” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 

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While INS Viraat is still few months away from officially been decommissioned by Indian navy but things are not looking good for India’s Second aircraft carrier since no state has come forward in converting it into a Museum.

While Indian Navy and Ministry of defense officials having been in talks with various State Government, to whom ship has been offered at one 1 Re by Central Government, but many are wary of high repair cost which has been pegged at 300-400 crores to convert it into a Naval Tourist Museum . Continue reading


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


Previous Gen Tusker EW POD developed by DRDO for Mig-27 

Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha while addressing a press conference ahead on 82nd Air Force Day celebration had informed that MK1-A a new variant based on MK-1 Airframe will have 4 Key new requirements like New Radar (AESA), EW Suite, In-Flight Refueling (IFR) probes and New Beyond-visual-range missile air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).

According to a report prepared by prominent journalist Ajay Shukla advanced electronic warfare suite with inbuilt jammer might come only in a detachable Pod which is attachable to the under-wing of Tejas aircraft. Continue reading


DRDO has recently issued tender and has invited Bids to manufacture SFDR Ground Launchers, SFDR which stands for Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet Propulsion Technology was started in May 2013 with the objective of developing state-of-the-art SFDR propulsion technology, which can operate at varying altitudes and speeds. The development and demonstration of SFDR propulsion system is a joint venture of DRDO and Russia.

According to the Tender documents which has gone through has specified SFDR Ground Launcher dimension to be 5300(L)X 1060(W)X2015 mm (L) which can articulate 60-degree in elevation for missile launch . Continue reading


Preparations are underway to carry out another test flight of Ingeniously developed Long range sub-sonic Nirbhay cruise missile at Abdul Kalam Island (Earlier Wheeler Island) and also at missile test ranges in Chandipur.

sources close to have informed us that test flight of Nirbhay missile has been scheduled for this month and team of engineers and scientist from various labs of DRDO are already present at the location where preparations are underway in assembling the missile for its test flight. Continue reading


First revealed at DefExpo India 2014, Rustom-2 indigenously developed HALE (high altitude, long endurance) Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is officially 18 months behind schedule from its earlier marked/scheduled first flight in early Feb last year.

Sources in DRDO close to have informed us that all out effort has been made to carry out first flight of Rustom-2 this month and team is working around the clock to make first flight happen by end of this month . Continue reading


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


Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha Speaking to media said that with recent upgrades being planned for Mig-29 and Mirage-2000 and Deep penetration Strike aircraft Jaguars fleet, IAF will keep them in active fleet for next 15 years or more before indigenous Aircraft’s programs like AMCA will be ready to enter production.

In the previous report, had informed its readers that IAF and HAL are currently working on prolonging lives of its Jaguar strike aircraft fleet and plans to maintain them till 2034. Continue reading


Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha Speaking to media asked State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to deliver as promised on LCA-Tejas Mk1-A on time and as per agreed Quality standards.

HAL recently was able to convince IAF to be on-board and order 120 of more Agile and modern Aesa and EW equipped Tejas MK-1 aircrafts now dubbed as Mk1-A which will be lighter and have better serviceability than current MK-1 aircrafts. Continue reading


INS Kalvari first of the French Scorpene Class diesel-electric attack submarines developed under licence at the Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) in India under Project-75 has begun a rigorous first phase of sea trials.

Kalvari last month completed set of Dry Dock trials successfully after it was first floated out of her building dock earlier this year by Defence minister Manohar Parrikar. Continue reading


Development of Kaveri engine for LCA Tejas fighter jet was officially discontinued last year bringing an end to nearly 3 decades old program to develop Aero engine to power India’s LCA aircrafts.

While Kaveri program is now officially dead, but Revival of follow-up program has been gaining stream in last few months said informed sources close to Continue reading


Racing against time and against its own track record State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is confident that first flight of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) will be held in December and LUH will clear IOC Certification by end of 2016 .

Sources close to have confirmed us that LUH Program is on schedule and recently successfully completed its first rounds of Ground runs and Integration of Avionics and other key systems are already in place on the first bird. Continue reading


Media reports Indicate that Indian Air Force has finally accepted to place orders for MK-1A aircrafts proposed by state-owned Company HAL. Tejas Mark 1-A basically is a optimised Tejas MK-1 aircraft which will fit in between MK-1 and MK-2 LCA Tejas Variants.

MK-1A, as reported earlier by, will be equipped with Modern AESA radar along with electronic warfare (EW) systems and will also be 1000 kg lighter than its 6500-kg predecessor ( MK-1). Continue reading


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

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