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

We all are seeing the shifting goal posts in the media from one accusation to another regarding the Rafale deal, when one tries to answer one, people shifts the goal post to another with other accusation, the latest addition to it is the number as to why government is buying only 36 instead of 126 when they have got the aircraft 9% cheaper and package 20% cheaper. However the thing that the simple people of India do not know is that the 36 Rafales ordered in fly away condition is double of the then the earlier 18 to be ordered in MMRCA tender.

Now the genuine question that comes in the mind is that what is the difference is between the Indian assembled 108 aircraft and 18 or 36 fly away aircraft. The answer is nothing, once inducted in the air force but from defence procurement, tendering and commercial perspective the difference is more than the difference between sky and earth. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRAVIN DHAUSKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat during his six-day visit to Russia recently discussed with the top brass of the Russian Armed Forces and key military formations and establishments of Indian Army procuring 1,770 Next Generation future ready combat vehicles (FRCV) to replace the aging force of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs).

Indian Army which is the largest operator of T-90 Main Battle Tanks from Russia is also very keen on procuring T-14 Armata which according to media reports will be built just like T-90 in India under Transfer of Technology agreements but this time with a Private Defence company in India. Continue reading

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After almost a decade of flip-flops and speculations over India’s human spaceflight programme, it was on 15th August, 2018 when prime minister Narendra Modi publicly announced an Indian human spaceflight programme in his independence day speech. This announcement initially did not capture the headlines as national media houses put more focus on public welfare programmes and achievements of the present government in its tenure.

Although, gradually as the enthusiasm started building, speculations started taking front pages. “Can India do it?”, “Does India have the capacity?”, “How much funding would be required?” etc. were the questions running through everyone’s minds. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over the 200th HAL made Su-30 MKI fighter jet to the Indian air force recently. Su-30 MK-I with serial number SB250 takes Indian Air Force’s Su-30 fleet to 242 fighter jets which are in active service.

HAL still has 22 more to deliver which will be completed by March 2020 as per industry sources close to idrw.org. since its induction in air force from 2001, India has lost 8 Su-30 MK-I in various accidents over the years including one this year which crashed while carrying out pre-delivery trials before it was about to be handed over to Indian Air Force. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

40N6 Very long range ( 400km) missile which is part of S-400 Triumf air-defense system has been accepted for Russian service after Russian Ministry of Defence had started purchasing missiles in September after signing all the necessary documents. The S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (400 km), the long-range 48N6 (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km).

40N6 with a range of around 400km was recently procured by India along with 48N6 (250 km) while China procured S-400 system with 48N6 (250 km) and 9M96E2 (120 km) missiles thus making procurement of Indian S-400 system vastly superior in the region. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After a gap of 7 years, DRDO developed solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile Prahaar (“Strike”) once again made a comeback to the argument the offensive conventional firepower of the Indian Army against strategic and tactical targets. Prahaar which has a range of 150km was developed to provide superior offensive firepower to strike forces against both tactical and strategic targets after its first launch in 2011 it soon went to cold storage due to lack of interest by Indian Army then.

Prahaar only made a come back after Sino-India Doklam standoff when Indian Army felt the need for a battlefield support tactical weapon system due to the ever-increasing deployment of superior tactical weapon system by the Chinese army in the region which is close to the Indian border. Continue reading

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United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Defence Affairs Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy on Wednesday visited the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) facility  in Bangalore .  He was received by R Madhavan, CMD-HAL and other senior HAL officials.

The visiting dignitary was briefed on the ongoing projects in HAL and taken around the Helicopter Complex, LCA Tejas Division and Hawk Final Assembly hangar. Continue reading

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The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E recently entered in the race to supply 114 units of fighter jets to Indian Air force amid allegation of a Scam on previous fighter jet purchase from France. Dassault Rafale which was one of the two fighters which made to last round on its technical capabilities alone with Euro fighter Typhoon is still the best of the aircraft in the race to win an enlarged order from India if Current Government comes backs in power in 2019 in full majority.

But If India does select a fighter out of this two clear winners of the last MMRCA Tender then current dispensation should be aware that opposition will again raise this issue of India buying an inferior fighter jet for the air-force and allegations of scams will also likely come back to haunt the new government. Continue reading

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

There is no doubt that Indian military has been a victim of stiffy bureaucracy & deceptive political propaganda which compromised our military preparedness to some extent. Starting from BOFORS scam to a Fake political Conspiracy on $7.8 Billion Rafale Deal, we have seen the dark side of these activities. However, the lengthy weapon acquisition process is responsible for delays in inducting sophisticated weapons in our military arsenal. Meanwhile, The revised DPP is unable to bring transparency in fast-tracking the signing of major defense deals.

We recognize IAF ‘s RFI of inducting 110 MMRCA to make up with it’s depleting & aging fleet on one hand while Indian Navy’s struggle for spares of Mig-29k erupted the RFI for 57 MRCBF to equip INS VIKRANT on the other hand. With an estimate of $30 Billion & demand of 167 fighters in one of the world’s largest lucrative defense market, it has attracted major Aerospace hubs to grab the deal at any cost. Definitely, every competitor won’t let it lose. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar jet skidded off the runway during landing on Wednesday night in Gujarat’s Jamnagar airbase. According to media reports, while coming to land after a night sortie, Jaguar pilot sported fire in the undercarriage and immediately took evasive action to make an emergency landing which badly damaged the aircraft and the pilot carried out a low-level ejection from the aircraft.

This is the 3rd accident involving Jaguar fighter fleet in 2018. unconfirmed reports accessed by idrw.org say that aircraft hit some unidentified runway material which leads to the fire and could be due to human error that aircraft suffered some damage which leads to the accident. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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

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

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