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

Su-30SM at Latakia Airbase Syria

Earlier in the month of October it was reported that Turkey’s F-16 jets were harassed and put on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 aircraft on the Syrian border, Turkish air force spokesperson said that F-16 jets were held on radar lock by an unidentified MIG-29 plane for a total of four minutes and 30 seconds.

Since there was no visual confirmation of the make and country it belonged it was presumed that it was Mig-29 belonging to Assad’s air force, even though many western Defence experts were not sure if Mig-29 of Syrian airforce had such technical capability to have a radar lock on multiple fighter jets. Continue reading

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

It has been an open secret now that for last decade or more China has been making illegal copies of framed Soviet-era Air Superiority Sukhoi-27/30’s fighter aircraft to replace their ageing 3.5 generation fighter jets fleet. Many of the unlicensed basic variants produced by China like J-11/A/B were considered lesser capable fighter aircraft then the Orginal Sukhoi-27/30 aircraft supplied by Russia due to lack of proper avionics and poorly copied weapons systems which were not up to the mark when compared with original copies.

Indian Air Force operates more Advanced Sukhoi-30MKI equipped with Advance PESA Radar and Avionics of European and Indian origin which was considered as most advanced Flanker ever developed and Best Flanker Series operated by any air force in the world which had potential to dominate any Airspace. Continue reading

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

One of the most critical nose-on low observability design elements going into a Stealth fighter jet is internal weapons bays. for Stealth missions aircraft entirely and critically depends on in its Internal weapons to carry out suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) or Strike missions in hostile enemy territories.

India’s own 5th generation fighter AMCA Program is all set to take off and official funding for the project is likely to be cleared by the end of this year. with aerodynamic design optimisation nearly completed AMCA’s final design is more or less frozen, but it still seems there is lack of clarity on AMCA’s Internal Weapons bay design aspect. Continue reading

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

Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex recently closed first export orders for JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at ongoing Dubai Air Show which will be manufactured by Pakistan.

Media reports indicate Myanmar has become the first country to purchase JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan. under an undisclosed deal Myanmar will buy 16-24 jets from Pakistan but the actual agreement will take place with Chinese AVIC company which will supervise sale and maintenance contract of the jets with Myanmar Air force. Continue reading

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

When India started working on Development of 4th generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighter jet programme in 80’s India not lacked technical knowledge and experienced manpower to work on prestigious project 4th Generation programme but also lacked even basic Aeronautical infrastructure to support the programme.

With LCA aircraft all set to enter production soon, and all necessary Aeronautical infrastructure already been created in the country over last three decades it has been automatically assumed that AMCA programme will be able to leverage experience gained from the development of LCA Programme. Continue reading

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

In my previous article (Read: Why S-400 for China is a Serious threat to Indian Air Space), i had highlighted how Sale of S-400 will serve as a force multiplier for Beijing in its quest to dominate the skies along its borders.

Induction of S-400 which has claimed a range of 400 km could have allowed China to target any aerial target as far as New Delhi, Calcutta and could have made it very difficult for Indian Air force fighter jets to effectively operate even under its own airspace. Continue reading

SOURCE:  JOHANAN COLLINS  / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

Following the defeat of Imperial Germany during the First World War, the Triple Entity spearheaded by a vengeful France enforced humiliating limits on the number and size of the ships the German navy could operate. Any replacement ships that the German navy could induct had to displace less than 10,000 tons. When compared to the 35,000 ton leviathans that the great powers could build, this stung the Germans.

The German Navy worked around the Treaty of Versailles limitations by design three pocket battleships. These ships could outgun a heavy cruiser and outrun a battleship, in short they were faster than anything more powerful and more powerful than anything faster. They were the Deutschland class which consisted of the Deutschland, Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee. They displaced between 10,770 tons to 12,540 tons and had a heavy armament of six 11 inch main guns. Continue reading

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

From an impressive fleet of 21 submarines in 80’s, Indian Navies Submarine fleet is currently down to 15 subs with four German-designed HDWs (SSKs) on the last leg of their operational life, Indian Submarine fleet could have hit rock bottom in next few years if Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had not intervened.

Reports are emerging in Indian media that French firm DCNS may get further orders to supply conventional submarines, Mumbai-based Mazagaon Dock Limited along with DCNS is already building six Scorpene submarines of which first lead ship INS Kalvari already has commenced its Sea Trials. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tarun Dev Sharma / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Selection
It is very hard to find a fighter jet for rental in our part of the world. After searching the web patiently and persistently I shortlisted One company based on their reviews and more importantly on the range of Jets they offered. They had the added advantage of operating from multiple countries and continents.
Excitement 
Then came the important part of planning the trip. Travelling with my wife and two kids limited the options. I had to choose a part of the world which would offer something for the kids too. Leaving the european options, I had to choose between Las Vegas and Toronto.

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

Earlier this year India air force and Royal Air-force were pitted against each other in Joint Air and Ground Exercise Indradhush. 4 Sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts of No 2 Squadron ” Winged Arrows ” based at Air force base in Tezpur Assam flew all the way to United kingdom for combined exercise against Eurofighter Typhoons.

Two-week long exercises by Indian contingent of 4 Sukhoi-30MKI aircrafts and 185 Personnel’s saw accomplishment of different missions between IAF and RAF but much stressed were laid on Air defence Missions both in BVR and WVR exercises which progressed from one versus one DACT to Two versus then even to large fixed formation flying which saw almost 20 aircrafts . Continue reading

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

Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna

If you ever Visited Aero India in last decade or so there are high chances that you might have seen witnessed a sterling Tejas demonstration flight performed by this man . if you are lucky enough you might have also had brief opportunity to catch up with Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna who is also known has Mr. LCA by supporters of the LCA-Tejas program.

Group Captain (R) Suneet Krishna is only Test Pilot who has been flying various Tejas Aircrafts for more than a decade now and officially joined ADA in 2001 was piloting Chase Mirage-2000 aircraft, when first LCA Prototype TD-1 made its first flight. Continue reading

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

Cartoon drawn by Mohit Jayal which was published on December 1995 shows how Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Program even in its early days had more critics than supporters. 

As soon as Air Chief confirmed to the reporters that IAF indeed will place orders for more than 120 Tejas MK-1 aircrafts in its current configurations, One particular International news agency’s from its Indian bureau in Delhi fired the first salvo against Countries Tejas Program by ridiculing Air-forces decisions to order what they reported was a flawed aircraft and also Questioned logic behind not going for larger orders of French Rafale fighter jet .

Attack from International News Agencies on India’s LCA-Tejas Program seems to have ruffled some feathers in International Arms lobby group which seem to be worried about new-found love by IAF for Indigenous Aircraft types and its future plans which involves development and supporting indigenous types like Tejas MK-2 and AMCA to meet future needs of the air force. Continue reading

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

For long Indian Air force (IAF) has been ridiculed as Imported Air force (IAF) which always makes the best case to Import crucial types of equipment like fighter jet rather than supporting indigenous route in product development to meet its requirements.

While IAF is partially at fault but it always can’t be blamed for failures of our government-owned Public sector companies which time and again have failed to deliver Ingeniously equipment as per delivery schedules and without cost overruns with desired quality requested by forces. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

India’s effort to build its first 5th generation fighter Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is all set to go official later this year. Ministry of Defense (MOD) in coming months will sanction funds for Phase-1 of the development of AMCA to start.

M-MRCA debacle and current negotiation for only two squadrons of Rafale fighter jet with France means Indian air forces declining combat strength will also fast track due to lack of intakes of newer aircrafts. Continue reading

SOURCE: Arghya Patnaik  / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee had once said, “You can choose friends, but you cannot choose neighbours.” This sums up the unenviable situation which India finds itself in. Ever since two dominions- India and Pakistan were born on the midnight of 15th August, 1947, there has been no love lost between the two nations. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has always been a bone of contention between two countries and has even led to three wars- in 1947, 1965 and 1999.

This has been the focal point of almost all conflicts, with both nations refusing to cede ground. Meanwhile, as most of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be a part of the Indian Union, Pakistan continues with its policy of ‘Bleeding India through a thousand cuts’, that is, fermenting terrorism against the Indian state to make up for its deficiency in conventional military prowess. Thus, India’s relations with Pakistan, at best, can be described as volatile or worse. India’s is the world’s largest democracy. Continue reading