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Built at a modest cost of just $74 million Isro’s Mangalyaan Mars craft got world attention which highlighted India’s Scientific achievements. Western media too were all praise for Isro’s MOM Mars craft successful insertion to mar orbit, Achievement which very few have succeeded in doing it in their first try.

In a Country where each ISRO mission hypnotizes millions of ordinary common man, each mission keeps them glued to their television sets. Each PSLV or GSLV Rocket launch is watched with same interest as was with last launch. Continue reading

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

Eight years in the Making, Unwanted by forces yet Indian government has asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to engage with the French firm MBDA missile systems for development of short-range surface-to-air missile system (SRSAM).

Indin Army and Indian Air force have already rejected it and Only Indian Navy which has agreed to buy Nine SRSAM Systems consisting of 40 missiles each. While Navy Initially in 2013 had rejected the very same French offer. Continue reading

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

Nuclear-powered submarine on Lease from Russia “INS Chakra ” might be Sole operational Nuclear submarine in Indian Navies fleet in 2015, but Indian government and Indian navy have drafted impressive fleet expansion plan with key focus area been induction of more Nuclear-propelled submarines in next 15 years.

In 1999 Cabinet Committee on Security, (CCS) had approved 30-year submarine-building plan, which envisaged induction of 12 new submarines by 2012, followed by another dozen by 2030. Delays in construction of submarines in Project-75 and delays in getting approvals in setting up Project-75I means original deadline will be missed by a mile and development of Nuclear technology in house means focus too has shifted from acquiring conventional diesel submarines to nuclear powered ones . Continue reading

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

Japan’s Super Secretive Soryu Submarine dubbed ” Crown Jewel ” of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is generating so much Interest in India, even when Japanese themselves have shown little interest in selling them to India. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar who will be leaving for Tokyo on his first official visit as Defense minister will be discussing with Japanese defense officials about the possible sale of Super Secretive Soryu Submarine.

Indian Navy under Project-75-I has a requirement for 6 Submarines, as per Contract all 6 submarines have to be build in Indian shipyard. countries like France, Russia, Germany and Sweden have expressed their desire to supply and built their Diesel submarines in India for Indian navies requirements under Project-75-I, but Japan has not expressed any interest in possible supply of Soryu Submarines to India and it will be very difficult for India to convince Japan to share Submarine technology . Continue reading

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