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SOURCE: Anand SG with inputs from IDRW NEWS NETWORK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG


India’s indigenous Airborne Early warning and Control (AEW&C ) surveillance system also now known as AEW&C India is progressing through its final phase of flight testing at Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) and the first aircraft likely will be handed over to Indian Air Force sometime in the year 2016.

AEW&C India aircraft is capable of detecting ,identifying and classifying threats present in the surveillance are and also act as a Command $ Control Centre to support air operations . The Surveillance aircraft with its multiple communication and Data Links can alert and direct fighters, while providing recognised Air Situation Picture (RASP) to commanders through Ground Exploitation Stations (GES) on ground . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Already facing a Six-month delay in its first flight first LUH prototype PT-1 still in its primer has been prepped for its first flight by the end of this month said highly reliable sources close to idrw.org.

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) will be replacing nearly 600 obsolete Cheetah (Aerospatiale SA-315B) and Chetak (Aerospatiale Alouette III) helicopters, which have been operated by the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) . Continue reading

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

GA Electromagnetic Systems Group has plans to develop and manufacture EMALS and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) components for a variety of smaller platforms after it goes operational on Gerald R. Ford class Super aircraft carriers currently undergoing sea trials and scheduled to become operational in 2016.

Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is 337 m (1,106 ft) in length and General Atomics plans variants to serve in smaller aircraft carriers which are 280 m (920 ft) in length or even on smaller 250 m (820.21 ft) in length . Continue reading

SOURCE: SAURABH KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The major security concerns that emerge from the Indo-Myanmar border are-

1-Unresolved territory issues- Of the 1643 kilometres of international border shared between India and Myanmar, it is to be noted that 171 kilometres or roughly 10 per cent of the total border shared, has not been demarcated. This is a serious issue as it causes administrative problems and poses questions over territorial integrity.

These 171 kilometres, consist of nine unresolved border pillars in the state of Manipur. According to a reply by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in the Lok Sabha in the year 2013, both the sides have been carrying out regular dialogues via institutionalised mechanisms, such as Foreign Office Consultations, National Level Meetings (NLM), Sectoral Level Meetings (SLM) and meetings also being held at the level of the Heads of Survey Department and Director (Survey).  Continue reading

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

With the Recent cancellation of a deal to procure Black Shark Heavyweight Torpedoes for its front line conventional Kalavari class Diesel submarines and Nuclear Arihant class submarines meant that India’s major underwater sea platforms will be operational without one of its major offensive weapons to take on enemy submarines and warships in high seas.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) who are in charge of developing Torpedoes for Indian Navy has successfully developed ship-launched Varunastra heavyweight torpedoes (HWTs) which will likely enter into production and service by the end of this year as per media reports. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

It’s more or less confirmed now that India’s Indigenously developed LCA-Tejas will enter operational service in Indian Air Force with Israeli supplied Python-5 has its Close Combat Air-to-Air missile (CCM) replacing Russian developed R-73 CCM has its Primary weapon of choice for Close-combat missile which was also the initial choice of Indian Air Force .

R-73 CCM was first Air-to-Air missile which was successfully integrated and test fired from LCA-Tejas Pre-production aircraft nearly 6 years ago and had successfully completed its integration with the onboard Digital Stores Management System (SMS), Open Architecture Mission and Display Computer even before it achieved its Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Two years back Russia backed out from an agreement with India to provide the technology transfer for rockets used in the Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) which later lead to Finance Ministry turning down request placed by Indian Army to place further import orders for the same rockets.

Development of MK-II variant of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system which can hit targets up to 60 km will provide Indian Army Strike Corps much needed firepower when it enters production but for now, it is yet to begin user trials with Indian Army but DRDO already has plans to fill the void left by Smerch MLRS which has the capability to hit targets up to 90kms . Continue reading

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

Swedish Aerospace giant Saab recently rolled out Next Generation Gripen E Smart fighter jets in its factory in Linkoping which was attended by close to 500 people . It will be foolish to say that Gripen E is just another upgraded variant since the aircraft not only has greater fuel carrying capacity but also has 20 percent more thrust, comes with more pylons, in-flight refuelling capability and increased take-off weight.

In short it’s a quantum jump in Airpower technology when compared to its older variant and can serve has 4.5 ++ Generation Point Air defence fighter jets in the light category of fighter jets and one of the best alternative to cheap 4.5++ Generation aircraft when compared to other Western fighter jets leaving a side Russian and Chinese offers . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar created media buzz when he said that in a recent Interview that “After 36 Twin engined Rafale fighter India will buy another Twin engined Fighter jet ” . A Certain section of media speculated that both single-engined F-16 and Gripen E more or less have been rejected in favor of Twin-Engined F-18 Super Hornet which was offered by Boeing .

But Highly informed sources close to idrw.org have informed us that media might have misunderstood what Defence minister actually meant and he might not be actually referring to Boeing F-18 but to the proposed Indo-Russian Joint venture to develop 5th Generation FGFA based on Sukhoi Pak-fa . Continue reading

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

After successful test firing of 3500 km K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier this year, India has seen murmurs of protest of its latest SLBM tests coming from western media and high voltage campaign lead by arch rival Pakistan who have already dragged this matter to United Nation .

K-4 is India’s Second indigenously developed SLBM after it had completed developmental trials of its first SLBM dubbed K-15 which had reported a range of 750-1000km . With Growing International pressure on India to curb its SLBM developmental program, India will need to be super secretive in the development of its further SLBM arsenal in near future . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in an interview to DD News said that he along with Indian Air Force and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited arranged series of meetings in Bangalore and New Delhi to finally get IAF on board to accept the development of Upgraded Tejas MK-1A with key improvements over current Tejas MK-1.

Nearly 8 meetings were held in Bangalore and 5 in New Delhi chaired by Parrikar which finally lead to IAF accepting HAL’s offer of developing upgraded LCA Tejas fighter jet with many improvements with key new features like AESA Fire control Radar (FCR) ,In-flight refueling probe (IFR),Electronic warfare (EW) suite on a pod and weight reduction measures to improve flight operational performance . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in an interview to DD News said that he plans to make India Missile Import free in next 5 years and also said that he is working to identify key priority projects which will completely negate countries dependence on imported missiles system completely in next 5 years .

He also said that many missile systems like Akash and BrahMos already has entered into production and various other missile systems like MR-SAM and Astra currently in developmental will be fast-tracked to meet Indian military requirements . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indian Navy plans for its Future warships in next decade or so will see the incorporation of two revolutionary fitments : integrated mast housing L-,S- and X-band active phased-array radars and Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) effectors on warships which are still on drawing boards and on their follow-up designs. DEW effectors primarily to be used as a self-defence weapon system against Uav’s, Incoming sea skimming anti-ship missiles or subsonic cruise missiles .

Research and Development on DEW for warships worldwide has already spawned several solutions that are now undergoing sea-trials and will see the incorporation of DEWs soon in many frontline warships while India is seriously lacking behind in this category but DEWs are one of the priorities projects which DRDO plans to focus next. Continue reading

SOURCE: Swastik Mohapatra / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In the present scenario, the future of Indian air force can be described in one word – uncertain. There is still no clarity on which aircraft(s) shall finally be inducted to replace the aging Migs . The MMRCA deal is yet to be inked despite years of negotiations while the LCA is yet to pick up numbers in production lines (LCA MK 1-A is still to be flight tested) .

Adding to the woes, we are still unable to come to terms with Russia with regards to the 5th Generation FGFA , owing to Russia’s reluctance in sharing technology and granting access to the prototypes , to IAF personnel . The need of the hour is to take a quick and logical decision to provide a much needed relief to IAF which is facing squadron depletion lest it falls behind the neighboring air forces which are ramping up their air power . Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Swedish defence major Saab recently revealed Gripen E fighter jet with host of improvements in almost every department like range, weapons,sensors, and other capabilities is now looking again at taking shot at cancelled MMRCA Tender under which India still has requirements for more than 90 jets under “Made in India ” Category promoted by PM Modi .

Mr Mats Palmberg who serves as the Vice President and Head of Business Development and Marketing at Saab Aerostructures answering most asked Question on why India should buy Gripen E when it already has its own indigenous LCA-Tejas fighter jet of similar class said that ” I don’t think we should not be interpreted it has a opponents to one way in another to LCA , I will see that like they can compliment each other ” . Continue reading