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Anil Dhirubhai Ambani owned Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd which recently signed an agreement with JSC Ship Repairing Centre Zvyozdochka, Russia, for medium refits and life certification of 877 EKM Kilo Class submarines in India.

Proposed JV will allow for undertaking similar work for large submarine forces of similar class deployed by countries like Algeria, Vietnam and Iran. idrw.org in an exclusive was able to get some more information on the proposed joint venture. Continue reading

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What do Iranian and Pakistani military establishment have in abundance are Chinese supplied Missile arsenal which pose a common threat perception to both India and Israel military establishment.Over the years, Chinese have supplied Blueprints or knocks of Missiles ranging from Subsonic cruise missile to Anti-ship missiles to Aerial weaponry for aircrafts to both Iran and Pakistan.

Israel had to learn it the hard way when INS Hanit a Sa’ar 5-class corvette of the Israeli Navy was attacked by Hezbollah fired Chinese C-802 anti-ship missile supplied by Iran. INS Hanit even though equipped with Phalanx CIWS gun and Barak 1 anti-missile systems couldn’t see attack coming since there was no threat perception of Hezbollah been in possession of Chinese C-802 anti-ship missile due to which Ships Defence system was not active that day. Continue reading

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US ambassador Richard Verma while speaking at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu. said the Indian air force would be participating in air exercises code-named Red Flag and hosted by the US in April at Nellis Air Force Base in the state of Nevada. India would be taking part in the exercises after a gap of six years, he said.

Near realistic Red Flag Exercise will be held at the Nellis Air Force Base in the deserts of Nevada. Red Flag exercise is usually held every three months for a duration of around two weeks, and it generally involves NATO allies of the US. Continue reading

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After been Cleared for Export by Ministry of Defence with firm backing of Indian air force which too has given its blessing, DRDO is working on exploring possibilities to hard sell its indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to prospective buyers from overseas in 2016 on wards.

Sources close to the programme told idrw.org that after formal list of defence items which can be exported has been endorsed by the ministry of defence, which also included LCA-Tejas, DRDO and IAF are working on plans to work together in exploring potential buyers for the aircraft. Continue reading

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According to media buzz, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in November likely will see some possible deal on Russian-built fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) which has been pending for final agreement Since 2009.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently informed parliamentarians that India already has invested 1,483.15 crore ($295 million ) on the preliminary design stage of the fifth generation fighter aircraft programme which was completed in June 2013. Continue reading

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Idrw.org have stumbled upon rarest of the rare picture of Hindustan Aeronautics loaned HF-24 Marut fighter aircraft to Egyptian HA-300 fighter jet program to develop a new engine with German assistance which could have become first supersonic aircraft coming out of an Arab Country.

A modified HAL developed HF-24 Marut Mk.1 BX was loaned to Egypt to be used as a test bed to carry out engine trails for German-Egyptian developed E-300 turbojet which was capable of Mach 2 speed. Continue reading

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Former Defence Minister AK Antony Speaking at handing over Ceremony of Initial Operational Clearance-II (IOC-II) for ‘Tejas’ earlier last year had declared that 200 Tejas fighters would eventually enter combat service.

IAF with commitment of inducting only two squadrons of the current Tejas Mark I (40), and four squadrons of the improved Tejas Mark II (80) in near future it seemed like that Statement made by then Defence Minister AK Antony was more of a pep talk to encourage IAF to accept more Indigenous aircrafts in its fleet but now it seems there is some merit into that also. Continue reading

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Second Series production (SP-2) Tejas Light Combat Aircraft from the batch of 20 ‘series production’ aircraft is gearing up to make its first flight next month, Sources from LCA’s production agency Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd have confirmed this to idrw.org

First flight of SP-1 aircraft was completed last year in October and earlier this year aircraft along with technical documents was handed over to Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha of Indian Air Force, by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in the presence of key officials from HAL and ADA. Continue reading

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Cobham U.K as finally handed over newly designed quartz radome and in-flight refueling probe for integration with LCA-Tejas MK-1 to speed up its final operational clearance (FOC) which due to non-supplies already has been pushed back to March 2016.

New quartz radome developed by Cobham will replace Composite radome of Indian make to increase the detection range of the Indo-Israeli developed Hybrid ELTA MMR Radar from 50 Kms to 80 plus Km which currently are been used on Tejas MK-I aircrafts. Continue reading

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On Contrary to popular beliefs, that production line of F-16 is closing down, Lockheed Martin Corp has enough orders to keep its F-16 fighter jet production line humming through the third quarter of 2017, with hopes of getting further orders from 26 Airforces around the world which operates them, Lockheed Martin is upbeat in keep the line running through 2020.

Lockheed has produced over 4,500 F-16s since the program began in 1975, making the F-16 the best-selling fighter jet in history after Legendary Mig-21 which had a production run for more then 8000 airframes. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Jane’s Defence Weekly with inputs from idrw.org

Delays by India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in developing the upgraded Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 2 are likely to pose operational problems for the Indian Air Force (IAF), which is facing a steady decline in its fighter squadrons.

According to official sources HAL recently proposed to the IAF that, instead of waiting for it to design the more capable LCA Mk 2, the air force should acquire the under-development Tejas Mk 1A variant, which is marginally more proficient than the existing Mk 1. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Nearly 15 years ago few years before Secretive Mikoyan MiG-25RB reconnaissance aircraft fleet of Indian air force were officially retired, Russia had urged India to exchange its small fleet of MiG-25s for new MiG-31 interceptors.

Russian MiG Aircraft Corporation had invited Indian Air Force (IAF) to send their Mig-25 Pilots to Russia to carry out intensive performance trails of modernised Mig-31s. MiG Corporation which got Export Clearance in 1998 from Russian government offered India Mig-31 in 2001 and also offered to trade in older Mig-25RB which could be used as Spares for other operators of the jet. Continue reading

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In 2009, India by placing orders for only 10 C-17 Globe master cargo aircraft, became Second biggest Operator of the type. Original agreement also had an option for 6 aircrafts as follow up option, the option which India wanted to finalize in the 13th five-year plan (2017–2022).

But by 2013 it was clear that Boeing with lack of orders coming from its biggest C-17 operator which was USAF had decided to close its final assembly plant in Long Beach, California by 2015. Continue reading

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While French government have rejected Indian negotiators’ demand for a 50 per cent offset clause, citing sharp cost escalation but were keen on Make in India initiative of Prime minister Modi, What likely could be deal breaker for Indian military planners could be French refusal to integrate Indian developed weapons system in french build Rafale jet .

French negotiation team want separate Research and development agreement which can look into Indian request but have promised it can only be taken up few years down the line after deliveries for ordered 36 jets start. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)

Bell-Boeing after giving out a technical briefing on V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Indian Coast guard and Indian Navy earlier this year is also keen to hold similar briefing for Indian Army according to sources close to idrw.org

Indian Army which had dispatched few Helicopters from its Aviation arm to carry out rescue effort in quake hit Nepal this year, also observed operational capability of four tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys which were dispatched by US Military for Rescue effort and belonged to Squadron 262 of US Marine Corps which are based out of Okinawa in Japan. Continue reading

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