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SOURCE:  ABHINANDAN RAO / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

An explosives-laden car had rammed into a bus carrying security personals in two different countries, in the region, yet both have a direct connection with non-state actors based in Pakistan. Islamic Revolution Guards Corps lost 27 of their security guards near the border with Pakistan which Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibilities for the deadly attack in Iran, while back home killing of 40 Central Police force again using Car-filled explosives, was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed both terror organization used the same tactics and both operate from Pakistan’s soil to target neighbors.

Off-late Pakistani Non-State actors have been embodied after the US Government started making plans to withdraw from Afghanistan and hand over power back to the Taliban, which is why there is too much chatter among all terror groups this day due to lax security of the American forces which are very keen to secure a face-saving exit strategy from the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Off-late many countries have declared their intentions to join sixth-generation fighter development bandwagon and series of announcements have largely come from European countries, where at least Three independent 6th Generation fighter programs are racing against time to field a production-ready prototype by 2035 time-frame which can enter induction by 2040. The US, China, and Russia who all have their own 5th generation program are yet to announce any major projects of their own, yet they continue to explore and research what can be classified as 6th generation program so that it can have a clear advantage over 5th generation programs.

A sixth-generation jet fighter is supposed to be a conceptualized class of fighter aircraft design more advanced than the fifth-generation jet fighters, yet there is no clear cut explanation on how they plan to differentiate between 5th and 6th generation fighters and many European countries who have taken the lead are the ones who have skipped development of 5th generation fighter aircraft themselves raising big question mark if their 6th generation fighter jets actually will be any better then 5th generation fighter already under development and in-service?. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

The UK Ministry of Defense officials on the sidelines of Aero India 2019 will be briefing India about their new ‘Tempest’ Stealth Fighter Project which they claim will be 6th generation fighter which they are keen to develop jointly with India but the program and the circumstances around it has too many similarities with Russia’s FGFA program based on Su-57 which India recently pulled out.

The UK is increasingly facing uncertain political and economic future and their generous offer to India is more to do with what Russians wanted from India to make Sukhoi Su 57 fighter program a commercially viable project and four basic criteria laid down by the UK MOD suggests the same that the whole reasons behind offer to India were to calm down the domestic concerns about the program and to ensure the project becomes viable. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has issued tenders for “Request For Information (RFI) for Design, Manufacture, Assembly, Installation, and Certification of Centre Fuselage main Assembly Jig in connection with sub-modules by adopting the methodology of jig-less concepts for Fixed Wing Fighter Aircraft. In this tender documents, most of the design concept of the Tejas Mk2 was also disclosed.

Front Fuselage will have a length of 6100 mm with a maximum width of 1100 mm. The length of the center fuselage assembly is about 4500mm with a maximum width of 2100mm approximately. The length of the Rear fuselage assembly is 3300mm with a maximum width of 1800mm approximately. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Spets Techno Export a state-owned, Government of Ukraine will be showcasing a model of the newly developed military transport aircraft project AN-188 at the stand No B3.9, hall B at the upcoming Aero India 2019 to be held in Bangalore from 20th to 24th February later this month.

According to the information provided by the company to idrw.org, AN-188 can be implemented under the Make in India program. The new aircraft of AN-188 family will be capable of based on different airfields, including airstrips, and landing on short runways of only 600-800 m in length. This greatly expands the number of airfields the aircraft can be used on, ensuring the high efficiency of the new aircraft.

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SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

In capital procurements, first we give RFI (Request for information) to various vendors. After this our air staff quality requirements and  INITIAL ESTIMATES (roughly called budget figure around which we can spend)is floated the form of RFP (request for proposal)

Now, various firms respond to us with their products which meet the requirements and budget (INITIAL ESTIMATES). We carry out technical evaluations of products offered to us and commercial evaluations of firms. Now we select products and respective firms (normally more than 1 to pressurize vendors on prices and other offers) which fits our technical requirements and then carry out commercial (price) negotiations to select the most financially viable(lowest bidder) product and then make FINAL ESTIMATES (total contract cost) (considering after sales services, infrastructure, training and add on required with that particular product) to sign the contract. Continue reading

SOURCE:  HIMANSU SWAIN / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

There is an adage said in our society that ‘THE BEST PREPARATION OF TOMORROW IS DOING YOUR BEST TODAY’& this is what UK is planning on India.The failure of Eurofighter programme in getting more orders has hit Europeans countries so hard that they are separately working on their next Gen Fighter Jet Programme. In fact, the major blow to Euro group (UK, GERMANY, ITALY, and SPAIN) was TYPHOON’s defeat in MMRCA tender. It completely eroded their dreams into dusts. Now, they are also sure of India buying 110 more Rafale planes under MMRCA tender leaving Typhoon order book inert forever. Therefore, Looking at the current developments, there is a possibility that Euro group Consortium is inching towards extinction.

In early 2019, France & Germany announced a JV on Sixth gen fighter programme. These two countries have the most efficient & technological advanced work force compared to other countries in Europe. After BREXIT, UK is now a Solo player in the market &when Germany preferred to go with France on 6th gen Fighter development, British found it a mess& invited India for JV. But, the question raises, why Germans & French did not approach to India for JV while British did. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHINANDAN RAO / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After completing series of Pre-induction tests of Astra MkI Air-To-Air Missile last year, limited production of the Astra missile system has already begun and by next year the first batch will be delivered to IAF which will be integrated into Su-30MKI fighter jets and later slowly will make it into other fighter aircraft like Mirage-2000,LCA-Tejas and Mig-29 in near future,but DRDO is just not done yet.

A successor to Astra Mk1 will be Astra MkII which has been on drawing board for some time but due to the slow pace of development phase which bogged down Mk1 program, it is likely to have shorter developmental trials due to missile system carrying forward many of the systems which have already been developed. IAF and DRDO are yet working out technicalities of Astra MkII program it’s more or less confirmed that it will have longer range and will have additional capabilities making it a vital air-to-air dominance arsenal of IAF in near future. Continue reading

SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Top American defense manufacturing company Lockheed Martin India’s vice president recently while speaking to media said that they have proposed a “game-changing” partnership with India which will benefit multiple stakeholders not only in India but also in the US and beyond. Lockheed is seen as a front runner to supply 24 MH-60R helicopters to Indian Navy and is also keen to offer Indian Navy it’s S-76D helicopters to meet India Naval Utility Helicopter programme’s requirement for 111 helicopters.

Game Changing aspect which Vivek Lall was referring was India becoming a hub for F-16 production if IAF does select them in the first place and the company is keen on making its Indian manufacturing unit also the only unit which will not only cater to upgrade and modernization of F-16s operated world over, but also will manufacture early 200 jets for export market which Lockheed Martin plans to corner from its current operators. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Former Defence Secretary Mohan Kumar recently told media that once the purchase of 126 Dassault Rafale was stalled under UPA government, Modi government had to renegotiate the deal and it was decided to go for 148 aircraft from 126 jets to 148 aircraft through the initial deal was for 36 aircraft in a fly-away status.

112 aircraft could have been made in India under transfer of technology and recent tender for supply of 114 aircraft under new tender suggests the current government is still on track to execute initial plans for the procurement of 148 jets in total. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

Boeing India has confirmed the arrival of the first batch of four Boeing CH-47F Chinook Helicopters for the Indian Air force at the Mudra Port in Gujrat and soon the helicopters will be assembled and will be ferried to Chandigarh airbase where it waits for formal induction into the airforce later in March.

Boeing had officially handed over the first Chinook transport helicopter to India at its facility in Philadelphia, US in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang has confirmed that Request for Information (RFI) was issued last month to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the supply of single-engined fighter jet under RMAF’s light combat aircraft (LCA) program.

FA-50, Tejas and JF-17 are three competitors in the race for the supply of two squadrons or 24 aircraft even though Buang refused to confirm numbers of aircraft requested by RMAF. India’s Tejas is expected to appear at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in March from 26-30 which will allow RMAF pilots and crew to have closer look at the jet and even will be offered for trials. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

 

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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5013 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 30-January-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-13 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-13 is thirteen  Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-14 had completed its first flight on 20-January-2019 Successfully. SP-13 which is assembled at the second LCA-Tejas production line was delayed due to which it was superseded by SP-14 by few days last month. Continue reading

SOURCE:  PARESH NAIK / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Recent exposes on a so-called story of an Indian Army coup attempt which was first reported in 2012 revealed that Top UPA minster’s in than Indian Government were actually behind the story which made headlines in national newspaper across India to divert public attention from the major corruption allegations which the government was facing even when there was no evidence or intelligence report from IB to back such claims.

General V.K. Singh who was back then Indian Army Chief in his recent Facebook post has blasted the current president of Editors Guild of India Shekhar Gupta who he refers to as Mr. Coupta for his tactical unholy nexus with the government ministers as nothing short of treason against its own country leading to irreversible damage to the reputation of the institution only to achieve his personal objectives. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Indian Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) completed a successful second test flight of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)  propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, today. SFDR is a Indo-Russian R&D project which has been established to develop a long-range air-to-air missile and a surface-to-air missile system in near future. key technology used in SFDR will be used to develop a MBDA Meteor class air -to-air missile.

First test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) test carried out eight months ago succeeded only in the initial booster stage but did not activate the second leg that is crucial to propel a missile for a longer distance. It is still not clear if the missile system tested today actually involved testing of the second stage. Continue reading