” Security ” Special Aero India 2017 Edition 

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Plane spotters in India are having difficult times when it comes to following tail numbers on HAL manufactured Sukhoi-30 MKI lately. Tail numbers are grossly misleading due to production phases which have been mixed up leading to leapfrogging from Phase to Phases.

The original order for 140 Sukhoi-30MKI’s to be built by HAL in India comprised of four Phases from I to IV and IV been where Sukhoi-30s were to be built completely from RAW material stage while earlier phases involved a certain level of kit supply from Russia depending on different phases agreed upon. Continue reading

SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG


Electronic Warfare (EW) has become one of the most talked about topics in the defense industry. With the exception of Russia nearly all major military powers for the last 20 years or so had put EW on the back burner. But now with the impending need to deal with peer and near-peer adversaries and to have the ability to enter anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environments EW has become a critical requirement and thus has become a primary and compulsory aspect of modern war.


What Is Electronic Warfare?

Electronic warfare (EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum or directed energy to control the spectrum, attack an enemy equipment, or impede enemy assaults via the spectrum. Continue reading


According to Analyst, Combined requirement of Helicopters for Indian Armed forces will hover around 1200 helicopters for different types of needs which Armed forces will need in next 10-15 years to replace ageing and retiring fleet of helicopters.

Tri-Service requires 484 Light utility helicopters to replace Cheetah/Chetak fleet of helicopters for which Army requires 259, IAF 125 and Navy around 100 helicopters of LUH class and Coastguard and other Paramilitary forces will have their own requirements over 484 Helicopters. Continue reading

SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

This is an analysis focused on F-35’s ability to perform against advanced foreign militaries that are its likely competitors. The very purpose of the F-35 program was to produce an aerial weapons platform which would enable USA to sustain her advantage of air dominance by performing multi-role aerial sorties or missions defeating the enemy aircraft and air defences to strike surface targets.


 The key capabilities of  F-35 are assessed in the following section: Continue reading


India takes the honor of commanding world’s largest paramilitary and Reserve Force which have over the years have proved their mettle in various operations inside India. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Assam Rifles, Border Security Force (BSF), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and Territorial Army (TA) performing various duties from guarding border, counterinsurgency operations, anti-Naxal operations and disaster response.

India’s unified Paramilitary Forces together form a 13 lakh-strong force which provides second string of defence to Indian Army in an event of war and helps in mainting law and order who increasingly are asking for the formation of a dedicated air wing exclusively for them.

Why our Paramilitary Forces need Independent Air wing? Continue reading

SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Strategy of US behind technology denials is a strategy to keep defence capabilities of countries in check while dominating its rivals and allies. This is also aimed towards maintaining a vibrant defence industrial back in US. This can be sited with a few incidents.

During the joint exercises held with US prior to 2012 Indian soldiers had tried and selected Javelin anti-tank missiles. On 17th April 2012, Mr. Andrew Shapiro, the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs had voiced that Washington had cleared the transfer of technology for manufacturing the Javelin missile to be manufactured in India. Soon after this curbs were placed by Washington on the number of missiles that could be manufactured. Continue reading


India’s super secretive indigenously developed first Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant has reportedly cleared all deep sea trials along with all major weapons trials and now is ready to assume operational duties in service of the nation.

INS Arihant will provide India with much-needed second strike nuclear strike capabilities against arch rivals and also complete India’s triservice capability to deliver nukes from air, land and sea. Arihant will become operation with K-15/B-05 solid-fuelled SLBM with a 750km-1000km range. Continue reading


Reports are emerging in media that India may place orders for 40 more Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets with Russia, but well-informed sources close to informed that it is actually Russia which is pursuing India for additional orders while Indian Air force Chief has made it clear that IAF is not interested in placing additional orders over 272 ordered.

Last of the HAL assembled Su-30MKI at Nashik would be delivered to Indian Air force by 2018-19 two years beyond schedule which was initially set and HAL has been producing 12 aircraft per year on average and till date nearly 170 + have been delivered to IAF out of 222 which were to be built by HAL. Continue reading


HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) which took off and landed at forward landing base in the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield last year flew with decent payload at such high altitude (4.8km altitude ) said HAL’s chief T Suvarna Raju.

Raju confirmed that LCH which is first attack helicopter to land and take-off from forward landing base in Siachen with a payload of 400kg. and now has completed performance trials and is paving the way for finalisation of basic IOC Configuration and letter of completion has been handed over by CEMILCA in the presence of defence minister last Oct 2015. Continue reading


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States last year held a crucial meeting with Us officials on possible co-development of a jet engine which can power India’s indigenously developed 5th generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

Proposed AMCA fighter jet will be twin-engined Stealth fighter jet, and according to its developers will require engines which can generate 110kN of thrust but for India such engine is not available for off the shelf purchase and will require uprating of existing engines to deliver required thrust. Continue reading


The longstanding demand of Indian Air Force to allow its Test pilots to flight-test one of Russia’s 5th generation T-50 fighter jet will be met soon after a formal Joint development agreement for the development of FGFA based on T-50/PAk-Fa is signed between India and Russia said UAC President Yuri Slyusar.

Earlier this year India and Russia have agreed to reduce the cost of joint Sukhoi/HAL Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project by 40 percent and Both have since reached consensus on cutting the project costs to $8 billion, to be invested by India and Russia over the next seven years. Continue reading

SOURCE: Debojyoti Kumar / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Rail gun is a weapon capable of launching projectile without the usage of explosives or propellants, but, are launched at extremely high velocities, mach 7 (at sea level) or more. Capability of launching projectiles at velocities higher than guns and cannons makes rail gun hit targets at greater ranges capable of hitting the target with extreme speed and accuracy thus nullifying the escape factor of the enemy platform or an approaching projectile. With the usage of rail gun the hazards of usage of explosives and chemical propellants are evaded as well.

In a conventional gun system gas expansion resulting from the usage of explosives and chemicals prohibits launching a projectile to velocities greater than 1.5 km/s and also limits the range to 80 kilometers. Ballistics of a rail gun far outperforms the efficiency of conventional cannons/gun system. Provisioning of one million amperes of current will create a tremendous force on the projectile thus accelerating it to a speed of many kilometres per second . A rail gun can hit a target 250 miles away traveling at a speed of around 16,000 meters per second in 6 minutes. Such a typical rail gun power supply may require a launch current of 5 mega-ampere for a few milliseconds. Continue reading


India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Quest for Affordable Air power has led to two major developments for Indian Air Force lately. Sukhoi has agreed to cap joint development cost of FGFA 5th generation fighter jet at $ 4 Billion each which means the Earlier price of $ 12 Billion demanded by Russia due to price inflation has successfully been reduced after hectic negotiations with visiting Sukhoi officials.

Parrikar was also instrumental in forcing Dassault to agree to sell Rafale Fighter jets at 2011 price submitted to India and refused to budge demands made by French negotiators who were adamant to sell Rafale fighter jets after adding current price inflation. Parrikar and his team were also successful in tackling many bluffs made by French team to force India to agree on a higher price. Continue reading


Mig CEO Sergei Korotkov said that Indian Air Force and Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) never officially debriefed Mig Corporation, why its Mig-35 fighter jet offered under MMRCA Contract was eliminated and what were technical reasons for ouster from MMRCA Race, before EAD’s Eurofighter and Dassault Rafale fighter jets were shortlisted by India for final rounds .

Success of Mig-29UPG programme and India’s commitment to procure one or two fighter jets over 36 French Rafale fighter jet currently been negotiated has reignited Mig Corporations hope of landing a deal with India to manufacture Mig-35s in India with Private defence partner but he also confirmed that Mig corporation nor Russian government had held any official discussions with Indian government on possible sale of Mig-35 to India. Continue reading


With Indian Air Force coming aboard and placing orders for Updated Tejas Mk.1A based on MK-1 air frame which will now come equipped with AESA fire control radar of Israeli origins, along with In-flight refueling probe and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) which will be carried externally in a pod instead of within fuselage will be available for testing from 2017 According to Dr S Christoper Chief of DRDO.

Dr S Christoper speaking to Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review has confirmed that proposed LCA Mk.II which will come with General Electric F414-GE-INS6 engines generating 98 kN thrust along with lengthened fuselage will no be ready before 2024. Continue reading

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