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Defence minister Manohar Parrikar reportedly has asked Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to stop manufacturing more HJT-36 jet trainers till issues with its spin related issues are resolved .

According to Annual Report of Hindustan Aeronautics for 2015-16 , HAL had produced two improvised units of HJT-36 jet trainers for FY2015-16 which helped it overcome problems related to stall tests but still it failed in its spin tests which is one of most crucial requirements needed to be cleared before HJT-36 hits production. Continue reading

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IAF which had a vast fleet of Mig-21s which have been phased out over the last few years will see further room to procure more LCA-Tejas variant over 120 currently been ordered (40 MK1 / 80 MK1A ) since the original requirement for the replacement to replace Mig-21FLs and M/MFs in the tactical role was nearly 10 squadrons said reliable air force source to idrw.org .

Original projection for light weight,agile,economical tactical aircraft with good maneuverability for low-level air combat for availability in large numbers will drive further orders for Light Combat Aircraft which might see further improvements for next batch post MK-1A but at the current stage, MK-2 is not priority said source to idrw.org . Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It was exactly 130 years ago when the first submarine fired a Torpedo while it was submerged till date torpedo is still one of the most powerful weapons in naval warfare, and will remain an indispensable instrument for upholding maritime security in future and for many decades to come it is unlikely to change .

Yesterday out of 196 countries on Planet Earth , India joined elite few (8) Countries who have their own Ingenuously developed Heavyweight Torpedo programme when it handed over Ship-based indigenously built Varunastra Heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo to Indian Navy for which Navy will place orders for 75 of this HWTs for deployment in all its front-line warships . Continue reading

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Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar hands over first production variant of indigenously designed and developed Varunastra heavyweight torpedo to Indian Navy today said a reliable source close to idrw.org.

Varunastra heavyweight torpedo has been developed by DRDO’s Naval Science and Technology Laboratory and has successfully completed its developmental trials and has also gone through user evaluation trials and was waiting for clearance to go into production. Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Year was 2010 leaked Internal DRDO presentation papers gave the first impression of India’s little-known Long-Range Cruise Missile (LRCM), leaked papers had indicated LRCM will be India’s indigenous Mach 3 capable Supersonic cruise missile which like Indo-Russian Jointly developed BrahMos which could be Multi-mission capable and can be launched from array of platforms like capability demonstrated by BrahMos .

LRCM depicted above was completely new design with airframe integrated air intakes which was to be powered by indigenous liquid-fuel ramjet technology for Mach 3 speed . Continue reading

SOURCE: Sairama V/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Future of Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN)/Boomer has been questioned recently in the report produced by British American Information Council (BASIC). The report indicates the vulnerability of SSBN to unmanned vehicle (AUV & UAV).

Navies should start treating SSBN as multi utility platform with less vulnerability compared to surface ships. SSBN has been around for more than half a century, but their utility is under question with not a single missile fired on adversary. SSBN are more of power projection and end of the world nuclear triad. Continue reading

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Igor V Vilnit,CEO Rubin Design Bureau in a recent Interview to Indian media house has said that ” Russia has offered State-of-the-art Amur-1650 conventional submarines based on Lada-Class under Make in India programme under Project 75(I) .

Igor also added that Amur-1650 offered to India will take best of Lada-Class submarines currently under construction at Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg but also will carry forward several refinements of Lada-Class and further developments from little known Kalina-Class conventional submarines project . Continue reading

SOURCE: Sairama V/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy (IN) undersea capabilities are reviving with the refit of Kilo Class (Sindhughosh class) submarine and the commissioning of Scorpene Class submarine before 2020. With the speculation of new order for 3 Scorpene Class or 2 Improved Kilo class or both, IN plan for strong undersea fleet is becoming a reality. Arihant Class SSBN, SSN Project along with Project 75I SSKs is going to boast the supremacy of Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean by the end of next decade.

Indian Govt has announced the P75I will be the last order for foreign firms and P76 will be indigenous design. With all the submarines are expected to be commissioned by the end of next decade (before 2030), the need for Project 76 submarines doesn’t arise till 2050 unless India modifies the 24 submarine plan envisaged in 1999 owing to twin threat from China & Pakistan. Continue reading

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While Us Authorities are keen on holding discussions with the Indian government for the possible sale of 40 Unarmed General Atomics Predator XP surveillance drones but is mum on India’s request to hold formal discussions on the possible sale of Armed Jet-powered latest Avenger drones to India .

Defence Analyst Ranesh Rajan believes that India should buy Predator XP surveillance drones only if Us Authorities show the same level of enthusiasm towards India’s request for sale of Armed drones since Predator XP category surveillance drones are easily available to India from other sources and with collaboration with friendly countries can develop its own Jet-powered Armed drones if required before its own indigenous effort matures . Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After placing orders for Modernized Tejas MK-1A , Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha made a bizarre statement in the media that air force will order and induct LCA-Tejas (MK-1A) in its current form and have no immediate requirement or plans for the development of Mark-2 variant of LCA-Tejas which it has been backing until a few years back .

It’s no secret that Current State of operational preparedness of Indian Air force is not at its optimal level and combat squadron fleet has already fallen to 28 Squadron from sanctioned 42 Squadrons and with phased retirement of Mig-21 and Mig-27 already underway for next three years , Squadron strength dangerously will slide below 25 Squadrons if future inductions does not take place at much higher rate . Continue reading

SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Swedish Saab Aerospace is making all out efforts to secure orders for 90 fighter jets which India is planning to acquire to fill the void left behind after India decided to downsize its initial plans to purchase 126 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France to 36 and decided to acquire remainder of the jets under separate Government 2 Government deal .

LCA-Tejas lobby in India fears that India going for single engine, a light class fighter like Gripen E will certainly kill indigenously developed homegrown LCA-Tejas program and will cap further development of LCA Mark-II . Continue reading

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Naval LCA Prototypes stationed at Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa have started night flying activities from normal runway and SBTF facilities to complete its Carrier Compatibility Tests.

NP-1 and NP-2 Both have already carried out series of takeoffs from SBTF facilities which mimics actual aircraft carrier take off from a shore based facilities and can also help in training new bie pilots for aircraft carrier operations . Continue reading

SOURCE:  VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

By 2020 Indian Army will have in its possession nearly 2000 Russia’s most formidable T-90s Main battle tank (MBT) in its inventory also making it one of the largest operator of latest Russian tanks in the world . while India’s Indigenously developed Arjun tank is still struggling to get past orders for even 200 tanks while Army kept on changing its technical requirements just to avoid placing orders for more tanks .

Indian Army has in possession only 122 Arjun Mark-I tanks and for long has been refusing to place orders for next batch and has demanded a host of new equipment and improvements in Mark-II tanks which are yet to clear never ending Armies user trials which always falls short of user expectations . Continue reading

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Supersonic BrahMos Cruise missile is not the only weapons system which India plans to Export to Vietnam well informed and highly reliable sources close to idrw.org and now Defence Ministry plans to allow HAL and DRDO officials to hold further talks with Vietnam officials to explore export of other defence weapons to Vietnam.

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to revive previously held discussions with Vietnam officials on sale of Advanced Light Helicopter “Dhruv” Helicopters and also plans to offer Light Combat Helicopter which is still under development but lately has been generating lot of interest from various countries due to its cheaper price tags and its ability to perform exceptionally well in higher altitudes . Continue reading

SOURCE:  VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG


India in last few months has been sending feelers in American Political and diplomatic circles on its interest to acquire jet-powered General Atomics developed Unmanned combat capable Predator C aka Avengers drones and as per recent media reports India has officially has asked the United States to export 100 armed Predator C Avengers to India .

General Atomics Avenger is Stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle powered by a turbofan engine which features reduced radar and heat signature also comes with other features such as internal weapons storage, Six external hard points,Triple-redundant avionics,also has on board avionics like Synthetic Aperture Radar and AESA Sensors and can perform wide-area surveillance, time-sensitive strike missions over land or sea, and a host of other challenging military missions. Continue reading