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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-11 (LA-5011 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off  from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 10 October 2018 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-11 flew for 34 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-11 is Eleventh Series Production aircraft . Last aircraft SP-10 had completed its first flight on 26 July 2018 Successfully. Continue reading

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The picture above has been going around defense circle off late and claimed by many to be the first possible configuration design of Tejas MK-2. Updated Mk2 configuration now features canards as per the image. all previous models of Tejas Mk-2 displayed by DRDO and HAL didn’t have canards but for some time now rumors of Canards making a comeback to the Tejas Mk2 design has been going around.

Canards as per experts will improve the low-speed performance of the Tejas Mk-2 which has now grown into full-fledged Medium multi-role aircraft which can be compared with Mirage-2000 in terms of its weapons and payload carrying capabilities. Continue reading

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According to the latest report prepared by BBC Hindi, S-400 deal between India and Russia has a rider clause which forces Russia to not sell S-400 or similarly superior air defense system to Pakistan . Rider clause could be added in anticipation of Pakistan also demanding similar system from Russia. Pakistan military official told Russian state media last year that Pakistan military was purportedly considering purchasing a number of S-400 units as well.

India signed the much-anticipated deal worth $5.43-billion to buy five Russian S-400 Triumf missile shield systems recently but according to defense analysts close to idrw.org, 5 S-400 system is not sufficient to cover both China and Pakistan, since 3 have to be deployed at Pakistani side to provide all year coverage 24×7 and at least one has a backup system which leaves only one for China sector. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

For some time, rumors abounded that the IAF might make a bid for the Lockheed Martin F-35A, however, IAF quickly scotched such speculation since it was pretty much clear from the start that US government might consider clearing the sale of such an advanced fighter to India but without transfer of technology nor it could have granted India license to locally produce .

Earlier this year, India asked Russia to proceed alone with developing their fifth-generation fighter Su-57 jet and deal for the joint development of a new variant based on Su-57 is completely shelved while India, however, left the option open to procure Su-57 in future if Russian is able to fix issues with the program. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S Dhanoa while addressing the annual press conference ahead of the October 8 air force day said that IAF is waiting for acceptance of necessity following which Request for proposal (RFP) will be issued for a 114 fighter aircraft deal which is also called as MMRCA 2.0 in the media.

Speaking further he said that the current tender will not take as much time as the previous MMRCA, as IAF plans to test only those systems which were not part of the aircraft that were put into trials previously. Continue reading

SOURCE:  VIHAAN KAPOOR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In early 80’s when Pakistan decided to procure 40 F-16 from the United States and planned for a fleet of 150 jets in near future, then Congress government decided to procure ultra cheap Mig-23s on offer from the Soviet Union, if when Indian air force’s test pilot which had evaluated them had given a negative report on them and had advised against procurement of this jets.

Yet Government went on to procure MiG-23MF, MiG-23BN and MiG-23UB variants which were not only had major shortfalls in its capabilities but also was highly accident prone in the service that just after their induction it was declared unfit to take on mighty F-16 fighters which came with latest 4th generation avionics and system. which meant India again needed to scout for a new aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

India is set to get Two Ex-French Air-force Mirage-2000 Trainer aircraft as attrition replacement to the Mirage-2000 trainers which IAF lost 5-6 years ago in a back to back accidents. Each Mirage-2000 Trainer has been procured by India at cost of 5 Million Euros which later will be upgraded by HAL locally in India by the kit supplied by the Dassault Aviation to bring them at par with all current upgraded Mirage-2000 fleet.

IAF presently has a Mirage-2000 fleet of 49 aircraft which all are been upgraded to the latest standards to keep them modern and advance till they retire after 2040. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has acknowledged that there exist issues with HAL which air force has been complaining about all these years regarding the production of aircraft by HAL which often faced poor quality standards, cost overruns, and repeated delays due to which air force has suffered immensely.

Government is planning to argument production capacity of the HAL to address delays in product delivery and also take measure to enhance skills of the workforce which often leads to more expensive aircraft than from the Original equipment manufacturer (OEM), which means air force pays more for the same jet which could have cost less if procured directly from the manufacturer. Continue reading

SOURCE: AARAV SHARMA/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India’s state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been in the news of late after Indian National Congress Party accused current government of denying work to HAL and selecting private defense companies with zero experience over state owned company. While HAL which is in charge of the production of country’s homegrown LCA-Tejas program is yet to shift gears in terms of speeding up production of the aircraft even after several requests from the Defence ministry and Indian Air force.

HAL has flight tested and handed over only one brand new LCA-Tejas aircraft ( SP-10/LA-5010 ) in the first six months of this financial year 2018-19 and yet, continues to promise to deliver 10-12 more of brand new LCA-Tejas by end of this fiscal which not many in the air force and defense ministry are buying. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

After missing out to Dassault Rafale on Pricing, Euro fighter consortium is back in news for all the wrong reasons after TV Journalist, Vikas Bhadauria who works for Indian news channel ABP Group hinted in this tweets that certain sales directors of the German-based Aerospace company met five senior leaders of two different parties to raise the Rafale issue to malign the image of the current government.

Vikas Bhadauria has not named the company directly but has left clear hints at the company which is easier to identify by any commoner who has basic knowledge of defense matters. Above are the two tweets which for the first time bring Euro fighter consortium dimension to the so-called alleged Rafale scam. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Amid reports of Indian Air Force (IAF) taking over Tejas Mark 1A light combat aircraft (LCAs) from State-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. comes further fresh reports that IAF is now actively considering handing over LCA-Tejas production line to private players to fast-track its production.

83 Tejas Mark 1A jets on order by IAF will be manufactured by private players like L&T ( Wings), Dynamatic Technologies Ltd ( Front fuselage ), VEM Technologies ( Centre fuselage) and Alpha Doca (Rear fuselage ) while HAL will continue to remain lead Integrator for the project but IAF is currently studying the possibility of reducing HAL’s role further in the program according to industry sources close to idrw.org. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

                            HAL Sitara along side of BAE Hawk

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) developed HJT-36 Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer project is likely to be back on track once design upgraded HJT-36 carries out its first flight by end of this year as per sources close to idrw.org.

HAL has carried out major design changes to the aircraft’s tail section based on the recommendation of the BAE System which was hired by HAL to fix issues. Sitara failed miserably at all crucial Spin Tests which is crucial for a jet trainer to clear before newbie pilots can start training on this jets. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Dassault Aviation has begun ground trials of first India bound Dassault Rafale fighter jet which will be handed over to Indian air force by end of September 2019. According to media reports, first made for India Dassault Rafale fighter jet should have its first flight by 14th of next month from French Istres airbase.

IAF’s Technicians and pilots are already been trained in French airbases by its counterparts to fly and service this jets back home. Dassault has confirmed that India specifics enhancements will be integrated and tested in India since current production line will only deliver aircraft configuration which is already in production. Continue reading

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According to latest media reports, Russia is pushing India to go for additional short-range Tor-M2 Air defense system along with Medium range ill famous Buk-M2/M3 Air defense system to make S-400 long-range air defense system which India is buying to make one complete Russian Air defense ecosystem to effectively tackle the variety of threats in all possible scenarios.

India on other hand has opted to procure only very-long-range 40N6 (400 km) and the long-range 48N6 (250 km) missiles which are part of the S-400 missile family and has left out medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km) since India already has low and medium tier Air defense system in place. Continue reading

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

In India decision making and defense procurement procedure is so cumbersome and complex that even best and fastest of defense acquisition takes at least 4-5 years to complete. These procedure and rules have only become more and more complex thanks to a series of scams in defense procurement starting from 1980’s. Seeing the defense procurement procedures and rules, one can easily confuse to notice, whether the objective of DPP is to get the best equipment for forces in shortest possible time or to prevent scams and entry of middlemen in it.

In the above context, completion of an acquisition process of Rafale aircraft in 12-15 months’ time, which previous governments had failed to seal in last 12 years, raises serious questions on whether the government has followed proper procedures or not. The government is also facing fire from people who don’t know the difference between Rafale and Rafael or between manufacturing partners and offset partners for allegedly not taking due procedures especially the ‘holy’ approval of CCS (cabinet committee on security). Continue reading